The Growth of Dawat-e-Islami
The internationally acclaimed scholar of Islam, the Ameer of ahl al-Sunnah, ‘Allamah Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadiri Razavi دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ began the vibrant movement of Dawat-e-Islami with just a few like-minded people in Karachi, in Zul Qa’dah, 1401 AH (September 1981). By the grace of Allah Almighty, the global accomplishments of Dawat-e-Islami in nearly 40 years are unparalleled and the result of sincerity, effective planning, and remaining apolitical. Very quickly, the movement reached all parts of Pakistan before spreading to the whole world. Today (in 2021), Dawat-e-Islami is driving a broad range of activities and projects through 80 departments and approximately 313 sub-departments. Dawat-e-Islami has built thousands of masjids until now and continues to do so. The portfolio of boys and girls madrassas is constantly growing, as is the number of Jami’a-tul-Madinah seminaries for men and women. Thousands of Huffaz, Qaris, Imams, preachers, teachers, scholars and Muftis are being produced. In addition to this, the process of rectifying the Ummah and character-building are ongoing in a unique and exceptional manner.
More than 500,000 male and female volunteers, over 32,000 employees, and millions of Dawat-e-Islami’s affiliates can be seen striving to fulfill the important Madani aim of the organization (striving to reform themselves and the people of the whole world). Dar-ul-Ifta Ahl-us-Sunnahs are established at various places, where honorable muftis associated with Dawat-e-Islami are engaged in providing Islamic guidance to Muslims verbally and in writing through email and WhatsApp, etc. Dawat-e-Islami’s department Al-Madinah Al-Ilmiyyah (Islamic Research Center) produces literature on Tafseer (Quranic exegesis), Hadith, Fiqh (jurisprudence), Seerah (Prophetic biography), motivational topics and organizational training.
In this department, alongside working on the books of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه, support is provided to gather material for the written works of the Ameer of ahl al-Sunnah دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ. These books and magazines are printed and disseminated by the publishing house of Dawat-e-Islami, Maktaba-tul- Madinah. Utilizing state of the art apparatus and platforms, Islam is also propagated in different languages through Dawat-e-Islami’s website (www.dawateislami.net) and apps. Besides this, Faizan Online Academy for boys and girls is established, through which the ‘Aalim course and Quran (Hifz and Nazirah) is taught. The light of knowledge is spread to people in their own homes through over 30 courses (for example, The Blessings of Salah, The Blessings of Quran and Hadith, The Prophetic Biography, Theology and Fiqh, Marriage, New Muslim, etc.).
In the field of education, an English-medium Islamic schooling system called Dar-ul-Madinah is providing education from pre-school to matriculation. Plans are in place to extend this provision to further and higher education.
Recognizing the power of media, Dawat-e-Islami launched Madani Channel to spread the teachings of Islam to a global audience in Urdu, English, and Bengali through seven major satellites. Dawat-e-Islami is also working on social media platforms to spread Islamic teachings and to reform the Ummah. So far, more than approximately 3 crores, 9 lakhs and 31 thousand users are reaping the benefits through these social media platforms.
Through its Faizan Global Relief Foundation (FGRF) department, Dawat-e-Islami runs a range of social and welfare projects aimed at supporting the needy and victims of disasters. During the Covid-19 lockdown and other natural disasters, FGRF has supported more than 2.6 million households. Seeing the shortage of blood especially for thalassemia patients, FGRF launched its blood donation campaign across the country, collecting nearly 46,000 blood bags for various hospitals and practices. The campaign is ongoing and will continue for as long as the need persists.
Under the Green World Programme for the Green Pakistan Campaign, we planted hundreds of thousands of trees, contributing to the national and global efforts to save the environment. Furthermore, the Faizan Rehabilitation Centre was also established by Dawat-e-Islami to support and rehabilitate children with disabilities.
It does not stop there, as FGRF is soon establishing a Madani Healthcare Centre with the passion of serving the aggrieved Ummah of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. To take care of orphans and poor children and provide them with an Islamic upbringing, a Madani Home will be established in Karachi initially and then in other cities and countries too. Also, an institution will be established to offer men and women apprenticeships in various trades, اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـهُ الکریم.
With the grace of Allah Almighty and the blessings of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, the Companions, and saints, Dawat-e-Islami is engaged in its 12 religious works such as Madani Qafilah, pious deeds, weekly Ijtima, Madani Muzakarah, etc.—to populate masjids and reform the Ummah. In addition to this, it is also carrying out welfare and social work.
The foresight of the Ameer of ahl al-Sunnah دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ is commendable, for instead of restricting the management of Dawat-e-Islami to himself, he established the Central Executive Committee (Majlis Shura) and handed over all matters to the committee so that all affairs are handled with due diligence and care. Through the special attention, affection, training, and guidance given by the Ameer of ahl al-Sunnah دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ, the Central Executive Committee is overlooking all the affairs of Dawat-e-Islami and is striving to enhance and better the organization.
2nd September, 2021 will mark 40 years since the establishment of Dawat-e-Islami. We extend warm and heartfelt congratulations to the preachers, affiliates, and well-wishers of Dawat-e-Islami. May Allah Almighty grant Dawat-e-Islami exponential success and may He عَزَّوَجَلَّ enable us to support it in every way possible.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم
Chief Editor of the Monthly Faizan-e-Madinah Magazine
Maulana Abu Rajab Asif Attari Madani
7 August 2021