Shah Ahmad Noorani

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Allama Shah Ahmad Noorani
شاہ احمد نورانی
Ahmad Noorani Siddiqi (1985).jpg
Ahmad Noorani in 1985.
President of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal
In office
09 October 2002 – 11 December 2003
Preceded by Office created'
Succeeded by Hussain Ahmad
Personal details
Born Ahmad Noorani Siddiqi
Urdu: احمد نورانی صدیقی

(1926-10-01)1 October 1926
Meerut, British India
Present-day India
Died 11 December 2003(2003-12-11) (aged 77)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Resting place Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mausoleum
Citizenship  Pakistan
Nationality Pakistan
Political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan
Residence Islamabad, Pakistan
Alma mater Allahabad University
Darul-Uloom Arabia, Meerut
Religion Islam
Era 20th Century
Region Islamic world
School of Tradition Sunniat
Islamic philosophy
Modern philosophy
Main interests Islamic philosophy

Barelvi movement
Barelvi Durood
Central figures

Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi
Shah Waliullah
Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki
Hamid Raza Khan


Jamaat Ahle Sunnat, Pakistan
Sunni Tehreek, Pakistan
Sunni Ittehad Council, Pakistan
Dawat-e-Islami, International
Sunni Dawat-e-Islami, International


Al Jamiatul Ashrafia · Manzar-e-Islam
Al-Jame-atul-Islamia · Jamiatur Raza

Notable Scholars

Ameen Mian Qaudri, India
Sarfraz Ahmed Naeemi, Pakistan
Muhammad Ilyas Qadri, Pakistan
Akhtar Raza, India
Qamaruzzaman Azmi, United Kingdom
Muhammad Muslehuddin Siddiqui, Pakistan
Arshadul Qaudri, India

Kanzul Iman, translation of the Qur'an

Allama Shah Ahmad Noorani (Urdu: شاہ احمد نورانی‎; October 1, 1926 – December 11, 2003, known as Maulana Noorani), was an Islamic scholar, Sunni spiritualist, religious philosopher, Muslim revivalist, cleric, 20th-century thinker, and an ultra–conservative politician.[1]

Graduated with BA in Arabic language from the Allahabad University and later the certified from the Darul-Uloom Arabia, Meerut, he established himself as renowned Islamic scholar and worked in the developing the Islamic philosophy as well as helping found the World Islamic Mission in 1972.[2] His father, Abdul Aleem Siddiqi was also an Islamic scholar and had accompanied him on Islamic missionary tours to various parts of the world.[3] After the partition of India, his family settled in Karachi, Sindh.[4]

Early life[edit]

He received his BA degree in Arabic language from the Allahabad University, India.
He established  World Islamic Mission in 1972 which is based in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.[2]

His father, Abdul Aleem Siddiqi was also an Islamic scholar and had accompanied him on Islamic missionary tours to various parts of the world in his early youth.[3] After the partition of India, his family settled in Karachi, Sindh.[4]

His family moved to Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan after the partition of India.[4]


He was elected as member of the National Assembly after participating in general elections held in 1970 on Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan's platform. Since then, his influence on national politics further grew and eventually becoming a Senator in 1980s.[2] After disassociating from politics in 1990s, he made his notable come back after rigorously opposing and further forming a ultra–conservative alliance to oppose the regime of President Pervez Musharraf.[4] Assuming the presidency of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), he was known to have use tough rhetoric against Musharraf and formed a public support against Musharraf's policies in the country.[5]

Allama Noorani's role in International affairs was no less significant than his role as a national statesman. In 1988 he played a significant role in helping to bring about a peaceful end to the bloody and costly Iran-Iraq war.

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UN Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (third from left) meeting at United Nations Headquarters with an international peace delegation for an end to the Iran-Iraq war: Dr. Hans Koechler, President of I.P.O. (right), Shah Ahmad Noorani Siddiqui, Pakistan (second from right), Field Marshal Abdul Rahman Sowar Al-Dahab, former Head of State of Sudan (third from right), Dr. Murad Ghaleb, Secretary-General of the Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organization (second from left), and Mousa Al-Mousawi, Iran (left) (New York, 16 June 1988)

Allama Noorani believed that since its inception in 1947, Pakistan has played and will continue to play a pivotal spiritual and socio-political role in the Islamic world. He maintained that the "Quran was revealed in Mecca, it is recited in Cairo and studied and put into practice in Pakistan".

In 2003,Allama Noorani suffered a massive heart attack when he was preparing to leave his residence situated in F-8/4 sector for the Parliament House to address a press conference along with other opposition leaders at 12 noon.[2] His death was condolences by country's elite political science circles, and is now buried in Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mausoleum in Karachi.[2]


  1. ^ "Qaid-e-Ahl Sunnat His Eminence Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani Siddiqui Al-Qadiri (RA) Rahmatullah alaih (1926-2003)". Noorani. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Wasim, Amir (December 12, 2003). "Maulana Noorani passes away: Funeral prayers at Nishtar Park today". Dawn News (Dawn Newspapers). Dawn Newspapers. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b et. al. "World Islamic Mission: Mauritius Branch – Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani Siddiqui Al-Qaderi". Islamic Mission. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Hussain, Shahid (11 December 2003). "Noorani dies of a heart attack". GUlf News. Gulf News. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Shah Ahmed Noorani’s death shocks MMA leaders". Daily Times. 2003-12-12. Retrieved 2012-12-01.

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