The Quadiriyya silsilah was popular in Punjab.

Sheikh Abdul Qadir and his sons were supporters of the Mughals under Akbar.

Among the famous Sufis of this order was Miyan Mir.

During medieval period there was constant tension between the liberal and orthodox views in Islam.

The sufis featured on both sides, while there were those like the Chishtis who held a liberal view and argued in favour of assimilation of local traditions there were others like sheikh Abdul Haqq of the Qadiriyya silsilah who held the view that the purity of Islam was being diluted.

This Orthodox view was represented by the ulema that argued from the perspective of being upholders of the shariat.

The liberal opinion found its voice among many sufis who argued against the narrow definition of Islamic laws by the ulema.