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We wanted to share with you a wonderful Youtube Channel from the “School of Knowledge and Learning”.

Their self proclaimed interest is Meeting Shuyukh And Awliya And Increasing My Knowledge On The Awliya“. They have many videos with rare footage of venerable Shaykhs (may Allah protect Read More »

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“Although for the last eight hundred years Sufism has been characterized by Sufi orders (tariqah) under the guidance of Sufi shaykhs, during the formative period (from the eighth to the eleventh centuries C.E.) the orders did not yet exist… The second major period of Sufism’s history was when Read More »

tile_borderImam Junayd ibn Muhammad Abu al-Qasim al-Khazzaz al-Baghdadi (d. 297 AH/  909-910 CE)

By GF Haddad and Dr. Alan Godlas
Al-Junayd ibn Muhammad ibn al-Junayd, Abu al-Qasim al-Qawariri al-Khazzaz al-Nahawandi al-Baghdadi al-Shafi`i (d. 298). The Imam of the World in his time, shaykh of the Sufis and “Diadem of the Read More »

The Shajarahs (Lineage Trees) of the Mujaddidi, Naqshbandi, Qadiri, Chishti, and Shadhili Orders. Document of the lines of teachers through whom Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid’s predeccessors trace their spiritual descent from the Prophet Mohammed (peace and blessings be upon him).

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NameDatesPlace Born/LivedPlace Died
NAQSHBANDĪ-MUJADDIDĪ SILSILA
The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.)570-632Mecca, MedinaMedina
The Caliph Hadrat Abū Bakr as–Siddīq (r.a.)571-634Mecca, MedinaMedina
Hadrat Salmān Fārsī(r.a.)d. 655Isfahan (Persia), Syria, MedinaJerusalem
HadratQāsim ibn Muhammad ibn Abī Bakr (r.a.)655-726MedinaQudayd (near Medina)
HadratImām Jā‘far as–Sādiq (r.a.)702-765MedinaMedina
HadratShaykh Abū Yazīd Tayfūr Bistāmī(r.a.)d. 875Syria, PersiaDamascus or Bistam (Persia)
HadratAbū’l–Hasan ‘Alī ibn Ahmad Kharaqānī (r.a.)953 or 962/64-1033Kharaqan (near Bistam, in Khurasan, Persia)Kharaqan
HadratAbū ‘Alī Fārmadī Tūsī (r.a.)d. 1084Khurasan (Persia)Farmad(ner Tus, Persia)
HadratAbū Ya‘qūb Yūsuf Hamadānī (r.a.)1048-1140Buzanjird (near Hamadan, Persia)Merv (Persia)
HadratKhwājah ‘Abd al-Khāliq Ghujduwānī (r.a.)d. 1179 or 1220Ghujduwan(near Bukhara)
HadratMawlānā ‘Ārif Rīwgarī (r.a.)d. 1219 or 1239BukharaRiwakar (near Bukhara)
HadratKhwājah Mahmūd Abū al-Khayr Anjīr Faghnawī (r.a.)d. 1245 or 1272 or 1317BukharaQilit (near Bukhara)
Hadrat‘Azīzān ‘Alī Rāmitanī (r.a.)d. 1239 or 1315 or 1321BukharaKhwarazm (Central Asia)
HadratMawlānā Muhammad Bāba Sammāsī (r.a.)d. 1340 or 1354BukharaSamas (near Bukhara)
HadratSayyid Amīr Kulāl (r.a.)d. 1370BukharaSukhar (near Bukhara)
HadratKhwājah Muhammad Bahā’uddīn Shāh Naqshband (r.a.)

