Muballigh-E-Islam (The Great Ambassador of Islam)
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).
Allama Abdul Aleem Siddiqui Madni
He was born in the blessed month of Ramadhan, on 3 April 1892 (15 Ramadhan 1310), in Meerut (UP-Province of Indo Pakistan Sub-continental) India. He was raised in a family that was pious and devout. He is a descendant of Sayyiduna 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 Quran 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 Jamma Mosque of Meerut, mesmerizing 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. After the completion of Dars-e-Nizami acquired his modern education and obtained his Bachelors degree with distinction from Meerut College in 1917. He also acquired advanced knowledge in Quranic science, Hadith, Tassawuf and Islamic jurisprudence of the four main madhhab. He did not discontinue his religious studies while acquiring modern education. He devoted himself simultaneously and especially during vacations to advance Islamic studies. In fact he continued it many years even after he had entered the field as religious leader and amassed further knowledge in Islamic law at Mecca and Medina through discussion with Muslim scholars. 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.
He began his work of preaching as soon as he had completed his theology studies. Wherever he went he encountered dissensions, religious backwardness, ignorance of higher Islamic values, absence of planning on a large scale among Muslims and hatred of Islam among non-Muslims.
Every where he had to carve out his path in stony rocks and had to raise the edifice of his great message almost on virgin soil. The inexhaustible treasure of his moral earnestness, his profound sincerity, his deep piety, his versatile, knowledge and his matchless smile out matched the difficulties.
His thundering but musical voice proved a magical influence in awakening somnolent humanity. His clarion call for the establishment of righteousness and the effacement of sin for the adoption of good, for the enthronement of harmony and the dethronement of strife echoed over mountains and plains across green valleys and sandy deserts in the Orient as well as in the Occident among the ‘whites as well as among the blacks. His travels around the globe brought the message of peace to millions of human souls. His visits everywhere gave new impetus to the religious fervor of the people.
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.
As already been stated above, his eminence visited different parts of the world several times where he delivered lectures, presided over Educational Conferences, worked for the erection of mosque, strived hard to organize the Ulema, exposed false Qadiani beliefs and held discourses with eminent Hindus and Christians.
His Eminence also held discussions with Sultan lbn-e-Saud at Mecca, on the difficulties experienced by European converts in performing Hajj. He also exchanged thoughts with Muslim leaders from all over the world about the Improvement of conditions prevailing in the Hedjaz and conveyed the message of Islam to the non-Muslims of all the previously named countries.
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). Allama 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 Allama 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 labored 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 Inter-Religious Organization (IRO) to foster greater understanding between the faiths and to promote the spirit and message of peace amongst the people of Singapore. In IROs inauguration ceremony, on 18 March 1949 at Victoria Memorial Hall, Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique gave an inspiring speech, in which he said,
"As far as the common evils and accepted moral principles were concerned, no religion could have any difference, and in the spirit of tolerance and sympathy and the desire to establish peace, all of them were as one. The task of the religious leaders was to let the followers of each and every religion know the teachings of other religions, so that a spirit of fellowship could work together to spread the accepted moral principles and to fight the common evils."
Allama 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.
Allama Abdul Aleem Siddique was an extraordinary exponent who personify in a distinguished manner the causes he cherish and uphold, and his labors for the cause form a landmark in human history. His noble soul soared beyond the limitations of territory and race. 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 (peace be upon him), Allama Shah Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddique left this world for the hereafter - his body rests peacefully at the Jannatul Baqqi in Madinah. May Allah bless be well pleased with His servant.
His Eminence worked with single minded and physical assistance of his son-in- law Dr. Maulana Fazlur Rahman Ansari with complete devotion for the cause of Islam and humanity until his noble soul returned to Allan’s mercy on 22nd Zillhij 1372 A, H, (August 22, 1954) Medina Tayabba.