Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada is a shaykh in the Chishti Nizami Sufi Order .He founded the educational establishment, Jamia Al-Karam, in 1985 and the Al-Karam Secondary School in 1995. At present he is also Chairman of Muslim Charity; helping the needy worldwide, Patron of the Al-Karam Journal, Executive Director of Al-Karam Trust (London), Founder of Al-Karam Publications and Patron of the Al-Karam Scholars Association (AKSA). He is also a Founder Member of the British Muslim Forum. He is the author of numerous books relating to various topics – written in a number of different languages including Arabic, Urdu and English. Currently many of his books are being translated into the Indonesian and Norwegian languages. In July 2001, he was awarded the ad-Dir’ul Mumtaz (Shield of Excellence) by the former Chancellor, Dr Ahmad ‘Umar Hashim on behalf of the University of Al-Azhar (Cairo) and was also awarded the Diya’ al-Ummat Award of Excellence by Shaykh Muhammad Amin al-Hasanat Shah on behalf of DMG Bhera (Pakistan).