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Habib Ahmed Al-Hussaini

Born on 1st September 1979 in Doha-Qatar Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed is the direct descendent of IMAM HUSSEIN BIN ALI (A.S) and has always been inspired most by the greatest MAULA ALI BIN ABI TALIB (R.Z).

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Al-Hidayah Organization Founder

Birthdate

01 September 1979

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Author's Preface

This is a Biography of Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed Al Husseni.  It is written with his consent, most information is by the way of an interview and the primary motive to record this interview is for the Monograph, a compressed form of Biography which may be used for other official purposes such as website. I have made my best attempts to do full justice in penning the great work of this illustrious and eminent Islamic Scholar.

Only items that could be corroborated or referenced were included.

I take complete responsibility of every single word composed by me in this Monograph. This work is far from any exaggerations and free from any Bias.

I have not included personal information related to immediate family, except lineage and family tree.

I take honor in writing this Biography. It is as much an inspiration and joy to write, as it is for you to read. JazakAllah Khair.

AUTHORED BY
SYED SAIFUR RAHMAN
M.A (MASS COMM & JOURNALISM) M.ED


INTRODUCTION

In the world of liquid modernity, a term coined by a western Philosopher, refers to the substandard and loose value system of modern day people. The most difficult thing for an ordinary man is to find, know, follow religion or any such set of value system for moral and spiritual development. Most religions teach well, but have hard practices. Islam being the most modern and practical religion is also the perfect way of life, however the practitioners of Islam either complicate the practice of the Deen or remain confused most of the times, many of us are like that.

In such scenario, a good Islamic Scholar usually unveils the false assumptions and prejudices and makes the practice of Deen look most beautiful and easy. With an in depth knowledge of Fiqh(Islamic Jurisprudence) and well versed with authentic Islamic History, such is a scholar, SHEIKH HABEEB AHMED AL HUSSENI who unwinds all burdens of negative energies and confusions. Sheikh Habeeb is regarded as one of the most powerful speakers on contemporary matters and issues related to modern day Muslims in the subcontinent. His work has been appreciated and recognized also in the GCC countries.

Born on 1st September 1979 in Doha-Qatar Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed is the direct descendent of IMAM HUSSEIN BIN ALI (A.S) and has always been inspired most by the greatest MAULA ALI BIN ABI TALIB (R.Z). He is also inspired by the greatest of all Sufis SHEIKH ABDUL QADIR JEELANI (R.A) and ABDUL QADEER SIDDIQUI (R.A).Sheikh Habeeb has learnt from SHEIKH UL ISLAM DR. TAHIR UL QADRI and SHEIKH HABEEB ALI.


LINEAGE AND FAMILY

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed is the forty first descendent in line to his ancestors who are HUSSENI SAADAATH (Husseni tree of lineage), they are also known as SAADATH E HAZARA.

Sheikh Habeeb’s paternal great grandfather (Par dada) travelled from Hazara (present day Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan) in early 1900 to reach and settle in Hyderabad Deccan. Sheikh Habeeb’s great grandfather was a descendent of the great Sufi Balapeer in Pakistan. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed’s father HAZRAT HABEEB MUSA AL HUSSENI (R.A) was a Hafiz, Alim from the finest Islamic University of those times JAMIA NIZAMIA in Hyderabad. Hazrat Habeeb Musa was also the disciple (Mureed) and Khalifa (spiritual successor) of His Holiness Bahr Ul Uloom ABDUL QADEER SIDDIQUI (R.A). Hazrat Habeeb Musa received Khilafah in both Khadriya and Chistiya Sufi order (clan).The maternal side of Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed also has many a scholarly and pious people, his maternal grandfather Syed Arif Ali Bin Syed Ibrahim Ali was the chief Qazi and had the Qaziyath (Islamic Jurisdiction) of over hundred villages in the region, they were people of great social repute and stature and have been Qazis for generations till date. The Qaziyath of Shadnagar, Ranga Reddy district in Telangana continues to be with the maternal side (Naniyaal) of Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed.


EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed started his education in the Arabic medium of instructions, which laid a very strong foundation of Arabic language and build a solid constitution to learn speak, write and read other languages. He has command over the Arabic language just like Urdu, his mother tongue, this has also been the reason for his success as an Islamic Scholar. He spent his first fourteen years in Doha and received basic Islamic education from his father. Under his father’s guidance and training he memorized the first thirteen volumes (Parah) of the Quran. He memorized rest of the seventeen Volumes (Parah) under the guidance and training of Sheikh Ali bin Abdur Rahman Basravi. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed completed his schooling from a Government school in Doha-Qatar and returned to India, Hyderabad in the year 1992 to complete his higher education in Islamic studies and permanently settle in India.

