Shah Ahmad Noorani

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Shah Ahmad Noorani
شاہ احمد نورانی
Ahmad Noorani Siddiqi (1985).jpg
Ahmad Noorani in 1985
President of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal
In office
9 October 2002 – 11 December 2003
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Hussain Ahmad
Member of Parliament
In office
14 April 1972 – 7 March 1977
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
Parents Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddiqi[1]
Residence Islamabad, Pakistan
Alma mater Allahabad University
Darul-Uloom Arabia, Meerut

Philosophy career
Era 20th Century
Region Islamic world
School Sunniat
Main interests
Islamic philosophy
Notable ideas
Revival of Shia-Sunni relations

Shah Ahmad Noorani (Urdu: شاہ احمد نورانی‎; 1 October 1926 – 11 December 2003, known as Allama Noorani), was a Pakistani Islamic scholar, mystic, philosopher, revivalist and an ultra–conservative politician.[2]

He graduated with BA in Arabic language from the Allahabad University and later certified from the Darul Uloom in 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.[3]

Early life[edit]

Ahmad Noorani was born in Meerut, British India (now India), into an Urdu-speaking family on 31 March 1926 (17 Ramadan 1344).[4] 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.[5] He received his BA degree in Arabic language from the Allahabad University, and certified from the Darul-Uloom in Meerut in Islamic jurisprudence. He became a hafiz-ul-Quran at the age of eight.[3] His family moved to Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan after the partition of India.[4] He established World Islamic Mission in 1972 which is based in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.[3]


He was elected as member of the National Assembly from Constituency NW-134 (Karachi-VII)[6] after participating in general elections held in 1970 on Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan's platform. The JUP is main Sunni Barelvi political party of Pakistan.[7] After a long struggle Shah Ahmad Noorani and his team succeeded in 1974 to pass the bill in the parliament that Muhammad is the final prophet and hence the Ahmadiyya (qadianis) were declared non-Muslim. The second time he was elected as MNA from Constituency NA-167 (Hyderabad-II)[8] in Pakistani general election, 1977. Since then, his influence on national politics further grew and he became a Senator in 1980s.[3]

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 use tough rhetoric against Musharraf and formed a public support against Musharraf's policies in the country.[9]


On 11 December 2003 (17 Shawwal 1424), Shah Ahmad Noorani died from a massive heart attack when he was preparing to leave his residence for the Parliament House to address a press conference along with other opposition leaders at noon.[3][4] The funeral prayer was done in Nishar park on Friday and he was buried at the foot of his mother in the graveyard situated in the premises of the Saint Ghazi Abdullah Shah Mausolem in Karachi.


  1. ^ "(22 Zil-Hijjah)Shaykh Abd al-Aleem Siddiqui al-Qadiri Meerathi (AlaihirReHma)". 
  2. ^ "Qaid-e-Ahl Sunnat His Eminence Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani Siddiqui Al-Qadiri (RA) Rahmatullah alaih (1926-2003)". Noorani. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Wasim, Amir (12 December 2003). "Maulana Noorani passes away: Funeral prayers at Nishtar Park today". Dawn News. Dawn Newspapers. Dawn Newspapers. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Hussain, Shahid (12 December 2003). "Noorani dies of a heart attack". GUlf News. Gulf News. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  5. ^ et. al. "World Islamic Mission: Mauritius Branch – Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani Siddiqui Al-Qaderi". Islamic Mission. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "In Qadri's fate, Barelvis see their redemption". 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Shah Ahmed Noorani's death shocks MMA leaders". Daily Times. 12 December 2003. Archived from the original on 24 September 2005. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • "Home". Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  • "Home". Retrieved 28 July 2015.