His Eminence Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani Siddiqui al-Qadiri RA
Rahmatullah alaih (1926-2003)
Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani Siddiqui Rahmatullah 'alaih is regarded as a scholar, exemplary leader, statesman, teacher and one of the chief corner stones of Muslim unity in the second half of the twentieth century. Wherever he traveled, he won the admiration of both scholars and ordinary people because of his commitment to the Sidiquian virtue of remaining truthful to the original teachings of Islam and in being able to differentiate between haq (truth) and batil (falsehood) despite the circumstances he found himself whether be it personal or in the matter of state or national interest.
He was given the title of 'Qaid-e-Ahl Sunna' or Leader of Sunni Muslims because he was the most capable and respected leader of our time. His ideas and thoughts on the concept of Islamic nationhood was so far ahead of its time, that it is hard not to view him as one of the architects of what the the modern Islamic state should be; that is, a progressive Islamic culture which embraces the positive elements of science, technology, efficiency and human dignity while remaining committed to the core Islamic principles of spirituality (tassawwuf) and moral value (akhlaq). Maulana
Noorani has always stated that Muslims societies can be easily eroded if Islam is only interpreted at the literal and superficial level or what he sometimes referred to as external Islam.
Throughout his lifetime he displayed a consistency in thoughts and actions few can imagine. By this, he was able to win the trust and confidence of Muslims and people of other faiths around the world, both Arabs and non-Arabs, youths and his elder contemporaries. In essence, he was the quintessential Muslim leader of our time who managed to capture the imagination of the masses, young and old, male and female where ever he went . His over-arching quality as a leader was his deep-rooted attachment and devotion to the last and noble Messenger of
Allah - Prophet Muhammad Salalaahu 'alahi wa Sallam and the manner in which he exemplified the sunnah (prophetic traditions) was indeed refreshing and graceful at all times. One can say his charisma was in fact a manifestation of his love and emulation of the Prophet of Allah Salalaahu 'alahi wa Sallam. Akhlaq (beautiful morals) and aql (astute wisdom) were the hallmark of his Islamic character He was the son of Mubaligh-e-Azam Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui RA. Being a descendant of Syedinna Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiqui RA, he bore the marks of his blessed forefathers which is, undoubtedly a living mu'ijizah (miracle) of Syedinna Rasoolulaah Salalaahu 'alahi wa Sallam derived from the event of al-Hijra.
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