Muhammad Hassan Ilyas is a young passionate theologian, researcher and expert in ancient Arabic language and literature, greatly inspired by the famous Islamic scholar Javed Ahmed Ghamidi. He is a close associate of Javed Ahmed Ghamidi and is part of his ground breaking research project on the historical record of the sayings of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (P.B.U.H), with an aim to rid the prevailing Islamic ideology of common misconceptions in order to counter religious extremism.
He is a young, passionate researcher and educationist. He has been actively engaged in initiatives for educational reform since his formative years with an NGO Organisation for Research and Education (2009-2012). Later, in his early adulthood he went on to deliver special lectures on ancient Arabic language and literature to PhD and Master students of International Islamic University, Islamabad (2011-2012).
He was the research head of the research department of Al-Mawrid Global, an Institute for Islamic Research and Education (2014-2018). More than a dozen PhD and Masters students working on theology have worked under his guidance during their dissertation. He was also a pioneer teacher and curriculum developer for Al-Mawrid’s education program for children and adolescents in the United States.
He completed his bachelors at Medina International Islamic University, Malaysia, and is currently enrolled in University Technology Mara, Shah Alam in Masters of Research working on his groundbreaking project on Oaths as a literary device in the Qur’an. Alongside, he is working as a personal research and literary assistant of Javed Ahmed Ghamidi representing his works in academic circles and engaging in public meets to propagate and educate the public on his views.
He is invited all over the world for lectures on theology, jurisprudence and his expertise on Ghamidi school of thought. He has been making television appearances in programs on social and legal implications of the prevailing Islamic thought in Islam. His works are frequently cited in academic papers and has been interviewed by many PhD scholars for his expertise in theology and particularly in Ghamidi school of thought.
At this young age he has achieved many accolades including a gold medal at an international academic conference for his model research work on Oaths as a literary device in the Qur’an, and several awards for his academic articles and public speaking achievements from Medina International University, Malaysia.
In future, he plans to further his research work on theology, and ancient Arabic language and literature, he plans to set up an institute for reform in religious education and advanced learning in Ghamidi school of thought. He further wants to design ventures for massive outreach of Ghamidi school of thought to masses with an aim for reconstruction of religious thought of the common Muslims.
Mr. Muhammad Amir Gazdar was born on 26th May 1974 in Karachi, Pakistan. Besides his studies at school, he learned the science of Tajweed Al-Qur’an from a renowned Qu’anic reciter, Qari Khalil Ahmad Bandhani and completed the memorization of the Qur’an in 1987 at Madrasah Tajweed al-Qur’an, Karachi.
He obtained his elementary religious education from Jami’ah Dar al-Hanafiyyah, Karachi. He graduated from Jami’ah al-Uloom al-Islamiyyah, Binnori Town, Karachi and obtained Shahadah Aalamiyyah in 1996 and received an equivalent certificate of Masters in Islamic Studies from the Karachi University.
During the year 1997 and 1998, he served in Jami’ah Binnori Town as a Tafseer and Tajweed teacher and also taught at Danish Sara Karachi (A Former Islamic Centre of Al-Mawrid).
In 1992, Mr Gazdar was introduced to Farahi school of thought his first meeting with Ustaz Javed Ahmad Ghamidi and had the chance to learn Islam from him and tried to solve many controversial issues of Hadith, Fiqh and Usool under his supervision. In January 1999, he started another Masters programme in Islamic Sciences offered by Al-Mawrid in Lahore, Pakistan and completed it with top position in August 2001.
Mr Gazdar officially joined Al-Mawrid as an associate fellow in research and education in 2002 and is working in this capacity ever since. He worked for the Karachi center of Al-Mawrid for about 10 years as a teacher, lecturer and researcher. He taught various courses, delivered weekly lectures, conducted workshops on different topics, taught in online classes, answered questions of the participants orally and gave answers for Al-Mawrid’s official website too.
In September 2012, he moved to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to participate in another Masters programme in Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage at International Islamic University Malaysia. In January 2015, he completed his 3rd Masters in Qur’an and Sunnah department of the university with a CGPA: 3.92.
Mr Gazdar has many academic works to his credit. He has written a few booklets published in Urdu language and has authored some articles which have been published in various research journals in Malaysia, India and Pakistan (Arabic language). An online book is going to be published at the official website of International Islamic University Malaysia in 2018 (Arabic language) and his Masters dissertation is also going to be published in the form of a book in 2018 (Arabic language) from Dar al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah, Beirut Lebanon.
Nowadays, Mr Gazdar is a PhD candidate in the Qur’an and Sunnah department of International Islamic University Malaysia. His ongoing PhD research is a comparative study of contemporary scholars’ view on the issue of “Hijab and Gender Interaction in the light of the Quran and Hadith.”
Furthermore, he is actively working in the Hadith project of Ustaz Javed Ahmad Ghamidi and playing a significant role in it as a researcher and writer since January 2016.
Moreover, Mr Gazdar has been leading in Qiyam-e-Ramadhan and Tarawih prayer since 1989 in various mosques and at Sada Bahar Lawn (2002-2011) in Karachi, Pakistan. He worked as a part time Imam at the King Haji Ahamd Shah mosque of International Islamic University Malaysia from 2013 to 2015 where he lead in Tarawih and Qiyam-e-Ramadhan for four years (2013-2016). Other than this, he has served for several mosques in Kuala Lumpur as an Imam for Tarawih and Qiyam-e-Ramadhan.