Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education

The Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education (NFIE) is a non-profit, tax exempt, religious and educational organization dedicated to serve Islam with a special focus on Tasawwuf(Sufism),

Monday, June 27, 2022

Sunday, June 26, 2022

“The Luminous Virtues of the Living Sages of Islam”: Michael Sugich & Peter Saunders- John Templeton Foundation

“The Luminous Virtues of the Living Sages of Islam” is a multi-faceted, multi-media project aiming to address the loss of the spiritual dimension of Islam, which has been a major contributing factor to the rise of both extremism and atheism in the Muslim world. The embodiment of spirituality and beautiful character is the enlightened sage who in traditional societies was the role model, or exemplar, for ordinary Muslims in every community. The aim of the project is to re-introduce these saintly men and women to Muslim and interested non-Muslim audiences through a series of beautifully designed Exemplars in our Time photographic essays on the lives of recent sages from the Islamic tradition who imparted and embodied the perfection of virtue, wisdom, knowledge and illumination. The authors of each of the essays are all distinguished scholars, writers and researchers and recognized experts on this subject. Most have had direct contact with the exemplars they will write about. Nine concise, pictorial biographies will be published on the lives of some of the greatest living Muslim sages of the 20th and 21st centuries. A short-subject video will be produced to introduce the publication series and serve as a prototype for future short subject videos on individual exemplars. A dedicated website will become a repository for content on the spiritual exemplars of Islam, which will include commentary, podcasts, lectures and teaching materials. Social media sites will be set up to promote the awareness of exemplars in our time. An educational outreach program will encourage Muslim educators to use the biographies as a way of introducing the subject of spirituality into their curricula. The project aims to change the contemporary narrative to revive confidence in Islam as a way of compassion, tolerance and wisdom and a restoration of hope to encourage a generation of young people aspiring to noble character through the true practice of Islam.

Source:https://www.templeton.org/grant/the-luminous-virtues-of-the-living-sages-of-islam

Friday, June 24, 2022

 OBITUARY: Efendi Hazretleri Mahmut Ustaosmanoğlu, Shaykh Mahmud Efendi of Turkey -Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya al-Husayni al-Ninowy


Inna Lillah wa Inna Ilayhi Raji'oon.

Efendi Hazretleri Mahmut Ustaosmanoğlu, known as Shaykh Mahmud Efendi of Turkey passed on earlier today in Istanbul after about 93 years spent in learning, teaching, guiding and struggling.
The Shaykh, Rahimahu'Allahu Ta'ala started with memorizing the Holy Qur'an then attending Madrasah to gain knowledge, and eventually became the leader of İsmailağa jamia of the Naqshbandi-Khalidiyya Sufi Ṭarīqah centered in Çarşamba, Istanbul.
In 1954 his Shaykh and Murshid Efendi Hazretleri Ali Haydar (photo below, d. 1380 H.) appointed him as the imam of the İsmailağa Mosque. Ali Haydar Efendi happens to be the Shaykh of our late Shaykh Muhammad Emin Sirac as well. Ali Haydar Efendi has an attributed saying that says: If all the books of the 4 Madh'ahib perish, I can write them all again from my memory. İsmailağa Mosque and the whole surrounding area, became a beacon of light in Istanbul. It is one of the most beautiful areas in Istanbul where upon entering the neighborhood you feel you are back in the Ottoman era and it feels more like Islambul more than Istanbul.
It is one of the stops I try to make every time I am blessed to be in Hazret Eyup Sultan's territory (Sayyiduna Abu Ayyub al-Ansari) radiya'Allah Ta'ala anhu.
The Shaykh was blessed to transform lots of young people and point them towards the Prophetic Sunnah through the Sufi Naqshbandi way. The Sufi way: that brought the light of Islam to millions around the world with love, afforded all human beings dignity, and insisted that violence of any kind (including intellectual terrorism) is rejected. Despite that, he was subject to multiple assassination attempts, they managed to murder his son-in-law and then one of his most important students.
I had the honor over the years to meet him, and in one occasion I mentioned the following poem in Turkish about the Naqshbandi Tariqah (attributed to Imam Rabbani), which was greeted by a beautiful smile and short relevant commentary. The poetry is:
Der tarik-i Nakşibendî lazım âmed çâr terk: (The Naqshbandi Tariqah requires you to do four abandonments).
1- Terk-i dünya, (abandon seeking Dunya)
2- terk-i ukbâ, (abandon seeking Akhira. Akhira is a creation. Seek The Creator instead, and He gives you the Dunya and AKhira).
3- terk-i hestî, (abandon seeking self)
4- terk-i terk" (abandon abandonment itself).
"Der tarik-i aczmendî lazım âmed çâr çiz: (The Tariqah of the helpless requires you to have four things)
1-Fakr-ı mutlak, (Absolute neediness).
2- acz-i mutlak, (Absolute helplessness).
3- şükr-ü mutlak, (Absolute thankfulness).
4- şevk-i mutlak, ey aziz" (Absolute compassion) O' beloved one.
Subhana'Allah he was on my mind lately having heard that he was hospitalized, while planning to be in Istanbul in the next few days. But this is how Dunya is, Al-BᾹQĪ is only HŪ.
Like our Turkish brothers say in Turkish:
Âlimin ölümü, âlemin ölümü gibidir.
Please join me in making Du'a that Allah Ta'ala blesses His slave Mahmut Ustaosmanoğlu, forgives him, accepts him, gives him a Manzil Mubarak, Parole him into His Jannah, and assemble him with in the company of the righteous, gather him with Sayyiduna Rasool'Allah ﷺ and us all with them, and may Allah Ta'ala grant Türkiye and the whole Ummah lots of enlightened Rabbani Ulama and change our Haal to the best of Haal. Inna Lillah wa Inna Ilayhi Rajioon.
Rûhu için el fâtihah.. June 23,2022

