A man of multiple and surprising achievements, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri is the beginning leader of Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI), an organization with branches and centre’s in more than 90 countries around the world, functioning for the promotion of peace and love between different communities and the renewal of spiritual effort based on the true teachings of Islam.
Shaykh-ul-Islam is a researcher of extraordinary proportions and an intellectual leader in every profession of life. He is a living model of thoughtful classical knowledge, intellectual illumination, practical wisdom, pure spirituality, love, harmony and humanism. He is famous for his enthusiastic Endeavour to make stronger bonds among people, by bring them together through tolerance, dialogue, integration and education. He effectively bridges the past with his reflection of the future and finds realistic solutions for contemporary troubles. He has been teaching Hadis, Tafsir, Fiqah, Theology, Sufism, Seerah, Islamic philosophy and many other subject which is based on reasons and traditional sciences to thousands of people, including Ulama, scholars, Shayukh, students, intellectuals in the east and the west.
Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri was born on 19 february, 1951 in the historical city of Pakistan, in Jhang, and He is the son of the vast spiritualist and intellectual of his time Al-Shaykh Dr. Fareed-ud-Din Qadri. He had completed his education of Islamic and secular sciences concurrently, While he already started his religious education under his father two years earlier, his official education was initiated in Madina Pak at the age of 12, in “Madrasa-al-Ulum ash-Shar‘iyya”, which was located in the holy house of Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari (R.A), the first residence of the Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) after his relocation. With the passage of time he had received a First Class Honors Degree from the University of the Punjab in 1970, and completed his traditional Islamic Studies, having spent ten years under the guidance of his father and other well-known Shuyukh of that time and achieving an unmatched understanding of the classical sharia sciences and Arabic language. He did his MA in Islamic Studies in 1972 from University of Punjab Gold Medal, achieved his LLB in 1974 and begin to perform as a lawyer in the district court of Jhang. He went to Lahore in 1978 and joined the University of Punjab as a lecturer in law then got his PhD in Islamic Law. He was also a member of the association, Senate and Academic Council of the University of Punjab, the highest executive, administrative and academic bodies of University.
With in short time, he emerged as the leading power of Islamic jurist, researcher and revivalist of the Islamic thought. He was selected as a legal adviser of Islamic commandment for the Supreme Court and the Federal Sharia Court of Pakistan and worked as a special consultant on Islamic curriculum for the Federal Ministry of Education of Pakistan at different times among 1983 and 1987. In 1980s, number of historical judgments in the legal and constitution of Pakistan were passed by the Federal Sharia Court and the Appellate Sharia counter, Supreme Court of Pakistan as a result of Shaykh-ul-Islam’s juristic point of views, documented in the Pakistan Legal Decisions (PLD’s) and Pakistan Legal Judgments (PLJ’s).
He is a previous Professor of Islamic Law at University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, and the youngest person has been awarded a professorship in the history of University. Shaykh-ul-Islam has previously held the place of the Head of Department for LLM in Islamic Legislation.
Shaykh-ul-Islam founded Minhaj-ul-Quran in 1981 and established it’s headquarter in Lahore. less than 30 years, Minhaj-ul-Quran has expanded and spread over more than 90 countries around the world, in term of its broad and grand specialty of activities, educational, social, cultural and spiritual, Minhaj-ul-Qur’an is most likely one of the largest non-government organization in the world.