Here we present a short biography of our Shaykh, it is not the aim to produce an exhaustive piece of literature, rather, this is merely a brief overview of the Shaykh’s life.
From an early age, Pir Muhammad Saqib bin Iqbal Shāmi(Hafizahullah) showed fervour in following the Qur’an and Sunnah by spending time in seclusion reciting the Holy Book practising dhikrullah (remembrance of Allah), preaching about prayer and respect, relating the stories of the Prophets (upon them be peace) to his contemporaries, and being preoccupied with cleanliness and eating moderately. At a tender age he also enjoyed the company of Islamic mystics and often spent his time with Pir Walayat Hussain Shah, Sufi Muhammad Shafi (ra), and visited frequently by religious personalities. The latter, Sufi Muhammad Shafi (ra), was most notorious for his spirituality, often falling into wajd or spiritual ecstasy. Sufi Muhammad Shafee (ra)’s older brother Sufi Ghulam Nabi (ra) is resting peacefully in Jannat ul baqi, for which he prayed all his life and told his followers before he travelled for Hajj that he will be buried in Madina al Munawwarah after his Hajj.
Pir Saqib Shāmi Sahib’s older brother Musharraf Iqbal passed away before Pir Sahibs birth. After the burial ceremony the grief-stricken mother was visited by Sufi Ghulam Nabi (ra), who encouraged and advised her that she should exercise patience for she was to witness a greater return for her unforgettable loss in the form of a son who will be an ALLAH WALA (from the people of Allah). Consequently within the short space of a year the mother was visited in her dream by Sufi Ghulam Nabi (ra) after his demise in Madina al Munawwarah, indicating to the glad tidings of the birth of her son and said “he will be a shining star”. The family was rewarded with the birth of a boy who was named Saqib which means a shining star.
Pir Sahib started private studies in the Islamic Sciences at a young age. Wishing to further his studies, he travelled abroad and completed Hifz (Memorisation of the Qur’an) in little more than eleven months. He then completed a one year Tajweed and Qiraat course in Jamia tul Furqan.
At the age of 14 he placed himself under the guidance and tutelage of one of the most eminent scholars to have reached these shores, namely Sheikh Rasool Baksh Sa’idi. Pir Sahib began his Dars-e-Nizami course or Islamic Scholars Course.
After a period of study, Pir Sahib read BA Law at Staffordshire University. On completion of the Dars-e-Nizami course he decided to further his Islamic studies abroad, Whilst abroad Pir Sahib studied in Jamia Abu Noor and Jamia Fath al Islami in Takhassus fil Fiqh (specialisation in Islamic jurisprudence), where he benefited from some of the greatest scholars abroad namely Shaykh Ramadhan al Booti, Shaykh Wali al Deen Farfoor and Shaykh Mustafa al Bugha. He also studied privately under great scholars in the region, most notably Sheikh Samir an-Nass and Shaykh Ussama Murad. After the completion of his studies , Pir Sahib immediately set out to teach Islamic Sciences in England. Many of the students who studied under him during this period benefited from him greatly and further pursued their studies abroad and also studied with Shaykh Rasool Bakhsh Saeedi and Mufti Yaar Muhammad. They are also teaching the sciences of Shari’ah in Birmingham.
In March 2003, Pir Muhammad Saqib Shāmi founded Kanz ul Huda after observing a need. He established the organisation on the classical sciences of Islam and tasawwuf (Islamic mysticism), and has since led many educational and social projects bringing long overdue change to communities in the UK and abroad. His expertise and experience in these fields has also led to significant recognition from local, national and international organisations, and he has been invited to become a standing member of advisory boards for these organisations. In his role as a member of the ‘Global Civility’ board of scholars after the cartoons debacle, his was one of the leading voices calling for reason and understanding. Pir Sahib is also leader of Tehreek-e-Ahle-Sunnat Britannia, responsible for organising a range of various activities and programmes for the Muslim community in the UK.
Pir Muhammad Saqib frequently delivers lectures in various countries around the world and leads Umrah pilgrimage tours for his students and there he is known to spend most of his time in Al-Madina al Munawwarah. It is in Al-Madina al Munawwarah where Pir Sahib initially met his Murshid, Baihaqee-e- Waqt Hazrat Allama Pir Mufti Manzur Ahmad Faizi (ra), and after pledging his allegiance he received Ijaza (permission) in the Chistiyya Faiziyya Sufi discipline. Pir Sahib also holds Ijazaat in the Qadri, Naqshbandi, Owaisi and Sabri Sufi disciplines from Shaykh Abdul Hakeem Sharf Qadri (ra), Shaykh Faidh Ahmad Uwaisi (Hafizahullah) and Shaykh Muhammad Ismaeel Ahmad Al Qadri (Hafizahullah).
At present Pir Muhammad Saqib Shāmi (Hafizahullah) is residing in his hometown of Birmingham, England where he is teaching the religious sciences daily through Kanz ul Huda as well as holding weekly and monthly spiritual gatherings. His lectures are broadcasted daily by ARY QTV and frequently on Ummah channel through satellite TV networks. Dvd’s are also available of all Pir Sahib’s talks. Pir Sahib also frequently travels to worldwide, where he delivers and holds monthly spiritual gatherings, as part of the expansion of Kanz ul Huda. Kanz Ul Huda has now been established in USA, Canada, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Holland whereby mureeds hold weekly Sufi events.