Jawad Naqvi

Pakistani Islamic scholar and philosopher (born 1952)
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Hujjat al-IslamSyed Jawad Naqvi

سید جواد نقوی

Chancellor of Jamia Urwa tul-Wusqa

In office

Preceded by

Position established

Principal of Jamia Jafaria

In office

Preceded by

Mufti Jafar Hussain

Head of Siraat Education Schooling System

In office

Preceded by

Position established

Personal Born

(1952-03-05) 5 March 1952 (age 71)
Haripur, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan






(2 sons and 3 daughters)


Aqa Syed Abdullah Naqvi (father)


Twelver Shia


Ja\'fari jurisprudence



Main interest(s)

Islamic philosophy, Quranic exegesis, Islamic logic

Alma mater

Qom Seminary, Iran

Known for

Founder of Tahreek e bedari Umat e Musatafa


Islamic scholar, preacher

Muslim leader Based in

Lahore, Pakistan

Period in office

2010 – present
Influenced by

Muhammad Iqbal
Ruhollah Khomeini
Taqi Yazdi
Mufti Jafar Hussain
Hassan Hassanzadeh Amoli
Ayatollah Khamenei
Arif Hussain Hussaini


Liaqat Baloch
Kamal Kharazi
Zahid Ur Rashdi
Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair
Muhammad Ali Mirza
Shehanshah Hussain Naqvi
Abdul Khabeer Azad
Masroor Abbas Ansari
Ghulam Rasool Noori


Islami Markaz

Jawad Naqvi (Urdu: جواد نقوی) (born 1952) is a Pakistani Shia Islamic religious scholar and preacher. He is the chancellor of Jamia Urwat-ul-Wusqa Islamic University in Lahore and principal of several Islamic schools. He founded the monthly religious magazine Masharab-e-Naab.

Naqvi delivers dialogue-filled sermons. He propagates theories of Wilayat-e-Fiqh, and is often called the representative of the Wilayat in Pakistan. He has been a staunch supporter of the Iranian Revolution.

Early life and education

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Syed Jawad Naqvi was born on 5 March 1952 at Haripur, Pakistan. He has studied religious philosophy, theology and Shia jurisprudence in Islamic seminaries in Pakistan and Iran. Among his teachers were Abdollah Javadi-Amoli and Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi. He has three PhDs: in philosophy, sociology and Islamic jurisprudence.


Naqvi is the principal of Jamia Urwa-tul-Wusqa and Jamia Jaffria, seminaries in Lahore and Gujranwala respectively. He is also the principal of Jamia Ummul Kitaab in Lahore, head of Deen-ul-Qayyim Online Islamic school and Siraat Education School System. Naqvi is also the editor of the monthly magazine Masharab-e-Naab. He is a staunch supporter of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. In many of his speeches he propagates the hard-line version of Wilayat-e-Fiqh. He stands for unity of sects in Pakistan under his banner.

Bethat Islamic Research Centre (MATAB) publications

Naqvi has written several books about Islam, including:

Islam and Secularism
Fitna Akhruz Zaman
Wahdat Ummat Ka Faramoush Rukn
Hussain (pbuh)-Waris-e-Anbia
Karbala ek hi rasta

Although most of his works are in Urdu, some have been translated into English, including

The Candle of the Path of Allah
Defeated Velvet Revolution in Iran
Values of Aashura
The Philosophy of Islam
The System of Wilayat
Nuclear Deal or No Deal
War on Yemen
Recognition of Quran
Basis of Wilayat-e-Faqeeh

Some books have been translated intoed Kashmiri including The System of Wilayat and Rasm-i-Shabiri.

Bethat Educational TV Channel

Bethat Educational TV Channel is the official satellite TV channel of the Howza e ilmiya Jamia Urwa-tul-Wuthqa. Bethat Educational Islamic TV Channel broadcasts special educational programs for children, women, youth and general public.

