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Native name  فرحت ہاشمی
Name  Farhat Hashmi
Full Name  Farhat Hashmi
Spouse  Idrees Zubair
Nationality  Pakistani
Parents  Abdur Rehman Hashmi
Occupation  Islamic scholar

Farhat Hashmi with an open book on the top of the table, wearing eyeglasses, a brown thobe, and a brown Shemagh.

Born  December 22, 1957 (age 65) (1957-12-22) Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan
Children  Asma Zubair, Hisham Zubair, Maryam Zubair, Taimiyyah Zubair
Education  University of Glasgow, University of the Punjab
Similar People  Tariq Jameel, Israr Ahmed, Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, Zakir Naik

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Farhat Hashmi (Urdu: فرحت ہاشمی‎) (born December 22, 1957) is an Islamic scholar from Pakistan She was formerly a lecturer and assistant professor at the Faculty of Usul-al-Din at International Islamic University, Islamabad. Hashmi founded Al-Huda Institute in Mississauga (Toronto area), Ontario, Canada, in 2004 as an extension of Al-Huda International, which she had founded in Pakistan in 1994.


Farhat Hashmi with sad-looking eyes with an open book on the top of the table and a microphone, wearing a gray thobe and a black Shemagh.

Early life

A lady wearing a black abaya and a light pink hijab and beside her is a gentleman wearing eyeglasses and powder blue long sleeves.

Farhat Hashmi was born in Sargodha, Punjab to the family of Abdur Rehman Hashmi, a Muslim scholar. She received her masters degree in Arabic at the Punjab University, Lahore, and was married shortly afterwards to Idrees Zubair, a fellow Islamic scholar. Together, the couple achievhed their PhD in Hadeeth Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Hashmi taught at the International Islamic University Islamabad, while also conducting informal religious study circles for women in Islamabad.


Hashmi preaches on wide variety of topics which range from spirituality to healthy living.

Farhat Hashmi with a laptop on the table and with a bouquet of flowers, wearing a gray thobe and a black Shemagh.

During a sermon when asked by a woman what a wife should do if her husband was unwilling to help her destitute parents, Hashmi promptly quoted An-Nisa, 34 (Chapter Al Nisa, verse 34) of the Quran, arguing that the wife should comply with her husband's wishes, "no matter what, as he was her divinely appointed imam."

Hashmi has preached that Muslim women should let their husbands marry a second time so “other sisters can also benefit”. This saves men from having a non-marital relationship, which is forbidden according to the Quran.

Hashmi has also preached that women have several rights over men and similarly men have several obligations towards women. Hashmi preaches that it is the responsibility of men to financially provide for their wives and women should not be forced to work for a living.

According to Hashmi, women can touch and recite the Quran during their menstrual periods, wearing gloves (either when learning Quran from a teacher or teaching Quran to others), traditionally considered by some to be prohibited. Other scholars are supportive of her views.

Hashmi encourages her followers, mostly well-to-do Pakistani women, to interpret the Qur'an for themselves supporting their views with strong evidence, but her critics argue that "Hashmi's talks center around personal and family development, rather than community service," instead of using their knowledge to improve their social conditions.

Hashmi's supporters on the other hand call her preaching a "women’s empowerment program" which teaches them "humility, peace and submission" to God. Moroever, “natural calamities relief and disaster management, digging wells in drought-stricken areas of Pakistan, [and] stipends and food provision to widows and orphans,” are a part of her school’s social welfare program as stated on her institute's website.

Hashmi has been labelled as a feminist and criticized for her liberal interpretation of the Quran by more conservative male scholars. Hashmi is for “interpretation on all issues,” related to Islam, including today’s human rights’ issues concerning women, though reinterpretation must be “within the parameters of the Quran.”

Media reception

One Canadian newspaper criticized her for being elitist and observed that the "moderate Muslims of Canada call her Wahhabi because of her unbending doctrines." Raheel Raza, writing in American Thinker on 8 November 2008, stated that she "is known for promoting a very conservative Islamic ideology that is based on Wahhabism. She is in favor of Sharia in Canada." However, she is against the Taliban, citing her own example as having traveled overseas to attain a Ph. D, something the Taliban views as inappropriate for women.

Hashmi has also been featured in the yearly publication of "The Muslim 500 – The 500 Most Influential Muslims."


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