Sheikh Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadiri is a leader of the Qadiriyyah, Radaviyyah, Attariya branch of the Qadiriyyah Sufi order. Qadiri is a widely-respected sheikh with a significant global following which is supported by the Madani TV Channel.
In 1981, the Sheikh founded Dawat-e-Islami, a Sunni Barelwi revivalist movement with hundreds of thousands of followers in Pakistan and over 180 other countries. It centres on the propagation of Islamic knowledge and manages two main activities: the Jamia-tul-Madina chain of religious schools, and the non-commercial Madani TV channel.
Religious background: Sheikh Muhammad Qadiri studied for 22 years under the former Mufti of Pakistan, Sheikh Mufti Waqar ud Din Qadri Razavi. He has authored over 30 books, including Faizane-Sunnat on the merits of good deeds. The sheikh’s fame is matched by his humility; his most famous quote is, “I Must Strive to Reform Myself and the People of the Entire World.”