Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddiqi

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Jinnah praying the first Eid prayer behind Shah Abdul Aleem, after the formation of Pakistan.

Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddiqi (3 April 1892 – 22 August 1954) was an Islamic scholar from Meerut, India. He was taught by Ahmad Raza Khan.[1] He is known by a variety of spelling variations including Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddique.


Siddiqui travelled continuously for forty years. He visited Singapore where he pioneered the All-Malaya Muslim Missionary Society, now known as Jamiyah, in 1932.[2] He also travelled to Hejaz, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Ceylon, China, Japan, Philippines,[3] Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Belgium, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, France, England, West Indies, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname,[4] United States of America and Canada.[5] The All-Malaya Muslim Missionary Society (now known as Jamiyah Singapore) has built a mosque named after him.[6]

In 1935, in the British Colony and Protectorate of Kenya at Mombasa, Abdul Aleem Siddique met with Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, and they enjoyed an exchange of thoughts in which Shaw called Abdul Aleem Siddique “a learned sage”.[7]


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  2. ^ MENDAKI: 10 Years Making the Difference. Yayasan Mendaki. 1992. p. 212. 
  3. ^ Lacar, Luis Q.; Moner, Nagamura T. (1986). Madrasah Education in the Philippines and Its Role in National Integration. Coordination Center for Research and Development MSU-IIT. p. 123. 
  4. ^ His Eminence Maulana Shah Abdul Aleem Siddiqui (Rahmatullah Alaih).
  5. ^ Maulana Shah Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddiqui (R.A). World Federation of Islamic Missions
  6. ^ Ariff, Mohamed (1991). The Islamic Voluntary Sector in Southeast Asia. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. p. 225. ISBN 9813016078. 
  7. ^ George Bernhard Shaw and the Islamic Scholar. Commentary and editing by Imran N. Hosein. December 2000.

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