How to Find True Sufi Shaykh?

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

Hazret Shaykh Hoja Lokman Effendi (Q.S)
Hazret Shaykh Hoja Lokman Effendi (Q.S)

Allahumma Swalli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Alaa Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim.

So, today 1000s of people claim to be Shaykhs or Sufi Masters. How to find a real Shaykh of Tarbiyyah (Spritual guidance)?. How to recognize  a true spiritual master? .

The problem is people are confused or they don’t want to take hardship to find  a true Shaykh.  Instead, they are just following a person based on his popularity, or based on the number of conferences he attended or based on the number of years he lived in the company of his Shaykh, or based on the number of degree courses he completed,or based on the number of followers he has. or based on the number of Facebook likes or media publicity he has!

All of these criteria are wrong, and unaccepted in the Presence of Allah Almighty Exalted.

If you follow a person based on his popularity, he may not be a sanctified person. His followers may be ignorant. They may not know the difference of truth and falsehood/Right and wrong.

Or if you follow someone based on the number of conferences he had organized or attended then remember that conferences are organized by people of all sects with in Islam.

So if you follow a person based on his University degrees, then remember such a system was never the Sunnah (traditions) of any Prophets or their Companions and Saints of the Golden Age of Islam. Also remember , this degrees are organized by those who are not upon the Path of Sufism and are no Sanctified. So someone who find honor in Such religious study degrees and taking it as a great honorable thing in his life, then such one’s are not understood truth and false hood (Haqq and Bathil)

Quran says: “Truth had clearly distinct from False hood”

Quran 2:256 Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.

Those who held most Truth Worthy Hand-Hold (those who practice baya–Oath of Allegiance-Sura Al fatah ) has only those who really believed in Allah.

Which explain in Quran 48:10 Indeed, those who pledge allegiance to you, [O Muhammad] – they are actually pledging allegiance to Allah . The hand of Allah is over their hands. So he who breaks his word only breaks it to the detriment of himself. And he who fulfills that which he has promised Allah – He will give him a great reward.

Those who do not follow the tradition of Baya (oath) on an unbroken Chain (Silsila) cannot be a true Shaykh!

So true Shaykhs will have that Firm Hand hold, they are not from University Graduates. Because Prophets or Sahaba (Companions of Prophets) never established College or Universities to teach Religion of Allah!, They are not looking for this Degrees that is issued by those who did not follow the True faith and Creed!

A Person can be so many years with a Shaykh and can remain a hypocrite or an impure person. Because he may not have submitted to his Shaykh completely.

Having so many followers does not make a person a real Shaykh. When Isa (A.S) emerged among Children of Israel, there were big Rabbis  with many followers with massive knowledge of the books yet denied Isa (A.S) , so they strayed from the Path.

I do not want to say anything about Social network popularity or becoming a google Shaykh. Google Shaykh and Google followers not making any oath of allegiance.


Quran 25:43 Have you seen the one whose god is his own ego? Will you be his advocate?

Quran 45:23 Have you noted the one whose god is his ego? Consequently, God sends him astray, despite his knowledge, seals his hearing and his mind, and places a veil on his eyes. Who then can guide him, after such a decision by God? Would you not take heed?

Allah says in Quran: 4:59 O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.*

* Disagreeing does not mean you rebel against the Shaykh/leader who is in authority over you upon oath of allegiance. Some new deviant people say it means to go and check in Quran and Hadith. Since when people started looking in Quran and Hadith?

Are they making seeing Quran as Allah and Hadith as Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam?

Such an understanding coming from wicked people.

Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam says, in Sahih Bukahri Book 89 Hadith 251  Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever obeys me, obeys Allah, and whoever disobeys me, disobeys Allah, and whoever obeys the ruler I appoint, obeys me, and whoever disobeys him, disobeys me.”  


