Scholars in the UK, India and Pakistan condemn Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri as “misguided”

Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri

More than ninety Muslim scholars from the UK, India and Pakistan have issued an open statement condemning a controversial Pakistani cleric as “misguided”.

The 93 scholars signed the below statement criticising Dr-Tahir-ul-Qadri of Minhaj-ul-Quran for publicly espousing and propagating religious views that allegedly go against mainstream Sunni consensus.

“We, the undersigned, agree:

“Hundreds of leading noble scholars and muftīs of India and Pakistan have refuted, spoken, and issued edicts (Fatāwā) against the clear heresies and severe misguidance of Dr. Tāhir-ul-Qādirī due to his wrong beliefs and unlawful practices. Based upon this they have all declared him misguided. Amongst them notably are:

  1. Allāmah ‘Atā Muhammad Bandyālwī
  2. Allāmah Sayyid Ahmad Sa’īd Kādhmī
  3. Muftī Waqār-ud-Dīn Rizawī
  4. Muftī Fayz Ahmad Uwaysī
  5. Muftī Muhammad Abdul Qayyūm Hazārwī
  6. Allāmah Abdul Hakīm Sharaf Qādirī
  7. Muftī Muhammad Shafī’ Okārwī
  8. Allama Sayyid Shāh Turāb-ul-Haq Qādirī
  9. Muftī Akhtar Razā Khān Azharī

رحمهم الله تعا

  1. Allāmah Ziyā-ul-Mustafā Qādirī
  2. Pīr Sayyid Amīn Miyān Mārehrawī Barakātī
  3. Allāmah Sayyid Madanī Miyān Ashrafī
  4. Allāmah Sayyid Hāshimī Miyān Ashrafī
  5. Muftī Munīb-ur-Rahmān Qādirī
  6. Muftī Muhammad Rafīq-ul-Hasanī
  7. Allāmah Kokab Nūrānī Okārwī
  8. Muftī ‘Abdur Razzāq Bathrālwī
  9. Allāmah Khādim Husayn Rizawī
  10. Muftī Muhammad Ashraf-ul-Qādirī
  11. Pīr Muhammad Afzal Qādirī
  12. Allāmah Ashraf Āsif Jalālī
  13. Pīr Sayyid ‘Irfān Shāh Mashhadī
  14. Muftī Muhammad Aslam Bandyālwī
  15. Muftī Shams-ul-Hudā Misbāhī
  16. Mawlānā Muhammad Ilyās ‘Attār Qādirī
  17. Muftī Muhammad Qāsim ‘Attāri
  18. Mawlānā Shākir ‘Alī Nūrī
  19. Muftī Muhammad Nizāmuddīn Misbāhī
  20. Allāmah Sayyid Muzaffar Husayn Shāh Qādirī
  21. Muftī Muhammad Akmal Qādirī

حفظهم الله تعالى

“Please note the above list only mentions some of the scholars and there are many others too who concur with them regarding the misguidance of Dr. Tāhir-ul-Qādirī.

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“In this issue we support these noble scholars and muftīs of India and Pakistan. Furthermore we strongly urge the Ahl-us-Sunnah public to save themselves from the misguided beliefs and actions of Dr. Tāhir-ul-Qādirī.

“A summary of his famously known heresies, in addition to others also, are the following:

  • His opposition of the Ijmā’ of the Ummah on the issue of Diyat* [Speech in Lahore, Pakistan, 16/10/1984 — []
  • His statement that differences between sects are not fundamental* [Firqah Parastī Kā Khātimah Kyūn Kar Mumkin Ho, page 35]
  • His statement that the word Allāh عزوجل is nothing special to Muslims but it means God, Brahma etc.* [Wembley Conference, London, UK, 24/09/2011 — []
  • His statement that Jews and Christians are believers not disbelievers (Kuffār)* [Minhaj-ul-Qur’an Institution, Lahore, Pakistan, 25/12/2006 — []
  • Opening of Masājid for Christians to worship therein in accordance to their polytheistic beliefs* [Minhaj-ul-Qur’an Institution, Lahore, Pakistan, 25/12/2005 — []
  • His celebration of Christmas and that too in a Masjid* [Minhaj-ul-Qur’an Institution, Lahore, Pakistan, 25/12/2005 — []
  • His denial of the overall superiority (Mutlaq Afdaliyyah) of Hadrat Abū Bakr Siddīq رضي الله عنه* [As-Sayf-ul-Jalī ‘Alā Munkiri Wilāyati ‘Alī رضي الله عنه, page 8]
  • His criticism of Hadrat Amīr Mu’āwiyah رضي الله عنه* [Minhaj-ul-Qur’an Workers Convention, Lahore, Pakistan, 08/04/2012 — []

“For detailed information regarding these issues, one can directly contact the noble scholars and muftis or the Dār-ul-Iftā Bareilly Sharīf, Jāmi’ah Ashrafiyyah, Dawat-e-Islami or other reputable Sunnī Institutions.”