Sunday, March 27, 2022

 Beauty of Islam (1) : An Introduction to Islam - Ustadh Amjad Tarsin - Al-Maqasid - 2/10/ 2022 

Online Classes based on Book - A Thinking Person's Guide to Islam: The Essence of Islam in Twelve Verses from Qur'an by Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/cPpEBXCcVys

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "God is beautiful and loves beauty." Revelation sent by God to the Prophets and Messengers, by extension, are sources of beauty.

Muslims believe in Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and many other prophets mentioned in the Torah and Bible (peace be upon them all). We also believe that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) came with the same Message conveyed by all of the Prophets. This online class, geared towards anyone interested in learning more about Islam, offers insights into many of the most important aspects of the faith. In this introductory session, we cover the following topics: 0:00 • Welcome to the Beauty of Islam 5:00 • Muslims & Islam as it is, in principle 8:11 • The story of creation 13:10 • There is a void in the heart... 16:33 • Islam: the continuation of the Abrahamic Message 21:18 • The 3 Pillars of the Religion 22:32 • The Narration of Gabriel 24:18 • Islam (Worship) and its 5 Pillars 34:03 • Iman (Belief) and its 6 Pillars 44:40 • Affirming all of God's Prophets [Quran 3:85] 50:43 • Ihsan (Purity of Heart) 53:25 • The result of this holistic methodology Entire playlist is at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM... Connect with us online at https://www.almaqasid.org/connect

Book Link : A Thinking Person's Guide to Islam : The Essence of Islam in Twelve Verses from Quranby Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan . Mecca Books

https://www.meccabooks.com/1332-a-thinking-persons-guide-to-islam-the-essence-of-islam-in-12-verses-from-the-quran-9781933764153.html

About The Book

The world is at a crossroads today. A tiny minority of Muslims seems to be bent on hijacking the religion of Islam and bringing it into perpetual conflict with the rest of the world.

Because of their actions, very few non-Muslims understand the real difference between Islam as it has always been, and the distorted perversions of Islam today. This book is an attempt to positively say what Islam actually is—and always was—as well as what it is not.

About The Author

H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan (b. 1966 CE) was educated at Harrow School, UK; received his BA Summa cum Laude from Princeton University, NJ, USA; his first PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge University, UK, and his second PhD from Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.

He is a Professor of Islamic Philosophy and his book Love in the Holy Qur’an has been widely acclaimed, has gone into ten editions and has been translated into a number of languages. He also serves as Chief Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs to H.M. King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein of Jordan.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

A Special Conversation with Habib Umar Bin Hafiz after Morocco Tour : Radical Middle Way - 11/12/2011

A Special Conversation with Habib Umar Bin Hafiz after Morocco Tour : Radical Middle Way - 11/12/2011

YouTube Video: 

https://youtu.be/aLjQsSxqjkY

Guidance and objectivity are rare commodities to find in people. Habib Umar bin Hafiz, one of the most prominent and respected scholars of our times, is one such individual. A model of prophetic character and tradition, he exerts global influence through his leadership, guidance and active social involvement around the world.

