Khanum Syeda Tayyaba Bukhari is a world renowned personality gifted with many varied and valuable attributes. She is a highly educated religious scholar, well versed in the Holy Qur’an, Hadith, Islamic Jurisprudence and Islamic History having spent around 15 years, from 1984 – 1998, gaining specialist education in these subjects. Her education began at the age of 9 in Qum, the educational capital of Iran.
Madam Bukhari is an eloquent and talented speaker fluent in six languages; Urdu, Arabic, Persian, English, Punjabi and Siraiki and makes regular appearances before both live audiences and the camera for recorded and also live broadcasts on a variety of different international television channels.
Khanum spends much of her time tirelessly working for the poor and needy providing food and shelter as well as education for the masses. This influence was gained from being brought up in a religious family unit with both parents active in the social service of the people and thus, there never seemed to be a career path more fitting.
Where other people would stop upon recognition, Khanum strives to take one step further and when asked what motivates her, her answer is simple and selfless, “The satisfaction lies in serving God’s creation”.
Khanum Syeda Tayyaba Bukhari has been gifted with comprehensive knowledge and expert understanding of the Holy Quran, Nahjul Balagha, Sahifa-e-Kamila, Islamic Law, Hadith and Islamic history. She undertook her specialist studies at the University of Qum under the expert guidance of luminaries such as Ayatollah Qazi Zahidi, Ayatollah Tehrani, Ayatollah Fazil (Marja-e-Taqleed), Ayatollah Abbasi, Agha Amin, Ghulam Raza Moosvi & Agha Mehmoodito name but a few. Until 1998, she was resident in Iran and upon relocating to Pakistan, Khanum continued to pursue her studies. In 2002, she successfully graduated with a Bachelors degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies and then in 2004, Khanum obtained a Masters degree in Arabic from the well known establishment “Wifaq ul Madaris”. Regardless of her established status and worldwide recognition, Khanum continues to study towards her Doctorate which will be awarded from the University of Qum, Iran.
Khanum is well versed in 6 languages; Arabic, English, Persian, Urdu, Punjabi and Siraiki and isan accomplished lecturer having visited no less than 49 cities in 14 different countries to lecture in one of the variety of languages she has mastered. She has been invited upon special request to communities all over the world and many commendations have been received from community leaders worldwide. Khanum has also worked selflessly travelling to many different areas in Pakistan although the journey may be long and gruelling; cities and villages in Pakistan include areas such as Quetta, Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Tando Mohd Khan, D I Khan, Peshawar, Attock, Multan, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Gujrat, Lalamusa, Sialkot, Lahore, Faisalabad, Jhelum, D G Khan, Muzaffargarh, Sangharr, Nawabshah, Mirpur Khaas, Hyderabad, Wah and Taxila.
Internationally, Khanum has captivated audiences in: the USA (Hawaii, Austin, Chicago, California, Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, Houston and Pennsylvania), the UK (Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Manchester, Newport, London, Northampton and Slough), the United Arab Emirates(Umm Ul Qawain, Ajmaan, Raasul Khaimah, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah), Canada (Toronto, Mississauga, Montreal and London), Germany (Frankfurt), France (Paris), Azerbaijan (Bako), Oman, Muscat, Qatar, Australia (Sydney), Norway (Oslo), Turkey (Istanbul and Ankara), Iran (Mashhad, Tehran, Qum, Isfahan, Zahidan etc.), Iraq(Najaf, Karbala, Kazmain, Baghdad and Samarra), Syria (Damascus and Halab), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Jeddah, Makkah and Madina), Tanzania (Dar es Salam, Zanzibar and Bagamoyo), China(Beijing and Urumqi) and Kenya (Nairobi and Mombasa).
As well as Khanum’s phenomenal oratory experience, there are many other impressive aspects of Khanum’s work history. One of these is her never-ending quest for social justice. Many years ago, she founded the well known charitable organisation, Bukhari Relief Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, and has since worked tirelessly towards helping people all over Pakistan that have been displaced by major natural disasters such as the earthquake of 2005 and then the floods of 2010 & 2011, both of which events changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. BRF, under the leadership of Madam Bukhari visited affected areas such a Rajinpur, Jampur, Layyah, D G Khan, Sangharr, Nawabshah, Mirpur Khas, Hyderabad,Muzaffargarh, D.I. Khan, Noshera, Pabbi, Sukkhar, Jacobabad, Quetta and Gilgit in order to distribute aid directly to those in need of it. Amongst Madam Bukhari’s main aims for the future, there is much emphasis on the objectives to be achieved by BRF. If there is hope for tomorrow, it comes in the form of Khanum Syeda Tayyaba Bukhari and her heartfelt efforts.
As a passionate and dedicated social welfare worker, Khanum is committed to reaching out to people in order to provide them with the support and opportunity they require. In the hope of providing people with a chance at a better future, Khanum Bukhari has arranged the mass weddings of many couples where under normal circumstances, families would not have been able to afford this. She is not only Chief Executive Officer for BRF but also supports other organisations that engage in efforts to ameliorate society. Having dealt with simple and also complex cases where she has spent much time and resources in resolving matters, Khanum has acquired a reputation for being an exemplary humanitarian and one of the greatest of her time at that.
Due to Khanum’s extraordinary social and theological awareness, she has the ability to penetrate the most unyielding of minds, coupled with her flair for writing; her literary prowess has been displayed in her regular contributions as columnist for national Urdu paper, “Daily Jang” (Pakistan). Madam Bukhari has also contributed the content to a book published in Toronto, Canada entitled “Tohfa E Abbas” which has been widely distributed and is also available on the internet.
Khanum is regularly approached by various television channels to appear on religious, discussion, news and social welfare programmes. There are shows dedicated solely to her religious knowledge such as “Noor e Baseerat”, “Ujalon ka Safar”, “Safar e Karbala”, “Rah e Hidayat”& “Majalis e Aza”. Khanum’s programmes are both recorded and live and highly appreciated by viewers. During special periods such as Ramadhan and Muharram, there is high demand for more airtime for Khanum and regardless of her uncountable other commitments, Khanum considers the distribution of knowledge her duty. Due to her extensive insight into current affairs, Madam Bukhari is a regular guest on various talk shows broadcast from many channels such as GEO, PTV News, PTV Global and PTV Home. On her many international visits, Khanum has made special appearances on channels in the UK such as Hidayat TV and Wilayat TV in the USA. She is a much sought after guest and due to her excellent control of many languages, her programmes draw in hundreds and thousands of viewers worldwide. Khanum’s support for harmonious mutual co-existence has gained her much admiration and well deserved respect with people of all faiths and beliefs following her every word.