  1. Mufti Shamsul Huda Misbahi, Heckmondwike
    2. Maulana Zafar Mahmood Farashwi, Manchester
    3. Mufti Aslam Bandyalwi, Bradford
    4. Pir Sayyid Munawwar Husain Bukhari, Blackburn
    5. Maulana Sayyid Ghulam Dastagir Gilani, Halifax
    6. Maulana Yunus Misbahi, Preston
    7. Maulana Nizamuddin Misbahi, Blackburn
    8. Maulana Hafiz Sadiq Zia, Birmingham
    9. Maulana Farooq Nizami, Birmingham
    10. Mufti Saqib Qadiri Ridawi, Nottingham
    11. Maulana Rafeeq Ahmad Misbahi, Hounslow
    12. Shaykh Asrar Rashid, Birmingham
    13. Sahibzadah Muhammad Junaid Shadpuri, Blackburn
    14. Maulana Arshad Misbahi, Manchester
    15. Mufti Zahid Husain, Preston
    16. Imam Khalid Husain Ashrafi, Leicester
    17. Hafiz Ehsan Qadri, Sri Lanka
    18. Mufti Qasim Zia Qadiri, Birmingham
    19. Maulana Nabeel Afzal, Coventry
    20. Maulana Naveed Jameel, Nottingham
    21. Maulana Ibrar Shafi, Derby
    22. Maulana Omar Khan, Keighley
    23. Maulana Muhammad Husain, Bolton
    24. Maulana Kalim Azhari, Bolton
    25. Shaykh Mubeen Raza, Coventry
    26. Maulana Naveed Ashrafi, Blackburn
    27. Maulana Qamar Ilyas, Birmingham
    28. Maulana Shahid Ali, Bradford
    29. Maulana Yasir Ayyub, Oldham
    30. Maulana Mohammed Bilal Naushahi, Bradford
    31. Maulana Anis Ahmed, Birmingham
    32. Imam Adil Shahzad, Bradford
    33. Maulana Muhammad Qasim Hussain, Luton
    34. Maulana Muhammad Arfat Ahmed, Luton
    35. Hafiz Muhammad Asim Chishti, Birmingham
    36. Maulana Shahid Barailvi, Burnley
    37. Maulana Muhammad Sajid Ali, Luton
    38. Maulana Sayyid Hamdani Shah, Bolton
    39. Maulana Sayyid Samdani Shah, Bolton
    40. Maulana Abu Zohra Rizwi, Manchester
    41. Maulana Imran Qadri, Blackburn
    42. Maulana Muhammad Shakeel al-Qadiri, London
    43. Maulana Mohammad Amar, Derby
    44. Maulana Muddasar Hussain, New York
    45. Maulana Tehseen Raza Hamdani Nuri, South Africa
    46. Mufti Sayyid Shamsul Arifeen Shah, London
    47. Maulana Muhammad Irfan Naqshbandi, London
    48. Maulana Mustafa Raza Qadri, Sri Lanka
    49. Maulana Haider Ali, Preston
    50. Imam Muhammad Husnain, Chesham
    51. Maulana Sudagar Hussain, Bradford
    52. Maulana Muhammad Kalim, Preston
    53. Maulana Haroon Raza, Birmingham
    54. Maulana Kaleem Raza, Birmingham
    55. Maulana Qais Ahmed, Walsall
    56. Mufti Yasin Patel, Leicester
    57. Maulana Sayyid Ibrahim Shah, Rotherham
    58. Maulana Kamran Khan, Birmingham
    59. Maulana Muhammad Saeed, Birmingham
    60. Hafiz Usman Hussain, Birmingham
    61. Maulana Adnan Tariq, Birmingham
    62. Maulana Waqar Ali, Birmingham
    63. Maulana Moqaddam Shahzada Qadri, Manchester

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