The Tarikat

The Way

The Most Distinguished Osmanli Nakshibendi Hakkani Sufi Order is an authentic spiritual path (tariqah) that is deeply rooted in Islam and in the Traditions of the Seal of the Prophets, the Beloved of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (S).

The Shaykhs

Shaykh Abdulkerim al Kibrisi was Maulana Sheikh Nazim’s worldwide representative (khalifah). He was blessed not only with sacred lineage, being a descendant of the Holy Prophet’s family, but he was also blessed with royal lineage of the Ottoman sultans. He was also born in Cyprus and personally raised and trained by Shaykh Nazim. He was sent to North America at a tender age to acquire invaluable life experiences and ultimately to spread the true teachings of Islam and Sufism in the United States and around the world.

The Dergah

The center is open to all- "Come, come whoever you are...ours is a caravan of love" beckons Rumi. Interestingly, caravan in Rumi's original poem is dergah, a sufi center. Our shaykh said, "Welcome to those who come, farewell to those who leave." There is no compulsion to come, to stay, or to go.

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).

Naksibendi Shaykhs

Shaykh Mawlana Nazin Adil el-Hakkani

He was born in 1922 in Larnaca, Cyprus. He traces his lineage to the Holy Prophet (S), as well as to Shaykh Abdul Qadir Gilani (KS) and Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi (KS), among other saints. At a young age, he became the murid of Sultan ul Awliya Shaykh Abdullah Faiz al Dagestani (KS). He stayed in his association in Damascus, and was eventually ordered to return to Cyprus to spread the teachings of the Naksibendi Way. After the passing of Shaykh Mawlana Abdullah (KS), Shaykh Mawlana Nazim (KS) became the Inheritor and Grandshaykh of the Tariqah. He spread Islam and Tariqah throughout the world, but most notably in Europe and America, awakening the hearts of the West to the Light of Islam. In 1976, he sent Shaykh Abdulkerim al Kibrisi al Rabbani (KS) to the United States to be his First Khalifa in that country. He maintained a humble and simple life at his Dergah in Lefke, Cyprus, hosting and taking care of his millions of murids throughout the world. He was veiled from this earthly realm in 2014.

Shaykh Mawlana Nazim
Adil el-Hakkani

Shaykh Mawlana Nazim was the Grandshaykh and Sultan ul Awliya of this Age.

Shaykh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi al-Rabbani

Shaykh Abdulkerim al Kibrisi al Rabbani (KS) is the Leader of the Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Tarikat. Born in 1957 to a family descending from the Holy Prophet (S) and the Ottoman Sultans, Shaykh Abdulkerim (KS) spent the early part of his life in the village of Alifodes, founded by his grandfather. His father and grandfather were murids of Shaykh Abdullah Dagestani (KS) andthe earliest supporters of Shaykh Mawlana Nazim in Cyprus. When Greek attacks began upon the Cypriot Turkish population, his family became muhajirs and migrated to the city of Famagusta. There, he was constantly in the sohbah of Shaykh Mawlana Nazim, particularly in the Lala Mustafa Pasa Camii and the Famagusta Dergah which was maintained by Shaykh Abdulkerim’s father, Sayyid Haji Fuat al Rabbani. In 1974, war broke out in Cyprus. Shaykh Abdulkerim (KS) volunteered in the army and was wounded in battle, thus receiving the title of Ghazi. He formed part of the vanguard that ultimately recaptured the city of Famagusta. In 1976, he was sent by Shaykh Mawlana Nazim to the United States to be his First Khalifa there. In America, Shaykh Abdulkerim (KS) was constantly reaching out to the people through the beautiful manners of Islam and the Ottomans; thousands became Muslim at his hands. In 2003, Shaykh Mawlana Nazim bestowed Shaykh Abdulkerim with a special flag and instructed him to open the Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Way. That same year, Shaykh Abdulkerim established the Osmanli Dergahi in Upstate New York. Shaykh Abdulkerim always stood up for Shariah and Hakk, never fearing to speak the Truth whether to governments, religious officials, or the general public. He spread the teachings of the Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Way all over the world, establishing Dergahs in Turkey, India, China, Peru, and Germany, among other countries. In 2012, he was veiled from this world while visiting Shaykh Mawlana in Cyprus. Shaykh Mawlana stated that Shaykh Abdulkerim did not die, but was in fact veiled and would return in the time of Mahdi (AS). Before passing, Shaykh Abdulkerim designated Shaykh Lokman Efendi to be his Inheritor and carry on the mission in his absence.

Shaykh Abdulkerim al-Kibrisi al-Rabbani

Sahib ul Sayf, Shaykh Abdulkerim al Kibrisi al Rabbani (KS) is the Leader of the Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Tarikat.

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