Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi has been serving as the Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County, California since 1981. He is the chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America and is a founding member of the Council of Mosques in the US and Canada. He also serves as the President of the Academy of Judaic-Christian and Islamic Studies at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Siddiqi holds an M.A. in Theology from Birmingham University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion from Harvard University. In August 2006, Dr. Siddiqi was recognized by LA Times as one of the top 100 most powerful people in Southern California.
“This Movement looks to me as one of the most modern and largest Islamic movement, and it is doing wonderful work in education and social work, providing relief and other services…”
” The Muslim world today is suffering from a number of problems. The biggest one is division. …. Second thing is education. We are lacking in education. … Also we have diseases. Lot of people suffering. …. All of these things, on the one hand we invite, unite the people, on the other hand, you have to take care of their education, take care of their poverty, take care of their diseases. This is the world that is needed today. The many movements are becoming too much focused on politics. And then fights are started, with the government and the movement. So that’s not right. What is important is that focus on the social work, focus on the spiritual work. And then, Insha’Allah, a revival is going to come. A revival does not come overnight. It takes time. It takes time. So ummah [community] needs that social work.”
“It [the Hizmet Movement] has its roots Islamic, its principles are Islamic, and on this basis… but at the same time, this is a movement in the modern times. So you have to understand your relevance to the time in which you are. Everything that we do, we human beings are not universal human beings. We human beings are particular. Particular to our time, particular to our space, the situation, the conditions surround us, so if you look from that perspective, yes, it is addressing the issues and the challenges and the problem that Muslims are facing today.”
“I think the program that Pacifica Institute has, the program of visitors is an excellent program. Taking Muslims and non-Muslim people who are, especially those who are in the leadership position, it is important that they should go on. It’s very educational and very inspirational, and also it brings better understanding of cultures.”