The Nakshibendi Tarikat is the Most Distinguished of the Sufi Paths to Allah. This distinction comes from its nisbat (spiritual lineage) coming through the Closest Friend of Prophet Muhammad (AS), Hazrat Abu Bakr el-Siddiq. The Nakshibendi Way has been passed through the Masters known as the Khwajagan through the centuries. In this last era, the Secret of the Nakshibendi Way was entrusted to Sultan el-Evliya Sheykh Mevlana Muhammad Nazil Adil el-Hakkani el-Kibrisi.
In the late 1970s, Sultan el-Evliya dressed one of his closest murids, Sheykh Abdul Kerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani, with the permission of Khilafat and sent him to the United States to represent him and plant the flag of the Nakshibendi Way. Sheykh Abdul Kerim, who was conferred the Spiritual Title of Sahib el-Sayf by his Master, worked tirelessly to spread the pure teachings of the Holy Prophet and the Nakshibendi Masters in America, during a time of racism and social upheaval.
In 2002, his spiritual mission culminated in the establishment of the Osmanli Nakshibendi Dergahi in Upstate New York. A Der-gah is a Threshold to the Divine Presence. In the tradition of the Nakshibendi Sheykhs and the Ottoman Sultans, Sahib el-Sayf founded the Osmanli Dergahi as a place for those seeking the Truth to live a Prophetic lifestyle.
One of those chosen to be trained at the Osmanli Dergahi and be dressed in the Majesty of the Nakshibendi Masters was Sheykh Lokman Efendi. Immediately upon taking initiation with Sahib el-Sayf, Shekyh Lokman Efendi was bestowed the title of Vekil, or Representative. And for over fifteen years, he represented Sahib el-Sayf in every sense of the word. When Sahib el-Sayf was imprisoned by the Turkish government for wearing a Turban and gathering in the Remembrance of Allah, Sheykh Lokman Efendi preserved his spiritual community in America. In 2012, Sahib el-Sayf was called from this earthly abode to the Presence of his Lord to prepare the universes for the coming of Mahdi (AS). Since that time, Sheykh Lokman Efendi has taken up the mantle of Sahib el-Sayf, with the permission and instruction of Sahib el-Sayf himself, as well as Sultan el-Evliya.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi has dedicated his life to the teaching of the Osmanli Nakshibedi Way, and to the revival of the hearts of the people of the End Times, to prepare them for the appearance of the Master of the Age, Muhammad Mahdi (AS).