The Alam al-Khayal Foundation was born out of death. In 2005, the world suffered two major tragedies.
In May of that year, Martin Lings, Shakyh Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din, a Sufi Saint, Scholar-Speaker of Comparative Religion, Guide and Beacon of light to thousands of people passed away. Amongst his students are some of this world’s most enlightened personalities who continue in the tradition of seeking and spreading knowledge. It was to honour the memory and continue the work of Martin Lings in spiritual and inter-faith education and comparative religion that Alam al-Khayal began its own life by starting the Martin Lings Memorial Lecture Series.

Later in the same year, on the 5th of October, in a matter of seven minutes, 80,000 men, women and children died and 3 million were displaced in a devastating earthquake that shook Pakistan to its very core. Alam al-Khayal, like every other organisation, entity and individual in Pakistan joined hands in humanitarian aid work rehabilitating refugees and resolving the economic, psychological and logistical problems that arose on a scale unseen in the last century.
Thus began the life of Alam al-Khayal – addressing civil society issues holistically in all their multiple facets.