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Published on 06 Apr 2009 | over 8 years ago

Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri is the founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran International and a renowned and revered figure in Pakistan and the Indian Subcontinent. Through his works as a religious scholar of the highest eminence and credibility, he is also well known throughout the Muslim world. And, touched and inspired by his message of peace, unconditional love and tolerance for mankind, he is admired, respected and loved by people of all walks of life, be they ordinary everyday folk, or politicians, statesmen, ambassadors, academicians, scholars, priests and ministers of religion of all faiths or denominations.

For those who have had the opportunity of knowing him, his abundant personal qualities and talents and his excellent mode of conduct are plain to see. However, the unprejudiced person who expends a little effort to study his life and works in more detail will discover very quickly his immense achievements in the various fields in which he has operated. But whether in his numerous works of research in the areas of Islamic textual analysis, or in his works of theology and theosophy, his thoughts and philosophy on the human psyche and condition, his political and economic works, and in all other aspects of his academic writings and discourses, the essence and underlying theme is that of bringing about a state of peace - within individuals, within families and communities, between sects and religions and between nations and states.

Dr. Qadri believes in causal link between inner peace and outer peace; that bringing about peace within individuals is the key to bringing about peace within societies, but at the same time, the promotion of peace, harmony, and social justice at the wider societal level will in turn spread peace to individuals, and this personal concept has continued to spur him on in his peace-making endeavours. He has founded numerous institutions and initiated major and far-reaching programmes in order to realise his objectives, covering all aspects of human life, whether educational, welfare and charitable, spiritual or cultural. Some notable examples of these will be covered in this document.

Significant to note is the fact that Dr Qadri's quest for peace and harmony is not the product of the current wave of extremism and terrorism that has engulfed the world in the recent years. He is engaged in promulgating his philosophy and belief of peace, harmony, women rights and human rights ever since the MQI came into existence in 1981. Inspired by the Quran and Sunna and the life and conduct of the last Prophet of Islam (blessings and peace be upon him) he is preaching the love for Allah and His Messenger and inter-faith harmony and dialogue with the conviction that only in this love, may one call it Islam or Sufism or something else, lies the salvation of mankind and this is the a path that can lead mankind to the destination of peace, restoration of human rights and dignity, equality, justice and emancipation.

His efforts are all the more important in this current climate of heightened anxiety, where terrorism and atrocities against innocent people in the name of religion pose a major threat to world peace and endanger the peaceful coexistence of minorities and host communities throughout the world. Of further concern is the fact that this anxiety is giving rise to a state of increasing misunderstanding and mistrust between the West and one of the major religions in this world, Islam. There is thus an urgent need for representatives of both sides to come together and resolve this situation. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri is one of a very few leaders of the Islamic world who have absolutely and unreservedly condemned the acts of barbarism carried out in the name of religion, and certainly he is the most prominent one to have done so, and in so public a way. Words, however, are not enough. It would be clear to anyone who takes an earnest interest in the matter that no-one is doing more, or has achieved more, in the struggle against extremist Islamic ideology, the precursor of terrorism than Dr Qadri. He is the only prominent Islamic leader whose teachings and actions, and institution-building unmistakably demonstrate his unwavering commitment to peace and security.

Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has been particularly concerned with promoting womens rights ever since he began his mission. He very quickly established the Womens Wing of Minhaj-ul-Quran on 5th January 1988 in order to promote the interests of women, and in his lectures and publications he has also called for greater education and employment, freedoms for women, encouraged active participation of women in all aspects of society and has attempted to address the significant cultural barriers, undermining the status and role of women within traditional family and social structures of the Asian Subcontinent and migrant Asian communities all over the world.

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