His Eminence Huzoor Muffakir-e-Islam Hazrat Allama Maulana Qamaruzzaman Azmi
His Eminence Allama Azmi is the Khalifaa of His Holiness Mufti-e-Azam Hazrat Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan, the holy son of Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Qadri Barelwi (May Allah shower his mercy upon them) as well as Sarkar-e-Kalaa'n Hazrat Maulana Sayyid Mohammed Mukhtar Ashraf, Sajjada Nasheen of Kichow-Chah Shareef (May Allah shower his mercy upon him).
His Eminence was born on 23rd March 1946 in the district of Azamgarh in the State of Uttar Pardesh, India to a deeply religious and educated family. He was given the name Mohammad Qamaruzzaman Khan Azmi. His illustrious father was Molvi Abdul Hameed Khan who was the son of Molvi Abdul Samad Khan (May Allah shower his mercy upon them). He learnt Persian and Urdu from his father and grandfather and obtained initial Islamic education from a local institution called Anwar-ul-Uloom.
Allama Azmi became known for his piety and the great intellectual and scholarly abilities from an early age. No wonder he was admitted into one of India's best Islamic Institutes, Ashrafia, Azamgarh at the age of twelve. From there he went onto to the famous Nadwat-ul-Ulema University at the age of eighteen where he completed his Aalim degree and then returned to Ashrafia University where he was awarded the Dastar-e-Fazilat (Turban of Honour) and the Sanad (Islamic degree) by the hands of the very founder of that University, His Holiness Hafiz-e-Millat Hazrat Maulana Abdul Aziz Muhaddith-e-Muradabadi (May Allah shower his mercy upon him).
He was then commissioned in 1966 at the age of eighteen by His Holiness Hafiz-e-Millat Hazrat Maulana Abdul Aziz Muhaddith-e-Muradabadi (May Allah shower his mercy upon him) to go to Faizabad (near Lucknow) to start his missionary work. There at that tender age of eighteen years he established the Islamic University, Al-Jamiatul-Islamia, which is now recognised as one of India's top Islamic Universities.
In 1973 when the agreement to establish the first international Sunni organisation, The World Islamic Mission, was made in the Holy City of Makka the great Ra'ees-ul-Qalam Hazrat Allama Arshad-ul-Qadri invited Hazrat Allama Azmi to join him as its Joint-Secretary-General and His Eminence then moved to Bradford, UK in 1974. By doing so, he became one of the first to begin missionary work in Europe, America and Canada.
A lot has already been written about His Eminence throughout the world. Saut-ul-Azhar, the Egyptian newspaper recently carried an extensive piece on his life, contributions and scholarly orations. Elsewhere, newspapers and journals in India, Pakistan, Middle East, South Africa, Europe, America and Canada have written hundreds of articles on him.
A collection of his spell-bounding extraordinary scholarly speeches have already been published in three volumes. Volume one was put together by Maulana Mohammed Rehan Raza Misbahi and Maulana Abdullah Azmi in a 376 page book consisting of twelve great speeches entitled Khutbaat-e-Muffakir-e-Islam (Speeches of the Great Thinker of Islam) published by Maktaba Taiba, Mumbai, India.
Volume two was put together by Maulana Mohammed Sajid Hussain Qadri in a 512 page book consisting of nineteen speeches entitled Khutbaat-e-Muffakir-e-Islam (Speeches of the Great Thinker of Islam) and published by Maktaba Taiba, Hyderabad. This was launched by Tajus-Shari'a Hazrat Maulana Mufti Akhtar Raza Khan and Mohaddith-e-Kabir Hazrat Allama Zia-ul-Mustafa (see the Daily Mansaf, 20th February 2004 and, Daily Sayaasat, 20th February 2004).
Volume three was put together by Imran Hussain Chaudhary in a 240 page book consisting of eleven speeches entitled Ilmi taqreeray'n (scholarly speeches) and published by the Sunni Foundation in 2008 in Pakistan.
His collection of poetry Khayabaan-e-Midhat volume one was published in 2007 by Maktaba Taiba, Mumbai, India and volume two in 2011 by the Sunni Foundation in Pakistan. These publications have been acclaimed by newspaper critics, scholars and intellectuals all over the world. He has written more than 200 articles which are currently being collated and published in volumes under the title Maqaalat-e-Muffakir-e-Islam. His books like Jamaal-e-Mustafa are already under circulation within India.
His Eminence's selfless missionary life spans nearly fifty-years. During this period, as the articles on this website highlight, he has helped to build many organisations and institutions all over the world such Mosques, colleges and universities in America, Canada, Holland, Germany, Norway, Belgium and India. Each institution is helping to make a difference to hundreds of lives throughout the world. For example, Al-Jamiatul Islamia in Raunahi alone saw four hundred Ulemas graduate in 2011. He has also been presented with hundreds of awards and certificates of appreciations including the recent Mufti-e-Azam Gold Medal Award by the famous Raza Academy in Mumbai where a collection of articles by scholars and key figures from the world on his selfless life and contributions were published in the book Tajal-liyat-e-Qamar.
Maulana Shahid Raze OBE, Chairman of UK's Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) explains that it is his willingness to confront without fear or favour the major issues and challenges facing Muslims in the 21st century that draws people to him as well as his intellectuality, selflessness, simplicity, purity of heart, integrity and deep convictions. Maulana Shahid Raza OBE states:
"He is renowned and admired for his public lectures which have inspired millions of young and old Muslims in the sub continent, Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. But he is also a great thinker and religious teacher who speaks with incredible intellectual energy. His lectures are extraordinary in terms of topics covered.
Maulana Shahid Raza OBE goes on to say:
"Allama Azmi's primary concern is the revival of Islamic attitude. He believes that the future of the Ummah is in the hands of Muslims themselves rather than in the hands of Western scientific and technological arenas. Poverty and humiliation of Muslims in the contemporary world has always been a prime concern for him, however he considers that Muslims themselves are largely responsible for this downfall due to a lack of education, activism and an aspiring soul"
The Times of India wrote on 2nd November 2010:
"Allama Azmi is undoubtedly most sought-after preacher of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamat, a major sect in Sunni Islam".