Muhammad Saad Kandhlawi

Muhammad Saad Kandhlawi (born 10 May 1965) is an Indian Muslim scholar and preacher. He is the great-grandson of the Tablighi Jamat founder Muhammad Ilyas Kandhlawi.[1][2] He heads one faction of the Tablighi Jamat.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Saad Kandhlawi was born on 10 May 1965 (1385 AH) in Western Uttar Pradesh’s Kandhla town in Shamli District. He is the great-grandson of the founder of Tablighi JamatMuhammad Ilyas Kandhlawi through former ameer of the Tablighi Jamat Muhammad Yusuf Kandhlawi.[2]

He completed his Dars-e-Nizami studies from Madrasa Kashiful Uloom at Nizamuddin MarkazNizamuddin WestSouth Delhi in 1987.[2][5]


Former head of the Tablighi Jamat Inamul Hasan Kandhlawi had formed a 10-member legislation before his death in 1995 to look after the Jamat affairs and this legislation (commonly shura) was intact until 2015.[citation needed] Most of the scholars in this group died during these 20 years including Zubair ul Hassan Kandhlawi. A meeting was held in Raiwind Markaz on 16 November 2015 to fill up the vacant spaces of the shura legislation and a new shura consisting of 13 members including Muhammad Abdul Wahhab was formed. Kandhlawi did not agree with this shura and declared himself as the head of Jamat.[6]

Kandhlawi leads the Nizamuddin Markaz faction of the Jamat.[1][4]


Some of Kandhlawi’s statements lead the Deobandi scholars to issue fatawa against him. South African Mufti Ebrahim Desai published a fatwa on his website Askimam.[7] The Islamic seminary of India Darul Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa against Kandhlawi, questioning his leadership.[8][9][10]

Zaid Mazahiri of the Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama also wrote many treatises over this issue including Tablighi Jamat Ka Bahami Ikhtelaf awr Ittehad-o-Ittefaq awr Sulah-o-Safaii Ki ek Koshish (Internal Dispute of Tablighi Jamat: An attempt to mutually unite, and reconcile).[11] Following these reactions, British scholar Yusuf Motala wrote and spoke in the defence of Kandhlawi.[12]

Nizamuddin Markaz COVID-19 hotspot[edit]

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic in India, a number of patients from Nizamuddin Markaz tested positive for coronavirus,[13] which resulted in the Delhi Government registering an FIR against Kandhlawi for organizing a Tablighi Jamat religious event at the Markaz, despite the restriction of such gatherings after 16 March.[14][15][16][17][18] They had also sought help from authorities for vacating the premises on 25 March.[19] On 23 August 2021, the Delhi High court ordered the Delhi police to open Kandhlawi’s house within 2 days.[20]

Family life[edit]

Saad is son-in-law of Salman Mazahiri.[21]

During a police raid on April 2020,[22] it was exposed in the media that Saad owns a large farmhouse in the Shamli District of Delhi. The farmhouse’s mansion is equipped with plush interiors, CCTVs, electric fence, ferocious dogs.[23], swimming pool,[24] luxury cars,[25] exotic animals and exotic birds.[26] The media also revealed that the electricity bills were being paid under his son’s name, Yusuf bin Saad,[27] further proving his ownership of the house. The property has been a tightly kept secret and is widely unknown to his followers as Saad preaches a simple lifestyle.[28] Saad’s relative, Badrul Hassan has defended Maulana Saad claiming that although he owns the mansion, he only goes there once every month.[29]


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  2. Jump up to:a b c “Saad Kandhalvi: The Indian preacher at the centre of Ijtema dispute”. Dhaka Tribune. Archived from the original on 6 March 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  3. ^ “Tableeghi Jamaat in Britain splits into two factions” from the original on 29 June 2019. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  4. Jump up to:a b Ghazali, Abdus Satar (12 October 2018). “Global leadership split in Tablighi Jamaat echoes in San Francisco Bay Area”countercurrents.orgArchived from the original on 29 April 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  5. ^ “Saad Kandhalvi: The Indian preacher at the centre of Ijtema dispute”. 12 January 2018. Archived from the original on 10 June 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  6. ^ “Tablighi Jamaat at the crossroads”MilliGazette. 30 July 2016. Archived from the original on 1 March 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  7. ^ Mufti Ebrahim Desai. “The Noble work of Tabligh and Ml Saad”AskImam.orgArchived from the original on 27 October 2019. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  8. ^ “Clarification Of Darul Uloom Deoband About Ruju Of Maulana Saad Kandhlawi”Deoband.netArchived from the original on 28 September 2019. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  9. ^ “Darul Uloom Deoband’s Stand About Maulana Saad Kandhlawi Of Tabligh”Deoband.netArchived from the original on 26 April 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  10. ^ Iqbal, Sajid (25 February 2018). “A HOUSE DIVIDED”dawn.comArchived from the original on 12 April 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  11. ^ Zaid Mazahiri Nadwi. “Tablighi Jamat Ka Bahami Ikhtelaf awr Ittehad-o-Ittefaq awr Sulah-o-Safaii Ki ek Koshish” (PDF) Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  12. ^ “Letter to Maulana Yusuf Motala”Scribd. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  13. ^ “India: 6 Tablighi Jamaat members test COVID-19 positive” from the original on 31 March 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  14. ^ “Delhi government orders FIR against Nizamuddin Maulana”.
  15. ^ Hashmi, Rasia (30 March 2020). “Nizamuddin:Delhi govt. orders FIR against Maulana Saad Kandhalvi”siasat.comArchived from the original on 31 March 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  16. ^ “Nizamuddin congregation: Arvind Kejriwal orders FIR against maulana”Business Standard IndiaBusiness Standard. Press Trust of India. 30 March 2020. Archived from the original on 31 March 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  17. ^ “Nizamuddin congregation: Arvind Kejriwal orders FIR against maulana”India TodayArchived from the original on 30 March 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  18. ^ “Corona positive cases from Nizamuddin religious gathering spread across states, 6 dead in Telangana”Outlook (India).
  19. ^ Staff Reporter (31 March 2020). “Nizamuddin markaz had sought help from authorities for vacating premises”The HinduArchived from the original on 31 March 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2020 – via
  20. ^ “दिल्ली पुलिस को हाई कोर्ट की फटकार, ‘दो दिन के अंदर मौलाना साद के घर को खोलने का आदेश'”TheReports. 23 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  21. ^ “بڑی خبر : مولانا سعد کاندھلوی کی کورونا رپورٹ نیگیٹیو!” (in Urdu). Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  22. ^ “Delhi Police raids farmhouse of Tablighi Jamaat chief Maulana Saad”.
  23. ^ “Maulana Saad Farm House”.
  24. ^ “Maulana Saad Farmhouse Swimming Pool”.
  25. ^ “Tablighi Chief Maulana Saad who preaches a simple lifestyle caught with a plush farmhouse, swimming pool, and high-end vehicles”.
  26. ^ “Exotic Birds and Animal in Maulana Saad’s Farmhouse”.
  27. ^ “Luxurious life of Maulana Saad, owns plush farmhouse in Shamli”.
  28. ^ “Tablighi Chief Maulana Saad who preaches a simple lifestyle caught with a plush farmhouse, swimming pool, and high-end vehicles”.
  29. ^ “Kin call Jamaat chief ‘cult figure’ with ‘low profile'”.

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