Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddiqi
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Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddique (3 April 1892 - 22 August 1954) was an Islamic scholar, leader and teacher who was born in Meerut, India.He had advanced knowledge in Qur'anic science, Hadith, Tassawuf and Islamic jurisprudence of the four main madhhab. 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.
Abdul Aleem Siddiqui travelled continuously for 40 years to all parts of the globe seeking to spread his concepts of spiritual reform and enlightenment to a major part of the world. He visited 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.
In 1935, in Mombasa (Kenya), Abdul Aleem Siddique met with European intellectual George Bernard Shaw, and they enjoyed an exchange of thoughts in which Shaw called Abdul Aleem Siddique “a learned sage”.
Siddiqui pioneered the establishment of the All Malaya Muslim Missionary Society, now known as Jamiyah, in 1932.
Siddiqui's visits to Mauritius
Between 1928 to 1953, Siddiqui made five visits to Mauritius. Abdul Razzaq Mohammed, then a Muslim leader in Mauritius met Siddiqui in Colombo and invited him to come to Mauritius which Siddiqui accepted without hesitation.
First visit: In December 1928 he arrived in Mauritius at Port Louis Harbour where thousand of Muslims were waiting to welcome him.
Second visit: On 26 September 1931 he paid his second visit on the requests of several Muslim leaders.
Third visit: On the 30 March 1939 he paid his third visit. Some of his speeches were relayed by radio from the Jummah Mosque.
Fourth visit: He reached Mauritius on 6 May 1949. The Jummah Mosque invited all Muslims to welcome him. He delivered several Lectures in Urdu and English throughout the Island. A list of lectures held at time is given below:
|9 May 1949||20hrs30||Cinema Moderne||Lecture|
|15 May 1949||20hrs30||31 Rue David, Port Louis||Canjee Ceremony|
|14 May 1949||20hrs30||Phoenix Palace||8th Anniversary of foundation of 1st Mauritius Muslim Scouts|
|16 May 1949||20hrs30||Phoenix Palace||waez|
Abdul Aleem Siddique Mosque
In 1953, the land of Abdul Aleem Siddique Mosque was conveyed to several trustees and office-bearers of the All-Malaya Muslim Missionary Society (now known as Jamiyah Singapore). Prior to this, Abdul Aleem Siddique had identified and chosen the land to be developed as a Mosque. In 1954, Abdul Aleem Siddique Mosque was subsequently built on the land from donations collected through the society.
The Mosque was named after Shah Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddique, as recognition for his immense contribution to Islam and the social development of a plural society in Singapore.
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