The Sultaniyya movement is named after Hazrat Khwaja Qadi Muhammad Sultan-e-Alam Siddiqi Rahmatullah Alaih (1870-1934), known as ‘Qibla-e- Alam’, a twentieth century Sufi Saint of Kashmir who traces his genealogy to the first caliph of Islam, Sayyiduna Hazrat Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Radi Allahu Anhu. He was a master in the Naqshbandia Mujaddidia order, which skilfully combines both the Shari’ah (Islamic law) and Tariqah (Islamic Spirituality) to spread its message of ‘outwardly being with the world but inwardly always in the presence of Allah.’ He laid the foundation for a silent mystical movement in Kashmir and Pakistan which spread far and wide during the lifetime of his beloved son and successor Hadrat Khwaja Muhammad Sadiq Rahmatullah Alaih (1921-2008) known as ‘Khwaja-e-Alam’ and “Hadrat Saheb of Gulhar Shareef”.
Under the leadership of Hadrat Saheb the movement has produced thousands of Huffaz (people who have memorised the Qur’an in its entirety), build hundreds of mosques throughout Pakistan, Kashmir and Britain and abroad. All of this has been done without seeking funds from anyone, because Hazrat Sahib wanted all of these mosques and institutions to remain independent of the state. The movement has two major centers:
- Khanqah-e Sultaniyya in Gulshan-e-Azeem Shareef, Jhelum (Pakistan) which was previously managed by Hadrat Sahib’s eldest son Janab Hafiz Muhammad Abd al-Wahid Rahmatullah Alaih known as ‘Hajji Pir Sahib’ (d. 2013) and now Managed by Grandson of Hazrat Saheb, Janab Hafiz Muhammad Badar-ul-Islam Siddiqi (b.1977)
- Khanqah – e Fathiyya in Gulhar Shareef, Kotli (Azad Kashmir) that is under the supervision of Janab Hafiz Muhammad Zahid Sultani (b.1974) known as ‘Sahibzada Saheb.’ Both the Shaekh are worthy successors of this noble tradition and skilfully guide new and old Sangis ( companions) to the straight path.