257 Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: The Prophet said, “If somebody sees his Muslim ruler doing something he disapproves of, he should be patient, for whoever becomes separate from the Muslim group even for a span and then dies, he will die as those who died in the Pre-lslamic period of ignorance (as rebellious sinners). (See Hadith No. 176 and 177)  

Sahih Bukhari Book 88 Hadith 175 Narrated Abdullah: Allah’s Apostle said to us, “You will see after me, selfishness (on the part of other people) and other matters that you will disapprove of.” They asked, “What do you order us to do, O Allah’s Apostle? (under such circumstances)?” He said, “Pay their rights to them (to the rulers) and ask your right from Allah.” 

So it is clear that protestant way of salafis and wahabis and rejecting to follow Imams not allowed in Islam!


Quran 4:69 And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger – those will be with the ones upon whom Allah has bestowed favor of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And excellent are those as companions.

Sahih Bukhari: Book 89 Hadith 267 Narrated Anas bin Malik: Apostle.” The Prophet said, “You will be with the one whom you love.”  

So one’s Jamath (Association) will be Same in this World and Hereafter:


Narrated Imran bin Husain: A man said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Can the people of Paradise be known (differentiated) from the people of the Fire; The Prophet replied, “Yes.” The man said, “Why do people (try to) do (good) deeds?” The Prophet said, “Everyone will do the deeds for which he has been created to do or he will do those deeds which will be made easy for him to do.” (i.e. everybody will find easy to do such deeds as will lead him to his destined place for which he has been created).   

Our Imam Khwajah Muhammad Baha’Uddin Naqshbandi Al-Owaisi Al Bukhari (radiyallahu Anhu) says:
“Our Way is Association and Goodness is in the gathering”

So many false groups in the Sufi name quote this to make evil gatherings, gatherings that is to boast ego and spread lawlessness!!!. Goodness is in the gathering. gathering under what kind of leader, gathering for what purpose?

Quran 17: 71  One day We shall call together all human beings with their (respective) Imams: those who are given their record in their right hand will read it (with pleasure), and they will not be dealt with unjustly in the least.

So those who do not have Imams/Shaykhs their Imam will be Satan and their ego!

This is why great Saints said: “Those who do not have a Shaykh, their Shaykh is Satan”

Quran 9:119  O ye who believe! Fear Allah and be with those who are true (in word and deed).


They are saying we are upon Quran and Sunnah, but they don’t have an authentic chain, they don’t have Oath of Allegiance (baya), but they mislead people into false doctrines emerged after 17th century!

So we can see below that Holding Fast to Quran and Sunnah begin with Baya (Oath of Allegiance)

Sahih Bukhari Book 92 (Holding fast to the Quran and Sunnah) Hadith 377: Narrated Abdullah bin Dinar: ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Umar wrote to ‘Abdul Malik bin Marwan, swearing allegiance to him: ‘I swear allegiance to you in that I will listen and obey what is in accordance with the Laws of Allah and the Tradition of His Apostle as much as I can.’  


In Torah,Enjeel or in the Quran, there is no Women Shaykhs, except that a Woman scholar may teach the Women. She does not take the authority as an Imam/Shaykh/Caliph.

Today, we have so many people claiming to be Shaykhs:

1-Some claim to be Shaykhs because they lived with their Shaykh their whole life.

2-Some claiming to be shaykh based on their family lineage to a great Shaykh or an Imam.

3-Some claim to be a Shaykh, because they have been authorized to do some work for a Shaykh. (A King and a butler cannot share same status). A Judge and a Clerk in the Court has no same authority! A doormen and house owner are not the same.

4-Some claim to be a Shaykh, because his Shaykh had given him some authority in the Past, but he himself deviated from the principles of Islam and tariqah, but still mislead thousands by using the title “Shaykh/Imam”!!!

Third and fourth category are most confusing and most difficult to understand. It is this categories Satan mostly mislead and send people into astray!

Sometimes I feel, non-Muslim Shaykhs and leaders are much more honest. Look at Scottish Prime Minister and SNP  leader, Alex Salmond. He resigned from his government office as  a First Prime Minister and as a Party leader (Ameer for the country and Imaam for the followers of SNP)

I really wish, if our false Muslim Shaykhs and Muslim leaders had an atom of honesty that people of other faith has!.

