Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid is the khalif of the late Hazrat Azad Rasool (may Allah’s blessings be upon him) of New Delhi and an authorized teacher of the Naqshbandiyya, Mujaddadiyya, Qadriyya, Chishtiyya, and Shadiliyya Sufi Orders. He has applied the essence of Islam and Tasawwuf to contemporary issues for more than thirty years through programs in education, leadership training, sustainable development, peace building, and cross-cultural relations. He has established a number of Montessori preschools as well as a small, private school for grades P-K through 12. Founder of the World Community, a spiritual center in southwestern Virginia, he sits on the boards of advisors of the Islamic Studies and Research Association (ISRA) and the International Association of Sufism and served as a delegate to the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations. He has lectured at the State of the World Forum 2000, the Asian Conference on Religion for Peace, the International Symposium on Science and Consciousness, the Sufism Symposium, the Islamic Unity Conference, conferences of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) and the Muslim Peace Fellowship, Kent State University, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Sweet Briar College, and Johns Hopkins University, among other forums. His articles have appeared in “Taking Back Islam” (Michael Wolfe, ed.),The American Muslim, World Affairs, Education and Urban Society, Sufism Journal, Man and Development, and other publications. He has also published several books, including “ Islam and Democracy: A Foundation for Ending Extremism and Preventing Conflict“, and “Applied Sufism: Classical Teachings for the Contemporary Seeker“.
Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid has been the khalif of Hazrat Azad Rasool since 1984.