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Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique

Born in the blessed month of Ramadhan, on 3 April 1892 (15 Ramadhan 1310), in Meerut India, Maulana Shah Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddique was raised in a family that was pious and devout. He is a descendant of Sayyidina Abu Bakar As-Siddique (may Allah be pleased with him), the first caliph of Islam. From a small age, his father, Muhammad Abdul Hakim and his mother were his inspiration and source of guidance and education in the teachings of Islam. He was an exceptionally intelligent child and possessed an intellectual capacity beyond his years. He brilliantly committed the Holy Qur’an to his memory when he was only 4 years old. He also had a remarkable oratory skill and at the age of 9, he delivered his first public speech at the Jamma Mosque of Meerut, mesmerising the audience with his captivating eloquence. He had a remarkable love and thirst for knowledge. At the age of 16, he graduated with a Degree and distinctions in Islamic Theology. He then pursued non-theological studies in modern sciences and Law. He also acquired advanced knowledge in Qur’anic science, Hadith, Tassawuf and Islamic jurisprudence of the four main madhhab. His teachers include Shaykh Ahmad al-Shams of Morocco, Shaykh Al-Sennousi of Libya, Maulana Abdul Bari of Farangi Mahal and Maulana Ahmad Mukhtar Siddique (his brother). He achieved great Islamic theological and spiritual development under the guidance of Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan, a revered Islamic scholar and a great Sufi master. Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique travelled continuously for 40 years to all parts of the globe until his labors of love for the spiritual reform and enlightenment of humanity covered a major part of the world. The countries he visited include the Hejaz, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Ceylon, China, Japan, Philippines, Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Belgium, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, France, England, West Indies, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, United States of America and Canada. He was a great writer, poet, orator and scholar of Islam and modern sciences, and was renowned the world over for his spiritual guidance and promulgation of the message of hope and peace. His contribution to literary and academic discourses was also astounding. In 1935, in Mombassa (Kenya), Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique met with the famous European intellectual, Sir George Bernard Shaw, and they enjoyed a wonderful exchange of thoughts in which Sir George Bernard Shaw called Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique “a learned sage”. He delivered hundreds of lectures and also found time to write several Islamic books and poetry in Urdu and English. He came to Singapore in 1930 to spread the message and beauty of Islam. He laboured intensively in the cause of Islam and delivered numerous lectures in Singapore and attracted many people to Islam. He pioneered the establishment of the All Malaya Muslim Missionary Society, now known as Jamiyah, in 1932. He also pioneered the establishment of the InterReligious Organisation (IRO) to foster greater understanding between the faiths and to

He also had a remarkable oratory skill and at the age of 9. At the age of 16.his body rests peacefully at the Jannatul Baqqi in Madinah. infirmaries. Al-Fatiha. Maulana Shah Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddique. after a last visit to the grave of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). On 22 August 1954 (22 Dhulhijjah). India and was raised in a family that was pious and devout. on 3 April 1892 (15 Ramadhan 1310). His teachers include Shaykh Ahmad al-Shams of Morocco. a revered Islamic scholar. all of them were as one. mesmerising the audience. He had a love and thirst for knowledge. Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique gave an inspiring speech. Sufism (Tassawuf) and Islamic jurisprudence of the four main madhhab. Numerous mosques. in which he said. He is a descendant of Sayyidina Abu Bakr As-Siddique. He achieved great Islamic theological and spiritual development under the guidance of Maulana Ahmed Raza Khan.promote the spirit and message of peace amongst the people of Singapore. on 18 March 1949 at Victoria Memorial Hall. he graduated with a Degree and distinctions in Islamic Theology. The task of the religious leaders was to let the followers of each and every religion know the teachings of other religions. Maulana Abdul Bari of Farangi Mahal and Maulana Ahmad Mukhtar Siddique (his brother). Hundreds of thousands of people belonging to diverse races and nationalities in Asia.” Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique worked with single-minded devotion for the cause of Islam and humanity. the first caliph of Islam. Muhammad Abdul Hakim and his mother were a source of guidance and education in the teachings of Islam. so that a spirit of fellowship could work together to spread the accepted moral principles and to fight the common evils. Africa. Europe and America received spiritual blessings through his dynamic and refulgent personality. hospitals. he delivered his first public speech at the Jamma Mosque of Meerut. Shaykh Al-Sennousi of Libya. Hadith. . The most distinctive aspect of his personality was the spiritual magnetism that he radiated which captivated the minds and hearts of all who crossed his path. His noble soul soared beyond the limitations of territory and race. libraries. his father. He also acquired advanced knowledge in Qur'anic science. From youth. May Allah bless be well pleased with His servant. and in the spirit of tolerance and sympathy and the desire to establish peace. In IRO’s inauguration ceremony. orphanages and Islamic periodicals sprang up in the wake of his immortal missionary work. at the age of 63. Maulana Shah Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddique was born in the month of Ramadhan. He committed the Qur'an to his memory when he was only 4 years old. schools. He was an exceptionally intelligent child and possessed an intellectual capacity beyond his years. Maulana Shah Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddique left this world for the hereafter . Islamic missionary societies. no religion could have any difference. Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique was an extraordinary exponent who personify in a distinguished manner the causes he cherish and uphold. “As far as the common evils and accepted moral principles were concerned. in Meerut. He then pursued non-theological studies in modern sciences and Law. and his labours for the cause form a landmark in human history.

