The Most Distinguished Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Sufi Order is an authentic spiritual path (tarikat) that is deeply rooted in Islam and in the Traditions of the Seal of the Prophets, the Beloved of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is the only Sufi path that traces its spiritual lineage back to the closest companion of the Prophet (S), Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra), ‘the second of the two’ in the Cave. According to the Prophet (S), all the secret knowledge that Allah put in the heart of the Prophet (S) was poured into the heart of Abu Bakr (ra). This secret knowledge, which is the Prophetic knowledge of Sufism, was then transmitted from heart to heart, from one grandshaykh to another. This order later received its name from Shah Baha-ud-Din Naqshband of Bukhara, the 19th Grandshaykh who lived in Central Asia.
Its purpose is a Prophetic purpose, to turn mankind away from this lower world (dunya) and our lower selves (nafs) to a higher existence (maula) and a higher self (ruh), ultimately to experientially realize the truth of the testimony of faith, that there is no God but God la ilaha illallah. This is achieved by understanding and adhering through practical living the lifestyle of the Prophet (S), the most perfect model for all of humanity and for all times, thus realizing the second phrase of the testimony of faith, Muhammadan Abduhu wa Rasuluhu– that Muhammad is the Servant and Messenger of God. The actualization of the second phrase is realized through initiation (bayat) and association (sohbet) with the inheritors of the Prophet (S), the living Saints (awliya) and Shayhks. Just as the companions of the Prophet (S) achieved spiritual perfection through association with the Prophet (S), so the followers (murids) of this Sufi order realize their spiritual potential through associations with the Shaykh.
The main concern of the Naksibendi (an-Naqshbandiyyah, Nakşibendi, Naksibendi, Naksbandi) Sufi Order is with the Greater Struggle (jihad-ul akbar), the spiritual struggle with the ego (nafs) and the other enemies of Man- shaytan, dunya, and hawa. In order to engage in this Holy Struggle, the murid must be in constant association with the Shaykh and he would then apply the teachings into his daily life. Shah Bahauddin Naksibend said “Tarikatuna Sohbah wal hayri fi jamiyah”– this Way is based on association and goodness comes through association. Just as a patient submits to a doctor, so the murid learns to submit to the Shaykh, who is a Spiritual Physician of the Heart. Through the cleansing of the heart from all idols and desires, the murid will then be able to transform his heart into the Throne of God, inviting Him to reside therein. Other spiritual practices include the remembrance of God (zikir), chanting the divine names of Allah and praising His Holy Prophet (S).
You may follow anyone.
If you can see from those meetings that some love is awakening in your heart for Allah Almighty, then you must keep with those meetings.
The love of Allah Almighty is not so easy, because you can not imagine Him. He is beyond our imagination.
Therefore Allah Almighty has put His Divine representation into His prophets.
Finally, He gave that Divine representation to His beloved Muhammad, blessings of Allah be upon him.
He was beloved by his Lord, Almighty Allah.
Grandshaykh Mawlana Muhammad Nazim al Kibrisi is the 40th Grandshaykh of the Most Distinguished Nakshibendi Hakkani Sufi Order. He is the Sultan of the Saints, the Qutub and the Ghawth of this era, the one who represents the Prophet Muhammad (S) for these times, the one who holds the secrets of these “End of Times”, and of the Mahdi (as). He is a descendant of the Prophet (S), being both Hasani and Husayni from both his parents. He is also a descendant of Ghawth al-A’zam Abdul Qadir Gilani from his father’s side and from Mawlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rumi on his mother’s side, may Allah sanctify their secrets and raise their stations. He was born in Cyprus and travels around the globe bringing the message of peace and light to the whole world.
Shaykh Abdul Kerim al Kibrisi is Mawlana Shaykh Nazim’s worldwide representative (khalifah). He is blessed not only with sacred lineage, being a descendant of the Holy Prophet’s family, but he is also blessed with royal lineage of the Ottoman sultans. He was also born in Cyprus and personally raised and trained by Sultanul Awliya Mawana 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 this country and around the world.