In early 2011, Habib Umar made a groundbreaking journey. His travels, through 3 continents, have been hailed as momentous, reaching out to communities and groups in Europe, North Africa and America. In this remarkable interview, Habib talks about his experiences, gives counsel on how we as Muslims must re-engage with the prophetic traditions.

From Tarim to Granada Documentary رحلة من تريم إلى غرناطة فلم وثائقي

YouTube Video:


About This Film: Granada. In Muslim imagination the mere name conjures up images of a magnificent city. A place where science and culture thrived during Europe's dark ages. A place where the streets were lit at night and ornate fountains fed verdant gardens of exquisite beauty. Where a tolerant convivencia brought the Abrahamic faiths together in a most remarkable coexistence. Granada and its iconic Alhambra Palace represents Islam's Andalucian legacy in Europe. Tarim. Nestled in Yemen's Hadhramaut valley, it is a city like no other. A place of spirituality and learning, tended to by the descendents of the Prophet Muhammad himself. From Java to East Africa and beyond, the scholars of Tarim led by their guides - the Habibs - have taken their tradition all over the world establishing a truly global spiritual community dedicated to living and celebrating the sacred. Now the living tradition of Tarim and the glorious legacy of Granada meet for the first time. Habib Umar bin Hafiz travels to Spain, visiting Muslim communities in Madrid and Granada. Accompanied by journalist and commentator Fuad Nahdi and Muslims from the Spain, Yemen and the UK, From Tarim to Granada chronicles a remarkable journey. This is the story of new communities and ancient legacies. Of enduring faith and the burden of history. Of renewing the connection between East and West. Of finding a new convivencia for our times. About Habib Umar bin Hafiz: Habib Umar bin Hafiz is well known for his prophetic lineage and status as one of the most influential traditionalist scholars alive today. His influence through scholarship and preaching is vast in Indonesia and East Africa. Habib Umar founded and runs Dar al Mustafa, a center for traditional Islamic scholarship that currently hosts an array of international students, in Tarim, Yemen. He is among the world's leading Muslim academics and scholars as a signatory of 'A Common Word Between Us and You', a document that builds bridges between the Muslim and Christian community. He is also founder of the NGO Al Rafah Charitable Society which addresses poverty, hunger and lack of sufficient health care that affect areas of rural Yemen.

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 Shaykh Abd al-Hadi al-Kharsa on Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Qadri (RA)

Allamah Shaykh Abdul Hadi al-Kharsah of Damascus, delivers an exclusive talk on Imam Ahmad Raza Khan, on his100th Anniversary . Imam Ahmad Raza Conference took place on Saturday 20th October 2018 at Manchester Central Mosque Victoria Park and organized by Shaykh Monawwar Ateeq. Dar al-Imam Ahmad Raza 10/26/2018

YouTube Video Arabic with English Subtitles :

The Scholars of the Sufis: They are the Genuine Followers of the Salaf: Shaykh Abd al-Hadi Kharsa - Translation by Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad , Published by Sunni Publications

BOOK:The translation and publication of the present book, `Ulama al-Sufiyya Hum al-Salafiyya al-Haqiqiyyun is a welcome event for seekers of spiritual guidance and self-purification in our time. This praiseworthy effort offers to the English-speaking public a contemporary explanation of the immutable principles of Sufism, which are one and the same with the three principles of Religion: submission [islam], faith [iman], and excellence [ihsan]. The book contains Shaykh `Abd al-Hadi s carefully presented anthology of the wisdom of the Sufi masters of old and their summations of doctrine [`aqida] and of the various spiritual diseases and spiritual stations and states of the wayfarer. They were gleaned from the bio-sapiental classics of the genre such as Tabaqat al-Sufiyya, the Luma`, the Risala, the Ihya , and can be found in later works such as Tabaqat al-Awliya and al-Kawakib al-Durriyya fi Tarajim al-Sufiyya. The vehemence of the title shown in the emphatic-exclusive personal pronoun and translatable as The Scholars of the Sufis: [Only] They are the Genuine Followers of the Salaf! is a reminder of the tireless efforts of the last two hundred years of Ahl al-Sunna wal-Jama`a scholarship demonstrating the Islamic orthodoxy of tasawwuf and denouncing the heresy of Wahhabism and pseudo-Salafism. It is its unique gems that make `Ulama al-Sufiyya stand out such as, for example, the title s emphasis on knowledge: it is never about the Sufis at large but about their Gnostics; as for would-be-Sufi [mutasawwif] claimants who are nescient of the Shari`a or not even concerned by it: they are also heretics and completely undesirable no matter how big they grow their beard, turban, jubba, or voice! This is a theme stressed by many of our salaf al-salih [pious predecessors].