and in the spirit of tolerance and sympathy and the desire to establish peace. who aught him Urdu. saying. His Eminence acquired further knowledge in Quranic exegies. . Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique spoke.He came to Singapore in 1930 to spread the message and beauty of Islam. Maulana Abdul Baqi of Ferrangi Mahal at Madina. In March 1949.A. He received Ijaaza of the Qadriyya. degree from the University of Meerat (India). He delivered numerous lectures in Singapore and attracted many people to Islam. Urdu. Persian. Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique had identified and chosen the land to be developed as a Mosque. together with other religious leaders. His Eminence also studied Islamic Medicine which he used in serving ailing humanity in the many countries which he would later visit. on 18 March 1949 at Victoria Memorial Hall. Persian. At the age of nine years. to discuss issues of solidarity amongst religions. He spoke Arabic. The contributions of Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique are in itself historic and seminal efforts that deserve to be carved in stone. IRO was formed to foster greater understanding between the faiths in Singapore and to promote the spirit and message of peace amongst the citizens of Singapore. His father. He pioneered the establishment of the All Malaya Muslim Missionary Society. Sheik as-Sannusiyya of Libya. all of them were as one. Chisti. poet and sufi master. English. later called Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO). Hadith. In IRO’s inauguration ceremony.[2] In early 1949. "As far as the common evils and accepted moral principles were concerned. He continued advanced Islamic studies under the guidance of the great Islamic scholar Imam-e-Ahle Sunnat Maulana Shah Ahmad Raza Khan Faazile Bareily [RA] whom His Eminence became one of his most valuable Khalifa. In a similar meeting. in 1932. Singapore’s then Commissioner-General. the young student delivered his first public speech of ninety minutes at the Jama Masjid of Meerat. His Eminence Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui graduated as an Islamic scholar at the age of sixteen when he obtained a B. Tassawwuf and the four schools of Islamic Laws in Makka al-Mukarrama and Madina al-Munawwara under the care of eminent ‘ulama of his days such as Sheik Ahmad as-Shams of Morocco.[5] as recognition for his immense contribution to Islam and the social development of a plural society in Singapore. The task of the religious leaders was to let the followers of each and every religion know the teachings of other religions. now known as Jamiyah. Hazrat Allama Maulana Shah Abdul Aleem Siddiqi Radi Allahu Anhu were from the family of Hazrat Abubakre-Sideeq Radi Allahu anhu. the land of Abdul Aleem Siddique Mosque was conveyed to several trustees and office-bearers of the All-Malaya Muslim Missionary Society (now known as Jamiyah Singapore). Malaysian and Japanese languages fluently. Hazrat Maulana Abdul Hakim Siddiqui Qadri [RA] was a great ‘alim. In 1954. a decision was made to set up an organisation for inter-religious understanding. Abdul Aleem Siddique Mosque is a testimony and recognition of Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique’s immortal work of spreading the faith of Islam and the message of hope and peace. French. Indonesian. met with Malcolm MacDonald. The Mosque was named after Maulana Shah Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddique. Abdul Aleem Siddique Mosque was subsequently built on the land from donations collected through the society." Abdul Aleem Siddique Mosque In 1953. Prior to this. no religion could have any difference. Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique. Arabic and literature. so that a spirit of fellowship could work together to spread the accepted moral principles and to fight the common evils.

