Biography of Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel Ahmed Umri (1967)
Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel Ahmed was born on 17 March 1967 in Adoni in area of Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh (South India). Adoni is an old historical city which is 300 km from Hyderabad Deccan. His lineage is Shairkhan Jameel hamad ibn Shairkhan Muhammad Ishaq ibn Shairkhan Ahmed Husain ibn Shairkhan AbdurRahman.
Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel Ahmed studied up to Matric in his hometown of Adoni. After passing Matric, his maternal grand father Professor Abdul Aziz Jami Umri and his noble father Shaykh Shairkhan Muhammad Ishaq made him join Jami’ah Darussalam Umerabad in 1981. He passed his Alimiyat and Fazeelat there and graduated in April 1988. Then he also passed BA “Afzal Ullama” from Madras University.
Among the noble teachers from whom he learnt in Umerabad, we count:
1) Hafiz Abdul Wajid Umri Rehmani
2) Shaykh AbdusSubhan A’zami Umri
3) Shaykh Zaheerudin Athari Rehmani
4) Hafiz Syed AbdulKabeer Umri
5) Shaykh Abul Bayan ‘AbdurRahman Hammad Umri
After his studies, he wanted to gain further knowledge however, he became busy playing an active role and became busy in the Da’wah activities of Jamiat Ahl e Hadith Subah Aandhra Pradesh and started to give Khutbah in Jami Masjid Ahl e Hadith in Adoni. This Masjid was in the charge of the Shaykh’s family since 150 years and Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel Ahmed started in the Masjid a Madrasah called “Madrasah Muhammadiyah”
In 1988, he was invited by Markazi Jamiat Ahl e Hadith to go to the UK for lecturing there, hence he went to the UK in November 1988. He was invited to UK by Shaykh Mahmood Ahmed Mirpuri and Shaykh Abdul Hadi Umri but Shaykh Mahmood Ahmed Mirpuri had passed away in a car accident in the night of 9th-10th October 1988. The Shaykh’s visa was for 6 months so after working for this period for Markazi Jamiat Ahl e Hadith, he returned to India in May 1989. Markazi Jamiat Ahl e Hadith UK wanted him to come back again on permanent work visa again but the Shaykh was accepted in the meantime to Madeenah University.
Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel Ahmed obtained excellent numbers in Kulliyatul Hadith and had the honour of performing Hajj, but during the holidays he was busy in familial matters in India that he could not return to Madeenah and complete his studies there. Among the noble scholars from whom he benefited there we count:
1) Shaykh Abdullah Al-Ghunayman
2) Dr Musa Ad-Duwaish
3) Dr Muhammad Zahrani
4) Shaykh Abdul Hakeem Khatir
5) Dr Abdul Aziz Al-Qai’idi
6) Dr Sulayman As-Su’ud
7) Dr Ahmed Al-Ubaid
8) Dr Khalid As-Sa’idi
9) Dr Ibrahim As-Suhaili
10) Dr Abu Anas Farj Al-Awfi
11) Dr Hafiz Ahmed Al-Hakami
During his holidays, he got married on 13 January 1991 with Shaykh Mukhtar Ahmed Nadwi’s daughter, Aisha Mukhtar, who was a also a scholar. Shaykh Mukhtar Ahmed Nadwi had established in 1978 “Jamiyah Muhammadiyah” and a college for girls “Kulliyah Aishah Mansoorah” in the city of Malegaon in province of Maharashtra (350 km from Mumbai). This Jamiyah was spread in 60 acres and was a very important university of Ahl e Hadith in India. Shaykh Mukhtar Ahmed Nadwi called his son in law Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel Ahmed there and appointed him as principal (Shaykh Al-Jamiyah) and joint general secretary. Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel Ahmed remained there from 1991 to 1994.
On 8 June 1996, Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel Ahmed returned to the UK with his family and has been established there ever since.
His activities in the UK include:
1) Imam and Khateeb Markazi Jamiat Ahl e Hadith Green Lane Masjid Birmingham from 1996 to 2009.
