Syed Abdullah Tariq

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EducationB.Sc. Electrical Engineering
Years active1987-Present
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Agar Ab Bhi Na Jaage Toh
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Syed Abdullah Tariq (Urdu: سید عبداللہ طارق.) (born 1953) is an Indian Muslim Islamic Scholar and author.[1][2][3] He is also the founder of an international interfaith organization called World Organization of Religions and Knowledge (WORK).[4][5]

Early life

Syed Abdullah Tariq was born in 1953 in a Sayyid family in the city of Rampur, Uttar Pradesh in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP).[6][7] He received a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degree in Electrical Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University in 1974.[6]

He was heavily influenced by Shams Naved Usmani, an Islamic scholar with deep knowledge of Hindu Scriptures who he met in 1987.[8][9] Abdullah was Usmāni's chief disciple for six years until his demise.[2]

World Organisation of Religions & Knowledge (WORK)

In 1987, under the guidance of Shams Naved Usmani, the organization World Organisation of Religions & Knowledge (WORK) was formed.[10] Syed Abdullah Tariq was assigned as the lifetime President of this organization.[2][9]

The organization promotes the unity of mankind by delivering the message of peace and harmony among people.[11] Their core values include peace, unity, service, knowledge and collaborative effort.[12] The organization’s relief efforts includes activities like offering first aid, food, and evacuation services irrespective of communal affiliations.[10]

This organization was actively involved in earthquake relief activities in Gujarat and Kashmir in 2001 and 2005 respectively.[10] They also assisted people during the 2002 Gujarat riots|2002 riots of Gujarat.[10] In 2020, WORK volunteers undertook social work to help the economically challenged survive during the lockdown.[10] They even co-organized a peace procession with HWPL in Rampur in 2018.[13]



Abdullah suggests that India is the land of the origin of Islam as the first prophet Adam in Islam|Adam descended there.[1] He refers to the country as ‘Punya Bhoomi’ which translates to Holy Land.[1] He also maintains that interfaith dialogue between Hindus and Muslims is crucial to uphold peace in India.[8]

Babri Masjid Dispute

In 1988 Syed Abdullah Tariq wrote an article for ‘Akhbar-e-Nau’ that discouraged the Muslim community from aggravating the Babri Masjid dispute.[1] He used the Quran and Sunnah to outline principles that instructed the community to refrain from taking the issue to the level of a clash.[1] He maintains that the issue has worsened because of the stance of the Muslim leadership. In 2018, he publicly supported Salman Husaini Nadwi|Salman Hussain Nadvi’s stance on the dispute.[1][3][14]

Notable Activity

Sarva Dharma Samvad Manch

He created a platform for interfaith dialogue which, in 2020, condemned attacks on a Gurdwara in Nankana Sahib.[15]

Milad-un-Nabi Commemoration as Compassion Day

WORK also commemorates Milad-un-Nabi as ‘Compassion Day’ every year.[16][17][5][18]

A medical camp is organized annually by the NGO in partnership with Hind Bhaichara Samiti.[5] Hind Bhaichara Samiti president ‘Dhananjay Pathak’ encourages people to participate in this social welfare program.[5] Syed Abdullah Tariq stated that communities should celebrate this day by taking up social welfare work.[5]

Public Speaking

Abdullah has spoken in various Islamic and interfaith conferences and seminars in India and abroad.[19][20][6][21] He has also been invited as the chief guest to an exhibition held in the Durbar Hall of Rampur Raza Library.[22]


Syed Abdullah Tariq has a number of publications to his credit like Agar Ab Bhi Na Jaage Toh,, Ekta Ka Aadhar, Gujarat Ke Baad Haalat Aur Hal and Yug Parivartan – Islamic Drishtikon.[7]

Agar Ab Bhi Na Jaage Toh (Now or Never) illustrated the ideas of Shams Naved Usmani which have been explained and elucidated by Syed Abdullah Tariq.[2][8][23] It encourages Muslims to view Sanatan Dharma in a different light.[2] It asserts that Hindus are the descendants of the people of Noah.[2]


In 2012, the Qazi-e-Sharia and district Mufti Syed Shahid Ali Rizvi demanded for the arrest of Abdullah Tariq for belittling the Quran.[24] Abdullah dismissed the allegations by clarifying his stance and unwavering faith on the Quran.[25]


Ramkinkar Award conferred by Ramayanam Trust Ayodhya in 1992 for his services to humanity.[26]

The Delhi Minorities Commission announced an Award for Syed Abdullah Tariq in 2020 for the role he plays in communal harmony.[27][28]

In the media



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Farooqui, Ayaz (2018-02-16). "Muslim leadership responsible for dragging Babri dispute for three decades: Islamic scholar Abdullah Tariq". Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Sikand, Yoginder (2004-07-31). Muslims in India Since 1947: Islamic Perspectives on Inter-Faith Relations. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-134-37825-8. JSTOR 26199763.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Feb 15, Arshad Afzal Khan / TNN / Updated; 2018; Ist, 06:54. "Babri Masjid: Another Sunni cleric backs Nadwi | Lucknow News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-02-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. admin (2020-07-15). "Concerns raised over persecution of religious group in South Korea | Colombo Gazette". Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Bureau, ABP News (2018-11-21). "Uttar Pradesh: Hindus join Muslims to celebrate Milad-un-Nabi as 'compassion day' in Rampur". Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Syed Abdullah Tariq". Retrieved 2020-10-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Allama Syed Abdullah Tariq – Work". Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 (2008-05-16). "An innovative approach to Hindu-Muslim dialogue". Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Acharya Maulana Shams Naved Usmani – Work". Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 "History of WORK – Work". Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  11. "Mission – Work". Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  12. "Vision – Work". Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  13. "एकता और भाईचारे को निकाला शांति जुलूस". Dainik Jagran (in हिन्दी). Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  14. "Morning Breaking: Syed Abdullah Tariq supports Maulana Salman Nadvi on Ayodhya dispute case". Zee News. 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  15. "कुछ लोगों की हरकतों से मजहबों में पैदा हो जाती है नफरत : तारिक". Dainik Jagran (in हिन्दी). Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  16. "Women Wing – Work". Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  17. "Yaum e Rehmat – Work". Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  18. "176 रोगियों ने कराई जांच". Dainik Jagran (in हिन्दी). Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  19. "Introduction of IERO | Islamic Educational & Research Organization". Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  20. "Quran Conference for Character Building Held in Delhi". en. Retrieved 2020-10-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. "Our Time is Running Out at Outdoors, Delhi". Events High. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  22. "धूमधाम से मनाया गया सर सैयद अहमद खां का जन्मदिन". Dainik Jagran (in हिन्दी). Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  23. "Interfaith Relations- Islamic Voice". Retrieved 2020-10-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. "कुरान की बेहुरमती सहन नहीं". Dainik Jagran (in हिन्दी). Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  25. "तारिक अब्दुल्लाह ने दी सफाई". Amar Ujala (in हिन्दी). Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  26. "Allama Syed Abdullah Tariq – Work". Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  27. "Delhi Minorities Commission announces Awards in various fields |". Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  28. "Delhi Minorities Commission announces Awards in various fields | The Indian Awaaz". Retrieved 2021-02-26.

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