His Exalted Eminence Maulana Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddiqui al-Qadiri
Radi Allahu ‘anhu  (1892-1954)

   
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Every religion and great ideology has in every age a great exponent who personifies in a distinguished manner the cause they cherish and reflect certain ideals with such clarity and resonance that it forces humanity to reflect on its very existence. One such great personality of recent times was His Eminence Maulana Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddiqui Al-Qadri (R.A). Even today one cannot help but marvel at the relevance of the teachings and writings of this scholar and spiritual master. 

His father, Hazrat Maulana Abdul Hakim Siddiqui Qadri [RA] was a great ‘alim, poet and sufi master and a descendent of the first Caliph of Islam Syedinna  Abu Bakr Siddiqui [RA], taught him Urdu, Persian, Arabic and literature. At the age of nine years, 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.A. degree from the University of Meerat (India). He spoke Arabic, Urdu, Persian, English, French, Indonesian, Malaysian and Japanese languages fluently.

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. His Eminence acquired further knowledge in Quranic exegies, Hadith, 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, Sheik as-Sannusiyya of Libya, Maulana Abdul Baqi of Ferrangi Mahal at Madina. His Eminence also studied Islamic Medicine which he used in serving ailing humanity in the many countries which he would later visit. He received Ijaaza of the Qadriyya, Chisti, Naqshbandi, Soharwardi, Idriisi and Sanusi orders. 

In 1951, he toured the world preaching and propagating Islam. He visited America, London, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Europe, Southern Africa, Trinidad, Philippines, Iraq, Holland, Thailand, Ceylon, France, and many other countries. As a result of his efforts, thousands of non-muslims accepted Islam at his hands. Princess Gladys Palmer of Burinia, Merwate Tifinch, the French Governor of Mauritius, Mahifli Donawa, a Minister of Trinidad and Mr. F. Gengson, the Christian Minister of Ceylon, were some of the famous personalities who accepted Islam after meeting him.

 

       
  Governor-General of Pakistan, Qaid-e-Azam M.A. Jinnah, participating in a public ceremony attended by Ministers of State. His Eminence Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui is seen presiding over the function. Maulana Abdul Aleem also led the first Eid prayer in Pakistan 1947.      
         
  His Eminence was responsible for establishing various mosques and Islamic Centres throughout the world. Three of the famous such institutions are the Hanafi Masjid in Colombo, the Sultaan Masjid in Singapore and the Nagoya Masjid in Japan. He established many institutions of Islamic propagation including ASJA in Trinidad & Tobago. He was also the founder of various newspapers and Islamic magazines from amongst which are, "The Muslim Digest" (South Africa), "Trinidad Muslim Annual" and the "Pakistani News".      
 

Farewell meeting with Maulana Abdullah Shah RA, Kenya

Zara Chahray
by Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui RA

Zara Chahray say kamli ko hatta dow Yaa Rasool Allah
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

Translation
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.

     
 

During his tour of the world, he met with various western dignitaries and had lengthy discussions with them on Islam. He met the world renowned Irish dramatist and philosopher, George Bernard Shaw, on 17th of April 1935 during his visit to Mombassa, Kenya and discussed many moral and spiritual issues with him. Bernard Shaw was impressed with the unique perspective of His Eminence and commented thus, "I have been very pleased to make his acquaintance, and it will be the most precious of all memories of this trip of mine."

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. It is said that he traversed the world seven times over and has no doubt earned the title - Mubaligh-e-Azam (The Greatest Propagator of 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. 

May we continue to benefit from his duas.