Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi born in India in 1943, received his Islamic education at Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow, India. He graduated from the Islamic University of Madina in Saudi Arabia in 1965 with a higher degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies. He received an M.A. in Theology from Birmingham University in England and a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion from Harvard University in the USA.
Dr. Siddiqi worked with many Islamic organizations in Switzerland, England, and the United States. He was Chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee of the Muslim Students Association in US and Canada. Siddiqi also served as Director of the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. He served two terms (1997-2001) as President of the Islamic Society of North America with Headquarters in Indiana. Since 1981, he is serving as the Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County in Garden Grove, California. He also served as the Chairman of the Shura Council of Southern California, an organization representing the Islamic centers, masjid, and organizations in Southern California. He is the Chairman of the Fiqh (Islamic Law) Council of North America. He is a founding member of the Council of Mosques in US and Canada.Academically he is serving as an adjunct professor of Islamic Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California. He is also an external examiner for the Departments of Islamic Studies at the University of Durban-Westville in South Africa, University of Karachi, Pakistan and University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
Internationally, He is a member of the Supreme Islamic Council of Egypt and the Supreme Council of Mosques in Makkah, Saudi Arabia and a member of the Executive Board of the International Assembly of the Council of Ulama’ in Makkah. He is a founding member of the Council of 100 of the World Economic Forum based in Switzerland. The Council aims to foster dialogue and better relations between Islam and the West.
He conducted a weekly religious radio program from Pasadena from 1982 till 2004. He has contributed many articles to many Islamic and Academic Journals, Encyclopedias and other publications. He writes a weekly column for Pakistan Link in Los Angeles on the issues of Islamic law and social problems.
Travels and Lectures:
Dr. Siddiqi has widely traveled and has lectured at universities, colleges and other academic and religious institutions in 28 countries, namely Saudi Arabia, South Africa, England, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Trinidad, Guyana, Grenada, Barbados, Mauritius, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Austria, Italy, Spain, Gibraltar, Brazil, Argentina, United States and Canada.
He has taught courses on Islam and world religions at Harvard University, Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey, Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, Birmingham University, England, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan and California State University in Long Beach.
Interfaith Programs Involvement:
Dr. Siddiqi is the current President of the Academy of Judaic-Christian and Islamic Studies at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). He has participated in many inter-religious dialogues. He spoke at the World Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Vancouver, Canada and the World Assembly of Religions in Vatican, the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. He participated in many seminars organized by the National Council of Churches and National Council of Christians and Jews in the USA.
In September 2001 on the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, he was invited by President George Bush to lead a Muslim Prayer at the Interfaith Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral. In September 2006 he was again invited by President Bush to lead an interfaith prayer on the 5th Anniversary of 9/11 at Ground Zero in New York.
Awards & Recognition:
- Dr. Siddiqi received the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 1999 from the National Council of Christians and Jews.
- In November 2005, Dr. Siddiqi was recognized by Orange County Register as one of the top 100 most influential people who shaped Orange County in the last twenty-five years.
- In August 2006, as part of a special feature called “The West 100″, the Los Angeles Times recognized Dr. Siddiqi as one of the top 100 most powerful people in Southern California with the following description: “Siddiqi, whose mosque is among the largest in North America, is the religious leader of thousands of Southern California Muslims at a time when xenophobia is running high… he has been a leader in driving home the point that Muslims in the U.S, are peace-loving.