Qualification of a Master:

1- Being a Scholar of the Obligation of Religion: The master must be a scholar in all religious obligations, such as the conditions of prayers, the conditions of fasting and the conditions of zakat (obligatory charity). He must be knowledgeable in the Jurisprudence of Islam and all necessary matters of Islamic Shari’ah. He must be a scholar in the Science of Tawhid (Oneness) according to the Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama’at(Hanafi/Shafi/Maliki/Hanbali), and all the and all the other conditions of faith (iman).

2-Having  Spiritual Knowledge of God and the Seeker:To be a Knower means the master or murshid must have the knowledge of the conditions of the state of Ihsan, as mentioned by the Prophet (s) in the hadith, “Worship Allah as if you are seeing Him, and if you are not seeing Him, know that He is seeing you.” A Knower must bear witness in his heart that Allah is the Unique One in His Essence, and in His Attributes, and in His Actions. He must know about His Attributes through Vision and Taste, by experiencing self-effacement in the Divine Presence.

A person can have knowledge of the religious obligations (matters of ritual purification/prayers and outward life), but he may not know God and His Prophet alaihswalathu wa salam. It is like Driving/selling a car and do not have a relationship with the Manufacturer or Company or a flight without communication with flight control room.

How can someone guide a person to the Divine Presence , if he has not reached the Divine Presence? or At least the Presence (Quran 4:69) of Holy Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam?

3- Being Sanctified: This is the Most Important attribute of a Shaykh.

The Master must have already purified or sanctified himself as a seeker under a master of his own. He will have come to know the different stages of the ego, its illnesses and its defects. The Master must be fully aware of all the methods Satan uses to enter the heart. He must know all the ways to sanctify others and the methods to heal his followers in order to raise them up to reach the State of Perfection.

What if the Master (Shaykh) himself a slave to his own ego? , a Shaykh with hatred to other Shaykhs and their followers, Jealousy , envy, greed and anger?

How can you follow such  a Shaykh who lost the control of his own ego?, A Shaykh who claim to be a Shaykh, but he is not truly sanctified? a Shaykh who abuse other Shaykhs or other representatives and followers of his Shaykhs?

This is where Haqq and Bathil become separated. Either you follow your ego and follow such Shaykhs or you leave such Shaykhs and follow the Truth.

The Shaykh might be a good person,a nice man in the past , but he has lost his progress  and  direction in his path, he became corrupt, abusive and egoistic. And his Shaykh changed the vehicle and appointed some other person to lead the path. Then you take such ones as your leader?.

“The real faith of a person comes out when hardship and test comes on him”

So how can you follow a Shaykh, who is angry and violent towards other Shaykhs and their followers?

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him):A man said to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), “Counsel me,” so he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Do not become angry.” The man repeated [his request for counsel] several times, and [each time] he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Do not become angry.” [Al-Bukhari] Imam Nawawi 40 Hadith:

What Shari’ah and rules of tariqah you are following in the matter of taking  a person as a Shaykh?

If a seeker comes to the shaikh with perfect sincerity and truthfulness, asking to be initiated in the order, the shaikh must not hurry to initiate him, until he knows that he will remain trustworthy when he reaches the Goal. He must look at his capability. If his capability corresponds to the capability of the Close Ones (muqarrabin), then he will show him the way, as it is the way of the Trustworthy.

That way is built on killing one’s own will, and connecting and submitting oneself to the will of one’s shaikh. One must do as the Prophet (s) said, “Die before you die!” He must leave his natural will, which causes him to move according to his mind, and leave all his affairs to the will of his shaikh. The shaikh will lift him up through a path filled with difficulties, train him through worship, and guide him to a state of complete Self-Effacement. Only this will elevate him to the Divine Presence.

So How can you take someone as your Shaykh, if the Shaykh has not sacrificed his own will before Allah<Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam and his shaykh?