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed enrolled in Jamia Nizamia (Hyderabad) once regarded as one of the finest Islamic universities in Asia. He was one of the best students in the class of 1995-2000. He became an Aalim of QURANIC TAFSEER; He completed and earned the honors to be a Maulvi, Aalim, Faazil (Bachelors) and Kaamil (Masters) in the year 2002 from Jamia Nizamia. He is now settled in Bengaluru with his family and has his primary base of work in Hyderabad.


SHEIKH HABEEB AHMED AS A TEACHER

In one of the interviews with Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed I learnt, how important it is to teach small age group of children in order to be a good teacher. If a facilitator of knowledge can hold the attention span of a child and deliver information most effectively, He or She can be a great teacher. They can then teach to any age group irrespective of their class, creed, culture and background. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed started his journey on this great road of teaching learning and became the Head of the Department for Arabic in Al Mahad Ath Deeni Al Arabi, A Madrasa in Hyderabad. It was here when he introduced and cultivated the habit of written and spoken Arabic amongst the students of this Madrasa. This is one of his first and greatest achievements as a teacher as he would see and make sure, most of the communication amongst his students would happen in Arabic. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed introduced a lot of special certificate courses in Arabic and an institution of Arabic language was established within. Sheikh Habeeb was the first to do this in Hyderabad.


SHEIKH HABEEB AHMED AS WRITER AND ORATOR

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed belongs to the HANAFI/ QADRI/ AHLE SUNNAT UL JAMAAT school of thought. All of his work is a demonstration and representation of his ideologies that are derived and are in line with his MAKTAB E FIKR (school of thought), his best works as a writer are in simplifying and re writing great texts and Islamic literature such as SARWAT UL QARI MIN ANWAR AL BUKHARI, SALAAT AR RASOOL. Sheikh Habeeb’s writings are compilations from the most authentic and significant texts related to Islamic literature, this he was able to do with his team of scholars from JAMIA NIZAMIA, Books such as ISLAMI AADAB AND MUTTABARRIK SHAB E ROZ is his very own work.

One very unique quality that separates SHEIKH HABEEB AHMED AL HUSSENI from the rest of other scholars is his very powerful and effective oratory skills, the beauty of his speeches and sermons are they are for the masses, most of the people listening can relate to it. He provides great reasoning and logic to the matters he addresses as an Islamic scholar. He has addressed many social, political and contemporary issues related to modern day Muslims and people of this globe. His sermons on contemporary matters have the best of references; they are in the light of Quran, Hadith and Islamic History. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed provides most authentic references and strongest of evidences that can never be speculated, and most easily understood. He has conducted symposiums and online courses across the globe which had many listeners taking online exams and attaining certifications.

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed conducted many symposiums & online courses such as

  • RAHMATULLIL AALAMEEN
  • HUQOOQ UL MUSTAFA
  • TALLUQ BIL RASOOL
  • USWATHUN HASANAH
  • DARS AL MINHAJ US SAWI
  • MAARIFAT E HUSSAIN
  • DARS AL DURRATUL AL BAIZA
  • DARS KANZUL MATALLIB
  • ISLAM KI RAUSHNI
  • DARS AL LUBAAB FIL HUQOOQ WAL AADAAB
  • SEERAH AL RASOOL( GAZWAAD, AZWAAJ, AADAAB)
Sheikh Habeeb’s most famous sermons that were commemorated and appreciated are
  • HUZOOR INSANIYATH KE LIYE NAMOONAH( SALARJUNG MEUSEUM, HYD)
  • QURAANI HIDAYAH KA HUSOOL KA TAREEQ E KAAR(URDU BHAVAN, HYD)
  • SAYYADA E KAAINAATH CONFERENCE( FAPCCI)
  • MUSIC KI SHARAIYI HAISIYATH

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed has delivered more than five hundred speeches in these many years as a distinguished Islamic Scholar. Sheikh Habeeb’s other works as a scholar include a yearly Arabic magazine AL- AZWA, a monthly wall magazine ANWAR E HIDAYATH which is seen on the walls of almost every single mosque in Hyderabad.

DAAWATI QIDMATH (PROPAGATIONS) such as DAAWATI, ISLAHI, FIQRI, EEMANI AND RUHANI are his other works.


