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Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique
Maulana Shah Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddique was born in the blessed month of Ramadhan, on 3 April 1892 (15 Ramadhan 1310), in Meerut, India and was raised in a family that was pious and devout. He is a descendant of Sayyidina Abu Bakr As-Siddique, the first caliph of Islam. From youth, 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, Sufism (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.
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 Sufi, 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.
Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique worked with single-minded devotion for the cause of Islam and humanity. Hundreds of thousands of people belonging to diverse races and nationalities in Asia, Africa, Europe and America received spiritual blessings through his dynamic and refulgent personality. Numerous mosques, Islamic missionary societies, schools, hospitals, libraries, infirmaries, orphanages and Islamic periodicals sprang up in the wake of his immortal missionary work.
Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique was an extraordinary Sufi who personify in a distinguished manner the causes he cherish and uphold, and his labours for the cause form a landmark in human history. 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.
On 22 August 1954 (22 Dhulhijjah), at the age of 63, after a last visit to the grave of the beloved Prophet Muhammad, Maulana Shah Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddique left this world for the hereafter - his body rests peacefully at the Jannatul Baqqi in MadinahView all articles by Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique
Zara Chehray Say Kamli
Hamayn bhee apna deewaana bana-do Yaa Rasool Allah
Muhabbat ghair say mayri churra do Yaa Rasool
Allah Meri sow-ee huwi qismat, jaga-do Yaa Rasool Allah
Ba-ro-zay hashr daykhayn gay waseela aap ka Hazrat
Harr-ik aasi-kahayga bakshwaado Yaa Rasool Allah
Bari qismat hamaari hai kay ummat mayn tumhaari hai
Bharowsa deen-o-duniya mayn tumhaara Yaa Rasool Allah
Andhayri qabr mayn mujhko akay-la chhowr ja-ayn gay
Wahan ho fazl say tayray ujaala Yaa Rasool Allah
Khuda mujk ko Madinah mayn jo pahuncha-ay to behtarr hai
Kay Rowzay par hi day-dun-jaan ja-karr Yaa Rasool Allah
O Prophet of Allah, please look towards my direction
And accept me as your devoted follower.
O Prophet of Allah, save me from the love of duniya
And help me to awake from my slumber.
O Prophet of Allah, let me on the Day of Qayyamah
Be amongst the fortunate ones so that I can receive thy shafa’at
O Prophet of Allah, how fortunate I am to be born into your ummah
And on thee I depend for guidance in this world, so help me.
O Prophet of Allah, when I die dark and lonely will be my qabr,
But with thy Light my abode will be filled with nur.
O Prophet of Allah, I pray to Allah SWT that he takes me to Madinah
And cause me to die besides thy blessed rawda.