(Note: uwaisi connection to HadratSayyid ‘Abd al-Bāri Shāh(r.a.))
1317-1389BukharaBukhara
HadratKhwājah Allā’uddīn al-‘Attār(r.a.)d. 1400KhwarazmJaganyan (near Bukhara)
HadratMawlānā Ya‘qūb Charkhī(r.a.)d. 1447Charkh (Afghanistan)Hisar (near Dushanbe, Tajikistan)
HadratKhwājah ‘Ubaydullāh Ahrār(r.a.)1404-1490Tashkent (Central Asia)Kaman Kashan near Samarqand
HadratMawlānā Muhammad az-Zāhid Wakhshī (r.a.)d. 1529Central AsiaSamarqand
HadratMawlānā Darwīsh Muhammad (r.a.)d. 1562Central AsiaSamarqand
HadratMawlānā Muhammad Khwājahd. 1600BukharaShash (Afghanistan)
Amkanagī (r.a.)
HadratKhwājah Muhammad Bāqībillāh (r.a.)1564-1603Kabul, DelhiDelhi
HadratImām Rabbānī Shaykh Ahmad Farūqī Sirhindī (r.a.)1564-1625Sirnhind (India)Sirhind
HadratĀdam Banūrī (r.a.)d. 1643Medina
HadratSayyid ‘Abdullāh Akbarābādī (r.a.)Agra (India)
HadratShāh ‘Abd ar-Rahīm (r.a.)d. 1719DelhiDelhi
HadratShāh Walīullāh (r.a.)1702-1762Delhi, MedinaDelhi
HadratShāh ‘Abd al-‘Azīz (r.a.)1746-1824DelhiDelhi
HadratSayyid Ahmad Shahīd (r.a.)1786-1831Bareilly (India), DelhiBalakot (India)
HadratSūfī Nūr Muhammad (r.a.)Niamur (Bangladesh)
HadratSūfī Fātih ‘Alī Uwaysī (r.a.)d. 1886Calcutta
HadratMawlānā Ghulām Salmānī(r.a.)d. 1912Phuphura (West Bengal)
HadratSayyid ‘Abd al-Bāri Shāh(r.a.)1859-1900Balgadhi (Bengal)Bandel (West Bengal)
HadratHāfīz Hāmid Hasan ‘Alawī(r.a.)1871/2-1959Gonda (India)
HadratMuhammad Sa’īd Khān(r.a.)1907-1976Azamgarth (Inda)
HadratAzad Rasool (r.a.)1921-2006Rajistan (India)Delhi
HadratShaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashīd1942-USA
The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.)570-632Mecca, MedinaMedina
The Caliph Hadrat‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib(r.a.)598-661Mecca, MedinaKufah
Hadrat Imām Husayn (r.a.)626-680MedinaKarbala
Hadrat Shaykh Muhammad Jārbadī (r.a.)
Hadrat Shaykh Sa‘īd Qīrwānī (r.a.)
Hadrat Shaykh Fatih. Mas‘ūdī (r.a.)
Hadrat Shaykh Abūal-Qāsim Mīrwānī (r.a.)
Hadrat Shaykh Abū Is’hāq Ibrāhīm Basrī(r.a.)
Hadrat Shaykh Qutbuddīn Mahmūd Qazwīnī (r.a.)
Hadrat Shaykh Shamsuddīn (r.a.)
Hadrat Shaykh Tājuddīn (r.a.)
Hadrat Shaykh Abū al-Hasan ‘Alī(r.a.)
Hadrat Shaykh Taqīuddīn Sūfī(r.a.)
Hadrat Shaykh Sharafuddīn Madanī (r.a.)
Hadrat Shaykh ‘Abd as-Salām bin Mashīsh (r.a.)d.1228Fezsoutheast of Tetuan (Morocco)
Hadrat Shaykh Nūruddīn Abū al-Hasan Shādhilī(r.a.)1196-1258Ghumara (Morocco), Fez, Alexandria (Egypt)Humaythra (Egypt)
uwaisi connection
HadratSayyid Abd al-Bāri Shāh(r.a.)1859-1900Balgadhi(Bengal), CalcuttaBandel (West Bengal)
HadratHāfīz Hāmid Hasan ‘Alawī(r.a.)1871/2-1959Gonda (India)
HadratMuhammad Sa’īd Khān(r.a.)1907-1976Azamgarh (India)
HadratAzad Rasool (r.a.)1921-2006Rajistan (India)Delhi
HadratShaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashīd1942-USA
CHISHTĪ SILSILA
The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.)570-632Mecca, MedinaMedina
The Caliph Hadrat‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib(r.a.)598-661Mecca, MedinaKufah
Hadrat Hasan Basrī (r.a.)642-728MedinaBasrah
Hadrat Abū al-Fadl ‘Abd al-Wāhid ibn Zayd (r.a.)d.793Makkah
Hadrat Abū al-Fayd Fudayl ibn ‘Iyād (r.a.)d.803Balkh
Hadrat Ibrāhīm ibn Adham Balkhī(r.a.)d.777/9
Hadrat Khwājah SadīduddīnHudhayfah
Mar‘ashī (r.a.)
