Mohammad Shaikh from Karachi, Pakistan was a student of Renowned Muslim scholar Sheikh Ahmed Deedat (Late)-President of IPCI from Durban, South Africa. He is a remarkable Muslim scholar with charismatic personality, unique in presenting the relevant Ayats / Signs on a particular topic from Al-Qur’an in order to clarify the Spirit / Essence in English and Urdu.Mohammad Shaikh was the ONLY PREACHER from all over the world to secure Runners-Up position (after TOP 50) in the book “The 500 Most Influential Muslims 2010” by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, Aman Jordan. This followed his earlier acclaim on account of his life-long dedication to Islam where he was voted as the 4th Most Influential Muslim in the World in an online poll conducted by Reuters – Faithworld in 2009.
|In Urdu :||محمد شیخ|
|Native Name :||Mohammad Shaikh|
|Famous As:||Muslim scholar|
|Residence:||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Education:||(Islamia College) Received early religious education and guidance from his father|
|Profession:||Religious scholar & Writer|
|Commissioned as:||National Services Inductee in the Military Police|
|Participated in War:||Indo-Pak war of 1971|
|Merchant Navy:||Rank of second officer|
|Achievments:||More then 110,000 people has converted there religion from Hindus to Islam|
|Lectures on Youtube:||https://www.youtube.com/user/iipcpakistan|
|Lectures on Dailymotion:||http://www.dailymotion.com/mohammadshaikh|
|Lectures on Tune.pk:||https://tune.pk/user_about.php?user=mohammadshaikh|
|Date:||6 October 1952|
|Place:||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Parents:||Ghulam Nizamudin (Father) Tameez Jehan Begum (Mother)|
|Siblings :||Mohammad Abid|
|Relatives:||Ghulam Fareed-uddin (Grandfather)|
Mohammed Shaikh was born in Karachi, Pakistan on the 6th of October, 1952 to Ghulam Nizamudin and Tameez Jehan Begum. His father hailed from a prominent Muslim family of Delhi and was a graduate of Aligarh University. Shaikh’s grandfather, Ghulam Fareed-uddin was the Chief of Police and honorary Captain in the Indian state of Delhi in pre-partition India and an avid supporter of Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, and the Pakistan movement.
Shaikh’s early childhood and education was at Karachi, where he attended Islamia College. He received basic Islamic education under the watchful eye of his father. His teachers also included the (Late) Maulana Hafiz Qari Abdul Haq from whom he learned to read the Qur’an as a child at Alfalah Masjid situated at PECHS, Karachi. In the same mosque he performed Aitakaaf from the age of sixteen till forty two.
Following the family tradition of pursuing an occupation in the uniformed services, Mohammad Shaikh was commissioned as a National Services Inductee in the Military Police and participated in the Indo-Pak war of 1971. Later on he decided to seek a civilian role and joined the Merchant Navy where he reached the rank of second officer. The Merchant Navy enabled him to sail to distant lands and experience diverse cultures and beliefs. His younger brother Mohammad Abid also served in the Pakistan Army and retired as a Captain in the thirteenth Punjab infantry. His religious inclination received more potency, when he was stationed as an officer on the Shams passenger liner which carried Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, and through this role he had the opportunity to perform the Hajj himself.
Turning Point in Life
An event that had a profound effect on Mohammad Shaikh occurred on 15th December, 1986, when some armed criminals broke into his office in Karachi. Soon a struggle ensued and one of the men pulled the trigger, but miraculously Shaikh was not hit. It was at this point in time, he recalls, that he closed his eyes and prayed to Allah deep in his heart, that if his life were spared, he would dedicate it to His cause – it was as if his prayer was heard, that the armed men all of a sudden broke loose and fled, leaving him physically and psychologically drained at the ordeal. After this near death experience he would decide to study and teach the Qur’an fearlessly and take a firm stand on what was stated within its pages irrespective of the status quo opinions. This near death experience, the spiritual experiences gained during the Hajj and dialogues with Christian missionaries while on sea voyages would motivate him to defend his faith and learn the Qur’an in more detail so as to answer allegations. All of this would eventually pave the way for an organized mission to promote the Qur’an.