IJAZATH O ASANID (SPRITUAL METHOD OF RECEIVING PERMISSIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS, THE SUFI CHAIN OF TRUST

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed is the disciple (Mureed) of Hazrat Hussein Shujauddin Siddiqui R.A – Izzath Farzandh O Khalifa (Eldest son and subordinate) of BAHR UL ULOOM HAZRAT ABDUL QADEER SIDDIQUI R.A. Hazrat Hussein Shujauddin Siddiqui is Sheikh Habeeb’s PEER E TAREEQATH (Spiritual guide on the road to enlightenment). TheTareeqath is an advance stage one reaches by thoroughly following the Shariyath (Islamic law and way of life). The system of IJAZATH O ASANID is a Sufi way of transferring authority by the way of agreement between the Guide (Peer) and the disciple (Mureed). This process is carried out spiritually in which the Peer thoroughly assesses the spiritual growth of his Mureed. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed has received much such permission from highly enlightened and accomplished Scholars of highest Sufi Tareeqaths (order) such as KHADRI, CHISHTI AND SHADLI. This also is a method of taking Bayah in the chain that connects to RASOOL E AKRAM SALLALLAHU ALAI HI WAALIHI WASALLAM.

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed has received IJAZATH O ASANID from

  • SHEIK UL ISLAM DR. MOHAMMED TAHIR UL QADRI PAKISTAN.
  • FAZILATUL SHEIKH AL MUHADDIS ABDUR RAHMAN AL MUSNIID(MOROCCO)
  • SHEIKH UL HADEES MOHAMMED KHWAJA SHAREEF INDIA
  • FAZILAT UL SHEIKH ABDUL BAISH AL KATTANI.

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed has been inspired and mentored by some very fine Sufis. It reflects in his behavior and Akhlaq (conduct). He indeed is a true Sufi and the most perfect Mureed.


SHEIKH HABEEB AHMED AND HIS TEACHERS

Sheikh Habeeb’s first teacher was his father Hazrat Hafiz Habeeb Musa Al Husseni R.A. It was with his father Sheikh Habeeb learnt his first lessons on this beautiful road we call life. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed was his father’s elder son and established a very robust bond with his father, receiving the best from him. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed was later mentored by various other Shuyuks (Plural for Sheikh) who contributed to his spiritual growth making him one of the best Islamic Scholars of modern times. His great teachers are

  • SADR AS SHUYUKH SYED TAHIR RIZWI
  • FAZILATH US SHEIKH AL MUHADDIS ABDUR RAHMAN AL MUSNID
  • SHEIKH UL ISLAM DR. MOHAMMED TAHIR UL QADRI
  • SHEIKH MUFAQQIR E ISLAM MUFTI KHALEEL AHMED
  • SHEIKH UL HADEES MOHAMMED KHWAJA SHAREEF
  • MISBAH UL QURRAH MOHAMMED ABDULLAH QURESHI AL AZHARI
  • HAFIZ ALI BIN ABDUR RAHMAN BASRAWI.

SHEIKH HABEEB AND HIS ROLE IN ESTABLISHING VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS FOR ISLAMIC STUDIES

It is Allah’s will, and he chooses his subjects, and assigns them roles. It is Allah who creates a mountain that stands tall and does not wither even in the harshest of calamities. Allah indeed is the giver of wisdom and also enables his best subjects to bring in to use wisdom he has granted them with. He appreciates every single act done by his favorite subjects, rewards them with the greatest of success in the world and hereafter. The above said refers to the success of this very fine and prominent Scholar.

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed’s contribution to conventional Madrasahi system of education is so humongous that it can never be quantified. He has established many such institutions and organizations for Islamic studies that one can possibly fathom. He introduced sports, culture and many an extra-curricular activities keeping in mind the holistic development of his students. Going against some set obsolete norms and bringing many such changes in the curriculum added value and brought in notable changes in his students. It was Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed who strongly emphasized on incorporating modern methods without disturbing the integrity of the conventional Madrasahi Nizam (nature and function of Madrasas).

The biggest quality of a leader is his ability to create other leaders. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed so effortlessly did it. He inspired and mentored his students and Coworkers transforming them into able administrators. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed always kept moving forward on this never ending open road of enlightenment. Many Maulvis learnt the art and skill to be a good teacher under him. He has transformed many such ordinary Maulvis by imbibing in them great sensitivity, value system and teaching skills. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed emphasized on knowing and understanding the psychology of the learner, educating all types of learners. The psychological aspect of education for any type of education is most important. Sheikh Habeeb realized this so early in the day which only a few could.

