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Muhammad Owais Raza Qaderi

Muhammad Owais Raza Qaderi (born 17 October 1969 in Karachi) is a Pakistani who has travelled widely as a Naat Khawan (reciter of naat). 

Beginning in 1983, he has released several albums, despite having taken no formal Na'at classes. Qaderi has traveled to England, Canada, Dubai, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, India, Hijaz-e-Muqaddas South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, Mauritius, Botswana, Maputo, Zambia, Swaziland, Bangladesh, Syria etc. to recite naats. In Vagra,(Dist-Bharuch,Gujarat) India, more than 500,000 people attended one of his performances, creating the record for most number of attandees in a Mehfil-e-Na'at. In Hyderabad, India, more than 200,000 people attended one of his performances. In the course of his performances, he advises young people to acquire adequate knowledge of Islam and to recite at least one ruku of the Qur'an and its Kanzul Iman translation.

Muhammad Owais Raza Qaderi was born on 17th October 1969 in Pakistan. He is Intermediate in academic qualifications. He has performed several Hajj and Umras, the first Umra being in 1992 while the first Hajj in 1996. Apart from Holy Places, Pakistan is Owais Qadri‘s favourite country. Among clothes, he likes Shalwar Qameez the best. Owais Qadri‘s best friends are books. According to him, the memorable moment of his life has not arrived. His favourite personality is Alahazrat, Mujaddid-e-Din-o-Millat Imam Shah Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi. His favourite dish is Bar B.Q. and favourite colors are black and white.

Owais Raza Qaderi was married with in 1994 and has four children: two daughters and two sons named Mohammad Anis Raza and Mohammad Afif Raza.

He started reciting naats at the age of 8 only. He was inspired by AlHaaj Yousuf Ashrafi (late) who was his ideal Naat Khawan also. He did not take special naat classes but acquired the companionship of good, pious “Ushaqaan-e-Rasool”. All naats are his favorites. Reciting the Kalaam of Imam-e-Ahle-sunnat, Alahazrat Shah Ahmed Raza Khan Sahib Barelvi is most liked by Owais Raza Qaderi. His first album was released in 1983 and after that numerous albums have been released.

He rests after 8 o’clock in the morning. Each night two or three Mehfil-e-Naats were used to be attended but now onwards, there will be just one each night. He is currently working on an new album. There are numerous wishes which have not yet been fulfilled but are confidential. Bulbul-e-Madinah plans to open a Naat Academy very soon, Insha-Allah-o-Rabb-ul Aalameen. There are no formalities for the bookings of Mehfil-e-Naat, however, privilege is given to areas where something could be done to promote Islam.

Regarding his future plans, Owais Qaderi states that he will continue reciting naats and work for getting people back to the path of Sala’at-o-Sunnat. Muhammad Owais Raza Qaderi advises new naat khawans that Naat Khawani is Ibaadat and before reciting any naat essential knowledge should be collected about it and special care should be taken to ensure that it is not objectionable by Islamic Shariah. It is best to check all naats with a learned scholar. Furthermore, they should restrain from such acts which can be criticized by others. They should be true and practical Muslims, i.e. not that talking about love for the Muhammad and murdering the Sunnah of Muhammad by shaving off the beard and not showing regularity in daily prayers.

Addressing the young generation, Muhammad Owais Raza Qaderi remarks that undoubtedly success lies within the fact that we must walk on the path guided to us by Allah Rabb-ul Aalameen and His Prophet , leave the way of strangers and always believe in death. Acquire adequate knowledge of Islam and recite at least one Ruku of the Quran (Kanzul Iman) with translation.

2007 - In recognition of his promotion of Naats the Government of Pakistan recognized him as Best Naat Khawan for 2007. 

2008 - The Barkati Foundation ceremonially weighed him in silver in recognition of his services for the promotion of Na'ats. 

His first album was released in 1983 and after that numerous albums have been released. There are 23 albums release till to date.  

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