Naqshbandi Sufi Order
A little history of Sufism and the Naqshbandi Order:
has penetrated into the Western world at two far removed periods of history
if we exclude the Muslim population of
second is the present century when Sufism has expanded much more widely into
the Occident, including both
Other orthodox and traditional orders …soon followed the Shadhiliyyah Order in creating branches in the West, including the Chrishtis, Rifa’is, Qadiris., Ni’matullahis and Khalwati-Herrahis.
one of the most widespread of Sufi orders, the Naqshbandiyyah, has come to
Naqshbandiyyah Order was founded by Shaykh Baha al-Din Naqshband born in the
14th century near
it spread eastward to
The name of the Order, derived from its founder, means on one level, what is related to an embroiderer or literally one who casts patterns upon cloth (naqshband). But on a deeper level, it means bonding the heart with God through the imprint of His Name upon the human heart.
The Naqshbandis have always been very orthodox, staunch defenders of the Shari’ah and emulators of the Sunnah. Throughout Islamic history they have played a most important role in the preservation and spread of Islam especially under conditions of duress while of course having as their central aims the spiritual, inner perfection of their followers. But they have always sought to preserve a balance between the esoteric and exoteric, avoiding excesses which one might observe elsewhere. This fact is also reflected in the active role they have played politically on the one hand, and in their cultivation of the most esoteric doctrines of Sufism, on the other.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr
From his Foreword to the book
By Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
Maulana Shaykh Nazim
and his representative to the West,
Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
The Naqshbandi Order is the way of the Companions of the Prophet and those who follow them. This Way consists of continuous worship in every action, both external and internal, with complete discipline according to the Sunnah of the Prophet.
It consists in maintaining the highest level of conduct and leaving absolutely all innovations and all free interpretations in public customs and private behavior.
It consists in keeping awareness of the Presence of God, Almighty and Exalted, on the way to self-effacement and complete experience of the Divine Presence.
It is the Way of complete reflection of the highest degree of perfection. It is the Way of sanctifying the self by means of the most difficult struggle, the struggle against the self. It begins where the other orders end, in the attraction of complete Divine Love, which was granted to the first friend of the Prophet, Abu Bakr as-Siddiq.
The Golden Chain--Transmission of the Teachings
The transmission of the teachings in this Order has been passed down in an unbroken line (referred to as The Golden Chain) from the time of the Prophet (pbuh) to the present living Master, Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil al Haqqani, who revived the Naqshbandi Order at the end of the 20th Century. He infused into the Community and the planet, love of God and love of the lovers of God.
For more about Shaykh Nazim, go to:
Maulana Shaykh Nazim appointed Shaykh Hisham Kabbani as his representative to the West.
A prominent scholar of mainstream, traditional Islam, Shaykh
Muhammad Hisham Kabbani has spent his life spreading the teachings of peace,
tolerance, respect and love that are the message of Islam throughout the
world. Here in the
Links in The Golden Chain
Shaykh Hisham has published a number of books and articles, a few of which are listed here.
§ Classical Islam and the Naqshbandi Sufi Way, 840 pp. detailing Naqshbandi Sufi tradition of classical Islam.
§ The Approach to Armageddon? An Islamic Perspective, 294 pp. details Islam’s perspectives on science and technology and prophecies regarding end times and Judgment Day.
§ Encyclopedia of Islamic Doctrine and Beliefs - 5 years in research and writing, 1500 pp. 7-volume, set describes Islamic beliefs according to the classical approach of the major schools of jurisprudence and doctrine.
§ Encyclopedia of Muhammad's Women Companions.
§ Angels Unveiled - a modern view of a traditional subject.
ARTICLES (available through www.islamicsupremecouncil.org--currently under reconstruction.
· Understanding Sharia - Islamic Law from the classical Islamic perspective
· Islam & Democracy
Terrorist Threat in
· Bin Laden’s Nuclear Weapons
· Usama Bin Laden: A Legend Gone Wrong
· Radicalism: Its Wahhabi Roots and Current Representation
· Jihad: A Misunderstood Concept from Islam
Other books and publications can be obtained from The Islamic Shopping Network:
At the time of publishing this website (July 2005), the official Naqshbandi official websites are under re-construction.
These include the Naqshbandi.org, Haqqani.org, and ISCA sites.
Links to these will be provided will they are up and running.
Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from the American
Medical studies in
Degree in Islamic Divine Law,
License to teach, guide and counsel students in Islamic
spirituality from the renowned Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil, authority of the
Hanafi school of Islamic law in the