Islamic Awakening Movement

Syed Jawad Naqvi is the founder and leader of movement of Islamic Awakening in the sub-continent. ″Tehreek e Baidari e Ummat e Mustafa SAWW″ was launched in the congregation of 7 October 2012 held at Nasir Bagh Lahore in condemnation of blasphemy against the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Gatherings were held throughout Pakistan in order to initiate a movement against nations such as the USA and Israel who were held responsible for this blasphemy. According to Syed Jawad Naqvi, Tehreek e Baidari e Ummat e Mustafa SAWW (Islamic Awakening Movement) is not an organizational set-up of any political party but it is a socio-cultural and educational movement for the mobilization of Ummah. Islamic Awakening or Islamic revival is global phenomenon of political Islam which started in 20th century and was expedited by Islamic Revolution in Iran.


Views on Iran\'s system

See also: Iranian clergy protests against interest-based banking

Naqvi believes that Iran\'s system is based on Quran. This is against the opinion of major Shia clerics of Iran. In April 2018, Ayatollah Javadi Amoli said:

\"The Qur\'an calls Satan arrogant, but as far as I recall he has not been addressed as warrior against God in the Qur\'an.  Interest system of our banks is a war against Allah and His Messenger (PBUH). You may name a year as a year of production and prosperity (the Iranian leader named the previous year the Year of Resistant Economy: Production and Employment), as long as there is interest on loan in banking system, nothing will improve.\"

Earlier on december 2016, Javadi Amoli said, Bank of Iran sucks blood of the people.

Views on Azadari of Muharram

In 2020, after his alleged comparison of Azadari with Tarawih during a lecture, Indian daily and weekly Urdu newspapers Sahafat and Nauroz published articles critical to him. Indian daily and Urdu newspaper Sahafat and Hindi newspaper Bhumitra again criticised his May 29, 2020 Friday sermon, for targeting Indian Shia leadership.

In July 2020 Jawad Naqvi criticised Imamia Students Organisation for not being the pride of Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist which sparked a reaction and a resolution by Imamia Students Organization against him.

Views on women\'s roles

According to academic scholar Wendy Qian, Syed Jawad Naqvi holds over all socially conservative views about women\'s roles. Qian says, Naqvi\'s views on women seems to have been influenced by South Asian conservative Islamic advise literature, and overall he reiterates same views with only addition that he expects women\'s roles in his idealistic Islamic political revolution in Pakistan, on which he has written a book The Role of Women towards the System of Wilayat.
In 2019, Naqvi termed Aurat March Organisers \'Most Evil Of All Women\'.


In a 2012 report by Hudson Institute, he has been described as pro-Iran and to be financially supported by Iran. Alex Vatanka writes in an article titled \"The Guardian of Pakistan\'s Shia\" published by Hudson Institute, a strategic think-tank based in Washington. It says:

\"Accordingly, many of Pakistan’s Shia religious figures have become highly vocal and partisan supporters of Khamenei. For example, Syed Jawad Naqvi, a prominent activist preacher and the head of a recently-launched Shia seminary in Pakistan, idealizes the theocracy in the Islamic Republic of Iran and calls himself a devoted follower of Khamenei. He has additionally published articles as well as a book denouncing Iran’s anti-clerical Green opposition movement.27 Not surprisingly, Naqvi’s seminary was reportedly established in part with financial support from the Iranian state.\"

In 2019, an article in The News described him of having \"uniquely Iran-centered career\". However, Jawad Naqvi has denied that he has received any support from Iran. In the opening ceremony of Jamia Urwatu Wusqa he said that this project is fully supported by local pakistani people. He said that none of his projects is supported by Iran or any other country and not a single penny has been received from outside Pakistan.

As recent as January 2020, he has been described as \"a major supporter of Iran’s theocracy\" by Foreign Policy, an American news publication.

In 2013, Mohammadi Masjid stopped Naqvi’s sermons after there was scuffle occurred when Police prevented Naqvi\'s security from entering the mosque, sparking mass protests outside the mosque. Allegedly his security guard was carrying unlicensed weapon. Police accused students of Naqvi, for creating the chaos and roughing up the cameraman, the varsity condemned the irresponsible behavior of the police. Subsequently, Naqvi was banned by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif from lecturing at Mohammadi Masjid in Lahore.



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