Motto A Foundation for Islamic Research and Education
Formation June 1983
Type Research Institute
Headquarters Lahore
Official language
Javed Ahmad Ghamidi

Al-Mawrid is an Islamic research institute in Lahore, Pakistan founded in 1983 and then re-established in 1991.[1]


The institute was established by Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, a well-known Pakistani Islamic scholar, who has been inspired by Amin Ahsan Islahi and Hamiduddin Farahi. The organization describes its existence as a reaction to the problem in current Islamic learning, which focuses on "the foundational principles and the emanating discourses of a particular school of thought as well as the polemics to establish their superiority over those of others."[2]

The institution as a research and educational center aims to facilitate and perpetuate the explanatory and research work on the so-called "true understanding of Islam."[2] One of its main positions articulated by its founder involved the centralization of Islamic ministry in Pakistan to address the way mosques in the country are currently run privately and that anyone can preach without permission or accountability.[3] Ghamidi maintained that this condition promotes extremism and hatred.


The administration of Al-Mawrid Global is in the hands of its Board of Governors. The administrative system is founded on democratic principles. The President of the institution serves as the academic and intellectual patron, and the Secretary General is entrusted with its administrative affairs. Al-Mawrid Global is a charity registered in Scotland (no. SC044505), and the institution accepts contributions from all those who agree with its objectives.

The institution has its worldwide presence through its country chapters.

  • Australia Chapter[4]
  • Canada Chapter[5]
  • Hind Chapter
  • UK Chapter[6]
  • US Chapter[7]
  • Norway Chapter[8]


Al-Mawrid is criticized for their progressive stand on various religious issues. Sometimes they are charged with fueling controversial topics, like calling for reform in the infamous Hudood laws. Javed Ghamidi is also referred by some as having involvement in the controversial movie 'Khuda kai liya', which brought the issue of radicalization into the limelight in Pakistan. Local and orthodox scholars often reject this school of thought and their liberal understanding of Islam. Some also refer to them as 'clean shave mullas'.[9]

Ghamidi and Al-Mawrid's moderate stance on Islam led to a conflict with the Taliban, which forced Ghamidi to flee his country in 2010. Ghamidi's staff was murdered by the extremist group and Al-Mawrid is now being run through a website and its branches located in Australia, Canada, India, United Kingdom, and the United States.[3]


Discipline Islamic studies
Language English
Publication details
Publication history
Danish Sara (Pakistan)
Standard abbreviations
ISSN 1605-0045

The institution publishes two monthly journals. These journals carry advertisements from small merchants, but also from larger businesses.[10]


  1. Javed Ahmad Ghamidi's Profile Archived 2009-08-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. 1 2 "Almawrid Institute of Islamic Sciences | Javed Ahmad Ghamidi - Javed Ahmad Ghamidi". Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  3. 1 2 "Pakistani scholar praises UAE's preaching codes". The National. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  4. "Al Mawrid Australia - Al-Mawrid Australia". Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  5. "Log into Facebook | Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  6. "Al-Mawrid UK". Al-Mawrid UK. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  7. "Al-Mawrid United States - Home". Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  8. "Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  9. "Is Javed Ghamidi a True Scholar?". Hanging Odes.
  10. Zaman, Muhammad (1998). "Sectarianism in Pakistan: The Radicalization of Shi'i and Sunni Identities". 32 (3): 689–716. JSTOR 313163.
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
  13. Ciolek, T. Matthew. The first Islamic e-periodical, Renaissance: A Monthly Islamic Journal, Asian Studies Online - a Timeline of Major Developments, Australian National University
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