Shaykh ul Aalam al-Haj Khwaja Pir Mohammad Alauddin Siddiqui is a shaykh
of the Naqshbandi tareeqa
[see Shajra Sharif
here]. He is a world-renowned and beloved scholar of the deen,
and also a truly modest, exemplary figure of tasawwuf
who teaches first and foremost, the way of Shari'ah and Sunnah, and how each soul can benefit and save itself from darkness by adhering to the Commands of Allah Most Exalted. These lessons of great depth can be clearly seen implemented in his own practical example. His lineage is also blessed via his father, Khwaja Ghulam Mohiuddin Ghaznavi, who was a direct descendant of the great Companion, Sayyidina Khalid bin Waleed.
Khwaja Pir Mohammad Alauddin Siddiqui was born in Azad Kashmir on 1st
January 1938, and spent his childhood growing up in the blessed presence of his noble father and spiritual guide (murshid)
, Khwaja Ghulam Mohiuddin Ghaznavi
. Thus, he obtained a rich upbringing dedicated to dhikr,
Love of Sayyidina RasulAllah, serving Allah through khidmat
or service for Islam, as well as the spiritual guidance, blessing and grace (fayz)
from his noble father. From a young age, Khwaja Mohammad Alauddin Siddiqui had been recognized for intelligence, taqwa
(consciousness and fear of Allah) and above all, his immense humility as he served at the darbar
(religious centre) of Nerian Sharif.
When his father passed away, Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui was 38 years of age. He became his successor (sajjada nasheen), and since then has successfully strived to spread the light of Islam and tasawwuf globally throughout the years, to people of all cultures and backgrounds.
Alhamdulillah, without a doubt it can be stated that Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui is a perfect example of the phrase: “A great son of a great father”. Khwaja Ghulam Mohiuddin Ghaznavi was a truly noble and kind-hearted man, with generous spirit and love for all for the Sake of Allah; and this character is reflected perfectly in the beautiful compassion of his beloved son, Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui, through whose love, kindness, and gentle words of wisdom, thousands of lives have changed for the benefit of their dunya (this world) and aakhira (Hereafter). By his efforts of inspiring the ummah with light of the sunnah and love of the Noble Messenger of Allah, those who once turned from the Path have become guided, by Allah's Grace.
Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui’s basic religious education, including Qur’an and tafsir, were obtained from the famous Allama Mawlana Sardar Ahmed Sahib of Faisalabad. From a young age, the Shaykh pursued his keen willingness to study Islam and seek knowledge. Soon he had become a dedicated aalim (scholar), whose high standards of intellect were upheld by a strong sense of taqwa and generosity of heart towards all. By the Grace of Allah, he soon became an inspiration to thousands, impacting them through his generous advice, and educating them in a loving manner regarding matters of religion, personal goodness, and the overall betterment of society as a whole.
Progress of Enlightenment
In a tireless effort to present the true ways of Islam to all, Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui began to travel, visiting the UK where he would remain for some time. During these early years of Islam in the West, he was recognized as a significant source of inspiration and leadership to the minority of Muslims here at the time. Consequently, the Shaykh began to establish much-needed mosques or masjids
in London, Birmingham, Peterborough and various other cities in the country, for the benefit of the community. His trips to the UK became much more frequent so that this groundbreaking work could progress consistently. As his followers in the UK increased, so too did his projects for the service of the deen
. He could be seen often advising and reminding the Muslim community of their values and of their duties to humanity, whether Muslim or non-Muslim.
Over time, the Shaykh became increasingly popular amongst communities worldwide. To this day, people from all backgrounds, ranging from elders to the Muslim youth, are eager to hear his words and derive lessons from his love of Allah and the Noble Messenger.
More recently, Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui has travelled across the globe to spread the light of compassion and truth to countries such as Scotland, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Germany, India and Turkey, demonstrating the spiritual richness of Islam and the purity of its teachings. In the UK alone, his followers or disciples currently amount to hundreds of thousands, a number which increases significantly by the day and reflects just a small portion of his disciples worldwide. Here, it should be noted that these numbers are not simply statistics; for the Shaykh, every individual is recognised for themselves, and with great love, compassion and understanding so that each person feels special and favoured by him. His vision for the global Muslim community, remaining undisturbed by fame or success, continues to progress with greater enthusiasm as to what more can be done to better our state today. Indeed, those who strive for the Sake of Allah strive only for Him!
