Hafiz Muhammad Yaqoob Siddiqui

Lecturer of Islamic Studies (1979-1982)

Hafiz M. Yaqoob Siddiqui

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Hafiz Muhammad Yaqoob Siddiqui joined Cadet College Petaro as lecturer of Islamic Studies in 1979 and left the college in 1982.

He was born on 1 October 1949 at Tando Allahyar, and got married to Mrs. Iffat Ara Begum on 12 April 1975. They have 4 children – Saima, Zakaria, Naila and Nida.

His younger brother is Petarian Muhammad Waseem Siddiqui, kit no. 8163/Ayub.

Hafiz Yaqoob belongs to a family of Islamic scholars from Muzaffarnagar in UP.  His father’s elder brother was Maulana Idrees Kandhilvi, who was Shaykhul Hadith at Jamia Ashrafia, Lahore. Maulana Idrees’ son Maulana Muhammad Malik Kandhilvi succeeded his father in the same position.  Hafiz Yaqoob’s father was also an alim.

Therefore, the very first education that he acquired was in the Qur’an. He completed complete memorization (hifz) of the Qur’an at an early age and then joined Darul Uloom Tando Allahyar from where he completed his Dars-e-Nizami. This was followed by completing his matriculation from Model School, Tando Allahyar and Intermediate and BA from Model College, Mirpurkhas. He then sat for MA examination in Islamic Culture privately and obtained the degree from University of Sindh.

Hafiz Sb started his teaching career early – right after completing his Matric – when he joined Shah Waliyullah Public School Mirpurkhas as a teacher. He continued teaching while he completed his Intermediate and BA.

Moving to Hyderabad, he then joined the Teacher Training College as lecturer of Islamic Studies. In 1979, he quit this job and joined Cadet College Petaro as Lecturer of Islamic Studies.

When Pakistan Steel Cadet College was established in 1982, he moved from Petaro to this new college as teacher of Islamic Studies, and retired from there eventually as Asst. Professor. He took early retirement due to health and cardiac problems.

Since then he has been leading a retired life in Karachi.