Al-Haaj Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Qadri is one of those lucky few youngsters who have had their name famous all over the world, but not in any ordinary sense. His claim to fame is his fervor for spreading the Deen, and Ishq-E-Rusul (S.A.W).
Hafiz Tahir Qadri was born on the 9th of January in the city of Karachi. From his childhood, he had a burning passion about reciting the praises of the Chosen One Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W). It was the Islamic Environment in his home, and the help and encouragement of his respected father that he entered the world of Naatkhuwani. Also great credit goes to a Masjid in his area, Noor Masjid, where he used to go and recite the praises of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W).
His Naatkhuwani first formed a professional state in the year 2000, when he released his first ever album, “ALLAHU PUKAARAY JAA” with a local company Faizan-E-Ashraf. Although the album might not have been a hit, some of the poems read in that album are certainly famous today, such as the title track Allahu Pukaaray Jaa or the Punjabi one Main Kinnu Kinnu Dassan.
Since then, numerous albums have been released, on different occasions such as Milad-Un-Nabi (S.A.W), Muharram and Ramzan Sharif:
Allahu Pukaaray Jaa – Released By Faizan-E-Ashraf
Ya Khaira Khalqillah (S.A.W) – Released By Pakistan Music Coorporation
Ya Rasulallah (S.A.W) Karam – Released By Eagle Gold and Al-Madinah
Rahmat-E-Dou Jahaan – Released By Faizan-E-Ashraf
Taibah Ki Aarzu – Released By QTV, Eagle Gold and Al-Madinah
Dhoom Machaa Dou – Released By QTV, Eagle Gold and Al-Madinah
Labbaik Ya Rasulallah (S.A.W) – Released By QTV and Heera Stereo
Milad Ka Mausam Aaya Hai – Released By Heera Stereo
Mera Tou Sabb Kuch Mera Nabi (S.A.W) Hai – Released By Geo Music
Islam Zindahbaad – Released By Heera Stereo
Baarhween Kay Deewanou – Released By QTV and FRS
Aaou Sabb Nabi (S.A.W) Nabi (S.A.W) Karain – Released By QTV and FRS
Aaqa (S.A.W) Ki Aamad Kay Charchay – Released By QTV and FRS
Out of these, the first video album was Taibah Ki Aarzu. After that, all except Islam Zindahbaad have been on video and audio both, with Islam Zindahbaad being on audio only.
He has also appeared on Mix Naatkhuwan Albums containing special tracks by different Naatkhuwans, such as the album released for Muharram by Heera Stereo, “YA SHAHEED-E-KARBALA”, or the album released by Meem Journey and Genius Records “AASAR-E-QAYAAMAT”, containing poems about death and the hereafter.
Hafiz Tahir Qadri does not use his Naatkhuwani as a source for making money, and the proof of that is his business, Alhamdulillah running succesfully under the title of “TAHIR QADRI ARABI ABAAYAHS” in Karachi.
Hafiz Tahir Qadri’s favorite colors are black and blue. His favorite dishes are Biryaani and Rice. Alhamdulillah he has travelled to India, South Africa and Mauritius for the sake of Mahafil-E-Naat. Insha Allah he plans to visit the U.K. soon. He was married in Ramzaan, September 2007 in front of the tomb of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) in Masjidun Nabvi (S.A.W) in Madinatun Noor in Saudia Arabiah. We pray that his future generations be true Muslims, intent on spreading the message of Islam to every inch of land and sea in the world.
He loves the Kalaam of Imaam-E-Ahl-E-Sunnat A’ala Hazrat Hafiz Qari Ahmad Raza Khan Brailvi (Rahmatullah Alaih), and has also recited some of his famous Kalaams in his special and unique style, such as “Chamak Tujh Say Paatay Hain” and “Ya Ilaahi Harr Jagah Teri”. In modern-day poets, he says that probably the best is Allamah Nisar Ali Ujaagar, a young and knowledgable scholar and Naat Writer from Karachi, and is mostly seen reciting his Kalaam such as “Pattah Pattah Bootta Bootta” and “Milad Ka Mausam Aaya Hai”.
Along with Hafiz Tahir Qadri, his younger brother Hafiz Muhammad Ahsan Qadri also recites with him. In the Naats of Hafiz Tahir Qadri with Zikr in the background, it is always Hafiz Ahsan Qadri who provides his powerful voice for Zikr. Hafiz Ahsan Qadri was born on 30th July in Karachi. His favorite color is black and his favorite dish is BBQ chicken. He himself released a Naat Album when he was very little, in around 1998. The album was called Adrikni Ya Rasulallah (S.A.W). He also recited a Hamd “Khusha Woh Din Haram-E-Paak Ki Fazaaoun Main Tha” in Hafiz Tahir Qadri’s album Islam Zindahbaad.
Al-Haaj Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Qadri is a Murid of Ameer-E-Ahl-E-Sunnat Hazrat Allamah Maulana Abu Bilal Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri Rizvi (Damat Barakatuhumul Aaliyah), who he says is a living Wali of our time.
Al-Haaj Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Qadri says that his most favorite Naat, the one most closest to his heart, the one he recites with most zeal, is “LABBAIK YA RASULALLAH (S.A.W)”. The album containing this Naat, with the same title as the Naat, sold more than 5 Lac copies all over the world. This Naat was recited specially after the incident when the controversial cartoons of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) were printed in Danish newspapers. Thus this Naat gained a lot of fame due to this incident, and gave birth to a feeling in youngsters’ hearts that Islam needs us, and the way of Islam is the correct one. Labbaik Ya Rasulallah (S.A.W) was played in programs relating to the cartoons, rallies, on radio etc. etc. It is still a famous Kalaam, being listened to and loved all over the world.
The message he wants to get across to his listeners, youngsters and the general public that the basic reason behing reciting Naats is to burn the flame of Islam in people’s hearts. There is no point behind listening or reciting Naats if one only takes it as an entertainment, and does not care about the basics of Islam, such as five times prayers and reciting the Qur’aan Sharif. The real Naatkhuwani is one which is evident through your actions i.e. following the Sunnat and fundamentals of Islam.