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Hazrat Shaykh Faizul Aqtab Siddiqi
His Eminence Hazrat Shaykh Faizul Aqtab Siddiqi Saheb is a direct descendant of one of the closest Companions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the first Khalifa of Islam Hazrat Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddiq (R.A.). The Siddiqi family is renowned for their services to Islam throughout the centuries.
His Eminence Hazrat Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Wahab Siddiqi (RA)
His Eminence Hazrat Shaykh Muhammed Abdul Wahab Siddiqi (RA) is the founder of Hijaz and the initiator of the ground-breaking philosophy developed within Hijaz Community. The noble Shaykh arrived in the UK in the 1970s, leading a new generation of Muslim migrants in the West. Aware of societal issues faced by Muslims at the time, the eminent Shaykh had a vision to begin a renaissance of understanding of Islam with progressive rationale: he emphasised the need for religious scholars or leaders to be accomplished in both the revealed and natural sciences. The Shaykh ensured a balanced and advanced development of both disciplines in the education of his own children, who all went on to become qualified professionals as well as qualified Islamic scholars.
The term ‘Hijaz’ is the name of the province covering the holiest land in Islam. It is a geographical region covering most of western Arabia, centring on the two most sacred Islamic cities: Makkah and Madinah. The noble city of Makkah is of great significance to Muslims because it is the location of the Holy Ka’bah (the direction in which every single Muslim prays towards). The noble city of Madinah is the resting place or Mausoleum and sacred Mosque of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
From its inception by the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in early 7th Century, Hijaz grew in significance and became a prominent presence in the globe. The Hijaz region became a source and centre of great advancement across the world in numerous ways, including: education; trade and commerce; cutting edge innovations in medicine, science and technology; pioneering legal and judicial systems; and social and spiritual rejuvenation. Hijaz remained an independent province under the Ottoman Empire until the early 20th century, and is situated in what is now known as Saudi Arabia.
The reason the name Hijaz was chosen for this location in Warwickshire, is because the founder held a firm vision and aspiration to establish such a sacred, intellectually and spiritually revitalizing place for Britons and Europeans in the West. Hijaz in the UK and its projects and vision are all founded on the original principles and teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. The people of Hijaz aspire to facilitate others to achieve the enlightened, edified and exemplary characteristics and fulfilment established by the first generation of Muslims.
Muslims visit the Hijaz of Makkah and Madinah in order to develop their relationship with God and for inner spiritual progression. Hijaz aspires to be a reflection of these two blessed places and aims to provide a place of sanctuary for reflection, personal progress and an opportunity to develop one’s spirituality and connection to God.
His Eminence Hazrat Shaykh Muhammed Abdul Wahab Siddiqi (RA) formed his programme of education developing young Muslim scholars through secular and traditional Islamic sciences. The teaching began with a small class of 10 to 15 dedicated students in Coventry, and eventually this programme gained great traction and popularity, which required a much bigger school. In 1993 Hijaz College became a centre for hundreds of international students. Graduates from Hijaz College went on to become professionals, including doctors, engineers and lawyers, whilst remaining Islamic Scholars, leading and serving their communities in Islamic education.
Today, with current technologies and development of communications, the programmes are able to have a global reach. The son and successor to the vision of the founder of Hijaz has continued to develop this educational programme.