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(Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada, cited in The Beautiful Life of Muhammad (peace be upon him))


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Al-Karam Publications 

Al-Karam PublicationsAl-Karam Publications is dedicated to publishing and providing literature and resources promoting the true teachings of Islam. Our books and resources cover various topics including beliefs, teachings, fiqh/jurisprudence, Arabic Grammar and much more and are published in the Arabic, English and Urdu languages. Our books and resources are taught in many mosques, schools, and educational institutes. However, they are also beneficial for private study at home or just a general read. We also produce a unique quarterly called the "Al-Karam Journal" that is intended for college and university level students. Based in the United Kingdom, we are strategically located to serve the world.

The Inspiration

Justice Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari (ra)The name ‘al-Karam’ is an Arabic word which is used to illustrate the meanings of noble nature, kindness and generosity. It is a reference to the personality of the late Justice Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari (ra), who provided immense guidance to the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent in particular and the Muslims of the world in general.  

Justice Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari was an authenticated Shaykh and spiritual guide on the sufi path of the Chishti tariqa; founder of the educational institution of Dar al-‘Ulum al-Muhammadiyya al-Ghawthiyya (DMG Bhera, Pakistan) and Ghawthiyya Girls College; author of the renowned Qur’anic exegesis Tafsir Diya’ al-Qur’an and the seven-volume masterpiece on the life of the noble Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) Diya’ an-Nabi.

In June 1981, Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah began his judicial career at the Federal Shari‘a Court of Pakistan, where he subsequently served as its Chief Justice. The following year he became a justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan where he served in the Shari‘a Appellant Bench until his demise in 1998. In 1980 Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah was awarded the ‘Star of Distinction’ by General Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan. In 1993, he was awarded the ‘Decoration of Honour’ by President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.

Great scholars and mystics of his time testified to his spirituality and revivalism. In terms of spirituality, seeking the pleasure of Allah (most high), possessing tremendous love and devotion towards the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), concealing one’s own state and sheer steadfastness upon the shari’a were amongst his great attributes. Thus he was widely known as Diya’ al-Ummat, the luminary and light of the Islamic community.

Click here to read a detailed biography of Justice Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari. 

The Founder

Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain PirzadaShaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada, born in 1946 in Jhang, Pakistan, is a graduate of DMG Bhera and the University of the Punjab (Pakistan). His qualifications include Adib, ‘Alim and Fadil ‘Arabi, BA (English), MA (Islamic Studies), MA (Arabic) and MOL.

Inspired by his teacher, mentor and spiritual guide, the late Diya’ al-Ummat, Justice Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari, he founded the educational establishment, Jamia Al-Karam, in 1985 and the Al-Karam Secondary School in 1995. In addition to being the Founder and Principal of Jamia Al-Karam, he is the Chairman of Muslim Charity; helping the needy worldwide, Patron of the Al-Karam Journal, Executive Director of Al-Karam Trust (London), Founder of Al-Karam Publications and Patron of the Al-Karam Scholars Association (AKSA). He is also a Founder Member of the British Muslim Forum.

He is the author of numerous books relating to various topics - written in a number of different languages including Arabic, Urdu and English. Currently many of his books are being translated into the Indonesian and Norwegian languages.

Amongst the books he has written are Islamic way of Worship, Islam; The Complete way of Life, Islamic Beliefs, The Beautiful life of Muhammad (peace be upon him), Imdad-us-Sarf (Etymology), Imdad-un-Nahv (Syntax), Imdad al-Fiqh fi’l-Ibadat, Guldasta Aqa’id, Muslims in a Multicultural Society and many more, all of which are available on this website. At present he is writing Tafseer Imdad-ul-Karam; a modern exegesis of the Qur’an and the first to be written in the United Kingdom. His most recent publication is The Ideal Mother; In light of the Qur’an, Sunna and Tradition. He continuously writes articles on contemporary issues affecting the Muslims, nationally and internationally, that regularly appear in newspapers and journals as well as exclusives in the Al-Karam Journal.

Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada is a shaykh in the Chishti Nizami Sufi Order given ijaza by his shaykh, spiritual mentor and teacher, Diya’ al-Ummat, Justice Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari. He was also granted ijaza in the Qadiri Sufi Order and was awarded with the direct ijaza in the Chishti Sufi Order coming from the astana of Shaykh Mu’in ad-Din of Ajmayr. He has also been given the ijaza of narrating the prominent Dala’il al-Khayrat of Imam al-Jazuli (d. 870 AH), a treatise recited in all Sufi orders. Dr. Ahmad ‘Umar Hashim of the Al-Azhar University awarded him with the sanad of hadith narration. Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada comes from a very religious and spiritual family. His father, Shaykh Gul Muhammad al-Qadiri (d. 1373 AH), and his elder brother, Shaykh Muhammad Karam Husayn al-Qadiri (d. 1411 AH), were both shuyukh in the Qadiri Sufi Order.

Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada has not only continuously served the Muslims in terms of setting up educational establishments in the form of schools and disseminating knowledge in the form of his several literary masterpieces, he has also continuously been preoccupied in serving humanity in general in terms of humanitarian aid to the needy worldwide. The passion of helping the needy led him to establish Muslim Charity; a charity completely run by volunteers with no paid workers in the United Kingdom. His determination led him to travel to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, following the Asian Tsunami where he spent the days of Eid al-Adha helping and providing a shoulder of support to the victims of the disaster and he spent the nights sleeping on the floor of shattered mosques as everything in Banda Aceh was wiped out. He has established the Gyne Hospital Jhang (Jhang Sadar, Pakistan) which went from an idea in his mind to a serving centre of remarkable repute within a short span of twenty months. The success of this hospital led him to begin the building of further hospitals; Gyne Hospital Faisalabad (Jhapal, Faisalabad, Pakistan), which was officially inaugurated on Sunday 20th May 2007, Rahmat Khatoon Hospital (Mangani, District Jhang, Pakistan) and the Azad Kashmir Hospital (Rawalakot, District Poonch, Azad Kashmir). Following the 2005 Asian earthquake, he with the support of Shaykh Muhammad Amin al-Hasanat Shah has provided over one hundred and fifteen steel-structured new homes for the homeless in Kashmir. Sixty of these new homes have been built in one village that has now been officially renamed ‘Al-Karam Village’ and was opened by the former president of Kashmir, Sardar Abdul Qayyum.

Despite his success in all these areas of service to humanity, his main aim and focus remains at Jamia Al-Karam and of educating the Muslim youth and producing Islamic scholars. At the present moment, over forty five of his students have graduated from Jamia Al-Karam and are serving the Muslims throughout the country. His Al-Karam Secondary School has produced a GCSE pass rate of 100% (A*-C grades) in 2005 and has acquired first position in the entire county of Nottinghamshire on a number of occasions.

In July 2001, he was awarded the ad-Dir’ul Mumtaz (Shield of Excellence) by the former Chancellor, Dr Ahmad ‘Umar Hashim on behalf of the University of Al-Azhar (Cairo) and was also awarded the Diya’ al-Ummat Award of Excellence by Shaykh Muhammad Amin al-Hasanat Shah on behalf of DMG Bhera (Pakistan). Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada remains a modest and humble individual; to whom Allah (most high) has granted much wisdom and knowledge.

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