Naeem Siddiqui

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Naeem Siddiqui
نعیم صدیقی
Born5 June 1916
Died25 September 2002(2002-09-25) (aged 86)
Tehreek e Islami
Alma materUniversity of the Punjab

Maulana Naeem Siddiqui (1916 – 25 September 2002) was a Pakistani Islamic scholar, writer and politician. He was among the founder-members of the Jamaat-e-Islami and a close associate of Abul A'la Maududi and Amin Ahsan Islahi.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Naeem Siddiqui was born on 5 June 1916 at Chakwal, Punjab, British India.[2] He was home-schooled and then from Government High School, Khanpur. He completed Molvi Faazil at Uloom-e-Islamia (institution for Islamic religious sciences) and then got the degrees of "Munshi" (Graduation) and of Munshi Faazil (that was equivalent to master's degree at that time) in Arabic and Persian literature from the University of Punjab, Lahore in 1938.[3] Naeem Siddiqui was among the founder members of Jamaat-e-Islami along with its founder Abul A'la Maududi. However, due to irreconcilable differences with its leadership, he quit Jamaat in 1994[1][4] and founded the Islamic religious and political party tehreek e Islami along with his fellows in 1994.[5] In 1996, Tehreek-e-Islami split into two groups,[5] one group was led by Naeem Siddiqui himself while the coordinator of the other group was Hafeez-ur-Rehman Ahsan. Due to the endavour and mediation of some Arab-countries-based Pakistani friends, both groups were re-united in 1998. He explained the story of the reunion in a letter to his friend Khwaja Maqbool Ellahi in 2001[5] by saying that our difference was unique and now our union is also very unique.[5]



Siddiqui started his literary career by joining biweekly magazine, Kausar, from Karachi under the editorship of Nasrullah Khan Aziz. Later, he joined the monthly Charagh-i-Rah and remained its editor for nine years.[1] He was instrumental in using the above outlets to disseminate Islamic knowledge and raise awareness on Islamic culture.

He was credited as a poet of a unique style and wrote verses on religious, political and social issues. Through his short stories, poetry and articles in magazines such as the Charagh-i-Rah, he helped in creating a wide audience for Islamic literature and poetry in Pakistan and the Muslim world.[6]

He was also editor of the monthly magazine Tarjuman-ul-Quran for a long time after the death of Maulana Maududi.[6]


Siddiqui is well-known for his biographical work on Islamic prophet Muhammad, Muhsin-e-Insaniyat, or The Benefactor of Humanity.[1][7][8] This book describes and explains various stages of prophetic revolution. Furthermore, he is also the author of many books dealing with issues related to the socio-politico-economics system of Islam.

His famous books in Urdu language are:[2]

  • Taleem Ka Tehzeebi Nazria
  • Aworat Ma'raz e Kashmakash Mein
  • Ma'reka-e-Deen-o-Siasat
  • Ta'meer e Sirat ke Lawazim
  • Communism ya Islam
  • Islami Socialism ke Nahin?
  • Shola' Nawai Iqbal
  • Al-Maududi
  • Tehreek-e-Islami ka ebtedaaye Daur
  • Islami Eqtesaadiyaat mein Enfiradiat aur Ejtema'yyat
  • Islam aur Mutaaliba-e-Haq
  • Eqamat e Deen aur Dolat Parast Mua'shera
  • Tehreeki Sha'or
  • Eshq e Rasool ke Haqeeqi Taqazay
  • Daawat-e-Fikr-o-Amal
  • Daawat-e-Islami ke Bunyadi Usool
  • Fikr-o-Nazr
  • Ma'roof-o-Munkar
  • Tehreek-e-Fikr-e-Maududi
  • Maujooda Jamat-e-Islami se Syed Maududi ke Jamat-e-Islami tak
  • Tehreek e Islami ka Khaaka
  • Tehreek eIslami ka Ta'aruf
  • Tehreek e Islami ka Qiyaam Kiyuun?
  • Pachpan Saala Rafaaqat
  • Tehreek e Islami – Doosri ejtema'ee Tehreekon ke Muqaabil
  • Tehreek e Islami ko Kaisay Nojawan Darkaar Hain
  • Islami Tehreekein aur Chund Paecheedgiyaa'n[2]

Along with his published books, almost all his more than 700 research articles on the matter of socio-politico-economic system of Islam are published in various journals such as the monthly Tarjuman-ul-Quran, monthly Siyaraa, monthly Chiraagh-e-Raah, bimonthly Na'shur, weekly Takbeer, weekly Shahab, weekly Asia and weekly Tasneem.[2]


Siddiqui died on 25 September 2002 in Lahore due to ill health at the age of 86. His funeral prayers were offered at the Mansoora Ground. It was led by Mian Tufail Mohammad, former Emir of the Jamaat-e-Islami.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Maulana Naeem Siddiqui passes away". DAWN (newspaper). 26 September 2002. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Dr.Abdulla Hashmi, Naeem Siddiqui ke Ilmi wa Adabi Khidmat (Urdu), Matboo'aat-e-Suleimani, Lahore 2011, p.21, p.34, p.35
  3. ^ Dr.Abdulla Hashmi, Naeem Siddiqui ke Ilmi wa Adabi Khidmat (Urdu), Matboo'aat-e-Suleimani, Lahore 2011, p.38
  4. ^ "The curious case of Amira Ehsan". The Friday Times (newspaper). Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d Naeem Siddiqui, Pachpan Saala Refaqat (Urdu), Alfaisal Nashiran, Lahore 2010, pp.2–5, p.61, p.71, p.78, p.119, p.128
  6. ^ a b চরিত্র গঠনের মৌলিক উপাদান (1st ed.). ICS Publications. May 1990. pp. 5–6.
  7. ^ "Jeddah Group to Launch Biggest Islamic e-Library". Arab News. 29 April 2004. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  8. ^ Muhammad (PBUH): The Benefactor of Humanity. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2017.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)