Tariq Jameel

Tariq Jamil (Urdu: طارق جمیل‎; born 1 October 1953), also known as Maulana Tariq Jamil, is a Pakistani Islamic television preacher, religious writer, scholar and a member of the Tablighi Jamaat.

Tariq Jamil
MovementTablighi Jamaat
Alma materJamia Arabia, Raiwind
Muslim leader
AwardsPride of Performance

Early life and education

Tariq Jamil was born on 1 October 1953 in Mian Channu, Pakistan.[1] Jamil belongs to the Sahu subtribe of Chauhan Rajputs. His family was the ruler of Tulamba during the reign of Sher Shah Suri and the lands around Tulamba were distributed by the same family.[4]

He completed primary education from Central Model School, Lahore. Jamil is an alumnus of Government College University, Lahore. He received his Islamic education from Jamia Arabia, Raiwind, where he studied Qur’an, Hadith, Sufism, logic, and Islamic jurisprudence.[3][5]

Jamil enrolled in King Edward Medical College after finishing pre-medical from Government College Lahore, but his desire for religious education prevailed, so he left King Edward without completing MBBS.[6][5]

Career

Tariq Jamil has delivered religious sermons internationally and comes from a school of thought called Deobandi.[7] He supports ethnic and sectarian harmony.[8][9]

Jamil’s sermons focus on “self-purification, avoidance of violence, observance of Allah’s orders and pursuing the way of Prophet Muhammad.”[3]

Jamil has been named continuously as one as of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Jordan from 2013 to 2019.[3]

Tariq Jamil has influenced Junaid Jamshed, cricketer Inzamam Ul Haq, cricketer Saeed Anwar, actress and host Veena Malik, and actor Aamir Khan.[10][11][12][13]

In 2020, the government of Pakistan awarded him Pride of Performance, a national literary award presented by the president.[14]

Controversy

In April 2020, he blamed God’s wrath at dishonesty in society and the immodesty of women for the outbreak and spread of COVID-19.[15][16] As well as praying for the welfare of the country and an end to vice, he said: “When a Muslim’s daughter practices immodesty and the youth indulges in immorality, then Allah’s torment is unto such a nation.”[17][18]

Human rights proponents and other members of Pakistani society condemned the remarks.[19] Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari responded by saying: “Misogynistic” and “ignorant” comments blaming women and youth for the ongoing coronavirus crisis were “absolutely unacceptable”.[20]

Bibliography

  • Tariq Jamil, Majmua Bayanat-e-Jameel (2014) ISBN 9-691-19936-X
  • Tariq Jamil, Hamare Masail Ka Hal (2014) ISBN 9-697-37895-9
  • Tarq Jamil, Guldasta-e-Ahle Bayt[21]

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