Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani
|Born||14. December 1935 (age 83)|
|Main interest(s)||?Aq?dah, Fiqh, Tasawwuf|
|Residence||London, United Kingdom|
Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani (Persian: ,Urdu: Abdolq?der Gil?ni) is a Sunni scholar, thinker and jurist. He was born on December 14, 1935 (Ramadan, 1354 AH) in a village called Sandhu Sayyidan, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He was born to Syed Walayat Ali Shah Gilani.
Jilani published his book, Zubdah at-Tahqiq in 2010. The book, which is written in Urdu, is a text on the Companions of Muhammad and whether the status of Abu Bakr as the greatest Companion is unanimously agreed upon or not.
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."
In response, it was made clear that Jilani was commenting on the law of Pakistan in relation to those who were alleged to have profaned the character of the Muhammad. In this instance, Jilani was discussing the case of Mumtaz Qadri who had been sentenced to death by the Court of Pakistan for killing the governor Salmaan Taseer. In conclusion if the comments were taken literally, then Jilani's comments could be offensive to some in the UK, however it should be made clear that the speech was delivered in the Urdu language and he was referring to the laws, customs and practices of Pakistan.