That is why Khwaja Ubaidullah al-Ahrar said: “Who is the shaikh? The shaikh is the one who can know, through the vision that Allah has granted him, the capability of his murid. From the day he meets him to the day of his death, he will know which state the murid will attain, and in which way he will taste, and in which way he will reach the Divine Presence. If the shaikh cannot summon that knowledge, it is forbidden (haram) for him to give the seeker initiation.”

Sometimes, people misunderstand what Khwajah Ubaidullah (Q.S) said. There are astrologers who can say  your state!, So a Shaykh who is lead by demons can also perform such miracles of understanding the state of the seeker!. So how can we find a  true Shaykh?, answer is simple: With all of the conditions mentioned here with his good conduct and model behavior!

He continued, “The shaikh must avoid the wealth of his murid. If the murid wishes to help the shaikh it is his choice. The states of guidance are above all states, and the master must not ask except from the Divine Presence.”

Many Shaykhs today deceiving their followers by asking them for Money. They offer big status and Maqams (Spiritual ranks) to his followers. Such things never happened in the History of Sufism. The Shaykh who ask from his followers for wealth is in fact doing “Hidden Shirk” . It is a proof that the Shaykh did not reach in Wilayath nor Shaykh hood nor Haqiqat!

The Shaykh is the One who has reached the State of spirituality according  to the Words “Hasbunallahu Wa Ni’mal Wakeel”

“It is said that one time a murid of Junaid came to him and wanted to give him all his money. Junaid refused and said, ‘No.’ When that same murid reached the State of Perfection and was lifted up to the Divine Presence, he came to Junaid and again wanted to give all his money to him. At that time he said, ‘Yes. Now, I accept, because when you give now, you will not regret later.’

“That is why we don’t like our murids to give all their money to the shaikh. When they haven’t reached the state of perfection, they might regret later and be in doubt, and they will be harmed. But when the murid reaches that state he will give sincerely and will never regret it later. The evidence of this is that Sayyidina Abu Bakr and Sayyidina ‘Umar came to the Prophet (s) and from the first Sayyidina Abu Bakr gave all his money. The Prophet (s) asked, ‘What have you left for your family?’ He replied, ‘I have left them Allah and his Prophet (s).’ When the murid reaches the state of real generosity and real perfection, then the shaikh may accept what he gives. If he has not reached that state his gift must not be accepted.”

The shaikh must not order any of his followers to do something he himself cannot do or would not do. He must know all the obligatory and forbidden actions according to the Shari’ah. Similary, he must know all the States of spirituality, and must have tasted all Tastes, so that he is an example, and when he speaks he speaks with real knowledge.

Some Shaykhs teach others to be righteous and he deny himself to practice what he preach to his followers:

Allah forbid it in Sura As-Saff: 61:2-3 O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do? Great is hatred in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.

An example of this is a lady who came to a perfect shaikh one time with her son, saying, “My son is always asking for sweets. Please pray for him to leave that desire, as I don’t always have sweets to give him.” He said, “Be patient for three days and then bring him back to me.” After three days she brought him back and the shaikh told him, “O my son, don’t eat candies, because it is harmful for your stomach.” From that day the child never ate sweets again. Some time later someone asked the shaikh, “Why did you wait three days to give the child that advice?” The shaikh replied, “When the lady came to me, she asked me to prevent her child from eating sweets. I couldn’t do that for him because I myself was under that temptation of eating sweets. So I stopped eating sweets for three days. When I had stopped, I was able to make a du’a for him, and that du’a was acceptable.”

Qushayri relates in his Letter that  allaj was once asked to talk about poverty. He said, “Wait a minute.” He entered his house, went out somewhere and came back. Then he sat and spoke, saying poverty consists of this and this and that. One murid asked him, “O my shaikh, why didn’t you speak like this from the beginning?” He said, “When I was asked, I had one dirham in my house. I couldn’t speak about poverty while I still had something. So I went took that dirham, went and spent it in Allah’s way, and then I could speak on poverty.”

