B. Soharwardy ()
Prof. Imam Syed B. Soharwardy is the first Muslim
Canadian who walked across Canada,
more than 6,500 kms, leading the Multifaith
Walk Against Violence . (April 14 to October 27,
Imam Syed Soharwardy was
born in a highly respected religious family in Karachi, Pakistan.
His father, Allama Syed
Muhammad Riazuddin Soharwardy
(May Allah shower His blessings upon him) was a famous Islamic scholar and the
Imam of Jamia Bughdadi Masjid, Martin
Road, Karachi where
he established Dar-ul-Aloom Soharwardia.
Imam Soharwardy's grandfather, Allama
Syed Muhammad Jalaluddin Chishty (May Allah shower His blessings upon him) was the
Grand Mufti of Kashmir (Baramula). Allama Jalaluddin Chishty later migrated to Amritser
where he served as the head of Dar-ul-Aloom Nizamiah Sirajiah and the Imam of
Imam Syed Soharwardy is
one of the direct descendents of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Through Imam Ja’far
us-Sadiq (May Allah’s peace upon him), Imam Soharwardy’s lineage reaches Sayyidatunnisa
(leader of all women) Hazrat Fatimah Binte Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (Peace be upon him), the wife of Ameer ul Mo’mineen
Sayyidna Imam Ali (May Allah’s peace upon him). His
ancestors migrated from Syria
where they settled in Zarrin OR Zarrindasht
area in Asfahan province. During 1200s A.H. famous sufi
scholar Hazrat Syed Bahauddin Ziryani (May Allah be
pleased with him) was born in this family.
Later, Hazrat Syed Bahauddin Ziryani migrated to
and settled, where in his fifth generation, Allama
Mufti Syed Muhammad Jalaluddin
Chishty (May Allah be pleased with him) was born.
Imam Soharwardy received his early Islamic education from his father,
teacher and Murshad (spiritual guide) in the
traditional Islamic Madrasah at Bughdadi
Road, Karachi, Pakistan. Later, he graduated
from Dar-ul-Aloom Soharwardia,
Soharwardy also earned Bachelor of Arts degree in Islamic Studies from University of Karachi.
Beside his Islamic education, Mr. Soharwardy earned Bachelor of Engineering
(Electrical) from N.E.D. University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, Master of Science in Management Engineering from
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, USA
and Master of Engineering in Project Management from University
of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.
Imam Syed Soharwardy was
appointed as a teacher at Dar-ul-Aloom Soharwardia where he taught various subjects of Islamic
studies. Later, he also served as the assistant Imam and Khateeb
at Jamia Bughdadi Masjid, Martin
Road (1971- 1979). Imam Soharwardy has lectured in
Pakistan, USA and Saudi Arabia at various
universities and institutes for over 12 years.
Prof. Soharwardy is the founder of Muslims Against Terrorism (MAT). He
founded MAT in Calgary
in January 1998. He is also the founder of Islamic Supreme Council of Canada
(ISCC). He has authored several papers on various topics such as, challenges
for Muslims in the western world, conflicts within the Muslim community, Intra
and Inter religion conflicts, terrorism, political Islam, etc. Mr. Soharwardy has addressed hundreds of
gatherings in Pakistan, USA, UK
on various topics of Islamic faith.
Imam Soharwardy is the founder of the first ever Dar-ul-Aloom
in Calgary, Alberta where he teaches Islamic studies.
Prof. Soharwardy is the Head Imam at the Al Madinah
Calgary Islamic Centre. He lectures in Montreal,
on monthly basis. Recently, Imam
Soharwardy has established “Freedom of Speech Centre” and the “Green Dome
Islamic School” in Calgary. Imam Soharwardy is the spiritual leader of Jama’at Ahle Sunnat
Canada and the World Sufi
Mission Canada. He is also the founder of Multifaith
Club of Calgary.
Imam Soharwardy has the “Ijazah” in Soharwardy, Qadri and Chishty sufi orders from his Murshad (spiritual guide), Allama
Syed Muhammad Riazuddin
Soharwardy, Qadri, Chishty
(May Allah’s blessings upon him). He is the Khalifah
of his Murshad. His students and Murideen
(disciples) have spread out all over the world.
Imam Soharwardy is a strong advocate of Islamic Tasawuf (Sufism) and believes that the world will be
a better place for everyone, if we follow what Prophet of Islam, Muhammad
(Peace be upon him) has said, " You will not have faith unless you like
for others what you like for yourself." He believes that the spiritual
weakness in human causes all kinds of problems. Mr. Soharwardy can be contacted
at Soharwardy@shaw.ca OR Phone
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