He was also the founder of various newspapers and Islamic magazines from amongst which are. Gengson. As a result of his efforts. Idriisi and Sanusi orders. He visited America. and it will be the most precious of all memories of this trip of mine. Princess Gladys Palmer of Burinia. Iraq. Soharwardi. During his tour of the world. Southern Africa.com/index. Bernard Shaw was impressed with the unique perspective of His Eminence and commented thus. "The Muslim Digest" (South Africa). on 17th of April 1935 during his visit to Mombassa. and many other countries. George Bernard Shaw.sg/website/home. he toured the world preaching and propagating Islam. Hazrat Allama Maulana Zia ul Din Madani Radi Allahu anhuRadi Allahu Anhu are buried in Jannat-ul-Baqi. London. His Eminence was responsible for establishing various mosques and Islamic Centres throughout the world. He met the world renowned Irish dramatist and philosopher. he met with various western dignitaries and had lengthy discussions with them on Islam. His Eminence passed away in Madina al-Munawwara on the 22nd August 1954/(22nd Zul-Hijjah) whilst on the hajj and is buried in Jannat-ul-Baqi at the feet of Umm-ul-Mumineen ‘Aisha Siddiqui Radi Allahu anha. Kenya and discussed many moral and spiritual issues with him.iro. the Christian Minister of Ceylon. the Sultaan Masjid in Singapore and the Nagoya Masjid in Japan. "Trinidad Muslim Annual" and the "Pakistani News". Three of the famous such institutions are the Hanafi Masjid in Colombo.html Description Country: Singapore Type of Organization: Interfaith Constructive Practices: Promotion of Inter-Religious Dialogue Press Relations Information Dissemination . In 1951. Mahifli Donawa.proboards. a Minister of Trinidad and Mr. Ceylon. Japan. Note: Both Mubbaligh-e-Azam.Naqshbandi. Indonesia.org. Hazrat Allama Maulana Shah Abdul Aleem Siddiqi Radi Allahu anhuRadi Allahu Anhu and Qutab-e-Madina. Philippines. Merwate Tifinch. were some of the famous personalities who accepted Islam after meeting him." His Eminence spent most of his remaining life traveling to the most obscure corners of the world to spread the message of Islam and imparting spiritual teachings to adherents of various sufi orders.Mubaligh-e-Azam (The Greatest Propagator of Islam).cgi? board=alahadrat&action=display&thread=13076#ixzz1EfW4IOW0 Inter-Religious Organization (IRO) (2006) (Interfaith) Websites: • http://www. It is said that he traversed the world seven times over and has no doubt earned the title . both from family of Hazrat Abubakr-e-Sideeq Radi Allahu anhu and both khalifa-e-Ala Hazrat Read more: http://ashraf786. Thailand. He established many institutions of Islamic propagation including ASJA in Trinidad & Tobago. F. May we continue to benefit from his duas. thousands of non-muslims accepted Islam at his hands. Europe. Holland. the French Governor of Mauritius. "I have been very pleased to make his acquaintance. Trinidad. Malaysia. France.