2) Religious teacher in Markazi Madrasah Salafiyah Green Lane Birmingham from 1996 to 2008
3) Deputy general secretary Markazi Jamiat Ahl e Hadith from April 1997 to May 1998.
4) Sadr Mudaris (Head teacher) Markazi Madrasah Salafiyah Birmingham from March 2005 to December 2008
5) Secretary Education of Markazi Jamiat Ahl e Hadith from 2001 to 2004 and again from 2007 to 2012.
6) Member of Islamic Judiciary Board UK (Majlis Qadha Islami Britaniyah, Sharia Council) since 1996.
7) Member of the editorial board of monthly Urdu magazine “Sirat e Mustaqeem” Birmingham since 2007
8) Member of the executive body of Markazi Jamiat Ahl e Hadith, Shurah Member since 1996, and member of the constitutional Committee of Markazi Jamiat Ahl e Hadith.
With these activities Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel Ahmed is also:
1) Member of Universal Peace federation
2) Member of FIMO (Federation of Indian Muslim Organistaions)
3) Member of Association of British Hujaj UK Birmingham
4) Governor Windcalf Primary school
5) Member of British Muslim Initiative.
6) The Shaykh is a great helper to Dr Baha Al-Din’s “Tahreek Khatme Nubuwat” and “Tarikh Ahl e Hadith”
Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel Ahmed is an active member of Jamiat Ahl e Hadith, he participated in many national and international. His articles are published in “Sirat e Mustaqeem” as well as in India’s magazines “Jareedah Tarjuman” Delhi and “Sawt Al-Haq” Malegaon. He wrote a long dissertation on “Ahd Farooqi ke karname” to obtain fazeelat from Jamiah Darussalam Umerabad and he intends to publish it in a book form.
Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel Ahmed received a shield from the Jamiat in April 2004 from Shaykh Abdul Hadi Umri and Shaykh Shuayb Ahmed Mirpuri for his excellent work as Nazim Ta’leem (Secretary of Education) in a prize giving ceremony in Madrasah Salafiyah Birmingham. His services as Sadr Mudaris from 2005 to 2008 have also been acknowledged by Birmingham City Council who awarded Gold certificate award and certificate of achievement to Madrasah Salafiyah in a conference held in Birmingham Central Hall.
Among the scholars from whom Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel Ahmed benefited in different sittings, we count: Shaykh Nasirudin Albani, Shaykh Hammad Ansari, Shaykh Abdul Muhsin Abbad, Shaykh Umar Fullatah, Dr Atiyah Saalim, Shaykh ibn Utheymeen, Shaykhul Hadith Ubaydullah Rehmani Mubarakpuri, Shaykh Hafeez ar-Rahman A’zami Madni, Shaykh SafiurRahman Mubarakpuri, Dr Muqtada Hasan Azhari. He also attended lessons of Shaykh ibn Baz by phone lectures and in 1990 he had the pleasure of performing Hajj with Shaykh Albani (ra).
The Shaykh’s wife, Aisha Mukhtar, is also a renowned religious scholar, she taught for 3 years in Kulliyah Aishah Siddiqah in Malegaon India the following books: Sunnan Abi Dawood, Ilm Al-Faraidh, al-Adiyan wal Furuq, Al-Mazahib Al-Mua’asarah. Afterwards she went with her husband to the UK and obtained a BA with honours in Islamiyat from Birmingham University and wrote a dissertation entitled “Islami Qanoon Warathat aur Britanwi warathat ka taqabuli Jaaizah” (comparison between Islamic law of inheritance and British law of inheritance). She gives lectures to women in Jamiat Ahl e Hadith UK and other platforms. She holds weekly Tafseer of the Qur’an classes from which educated Muslim women benefited. With this she also attended counselling courses and is helping worried women.
Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel played a great role in the publication of the many volumes of "Tarikh Ahl e Hadith" and "Tahreek Khatme Nubuawat" of Dr Bahadin, a great historian of the Ahl e Hadith Jama'at. Shaykh Shairkhan not only proofread "Tarikh Ahl e Hadith" 8 volumes and up to vol 24 of "Tahreek Khatme Nubuwat" but he also helped Dr Bahadin in providing necessary materials from India and worldwide to compose these huge works.
Dr Baha Al Din wrote in v 1 of "Tarikh Ahl e Hadith" v 1 p 66, published by Maktabah Islamiyah Lahore:
"In this work, thanking the companions who helped me knowledge-wise and morally is obligatory upon me, and among them are included Shaykh Thanaullah Sialkoti (London), Dr Muqtada Hasan Azhari (Banaris), Shaykh Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi Salafi (Delhi), Dr Abdul Wahab Ansari (Kasaganj), Shaykh Muhammad Ibraheem Khaleel (Hajrah Shah Muqeem), Shaykh SHAIRKHAN JAMEEL AHMED OOMERI (Birmingham), Shaykh Muhammad Ahsraf Javed (Faisalabad), Dr AbdurRauf Zafar (Bahawalpur)
I am thankful to Shaykh Ashraf Javed and Shaykh Ibraheem Khaleel for searching in Pakistan for rare literature of Ahl e Hadith, and in India Dr AbdulWahab Ansari remained busy for 8 years to fulfill my requests, Shaykh SHAIRKHAN JAMEEL AHMED OOMERI brought very precious and essential literature from his library and his grand father Shairkhan Ahmed Husayn (Marhoom)'s library in Adhoni (India), in this poor beggar's bowl. May Allah reard all these mentioned Ahbaab with the best of rewards, Ameen"
Dr Baha Al Din mentioned the key role and huge contribution of Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel Ahmed Oomeri in the 6th volume of his "Tarikh Ahl e Hadith" p 34-35, published by "Maktabah Tarjuman Delhi", especially his great role in providing materials, proofreading, motivating and comforting Dr Bahadin:
"To Allah belongs the Hamd and Minnah, the sixth volume of "Tarikh Ahl e Hadith" is reaching the hands of the readers, meaning that contents of approximately 4500 pages related to the history of Ahl e Hadith on the Indian subcontinent, contents collected from far away places, then it went through correction, abridgement, addition of Ta'liqat and notes, and then organized, computerized, corrected and printed.
All of this being accomplished by a person with permanent illness is not only an indication that Allah had accepted to take this work from this weak person, but it is also an indication to the fact that there is SOMEONE that Allah has chosen to motivate this disable, weak and worried person, who not only helped in providing material, but also helped in correcting and arranging.
And he (this person) kept in India the secretary general of Markazi Jam'iyat Ahl e Hadith Hind Fazeelatu Shaykh Molana Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi Salfi active and desirous to publish this series, and when confronted with worries, when this weak person would lose hope, then he would encourage me again, which would direct me back towards this destination.
In other words, after the help of Allah, it is the result of THIS WELL WISHER who on many days and nights inquired about the progress of the work and if more material is required, and where it can be found from, and other similar queries, and then without the desire of any material profit would be busy in looking for the material, and he has been behaving as such since years.
THIS PERSON'S NAME IS SHAYKH SHAIKHAN JAMEEL AHMED OOMERI, may Allah reward him and his noble wife 'Aishah Bint Hazrat Molana Mukhtar Ahmed Nadwi for their altruist and without loosing courage help upon good, though the responsibility of mistakes are upon the shortcomings of this poor person.
The Faqeer in the court of As-Samad, Muhammad Bahadin"
Sources: "Bustan e Hadith" of Shaykh Ishaq Bhatti (ra) and "Tarikh Ahl e Hadith" of Dr Baha Al-Din.
Note: Shaykh Shairkhan Jameel Ahmad also played a successful role in uniting Markazi Jamiat Ahl e Hadith India and the reconciling between Shaykh Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi and shaykh Salahdeen Maqbool Ahmad.