Muhammad Ilyas Qadri is the founder of Dawat-e-Islami in Pakistan. He is commonly known as Ameer-e-Ahle-Sunnat (Leaders of the Sunnis) by his followers. He grew up in a righteous family and soon started to started to deliver speeches in local Mosques.
although no formal education, he studied under the Grand Mufti of Pakistan, Mufti Waqar-ud-Din Qadri for 22 years and also received Khilafat (successorship). He further received Khilafah from the Grand Master of Fiqh in India, Mufti Shariful Haq Amjadi. Maulana Ilyas Qadri was given permission of teaching from the four major Sufi Orders – Qadri, Chisti, Naqshbandi and Suharwardi. He was also granted permission to transmit from hadith and give dawah.
In terms of Spiritual leadership, Maulana Ilyas Qadri gave bayah to a Khalifah of Imam Ahmed Raza Khan, Shaykh Zia-ud-Din Ahmad.
Resides: Karachi, UK
Current Occupation: Daee and Perfume seller
Education: No formal education
Preferred Subject: Dawah, Sunnah, Tassawuf
Notable Teachers: Waqar ud Din Qadri Razavi, Zia-ud-Din Ahmad
Throughout years of delivering regular speeches, Maulana Ilyas Qadri founded Dawat-e-Islami, a movement to promote the Quran and Sunnah in his city. The group has now has reached 186 countries and regularly holds gathering around the world.
following the growth, Dawat E Islami launched an initiative to propagate using modern technology. the Madni channel was founded to reach a further audience. Madni channel look to launch Madni Channel Arab for Arab listeners and Madni channel for Kids.
Dar-ul-Madinah is one of the initiatives of Maulana Ilyas Qadri. It has established 38 campuses around the world with 8000+ students. It focuses on educational and spiritual growth with a nominal fee structure to teach, accommodate and feed studens who can’t afford more.
Maulana Ilyas Qadri is a keen readers and has often show zeal for, Bahar-e-Shariat, Fatawa-e-Rizvia and Ihya ulum-deen. The Shaykh is the writer and author of over 30 books which have been published.
- It is reported, when the Shaykh first started delivering speeches, not many people turned up, on occasions where no one did. The Shaykh still delivered speeches but blew on the hats with hope of the blessings falling upon the next person that wears them.