In 2004, Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui founded the Al-Ehya Trust, now known as Mohiuddin Trust, which is a charity focusing on global issues and the betterment of deprived communities. Focusing mainly on the deprived Azad Kashmir region, the Trust works to counter the lack of basic essentials such as food, clean water and medicine. The Trust also focuses on groundbreaking educational projects worldwide as detailed below.
The first major project of the Trust was Mohiuddin Islamic University, which is today one of the best educational institutes in the whole of Azad Jammu Kashmir. After this, Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui established the Mohiuddin Medical College, as part of the University. Once this was complete, plans were then made to develop Mohiuddin Hospital which provides a practical training ground for medical students who are ready to become fully-qualified doctors. The Hospital also provides free vital medical care and treatment for the poverty-stricken and needy, ensuring they are not deprived of basic health requirements.
In October 2009, Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui established a much-needed educational institution for young Muslim women in Britain. Plans were revealed of the first ever Islamic girls’ college in the UK to educate students to a Dars-e-Nizami level, raising them to the status of aalimah (female scholar of religion). Mohiuddin International Girls College, or MIGC, is located in Burnley, England. In October 2010, the College opened its doors to students worldwide for its first ever term. The opening of the second MIGC branch is currently underway, located in Birmingham, England.
In 2005, Mohiuddin Trust came to the aid of victims of the South-Asia earthquake, identifying urgent needs to support children and orphans affected by the tragedy. The Trust responded by providing approximately two thousand children with fundamental education, clothing, food, medicine and accommodation. The Trust has also played a vital role in providing disaster relief to the victims of the Pakistan earthquake in July 2010.
Since then, Mohiuddin Trust has continued with its aid relief campaigns and the Trust’s dedicated volunteers are constantly on hand to ensure that all projects are continuously progressing.
A Candle in Darkness
As a response to the increasingly immoral and biased trends of the media towards Islam, Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui felt that a television channel devoted to broadcasting a pure Islamic view, abiding by the beliefs of the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah,
was necessitated to counter the corruption of mainstream media outlets.
In September 2006, Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui set up the television channel named Noor TV (Sky channel 819), which forms as part of Mohiuddin Trust’s projects for the benefit of the international community. The channel began live transmission a year later, and is now available to more than 166 countries worldwide. The channel broadcasts live religious programmes, various shows dedicated to Islamic teaching, many of Shaykh ul Aalam's own speeches and a range of other programmes in different languages.
Leading through Noble Footsteps
Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui has undoubtedly been the greatest inspiration to many seekers of Truth, as a truly enlightening teacher, leader and as a guardian for those who wish to follow his example on the Path of Islam. His profound devotion for Allah and the Beloved Messenger has awoken the hearts of many, and helped them to integrate solid Islamic values into their lives.
Through the teachings of Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui, who is now affectionately known worldwide as Shaykh ul Aalam (meaning; Teacher of the World), thousands upon thousands have been inclined to turn back to the Path of deen. He has touched thousands of hearts worldwide; where doctors provide medical help for the ill, Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui is the medic for darkened hearts in need of enlightenment. Through his compassion and words of loving guidance, many have found their way through dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and have recognised the light of the sunnah of the Beloved Messenger, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him.
The teachings of beloved Khwaja Alauddin Siddiqui are ultimately what the Beloved Messenger of Allah taught the world 1400 years ago, therefore it is no surprise that he is admired and honoured by all. Alhamdulillah, he is a teacher who not only teaches through words but also through his actions & character, who reminds hearts of the Reality. Truly, the Messenger of Allah said, "The best of you are those who, when they are seen, God is remembered." [ibn Majah]
We sincerely pray to Allah the Most Loving to bless our beloved Shaykh with long, prosperous life with the best of health, strength and continuous increase in maqaam and blessing. Ameen, bi hurmati Sayyid al mursaleen, Sayyidina Muhammad RasulAllah, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.