Islamic Institutions and organizations that were established and flourished under Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed are functional till date, they are

  • MINHAJ ISLAMIC INSTITUTE MOGHULPURA, HYDERABAD
  • MADRASATUL IMAM ANWARULLAH, HYDERABAD
  • MADRASATUS ZEHRA LIL BANAAT, HYDERABAD
  • DR HAMEEDULLAH RESEARCH CENTRE
  • AL HIDAYAH MAGAZINE
  • FOUNDER MEMBER MINHAJ UL QURAN INTERNATIONAL INDIA
  • FOUNDER MEMBER SUNNI UNITED FORUM OF INDIA(SUFI)
  • MINHAJ UL QURAN PUBLICATIONS, HYDERABAD
  • AL HIDAYAH PUBLICATIONS HYDERABAD
  • HAFIZ WALIULLAH COMPUTER INSTITUTE
  • AL HIDAYAH ISLAMIC CENTRE BENGALURU.

OFFICES HELD AND HONORARY POSTS

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed executed many tasks and performed many duties that, bored many responsibilities under the offices he held for many Islamic Institutions and organizations. His work was not easy and he single handedly endured many challenges in bringing good changes, to cater to the educational and spiritual needs of modern day Muslims of the subcontinent. List of offices held by Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed is as follows

  • Head of the department(Arabic) AL MAHAD AL DEEN AL ARABI (2003-2006)
  • Director MINHAJ ISLAMIC INSTITUTE (2006-2008)
  • Founder , Director Al HIDAYAH (2008- Till date)
  • General secretary MINHAJ UL QURAN INTERNATIONAL (2008-2010)
  • Director DAAWATH O IRSHAD(MQII) (2010 – 2016)
  • Director Central coordination committee MINHAJ UL QURAN INDIA (2016-2019)
  • Guest faculty at JAM E NIZAMIA HYDERABAD
  • Guest faculty at MESCO HYDERABAD
  • Guest Faculty at Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh, U.P
  • Guest Faculty at Azam Campus Pune, Maharashtra.
  • Guest Faculty at Darul Uloom FAIZ E AKBARI Gujarat.
  • Guest Faculty at D.U.F.G.R ACADEMY Rajasthan.
  • Guest Faculty at MASJID E QADRIYAH (Juma Masjid Trust Board) Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • Guest Faculty at MASJID HAJI ISMAIL SETH, Fraser Town, Bengaluru, Karnataka.

SHEIKH HABEEB AND SOCIAL SERVICE

A phenomenal human being Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed is a philanthropist and has funded the education of many underprivileged children. He has seen the best and the worst in the society and has organized and streamlined funding for the weak and deprived. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed organized many medical camps in most down trodden and backward areas of Hyderabad. These camps distributed free medicines and medical facilities to the poor irrespective of class creed and religion. Many blood donation camps were also organized. Social organizations under him also carry out relief work during natural calamities and disasters. He has always managed to reach out to the most affected people in the most affected areas. He has been successful in organizing mass marriages for the Muslim Poor. His organization also provides counseling and guidance in case of matrimonial disputes among Muslim couples. The solution is best provided in the light of Quran and Hadith restoring harmony and bringing reconciliation among Muslim couples. Indeed a great service to the society.


ACHIEVEMMENTS AS A SCHOLAR

Often addressed as MARD E MUJAHID in many Mashaiq circles Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed is popularly recognized as a fearless speaker. Many scholars refrain from speaking on topics which may disrupt the very complicated Muslim society of the subcontinent. Speakers in such a scenario choose to be dubious and talk on matters which cater to the common interest of the society. They play safe. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed Doesn’t! When he speaks, he speaks with a reason that inculcates the sense of right and wrong in his listeners. He never speaks to debate or counter, his goal always is to bring in logic and sensitivity among the listeners.

