Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri Razvi Ziaee (محمد الیاس قادری رضوی ضیائی‎)

Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri Razvi Ziaee, Dawat-e-Islami

Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri Razvi Ziaee (محمد الیاس قادری رضوی ضیائی‎)
Mulana Ilyas Raza Qadri

Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri Razvi Ziaee (محمد الیاس قادری رضوی ضیائی‎) known as Attar ( عطار), is a Sufi Islamic preacher, Sunni Muslim scholar and founding leader of Dawat-e-Islami - a non-political religious organisation with presence in nearly two hundred countries of the world. Attar is the author of the iconic Faizan-e-Sunnat.

His father name (Haji Abdur Rehman) were from the village of Kutyanah in Junagarh, India. His father served the Hanafi Memon Mosque in Sri Lanka in various capacities for many years. After the formation of Pakistan, his parents migrated to Pakistan. They first came to Hyderabad and then moved to Karachi.


Maulana Ilyas Qadri was born on 12 July 1950 in a Memoni family in Karachi, Pakistan. He is a Sufi scholar of the Qadri Rizvi order and founder of Dawat-e-Islami, a global organization of Sunnis spread over 195+ countries.

Maulana Ilyas Qadri studied for 22 years from Grand Mufti of Pakistan Muhammad Waqaruddin Qadri at Darl Uloom Amjadia, Karachi.

Maulana Ilyas Qadri is a leader and a founder of the Qadiri-yya, Rizviyya, Attariyya branch of the Qadriyya Sufi order. He has authored 30 books, including Faizane-Sunnat. His most remarkable quote is, “I Must Strive to Reform Myself and the People of the Entire World.”


Dawat-e-Islami has contributed towards the promotion of Islamic education. It has established madrasas where children and adults learn and memorize the Quran, and Jamia-tul-Madina where the dars-e-nizami curriculum is taught.

Dawat-e-Islami has departments including Islamic Jurisprudence, Madani Channel, Madrasa tul Madinah, Jamia-tul-Madina, Departments of Mosque Service, Madani Inamat and Madani Qafila.


Qadri became a murid of Ziauddin Madani, a disciple of Ahmad Raza Khan. Fadlur Rahman and Waqar-ud Din authorized him in Sufism. Shariful- Haq Amjadi authorized him in all the four major Sufi orders, Qadiriyyah, Chishtiyyah, Naqshbandiyyah, and Suhrawardiyya. Amjadi also gave him ijazah to transmit Ahadith.

Mulana Ilyas Raza Qadri's Most popular Publications

Along with Faizan-e-Sunnat, his publications include: