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Teachings and Sayings

As it befits a spiritual guide, Shaikh Dr Thaika Shuaib is fully aware of the times we are living in and is cognisant of the changing dynamics of the traditional tariqa method. His teachings and exhortations reflect this understanding. He

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Philanthropy and Pursuits

As head of the Arusiyya Qadiriyya,  Shaikh Dr Thaika Shuaib oversees the Masjids, Madrasas, Maktabs, and Takyas of the Tariqa. In addition, he is associated with a number of academic institutions and organisations in South Asia, the Middle East, and the

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Awards and Felicitations

National Award The high profile release of his much commended research work culminated in another trip to the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi—the place where it all began. On 7th May 1994, President Shankar Dayal Sharma accorded Shaikh Dr Thaika

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Research and Thesis

Shaikh Dr Thaika Shuaib’s primary research focus was history of Islam and Muslims in the Arwi region (modern day South India and Sri Lanka).  It was a labour of love that spanned over 30 years of extensive travel in South Asia,

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Writings and Works

Shaikh Dr Thaika Shuaib is a prolific writer and a keen advocate of Arwi or Arabic Tamil – the lingua franca of Tamil Muslims till recent times. He has published 8 books and booklets in English and Tamil. His first book,

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Initiation and Pedigree

Shaikh Dr Thaika Shuaib was vested with the Sufi mantle of the ‘Arūsiyya branch of the Qādiriyya path by his father and guide, Shaikh Ahmad ‘Abdul Qādir, who had inherited the mantle from the two notables, Sahib al-Jalwah Shahul Hamid [ஜல்வத் நாயகம் Jalwat Nayagam] and Sahib

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Teaching and Propagation

While still attending high school, Shaikh Dr Thaika Shuaib began teaching Arabic at the Arusiyya Seminary. Upon completing his undergraduate studies, he taught at the Madrasa full-time. Over 1,200 students have acquired knowledge from him in the traditional manner. He has also

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Education and Learning

Shaikh Dr Thaika Shuaib began his educational endeavours under the auspices of his revered father focusing on Arabic and other traditional Islamic sciences. He attended the family-run, historic Arusiyya Seminary in Kilakarai—alma mater of many celebrated saints and savants of South India. After completing

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Lineage and Forefathers

Lineage Shaikh Thaika Shuaib hails from an illustrious family of saints and savants from the Arwi region (modern day South India and Sri Lanka) who trace their lineage back to our master, Amir al-Mu’minin Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (may Allah be well pleased with

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Birth and Family

Shaikh Dr Thaika Shuaib (fondly addressed as “Shaikhuna” by both his disciples and devotees) was born on 29 July 1930 in the town of Kilakarai—a long dominant and distinguished Islamic centre of South India for centuries. He is the second

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