Among IRO's earliest projects was an attempt was to quell the racial violence between the Malay and Chinese communities in 1964. IRO held meetings with various religious leaders in order to urge restraint. promote cohesion within their society. postage stamps in three different denominations commemorating 50 years of IRO’s achievements were issued by Singapore’s postal service. Maulana Shah Muhammad stated. The organization regularly participates in charity work to help the needy. "the task of the religious leaders [is] to let the followers of each and every religion know the teachings of other religions. Islam." History IRO was established in 1949 as a result of an interfaith reception that was organized to welcome His Eminence Maulana Shah Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddiqui Al Qadiri." Finally." Programs and Events IRO plays a crucial role in maintaining the religious harmony in multi-racial Singapore." The IRO strives to "recognize the secular nature of Singapore. Sikhism. In 1999. Buddhism. IRO organizes events such as conferences on issues dealing with religious harmony. Currently. a renowned itinerant Muslim missionary from India who was well respected by peoples of different faiths in the then Crown Colony of Singapore. Of particular note. They also publish resources for fostering interfaith harmony in Singapore.Mission According to IRO's website. IRO also intends to "foster inter-religious communications" in order to "ensure that religion will not be abused to create conflict and disharmony in Singapore. peace and goodwill in Singapore. They participate in Singapore’s National Day celebrations by organizing interfaith prayers and events to celebrate that day. During the inception of this organization. the organization's aim is to "work together to promote inter-religious understanding. Hinduism. respect each other's freedom of religion [as we grow] our common space while respecting our diversity. so that a spirit of fellowship might be created among them and so that they could all work together to spread the accepted moral principles and to fight the common evils. All of IRO's programs and publications can be found on its richly informative website. During this period. the website offers profiles of the various religious traditions in Singapore: Christianity. and Baha'i. Date Center Founded 1949 .

A. The Saudi government clearly understood his concern and the next year itself the Hajj tax was reduced.pdf • My heart yearns to show it’s bleeding scars And to teach everyone on earth the laws • Which might make blessed life’s span • This is my yearning and this is my aim • This is my intention and this is my claim • With this I yearn to scan the globe • And deliver to humanity the message of Hope • • (An extract from a poem by Maulana Shah Abdul Aleem Siddiqui written in his college years) ACHIEVEMENT Hazrat Sahab’s main intention was to help Mankind by means of instigating the knowledge of Islam. also on Taqleed. Preservers of Hadith Scholars of Law.pdf The Forgotten Path of Knowledge: http://mac. al Qaderi: http://muslim-canada.se/home/onesr/d/ms/sci. infirmaries for the destitute.org/shavian. Ijtihad and the Mujtahid. . and other articles by Mufti Ahmed Yar Khan Naeemi R.abc.pdf Women and Their Status in Islam: http://mac.se/home/onesr/d/ms/ur. by Ml Abdul Aleem Siddiqui R. Ijtihad: http://www.htm The Arrangement and compilation of the Holy Quran.se/home/onesr/d/ms/fpk. An Illuminating Conversation between George Bernard Shaw and His Eminence Mohammad Abdul Aleem Siddiqui.abc.abc. with the support of the Muslims Leaders around the world.gatewaytomadina.A.pdf The Universal Religion: http://mac.php? option=com_content&view=category&id=13&Itemid=2 More links to English pdf articles/books by Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui R. One of his achievements was the pressure he gave the Arabian government. Courtesy of Shaykh G F Haddad from www. The Compilation of the Prophetic traditions and the Biographies of the Reporters. to eliminate the unjust imposition of the Hajj tax.A.abc.se/home/onesr/d/ms/qth. spiritual assemblies for spiritual discipline.abc.abc. In the wake of his visits to different part of the world.pdf The Quest For True Happiness: http://mac.org/index.Affiliation with Other Communities/Organizations IRO is a member of the the Asian Conference on Religion and Peace (ACRP) and the World Conference on Religions for Peace (WCRP).org : • • • • • • Divine Harmony: http://mac.se/home/onesr/d/ms/dh. A Shavian and a Theologian.livingislam.se/home/onesr/d/ms/wsi. he urged Muslims to build orphanages for the helpless youths. hospitals for the suffering.pdf Spiritual Culture in Islam: http://mac.