More Imformation About Mohammad Shaikh
Association with Sheikh Ahmed Deedat
In the year 1988 Mohammad Shaikh maintained a brief association with the late Ahmed Deedat, South African scholar of comparative religion and founder of Islamic Propagation Center International (IPCI). Initially Mohammad Shaikh was the main distributor of Deedat’s videos in Pakistan and was much inspired by his lectures on comparative religion. During Deedat’s tour of Pakistan, he used to muster support for his talks and also organized his lectures in Karachi. In 1988 Mohammad Shaikh was selected by Deedat to undergo training on Daw’ah and comparative religion at the IPCI in Durban, South Africa where he was joined by Daee’s from around the globe.
Broadcast His Debates Lectures
It can be observed that although a brief student-teacher relationship was maintained, Mohammad Shaikh does not follow Ahmed Deedat in entirety. He has adopted Ahmed Deedat’s approach on Biblical criticism and Muslim-Christian dialogue, but a comparative analysis of the lectures of these two speakers demonstrates that they have different positions on a variety of issues. E.g. while Ahmed Deedat considers some parts of the Judeo-Christian Scripture to be divine, Mohammad Shaikh maintains that it is entirely a man-made work. Similarly Ahmed Deedat’s lectures were more about analyzing Christianity and its sources from a Muslim standpoint, while Mohammed Shaikh’s presentation is more about Qur’anic exegesis, and how it differs from the Bible. While this disparity is evident, Mohammad Shaikh holds the highest reverence for his former teacher, and continues to broadcast his debates and lectures through IIPC TV.
Approach to The Quran
Evident from his lectures, Shaikh’s main standpoint is that the Qur’an needs to be seen through its own inflection and in its pure form without any alteration whatsoever, as it is a divine text accessible to all who want guidance from it. While viewing his presentations it is apparent that his point of difference is almost entirely with the Judeo-Christian tradition, namely the Bible and he is rarely directly critical of Muslim traditionalism. However by explaining the Qur’an through the inflection of Ayaat, he makes it obvious in a subtle manner that most traditional beliefs that have crept within Islamic canon have their origin from the Bible and not the Qur’an. He thus appeals to his listeners to prefer the Qur’anic viewpoint instead of the Biblical or traditional one. This call to the Qur’an in its pristine form has brought Mohammad Shaikh at loggerheads with the traditional schools of thoughts and conservative religious scholars, who find his approach to be novel and see their own traditional faith strongly challenged by his teachings. While viewing his lectures it can be seen that his expositions on numerous contemporary subjects such as Hijab, Jihad, Riba, Qitaal, Vision of Ibraheem, Book of Moosa, Kaabah and Qibla etc. is radically different from classical as well as contemporary scholarship and offer unique insights for Qur’anic understanding, much different from the tradition based or politicized version of the faith.
Assassination Attempt Opposition from Extremists
It is evident from the debates held at the end of his talks that most criticism to Mohammad Shaikh is from traditional and conservative elements, who find his presentations to go against their narrow interpretations. This Opposition reached a climax and brought another testing time in the spring of 2005. An armed intruder broke into the IIPC building in Karachi and fired gunshots at Mohammad Shaikh from a very close range. Luckily the assassin’s bullets did not prove fatal, and the brother was immediately rushed to hospital and under went life-saving surgery. Following the assassination attempt Mohammad Shaikh recuperated for a few months and later in the same year after recovering, performed the Hajj along with his family. Even to this day visitors to his programs can witness that he has not been deterred by threats and opposition and still continues to lecture audiences in Karachi as well as global audiences through the internet.
Mission of Dawah
As a Da’ee, Mohammad Shaikh strives to give preference and promotion to the Qur’an as the center point for Islamic beliefs and the principle text for governing everyday life of a Muslim. His availability for Dawah is all year round, even though he has come under physical attack in the past and faces opposition from the extremists of strife-ridden Pakistan and anti-Islam forces. He has often commented to colleagues at the center that he started his mission solely for Allah and will keep it going solely for His sake as worldly hazards are no match for the divine displeasure that will result when one fails to do his duty.
He hold private consultations in accordance with The Quran. Subjects includes;
- Identify your God
- Chosen personalities
- Book of Allah / God
- Know yourself
- Family life
- How to manage money
- Direction of belief
- Govern ourselves by the governing verses
Volunteer Experience Causes
Causes Mohammad cares about:
- Civil Rights and Social Action
- Economic Empowerment
- Human Rights
- Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
- Poverty Alleviation
- Science and Technology
- Social Services