Maulana Tariq Jameel (Urdu: مولانا طارق جمیل ; born 1 January 1953) (also spelled Jamil) is an Islamic scholar in Pakistan. His native town is Tulamba near Mian Channu in Punjab. His father was an agriculturist and was a respected person in his field and the local area. Tariq Jameel was born and raised in Mian Channu. In his childhood he lived a relatively modest life but religion was not a major part of his life and his family in particular. It wasn't until he pursued his MBBS. In Lahore then his focus shifted towards Islam.
After completing his Higher Secondary School Education (a.k.a. F.Sc in some regions of Pakistan) in Pre-Medical (Equivalent to A 'Levels') from Government College University, Lahore, he took admission in King Edward Medical University in Lahore. He intended to do his MBBS, but he soon switched to Islamic Education. He then went on to receive Islamic Education from Jamia Arabia, Raiwind (near Lahore, Pakistan)where he studied Quran, Hadith, Sharia, Tasawwuf, Logic And Fiqh.
Transition towards Islam
His proclivities for Islam grew during hostel life in Lahore and can mainly be attributed to the group members of Tablighi Jamaat who he became friends with during his college life. He regularly delivers lectures and speeches encouraging people to follow Islamic values and principles and put them into practice in their everyday life. He emphasizes non-political, non-violent, non-sectarian Islam.
He has traveled extensively for this cause and delivered thousands of lectures all over the world. To quench his thirst for knowledge, he mastered the ability to understand and fluently speak Arabic and traveled extensively to numerous Islamic countries. His charming appearance combined with a strong voice and a fine ability to deliver religious lectures soon catapulted him to fame and within a few years he became one of the most profound and inspiring preachers of Islam in the Urdu language.
Rise to fame
Due to his sermons and simple and modest lifestyle, Maulana Tariq Jameel commands respect from Muslims all over the world. He has a simple, eloquent and distinctive style of explaining the purpose of human life and its creation and often uses scientific examples to support his argument. He has delivered lectures to all types of communities in the society with the attendees being doctors, engineers, professors, businessmen, landlords, government officials, TV/film artists, ministers/politicians and sports celebrities.
His untiring efforts brought real Islamic values in the lives of some of the greatest Pakistani cricketing legends such as Saeed Anwar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf (cricketer), Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed and Saleem Malik. He has also been the main paradigm for Junaid Jamshed since his inspiring volte-face towards Islam. Tariq Jameel is also a student of the late Maulana Muhammad Yousuf Ludhianvi another Deoband scholar.
Maulana Tariq Jameel's lectures incorporate a wide range of issues of Islam and social concern. He especially emphasizes on self-purification, avoidance of violent ways, observance of Allah orders and to follow the sunnah of Muhammad.
He repeatedly asks Muslims to do Tawba (to be penitent for past sins and to retreat from wrong ways of life-leading) and to come back to the right path leaving the wrong one. He is a critic of "moral degeneration, indecent practices and shamelessness" that have established its stronghold among the young generation of Muslims.