4- Having His Master’s Authorization:

The Shaikh must have authorization from his Master for training and uplifting his followers and showing the Way of this Path. That ijaza (permission) must reach him through the chain of the grandshaikhs from one to another, all the way back to the Prophet (s). As the wise person will not go to a doctor who has no license in healing, so the seeker in this way must find a perfect guide who has received the license, the ijaza, from his shaikh.

Imam Muslim said, “This great knowledge [the knowledge of the self] is by itself the religion. So you have to know from whom you take your religion.” In the book of Hafiz ibn Ali Kanz al-cUmmal,” the following hadith is found. The Prophet (s) said, “O Umar, your din is your flesh and blood. Look at those from whom you take your din; take it from those who are on the right path and don’t take from those who deviated.” A knower said, “Knowledge is a spirit which is blown into the hearts, not philosophy or pretty tales to be written. So be very careful from whom you take it.”

We are living in a day and age, where so many Shaykhs appearing with new ways that are not authorized by their Shaykhs. The Shaykhs who lost authority due to their neglecting of the adab (morals) of the Way,  they are opening their own Tariqah (Sufi Ways). This newly invented Paths are not authorized by his Shaykh!

So many people are trapped in such strayed ways! We pray that may Allah guide them and forgive them.

5-The Signs of Mastery:The main indication of mastery is that when you sit with a master you feel a breeze of faith, spiritual pleasure. He doesn’t speak except for Allah. He is always advising the good. You will benefit from being in his company as you benefit from his words. You will benefit when you are far from him as you benefit when you are near him. You must see among his murids the picture of faith, sincerity, humbleness and taqwa (God-consciousness), and you must remember, when you are mixing with them, the highest state of love and truth and deference to others. You must see that his followers represent all different kinds of people in the community. That is how the Companions of the Prophet were.

Well, remember the Quran verse about following Ego!, What we do if a Shaykh is slave of his ego and he speak for his own desires , and not for Allah?!!!, except that we leave such Shaykhs and find a righteous Shaykh and save our own Souls!

Islam and tariqah is to surrender to the Truth, not to be enslaved with some corrupt ones!. Islam is to live in the present world not in the past or not in the future. You cannot follow a corrupt one because his past was good,  you cannot follow  a bad one because you think he will become good in the future.

Today, so many Shaykhs misleading their followers. Some so called Sufi Shaykhs doing takfir on other Sufi Shaykhs and their followers. Be most aware of takfiri Sufi Shaykhs. These kind of Shaykhs are the agents of Satan who accuse “Kufr” (Disbelief) on Muslims.  Especially those Shaykhs who accuse Kufr” on other Shaykhs who are acknowledged as “Mumin and Righteous” and authorized as “Shaykh and Khalifa” by great Shaykhs of the time of the two of them (accuser and accused).

Prophet Muhammad (Salalaho alehe wasalam) said : If a person says to his brother, O KAFIR (disbeliever) ! Then surely one of them is such. (i.e; Kafir) (Sahih Bukhari Volume 8 Book 73 Number 125)

Prophet Muhammad (Salalaho alehe wasalam) said : Any person who calls his brother: O Unbeliever! (then the truth of this label) would return to one of them. If it is true, (then it is) as he asserted, (but if it is not true), then it returns to him (and thus the person who made the accusation is an Unbeliever). [Sahih Muslim Book 001, Number 0117:]

Thus, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) stated in a hadith that stresses both brotherhood and fair business practices: “Do not be envious of one another; do not artificially raise prices against one another; do not hate one another; do not turn one’s back on each other; and do not undercut one another in business transactions. And be, [O] servants of Allah, brethren. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He does not wrong him. He does not fail him [when he needs him]. He does not lie to him. And he does not show contempt for him. Piety is here” and he pointed to his chest three times. “It is enough of evil for a person to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. All of a Muslim is inviolable to another Muslim: his blood, his wealth and his honor.(Sahih Muslim)

So we can see that, a person whether a Shaykh or a Murid or a non-Murid is is forbidden for him to slander and accuse kufr (disbelief) on another Muslim.

