Shah Shahidullah Faridi

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(né John Gilbert Lennard) was a British Muslim Convert, born to a Christian family. [1]

He embraced Islam after reading "Kashf al-Mahjub" (The Unveiling of the Veiled), the classical treatise on Sufism written by Ali ibn Uthman al-Hujwiri.[citation needed] Though having been born and raised in a wealthy English family he left his home in search of a Sufi shaikh. In India, he eventually met the Chishti Sabri shaikh, Syed Muhammad Zauqi Shah and pledged allegiance to him.[citation needed]

At forty years of age, the responsibilities of spiritual succession were entrusted to him. He lived in Karachi for about thirty years until he died on Ramdhan 17th in 1978.[citation needed]

He wrote Inner Aspects of Faith. He also compiled Part Two of "Tarbiatul Ushaq" ("The Training of Divine Lovers"), Syed Mohammad Zauqi Shah, 1425/2004, pub. A.S.Nordeen, Kuala Lumpur, ISBN 983-065-185-1. A brief biography of his, published recently in Urdu called "Talash e Haqq rudad." by Ahmed Ghazali Shaheedi, printed by M. Naeem Hashmi, Saudabad Malir Colony Karachi.

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  1. ^ Islamic Sufism Unbound: Politics and Piety in Twenty-First Century Pakistan By Robert Rozehnal, pg.60

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