Hadrat Khwājah Amīnuddīn Abū HubayrahBasrah
Basrī (r.a.)
Hadrat Khwājah Mumshād ‘Ulw Dīnawarī (r.a.)Dinawar(Persia), Basrah
Hadrat Khwājah Abū Is’hāq Shāmī Chishtī (r.a.)d.940Syria, Chisht (Afghanistan)Akka (Syria)
or 966
Hadrat Khwājah Abū Ahmad ibn Farasnafa (r.a.)873/4-966ChishtChisht
Hadrat Khwājah Abū Muhammad ibn Ahmad (r.a.)d.1020ChishtChisht
Hadrat Khwājah Abū Yūsuf Chishtī (r.a.)985-1066/7ChishtChisht
Hadrat Muhammad Mawdūd Chishtī (r.a.))d.1133Herat, Balkh, Bukhara
Hadrat Hajjī Sharīf Zindānī (r.a.)
Hadrat Khwājah ‘Uthmān Harvānī(r.a.)Harvan (Nishapur, Persia)
Hadrat Khwājah Mu‘īnuddīn Chishtī (r.a.)1142-1236Seistan (Persia)Ajmer
Hadrat Qutbuddīn Bakhtiyār Kākī(r.a.)1174-1235Ush (Transoxania), DelhiMihrawli (near Delhi)
Hadrat Farīduddīn Mas‘ūd Ganj-i Shakar (r.a.)1175-1265Multan, Hansi, Pakpatan (near Lahore)Pakpatan
Hadrat Khwājah Nizāmuddīn Awliyā’ (r.a.)1243/4-1325Bada’un (East of Delhi)Delhi
Hadrat Nasīruddīn Chirāgh-i-Delhi(r.a.)1276/7-1356Ayodhya (India), DelhiDelhi
Hadrat Kamāluddīn ‘Allāma (r.a.)Gujurat (India)
Hadrat Sirajuddīn (r.a.)d.1411Bengal, DelhiAhmadabad (India)
Hadrat ‘Ilmuddīn (r.a.)
Hadrat Mahmūd (r.a.)
Hadrat Jamāluddīn (r.a.)Hansi (near Delhi)
Hadrat Hasan (r.a.)
Hadrat Muhammad (r.a.)
Hadrat Muhammad Yahya Madanī(r.a.)
Hadrat Mawlānā Kalīmullāh Jahānābādī (r.a.)d.1729Delhi
Hadrat Mawlānā Nizāmuddīn (r.a.)Awrangabad, (India)
Hadrat Mawlānā Fakhruddīn (r.a.)d.1784Delhi
Hadrat Mawlānā Shāh Niyāz Ahmad (r.a.)d.1834DelhiBareilly
Hadrat Mawlānā Shaykh Miskīn(r.a.)
Hadrat Mawlānā Nijābat ‘Ali Shāh(r.a.)
Hadrat Abū-Hamīd Karīm Bakhsh(r.a.)
HadratSayyid ‘Abd al-Bāri Shāh(r.a.)1859-1900Balgadhi (Bengal), CalcuttaBandel (West Bengal)
HadratHāfīz Hāmid Hasan ‘Alawī(r.a.)1871/2-1959Gonda (India)
HadratMuhammad Sa’īd Khān(r.a.)1907-1976Azamgarh (India)
HadratAzad Rasool (r.a.)1921-2006Rajistan (India)Delhi
HadratShaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashīd1942-USA
The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.)570-632Mecca, MedinaMedina
The Caliph Hadrat‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (r.a.)598-661Mecca, MedinaKufah
Hadrat Imām Husayn (r.a.)626-680MedinaKarbala
Hadrat Imām ‘Alī Zayn al-‘Ābidīn(r.a.)d.712
Hadrat Imām Muhammadd.731
Bāqir (r.a.)
Hadrat Imām Jā’far as–Sādiq (r.a.)702-765MedinaMedina
Hadrat Imām Mūsā al-Kāzim (r.a.)d.799
Hadrat Imām Mūsā Ridā (r.a.)d.818
Hadrat Ma‘rūf Karkhī (r.a.)d.815/16Iran, BaghdadBaghdad
Hadrat Sarī Saqatī (r.a.)769-867/68BaghdadBaghdad
Hadrat Junayd Baghdādī (r.a.)d.910BaghdadBaghdad
Hadrat Shaykh Abū Bakr Shiblī(r.a.)861-946Baghdad, SamaraBaghdad
Hadrat Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azīz Tamīmī (r.a.)d.1034
Hadrat Abū al-Fadl Abū al-Wāhid Tamīmī (r.a.)
Hadrat Abū Farah Tartūsī (r.a.)
Hadrat Abū al-Hasan Farshī (r.a.)d.1093
Hadrat Abū Sa‘īd al-Mubārak Mukharrimī(r.a.)d.1119
Hadrat Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qādir Jīlānī(r.a.)1077/78-1116Jilan (Persia)Baghdad
uwaisi connection
HadratSayyid ‘Abd al-Bāri Shāh(r.a.)1859-1900Balgadhi (Bengal)Bandel (West Bengal)
HadratHāfīz Hāmid Hasan ‘Alawī(r.a.)1871/2-1959Gonda (India)
HadratMuhammad Sa’īd Khān(r.a.)1907-1976Azamgarh (India)
HadratAzad Rasool (r.a.)1921-2006Rajistan (India)Delhi
HadratShaykh Ahmed Abdur Rash?d1942-USA