6. THE SPIRITUAL CHAIN OF SUCCESSION / SPIRITUAL GENEALOGY 1. 13. 6. He instilled the Sufi traditions which are still kept alive by many other Sufis and muhibeens. Hazrat Muhammad Mustapha Sallallahu Alaihe wassallam Hazrat Ali Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou Hazrat Hasan Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou Shaikh Habibbe Nil Ajamiyi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou Shaikh Dawood Datt Ta’irri Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou Shaikh Marouf Fil Karoukhiyi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou Shaikh Sirriyi Nis Saqa . several masajids. 7. 3. Hazrat Sahab (Radi Allah Ta’ala Anho) also encouraged the publication of several magazines such as Muslims Digest and the Ramadaan Annual (South Africa). Allah the Almighty had responded to his prayers. 12. HIS BODY RESTS IN JANNATUL BAQQI It was the 22nd of Zil Hadj (August 22. Allah has accepted this land to be blessed by other Sufis and the light of Noore Mohammadi (Sallahu Alaihe Wassallam) continues to burn North America. Hazrat Sahab (Radi Allah Ta’ala Anho) was deeply convinced that Tassawuf and spirituality was the gateway for non-Muslims to comprehend Islam. 4. Muslim youth Brigade & Muslims scouts for the physical and moral discipline of the youth. as he always wanted to be buried in Madina Munawara. He was also given the opportunity of expressing his thoughts in Toronto where he once again captivated his audience. 5. 8. 8. 5. organizations of Ulemas for the coordination of Islamic forces.libraries for the preservation of the Islamic traditions and intellectual heritage. Canada. History of The Codification of Islamic Law Cultivation Of Science By Muslims Bahare shabab For Youth A Short Catechism Of Islam Meeting Between A Shavian And A Theologian The Universal Teacher The Universal Religion The Islamic Ideal Quest For True Happiness The Meaning Of Worship Women And Their Status In Islam The Forgotten Path Of Knowledge Islam’s Answer To The Challenge Of Communism Kitabbut Tassawuf ( Urdu) Zikre Habeeb and many others VISIT TO CANADA In 1939 Hazrat Abdul Aleem Siddiqui (RA) became the first Sufi saint to spread Islam and explain the meaning of Tassawuf in Canada. He himself compiled his missionary works in terms of books or articles under the following titles: 1. 2. Alhamdollillah through his prayers. He also firmly believed that the Sufis are most suitable successful in converting people to Islam. 7.Tiyyi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou Shaikh Sayyidit twa-I-fatti Abil Qasim Junaid Baghdadi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou . He successfully carried out his mission by converting thousands of non-Muslims in North America. 2. 10. 11. 4. 14. 3. He initiated the project of the first Masjid that was built in Edmonton . 9. His body rests peacefully at the Jannatul Baqqi near the tomb of Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqua Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha. 1954) at the age of 63 after a last visit with our beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alaihe Wa Sallam that Hazrat Maulana Shah Abdul Aleem Siddiqui Al Quaderi Rehmatullah Alaih left this world for the hereafter. The real Islam (Singapore) and the Prophets Birthday Annual (Mauritius).

Shaikh Ahmad Mukhtaar Siddiqui Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 37. Shaikh Durweishi Muhammadin Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 30. Shaikh Sayyidi Abdil Jalaalis Sahra-yi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 24. Shaikh Abil Ma’ali Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 26. Shaikh Shah Amir Baa Laa yayru Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 28. Shaikh Sayyiddi A’azam Ali Shah Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 34. 11. Shaikh Sayyidi Nouri Muhammad Shah Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 23. Shaikh Abi Bakr Nis Shibli Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou Shaikh Abdil Wahidi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou Shaikh Abdil Azeezi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou Shaikh Abil Farahi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou Shaikh Abil Hasani Aliyil Qurayshi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou Shaikh Abi Saidi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 15. Shaikh Sayyidi Shihabbiddin Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 20. Shaikh Abdil Lateef Fil Bourriyyi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 29. Shaikh Sayyidil Abdil Swalihil Faqeeri Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou\ 18. Shaikh Sayyidi Muhammad Ghawse Ali Shah Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 35. Shaikh Maulana Muhammad Abdil Hakeem Al Quaderi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 36. 12. Shaikh Shah Ahmad Shah Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 31. Shaikh Sayyidi Ahmad Shah Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 19. 13. Shaikh Sayyidi Bahaawal Shee Qalandar Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 25. Shaikh Sayyidi Abdil Razzaq Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 17. Hazrat Mubalighe Islam Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani Siddiqui Al Quaderi ( Living Shaikh) . Shaikh Sayyidi Alaa-id Deen Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 22. Shaikh Muhkamid Deeni Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 27. Shaikh Tareeqat Maulana Shah Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddiqui Al Quaderi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 38. Shaikh Madhe Shah Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 33. Shaikh Sayyidi Shamsid Deene Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 21. Sayyidina Shaikh Abdul Quadeer Jilani Ghawse Azaam Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou\ 16. 10. Shaikh Abdil Lateefi Thani Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhou 32. 14.9.