Mushtaq Qadri

Mushtaq Qadri

Muhammad Mushtaq Qadri Attari (Urdu: محمد مشتاق قادری عطاری ) was a na'at khawan - one who sings praise of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.


Early life

Mushtaq Qadri was born on a Sunday, 18th of the month of Ramadan, 1386 A.H. (approximately 31 December 1966), in Banoon Sarhad, Pakistan. His father's name was Akhlaq Ahmad. Before permanently moving to Karachi, he lived in Faisalabad.[1]

In 1991 Mushtaq Qadri got married. His nikah (matrimonal ceremony) was conducted by his mentor Muhammad Ilyas Qadri. He has four children: Obaid Raza Attari; Abdul Mustafa Attari; Faizan Attari; and Ashfaq Attari.[2]

Religious influences

Mushtaq Qadri was a very close associate of the spiritual guide and leader Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Qadri, the head of the Islamic movement Dawat-e-Islami.

In 1986 Mushtaq Qadri gave his spiritual allegiance (bay'ah) to Silsila (Link)Qadriya.[2] He[who?] is considered as a mentor of Owais Qadri.

Religious positions

First Qadri was an imām at the Madinah Masjid, in Aurangī Town, Karachi. From 1995 until his death, he also served as an imām and speaker in Jamia Masjid Kanz-ul-Imān (Bābrī Chawk, Karachi, Pakistan.) He had memorized eight Juz (sections) of the Quran. He was also a qārī [one who recites the Quran with its proper recital guidelines.] Considered by some[who?] as a erudite Muslim scholar, he had finished four years of Dars-i-Nizami. He worked as an auditor for the government for many years. He taught the English language in Jā’amiāt-ul-Madinah (Sabz Market, Karachi, Pakistan.) He performed the Hajj pilgrimage and visited the holy city of Madinah, Saudia Arabia four times.[3]

In the year 2000 he was appointed as the nigrān (head of Dawat-e-Islami's activities) of Karachi, Pakistan with the approval of all the nigrāns of Karachi. Later, in October of the same year, he was appointed as the nigrān of Markazī Majlis-e-Shūrā (Dawat-e-Islami’s Central Council).[4]

Due to his dedication to the cause of Dawat-e-Islami, he earned the title Aṭṭār kā Peyārā (the cherished one of Attar). "Attar" refers to Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri.[5]


Mushtaq Attari had never accepted payment for reciting na'at poems. Recording companies had offered him handsome amounts for releasing his albums, but he had refused. He would never ask for a ride to take him to programs where he was invited for reciting, nor would he accept money for taxi fare. He never accepted any money made from his recordings, and any proceeds would be forwarded toward funding Dawat-e-Islami righteous projects.[2]


Towards the end of life, Mushtaq Qadri was suffering from throat and chest cancer, and could no longer speak. His spiritual guide, Ilyas Attar Qadri, who was in the United Arab Emirates at that time, phoned him and told him to recite the kalima (declaration of faith) and Mushtaq Qadri found himself, surprisingly, able to do so. Mushtaq Qadri died on 29th Shaban 1423 A.H. (5 November 2002) in Karachi.[2]

Upon hearing about his death, Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri immediately returned to Karachi from the Emirates.[5] The funeral prayer of Mushtaq Attari was offered in Nishtar Park, Karachi, led by Qadri, the founder of Dawat-e-Islami. Mushtaq Attari was buried in Sahrā-e-Madinah (near Toll Plaza, Karachi).[6]

At the burial the attendees were reciting durood and famous na'at written by Ahmed Raza Khan Bareilvi, such as Kaabay Ke Badrudujaa Tum Pe Karroron Durood. The congregation was held in Faizān-e-Madinaĥ on the third day of the funeral, with many Muslims taking part. A non-exhaustive list of some of the Iīšāl of šawāb (donations of reward) that was donated by Muslims from many cities as follows:

Recitation of:
• Quran, 13919 times.
• Various Juz [para/ sections of Quran], 5613.
• Surah Al- Yāsīn, 1038 times.
• Surah-tul-Mulk, 1140 times
• Surah Al- Raḥmān, 165 times.
• Surah Muzzammil, 10 times.
• Ayat-ul-Qursi, 33592 times.
• Various Surah’s [chapters of the Quran], 93186 times.
• Durūd [Blessings on the Prophet], 13888087 times.
• Kalimah Tayyibah [testimony of faith], 348400 times.
• Various litanies [Tasbihaat], 357200 times.[6][7]


  1. ^ Islamic Manners of Eating[clarification needed]
  2. ^ a b c d حاجى مشتاق قادری عطارى, at
  3. ^ ‘Aādāb-Ṭa’ām by Maulana Ilyas Qadri
  4. ^ Audio sermon on entitled Mushtaq Qadri kay teejay ka bayan
  5. ^ a b *Attar Ka Piyara
  6. ^ a b Islamic Manners of Eating
  7. ^ Faizan-e-Sunnat Jadeed Vol 1, Chapter: Haji Mushtaq Attari

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