If I am to list the achievements of Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed it is already mentioned above. Can anyone imagine a Scholar who is just forty one years old to perform and achieve what Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed has? Not in my knowledge. It was in Hyderabad when a very young Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed brought a revolution in the people of Ahle Sunnah, He separated stories and shapeless philosophies from the actual practices of the Deen, which many of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat were doing wrong. If I may add he separated Nazm (poetry) Bazm (Strong bond and love between the two) and Tilism (stories of magical and fantasy world) from the practice of Deen, erasing all misconceptions and theories. He had a very matter of fact and hands down approach to the things he wanted to do as a Sheikh of Quranic Tafseer, Fiqh and Islamic History. A very pragmatic approach. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed simplified the daily life affairs and taught to people that a good intent leads to good deeds and the best approach is to keep things simple in the practice of the Deen. Many who follow him were actually relieved when he simplified many matters of the FIQH a Muslim needs to imbibe in the practice of Deen. He preached and practiced simple Daawah and Tabligh which even till date his students and followers do. He established and strengthened Minhaj Ul Quran at Pan India level. This is one of his great contributions to AHLE SUNNAH in India. Maulana Habeeb very, quietly and modestly denies this to be his achievement.

Many Madrasas that flourished under Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed are still producing many Aalims, Maulvis and Aalimas. Also to mention their productivity and enhanced performances in both Deen and Duniya. Minhaj Ul Quran India has many members and executive members working at Pan India level many of them are his students, many of them aspire to be what Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed is today.

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed gives a lot of credit to his teachers, mentors and spiritual guides. He acknowledges the fact that being mentored by scholars of the Arabian Peninsula played a mighty role in his understanding of the Deen, practicing and preaching it, that makes him different from the many Ulemas (Plural of Aalim) of the subcontinent.

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed’s research on Islam is extensive. He does belong to a particular school of thought, however he has read Ulemas and Scholars from various different schools of thought, such as Hazrat Ibn Tahmiah the biggest scholar of the Wahhabi sect. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed has managed to understand thoroughly the differences, and identify other common grounds of understanding in different Sunni Muslim sects and sub sects, for this he travelled to countries such as U.A.E, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Iraq and Iran. He met Islamic Scholars of different sects and sub sects. He shared the stage and delivered many speeches on topics related to Fiqh, Hadith and Islamic History common to all. He carried out many academic and non-academic works while he visited these countries. Sheikh Habeeb’s present written works are FAZAIL E MAULA ALI, AL FAZAIL WAL AFDALIYAH, ALI AULA, and KITAAB US SAHABA. These are nearing completion and will be published in near future.

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed Al Husseni has featured as a speaker on many local and national television channels such as Ruby T.V, MQ T.V, ETV Urdu and other infotainment Channels. He was widely appreciated and admired for his effective communication via electronic media; he presently runs a YouTube channel having many followers from the Subcontinent. All his best sermons and online symposiums are available on YouTube.

Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed recommends revamping and reconstructing the traditional Madrasahi curriculum frame of Islamic education. According to Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed this is a three hundred year old curriculum which now lacks pragmatism and does not enable a Talib (student) to make a living on his own in the modern world. This mostly applies to Tulbah (students) with very weak social and economic backgrounds in India. Most of the Madrasas that teach Hifz (recitation and memorization of the Holy Quran) do not teach its meaning. The only option left for Tulbah graduating out of these Madrasas is to become an Imam of a mosque, recite all volumes of the Holy Quran in the blessed month of Ramadan. This certainly does not open other avenues of earning for the Maulvis. The mosques are few in hundreds and the Maulvis are many in thousands. Lack of resources and funds can lead to corruption which is bad for the integrity of an Imam and the whole Khankhahi system. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed suggests, merging Vocational education (skill development) can bring in notable change in profiles of these Tulbah. It is only a matter of time when this will be done. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed thinks this can be a revolution, a good change benefiting more too many and the Madrasahi system of education.

Sheikh Habeeb’s out of the box thinking and practical approach to everything makes him stand out in the crowd of millions. He is arguably the best of Islamic scholars present today. May Allah reward him in abundance for his selfless indulgence and participation as a teacher, mentor, scholar not to forget his impeccable manners and Akhlaq that Allah and all his followers are most pleased with.


ACHIEVEMMENTS AS A SCHOLAR

Often addressed as MARD E MUJAHID in many Mashaiq circles Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed is popularly recognized as a fearless speaker. Many scholars refrain from speaking on topics which may disrupt the very complicated Muslim society of the subcontinent. Speakers in such a scenario choose to be dubious and talk on matters which cater to the common interest of the society. They play safe. Sheikh Habeeb Ahmed Doesn’t! When he speaks, he speaks with a reason that inculcates the sense of right and wrong in his listeners. He never speaks to debate or counter, his goal always is to bring in logic and sensitivity among the listeners.