Tariq Jamil Biography

Introduction

Maulana Tariq Jamil is a renowned religious scholar of Pakistan. He is a preacher, writer and member of Tablighi Jamaat (an Islamic missionary movement established in 1926). He is the most followed religious scholar within Pakistan. He belongs to Deoband school of thought. Jamil is a strong supporter of sectarian and ethnic harmony. Due to his moderate views, he is well respected among people belonging to other schools of thoughts. His videos are very popular among Urdu / Hindi speaking Muslims worldwide. As of April 2020, his YouTube channel has 3.38 million subscribers with 211 million views on his videos. Jamill has been continuously listed as one of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world by Jordanian Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought from 2013 to 2019. His official website is tariqjamilofficial.com.

Maulana Tariq Jamil

Early Life, Family Background and Education

Maulana Tariq Jamil was born in Mian Channu, Khanewal, Punjab on January 01, 1953. He comes from a Rajput family. His father was a landlord. His father wanted him to become a doctor. Jamil received his early education from his village. He finished his pre-medical from Government College, Lahore. He later enrolled in King Edward Medical College to pursue MBBS.

Religious Transformation

Tariq Jamil used to sing in college functions. One of his friends took him to attend Sehroza (three days in tabligh). The experience changed his life and he became interested in religion. Instead of three days, he spent four months in tabligh. He met a youth who advised him to pursue religious education. Subsequently, Jamil left Medical College in 1971 without completing MBBS. The decision left his father estranged.

While Tariq was having breakfast on the morning of November 23, 1972, his father asked him to leave his house saying “Je tun molvi ban’na ae te mere gharon nikal ja” (Translation: leave my house if you want to become a molvi).

Tariq Jamil received his religious education in Quran, Hadith, Jurisprudence, Logic and Sufism from Jamia Arabia, Raiwind for 8 years. After that he started preaching.

Missionary Work of Maulana Tariq Jamil

As a preacher, Maulana Tariq Jamil has extensively travelled domestically and internationally. He has delivered countless sermons. His sermons mainly focus on observance of Allah’s orders, pursuing the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), self purification and avoidance of violence.

Maulana Tariq Jamil has influenced many celebrities. Examples include singer turned preacher Junaid Jamshed, cricketer Inzamam ul Haq, cricketer Shahid Afridi, cricketer Saeed Anwar, , cricketer Muhammad Yousaf, actress Veena Malik, Indian actor Aamir Khan and actor Imran Abbas Naqvi. He also has strong ties with cricketer turned politician Imran Khan.

Personal Life

During an interview, Shaista Wahidi asked Tariq Jamil if his wife was picked by him or her mother, over which he responded “Molvi ko kon pasand pay daita hai”. He later described the real story behind it. After one of his bayan, women started discussing if he was married. Jamil’s sister was present who responded that nobody was ready to give daughter to him. Upon listening this, a woman offered her daughter’s hand in marriage.

Jamil regards his children as his friends. To keep himself healthy, he walks, does yoga and eats less.

Tariq Jamil Sermons / Bayans

Controversies and Criticism

In April 2020, Tariq Jamil quoted that outbreak and spread of Covid-19 was a result of God’s anger over dishonesty in society and immodesty of women. While praying for the welfare of country and an end to vice, he remarked ‘When a muslim’s daughter practices immodesty and the youth indulges in immorality, then Allah’s torment is unto such a nation”. These remarks became controversial and condemned by human rights activists and liberals. Federal Minister Dr. Shireen Mazari regarded the remarks as “Misogynistic, Ignorant and Absolutely Unacceptable”.

Tariq Jamil is known for his support for Prime Minister Imran Khan. This often causes him to become a target of criticism from opposition parties. It started when Jamil spoke in favor of Khan’s intention to model his government on the principles of Riasat-e-Madina. The critics says that how can Jamil support a party of liberals who are open to dancing on music in their political rallies?

TV anchor Nusrat Javed criticized Tariq Jamil for frequently meeting with celebrities (and indirectly implies that he was an attention seeker). Later on, he stated that he was threatened by Jamil’s supporters over which Jamil called him and apologized on his supporters’ behalf. Javed went on to praise Jamil in his subsequent statement.

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