Such Takfiri Shaykh’s takfir have been refuted by the words of true Shaykhs!

Today, some Shaykhs making “Final Judgement” on some Shaykhs and their followers/other Muslims.

How it is possible for a Shaykh to interfere in the affairs of Allah?. They say: “This Shaykh/this person and his family and his followers will go to hell”, they are worst than so and so evil people etc”

We shall never take such one’s as Shaykhs.

Quran clearly states: “Final Judgement is for Allah Alone”

Also it is an act of “Shirk” to associate one self with their affair of Allah”!

Do we need Judgement day, if such Shaykhs are making “Final Judgement” before hazret Michael alaihissalam blow the Trumpet?

Prophet alaihiswlathu wa salam is Sent to Mankind by God as “Mercy to the Whole World”. Prophet’s true Successors are also Mercy to the World World.

Islam is such clear, so why then you are still misguided to follow such Shaykhs?, Why Such Shaykhs not shamed to leave their chain of “Shaykh-hood”  and begin with basic.

We have seen so many true Shaykhs, before they speak on something, they made sure that they did what they spoke later!.

Hadrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) said:the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) was asked to curse the infidels.He said,“I have not been sent to curse people but as a mercy to all mankind.” (Muslim)

Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam forbid himself to curse the infidels , but look at so called Shaykhs of today, they are cursing Muslims, some of them cursing even the Sufi Shaykhs and followers by accusing kufr and passing judgement that they will go to hell etc!

So who is Your Shaykh?, Are you following a Real Shaykh? a Real Representative of the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam for this time? Are you fooled by Satan and Dajjal?

After reading this post and if you think you are fooled by some false Shaykhs and Satan, then still you have time to find other Shaykh or tariqah. You are welcome to “Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Tariqah (Ottoman Naqshbandi Haqqani Sufi Way” of  Sulthanul Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani (Q.S) and Sahibu Saif Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi ar-Rabbani (Q.S) in the Naqshbandi Golden Chain.


Some Shaykhs says: Allah and Prophet gave/promised this and and that, and then next year/after that it proved to be wrong  the things they said/happened things opposite to what they have been said in the previous years. And their words came untrue. Which means Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam did not say or offer anything to them.

Some people  teaching reciting an Ayath or a chapter in Quran will give the reciter a rank which Prophets or Previous Saints did not achieve (i.e they will reach a higher station).
This are not Naqshbandi Teachings, nor the Aqeedha of Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamah (Asha’ri and Mathuridi creed of Sunni islam)!!!

“Verily, it is indeed Satan that makes you do evil and say things about Allah (or His deen) of which you have no proper knowledge.”[Al-Baqarah 2:169]

Our Shaykh Teaching us that: “No one in this nation can attain the status of Sahaba by efforts of worship/charity”. But Allah can give any authority to whoever HE Wills.

Sahih Bukhari, Book 57:  Hadith 22 Narrated Abu Said: The Prophet said, “Do not abuse my companions for if any one of you spent gold equal to Uhud (in Allah’s Cause) it would not be equal to a Mud or even a half Mud spent by one of them.”  

But it was their waswaasa speaking, false spirits inspiring them, and Satan fooling them. it is time for them to Wake up!

Sahih Bukhari: 
Vol 1, Book 3. Knowledge. Hadith 106.
Narrated By ‘Ali: The Prophet said, “Do not tell a LIE AGAINST me for whoever tells a LIE AGAINST me then he will surely enter the Hell-fire.”  

Vol 1, Book 3. Knowledge. Hadith 108.
Narrated By Anas: The fact which stops me from narrating a great number of Hadiths to you is that the Prophet said: “Whoever tells a LIE AGAINST me  intentionally, then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire.”

Vol 2, Book 23. Funerals (Al-Janaa’iz). Hadith 378.
Narrated By Al-Mughira: I heard the Prophet saying, “Ascribing false things to me is not like ascribing false things to anyone else. Whosoever tells a LIE AGAINST me intentionally then surely let him occupy his seat in Hell-Fire.” I heard the Prophet saying, “The deceased who is wailed over is tortured for that wailing.”  

