Dr. Muhammad Tahir al-Qadri (b.1951, Pakistan) is a scholar, poet, and writer, with a special interest in the teachings and practices of tassawuf (mysticism). Dr. al-Qadri founded Minhaj Ul-Quran International in 1980. He is a student of Tahir Allauddin al-Qadri al-Gillani (1931-1991) and is popularly known as Shaykh al-Islam. He earned his Masters degree in Islamic Studies in 1972 with the University of the Punjab Gold Medal for achievement, followed by an advanced degree in law in 1974.
Dr. al-Qadri practiced law in the district courts of Jhang before moving to Lahore in 1978 to complete his doctorate in Islamic Law and join the University of the Punjab as a lecturer on the subject. He is a prolific author and researcher having authored 360 published books and delivered over 5000 lectures in Arabic, English, and Urdu. He is also founder of the Minhaj Welfare Foundation which provides welfare for the needy, and of Minhaj International University based in Lahore. Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri is also the founding chairman of the political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).