Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani

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Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani
الشيخ سيد عبد القادر الجيلاني
Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani.jpg
Title Muffakir al-Islam
Born 14. December 1935 (1935-12-14) (age 82)
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Ethnicity Pakistani
Era Modern
Region South Asia
Religion Islam
Jurisprudence Hanafi
Creed Sunni
Main interest(s) ʿAqīdah, Fiqh, Tasawwuf
Residence London, United Kingdom

Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani (Persian: عبد القادر گیلانی,Urdu: عبد القادر گیلانی Abdolqāder Gilāni) is a Sufi scholar and jurist. He was born on 14 December 1935 in Pakistan.

Ofcom ruling[edit]

In October 2011, Jilani appeared as a guest on Rehmatul Lil Alameen, a programme on UK television station DM Digital. During the broadcast, Jilani made comments with reference to the shooting dead in early 2011 of the Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer.

Following a complaint, Ofcom subsequently ruled that by broadcasting the comments, DM Digital had breached Rule 3.1 of the Broadcasting Code, which states “Material likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder must not be included in television or radio services”. Ofcom ruled that, "on a reasonable interpretation of the scholar's remarks, he was personally advocating that all Muslims had a duty to attack or kill apostates or those perceived to have insulted the Prophet. We considered that the broadcast of the various statements made by the Islamic scholar outlined above was likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime."[1][2]


  1. ^ "Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 205, 8 May 2012" (PDF). Ofcom. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Preachers of hate on British TV: what they said that broke the broadcasting rules". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 February 2013.