And you will see on the day of judgment, those who lie upon Allah, their faces blackened.”[Al- Zumr: 60]
“Say: The things that my Lord has indeed forbidden are, Al-Fawaahish (every kind of illegal sexual intercourse) whether committed openly or secretly

He, the Most High then moved on to describe a more severe “sin, unjust oppression”Then to that sin which is even more severe:  “joining partners (in worship) with Allah (shirk), for which He gave no authority”And then He, the All-Knowing punctuated it with that sin which most severe:“and saying things about Allah of which you have no knowledge. “[Al-A’araaf 7: 33)

Also in Bible: Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?


So we found the diversity of the usage of the term “Shaykh” with in Sufism and in the general ways of Islamic world.

The Sheikh/Shaykh/Seyh titles are used by many, they may be a name sake shaykh, or a real Shaykh.

In Sufism, to become a true Shaykh, requires the above five conditions. There can be many Shaykhs, just like using the Title “Sir”, the title “Sir” was actually for the United Kingdom members of the House of lords.

But today, this tile is used among people to address their bosses military and civil officers.

In general ,sufi world of 21st century, one who is authorized by his Shaykh to make sohbet and zikr is called as shaykh, one who is appointed to cook food and do personal assistance for the main Shaykh, is called as Shaykh , someone who is an interpreter of the grand Shaykh is called as Shaykh. One who is doing the work an ambassador to the world leaders is called as “Shaykh”.  One who is looking after the dergah and properties of the main Shaykh is called as “Shaykh” etc etc

But the True Shaykh is the One who Conquered his ego and appointed to give Spiritual Guidance (Quran 17:80)  and Spiritual Succession of the Main Shaykh.

So you must know with whom the Spiritual Succession. If you have connection with Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam/ Abu Bakkar Siddiq (R.A) or Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (R.A) or with your own Shaykh that you can ask them in Muraqaba (Meditation) that “Is this a real Shaykh?, or who is the Spiritual Successor?” then do that.

You can only fool yourself and others with your wahabi type evidences of the books and of the past. Why you do not have something to show from the very recent appointment or ijaazah?

When New Ijazah/new appointment came, the old one is null. The people has to follow the New appointment/ new authorization/new permission.

today, everyone is under pressure from the false hood. No one want to hold to Haqq tightly. Those who are appointed also failed to follow the teachings and request of their own shaykhs.

We have witnessed all these, that is happening around us.

So this is a strict advise to new Murids and new followers of Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Sufis Way.  We love and respect all righteous Shaykhs. But avoid that which is doubtful. Avoid the company of the people who curse you and your Shaykh and his followers. Avoid the company of corrupt ones.

On the authority of Abu Muhammad al-Hasan ibn Ali ibn Abee Talib (may Allah be pleased with him), the grandson of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and the one much loved by him, who said:

I memorised from the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): “Leave that which makes you doubt for that which does not make you doubt.”[At-Tirmidhi] [An-Nasai]At-Tirmidhi said that it was a good and sound (hasan saheeh) hadeeth.
عَنْ أَبِي مُحَمَّدٍ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَلِيِّ بْنِ أَبِي طَالِبٍ سِبْطِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه و سلم وَرَيْحَانَتِهِ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا، قَالَ: حَفِظْت مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه و سلم “دَعْ مَا يُرِيبُك إلَى مَا لَا يُرِيبُك”.
رَوَاهُ التِّرْمِذِيُّ [رقم:2520]،
وَقَالَ التِّرْمِذِيُّ: حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ صَحِيحٌ.

Sunan Abu Dawud: Book 37, Number 4322:Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas’ud:The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: The first defect that permeated Banu Isra’il was that a man (of them) met another man and said: O so-and-so, fear Allah, and abandon what you are doing, for it is not lawful for you. He then met him the next day and that did not prevent him from eating with him, drinking with him and sitting with him. When they did so. Allah mingled their hearts with each other.

