Shah Ahmad Noorani born Ahmad Noorani Siddiqi (Urdu: احمد نورانی صدیقی) in 1926 - died 2003, was a Sunni spiritual and political leader in Pakistan. Siddiqi was founder of the World Islamic Mission, leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) and later president of the Muttahida Majlis-e-
Siddiqi was born in Meerut, India in month of Ramadan.His Father was Shaikh Shah Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddiqui al-Qadiri who was khalifa of Ala HadhratAhmed Raza Khan Barelvi.He became a hafiz-ul-quran at the age of eight. He graduated from the National Arabic College, Meerut, India and obtained the Fazil-e-Arabi degree from Allahabad University and completed the classical dars-e-Nizami (at advanced or Fazil level) from Darul-Uloom Arabia, Meerut.
Siddiqi started his international missionary tours around the world soon after the birth of Pakistan. During his lifetime he held a number of important posts including:
Honorary Secretary General of the World Muslim Ulama Organisation for twelve years
Founder of the World Islamic Mission at Dar-ul-Arkam in Makkah al-Mukarramah in 1972
President of International Islamic Missionaries Guild
Presided over the International Islamic Conference held at Bradford, U.K., in April 1974 and subsequently elected the First President of the World Islamic Mission.The 78-year old religious scholar was struck by a fatal cardiac seizure in the washroom at his residence in Islamabad, his assistants said.
In his political career Maulana was elected as a Member of Parliament from Karachi in 1970 and subsequently elected leader of the Parliamentary Party of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) unanimously. He retained his Karachi seat for a long timeTemplate:How-long and was a senator....
Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani Siddiqui is regarded as a scholar, exemplary leader, statesman, teacher and one of the chief cornerstones of Muslim unity in the second half of the 20th century.
He was given the following titles:
Quaid-e-Ahle Sunna (Leader of Sunni Muslims)
Quaid-e-Millat e Islaamiyyah (Leader of the entire Ummah)
Imam Inqilaab (Leader of legal revolution)
Mujaddid (Reformer of Islam for the current century)
Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani was an accomplished 'alim who mastered all four schools of fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and followed the madhab of Imam Abu Hanifa both in practice and ijtihad (reasoning). He was a visiting professor who taught al-fiqh al-hanafiyya and 'aqida (belief) of Ahl Sunna wal Jamaah in Baghdad for a number of years. He was Honorary Secretary General of the World Muslim Ulama Organization, with the Grand Mufti of Palestine being its president. He held this office continuously for eleven years and worked for unity of Muslim brotherhood amongst all Muslim nations.
The contribution of Ala Hadhrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Barelwi, Maulana Noorani argued, effectively checked the tide of recently concocted ideologies in the form of Wahabism, Deobandism, and Qadianism. Maulana Noorani spent a good portion of his scholarly life promoting Ala Hadhrat as the mujaddid (Muslim Reviver) of the 13th Islamic century. In particular, due to his leadership he was able to influence two generations of Muslim scholars to appreciate the full impact of Ala Hadhrat's thoughts and writings.
In June 30 1974 Maulana Shah Ahmed Noorani Presented the Bill in which it was clearly declared that Qadianism is Kufr and believers of Qadiani's are Kafir. Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani Siddiqui died 11 December 2003 (16 of Shawwal 1424 Hijri at his residence in Islamabad,15 days after the Eid Festival after the month of Ramadan. The last time he left home, he visited his mother's grave at clifton, karachi and said that this place will be suitable for me. On the way to hospital Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani Siddiqui was reciting Part 4 of the Holy Qur'an "Lantana".After his death,he was buried at the shrine of sufi saint Abdullah Shah Ghazi in clifton area of karachi.