 

abdul bari shahHazrat Abdul Bari Shah (r.a.) was a great saint and a truly universal being (insan-i-kamil). Over time, his importance and his contribution to Sufic thought and action is being more and more recognized throughout the world.

Hazrat Sayyid Abdul Bari Shah (r.a.) was born in 1859 A.D. in Read More »

at-the-tombFalling in love is one beautiful realities of Sufism and there are many ‘love stories’ among the shuyukh. Four of my personal experiences with this unique and pure love involve, of course, my beloved Shaykh Hazrat Azad Rasool of N.Delhi.   The story of our meeting and our 30+ years together will be the subject and foundation of an upcoming publication (book).

Another story is about my relationship with Shaykh Ahmed Kuftaro , the Grand Mufti of Syria; which, insh’Allah will be detailed at a later time; Dede Effendim Sulieman Loras Chelbi, the shaykh of the Mevlevi in Konya , a man of such sweetness and simple love that I found myself always with tears in my eyes when in his presence. His words to me and his adab remains a daily guide to a character one aspires to have. Finally is a simple but beautiful story about the honor I had to sit at the feet of Hazrati Shaykh Osaman Sirrajuddin,  a Naqshbandi who held me in the firm grip of love and blessed me with the strength to rise to new challenges. Read More »

Shaykh Osman with Shaykh Rashid

Shaykh Osman with Shaykh Abdur Rashid 1992, Turkey

In remembrance of Shaykh Osman ( may Allah protect his secrets)

“I had the honor to sit at the feet of  Hazrati Shaykh Osman Sirrajuddin,  a Naqshbandi who held me in the firm grip of love and blessed me with the strength Read More »

Rare photos from the  tomb of Imam Abul Hassan ash- Shadhili  أبي الحسن الشاذلي‎ ( 656 AH/1258 CE)

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Inside New Tomb

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View of  Humaythra Valley, on Egypt ‘s Red Sea coast.

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Homaythraa Valley

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Overview from Humaythraa mountain.

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Sheikh Abul Hassan Al Shazali village in the heart of the East Desert

Shaykh Abu’l-Hassan ash-Shadhili died Read More »