He then recited the verse: “curses were pronounced on those among the children of Isra’il who rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of Mary”…up to “wrongdoers”.

He then said: By no means, I swear by Allah, you must enjoin what is good and prohibit what is evil, prevent the wrongdoer, bend him into conformity with what is right, and restrict him to what is right.

In Bible too: 2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

So unless you fix your defect, you are not going to reach in the lofty stations of faith. The doors are closed in front of you. Whoever you are and whosoever son you are!

Quran 13:11 Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.  

So some people who are busy with false hood calling for Unity!

Unity under what? Unity with what?, Unity with Haqq and Bathil?

Unity between truth and falsehood?

Quran 2:256 There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. “

So there is not obligation (Compulsion) for Right to join with wrong for so called Unity!

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “Allah will never allow my Ummah to unite upon misguidance and incorrect beliefs. Allah’s mercy, blessings and protection are with the largest group of Muslims*. And he who deviates from the largest group of Muslims will be thrown into Hell.”

*The Last Main Body of Muslims and the Leader were Ottomans!

So I advise,especially the new followers of Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Sufi Way from South Asia, Middle East Europe and Americas and elsewhere in the World, to stick to the Shaykhs and representatives who are appointed in that way by Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani (Q.S) and Sahibul Saif Hazret Shaykh Abdul Kerim Ar-Rabbani (Q.S).

What is sufficient for you to succeed in the Journey to Allah is there the with Shaykhs and the tariqah you following

Don’t look into that groups and this groups. If you do not have Osmanli Naksibendi Dergah or Zikr Majlis (Assembly of Zikr) in your place, then you may attend others Zikr or you may not attend.

But you must be sure that the people you are associating with have love and respect for your Shaykhs. if you are in doubt, then it is better do zikr alone and seek the “majlis” (gathering and company) of the Saints of the unseen world (Prophets.Prophets. Awliya Allah, Sahaba ,Siddiqin Saliheen and so on Ref:Quran 4:69)

Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam Advise his Companion Hudaifa Ibn Al Yaman (R.A).
If the gatherings is not according to the ways of the Main body of Muslims and their leader (Ottoman Caliphs and their approved  Schools) then it is your duty to isolate yourself from all these sects and groups until you die and meet your Lord.

Sahih Muslim Book 020, Hadith Number 4553.

Chapter : Instruction to stick to the main body of the Muslims in the time of trials and warning against those inviting people to disbelief.

It has been narrated on the authority of Hudhaifa b. al-Yaman who said: People used to ask the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) about the good times, but I used to ask him about bad times fearing lest they overtake me. I said: Messenger of Allah, we were in the midst of ignorance and evil, and then God brought us this good (time through Islam). Is there any bad time after this good one? He said: Yes. I asked: Will there be a good time again after that bad time? He said: Yes, but therein will be a hidden evil. I asked: What will be the evil hidden therein? He said: (That time will witness the rise of) the people who will adopt ways other than mine and seek guidance other than mine. You will know good points as well as bad points. I asked: Will there be a bad time after this good one? He said: Yes. (A time will come) when there will be people standing and inviting at the gates of Hell. Whoso responds to their call they will throw them into the fire. I said: Messenger of Allah, describe them for us. He said: All right. They will be a people having the same complexion as ours and speaking our language. I said: Messenger of Allah, what do you suggest if I happen to live in that time? He said: You should stick to the main body of the Muslims and their leader. I said: If they have no (such thing as the) main body and have no leader? He said: Separate yourself from all these factions, though you may have to eat the roots of trees (in a jungle) until death comes to you and you are in this state.

Wake up to yourself, Sulthanul Awliya teaching to liberate your Soul from falsehood and to surrender to Haqq. Stop fooling yourself!

By: Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani Ar-Rabbani

Ottoman Naksibendi Hakkani Sufi Way
Ottoman Naksibendi Hakkani Sufi Way

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