Biography & Introduction by Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad : 

https://sunnipubs.com/pages/shaykh-abd-al-hadi-kharsa

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Dealing with Death: Adab of Dying Person & the People around them - Shaykh Yahya Rhodus & Shaykh Faraz Rabbani - Seekers Guidance 3/27/2021

Dealing with Death: Adab of Dying Person & the People around them - Shaykh Yahya Rhodus & Shaykh Faraz Rabbani - Seekers Guidance 3/27/2021

Youtube Lecture : https://youtu.be/pMqQVmgNQP8

No one is certain how much time they have in this world. Some of us leave as young people, some are taken in middle age, and others as elders. One truth remains the same, however whenever one's time draws close, it is upon us to act with dignity and observe the best of etiquette. Even as a supportive friend or family member, one has certain etiquettes one needs to observe through this difficult time. Join us for this important seminar in which Shaykh Yahya Rhodus and Shaykh Faraz Rabbani will expound on: - Understanding the decree of Allah Most High - How to have patience when enduring tribulation - Having good conduct in bad times - How supportive friends and family can and should behave before and after the loved one's passing.

Books : 1.Al-Ghazali on the Remembrance Of Death & the Afterlife : Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (TJ Winter)

https://www.amazon.com/Al-Ghazali-Remembrance-Death-Afterlife-Ghazali/dp/1911141015

This is the first English translation of a key section of al-Ghazali’s Revival of the Religious Sciences, (Ihya’ Ulum al-Din), widely regarded as the greatest work of Muslim spirituality. Its theme is of universal interest: death, and the life to come. After expounding his Sufi philosophy of death, and showing the importance of the contemplation of human morality to the mystical way of self-purification, al-Ghazali's takes his readers through the stages of the future life: the vision of the Angels of the Grave, the Resurrection, the Intercession of the Prophets, and finally, the torments of Hell, the delights of Paradise, and—for the elect—the beatific vision of God’s Countenance. In this new edition, the Islamic Texts Society has included a translation of Imam Ghazali’s own Introduction to the Revival of the Religious Sciences which gives the reasons that caused him to write the work, the structure of the whole of the Revival and places each of the chapters in the context of the others.

2.The Lives of Man: A Guide to the Human States: Before Life, In the World, and After Death by Imam Abdullah Ibn Alawi Al-Haddad - Translated by Mostafa Al Badawi with a Preface by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Myrad ( T.J. Winter)

https://fonsvitae.com/product/the-lives-of-man/

Based on the Qu’ran and Hadith, in this fascinating book, Imam al-Haddad explains that every human being passes through several “lives:” before conception, life in the world, life in the grave, the Resurrection, and finally, the Garden of the Fire. A complete Muslim must be aware of each of these if he is to be sufficiently prepared for eternal life.

What happens after Death? Who are “Munkar and Nakir?” What will Heaven and Hell be like? What signs should we expect before the day of Judgement? Who is the Dajjal? When will the Mahdi appear?

These and many other questions are answered, on the basis of the Qu’ran and Hadith, in this fascinating book. Imam al-Haddad explains that every human being passes through the “lives:” before conception, life in the world, life in the grave, the Resurrection, and finally, the Garden of the Fire. A complete Muslim must be aware of each of these if he is to be sufficiently prepared for eternal life.

From Timothy Winters preface to the book:

“No culture since Adam has lived in deeper ignorance of what man truly is: a symmetrical, noble form enshrining a soul, an organ capable of such translucence that it can, when the senses and passions which distract it are stilled, form a window onto that Reality of which this world offers no more than a distorted reflection. For those human beings who have been granted this state of awakening, the real world which they survey is truer than anything they had known here-below. All of us will see the real world, the ākhira, at death. But only the Prophets fully know of it before they die, and hence can warn their contemporaries. The revelations which God gives them, and which they give to mankind, are thus the only sources of meaning and understanding which will ever be available. To hold to them is to cling to a rope let down from God, while to let go is to fall ineluctably into chaos.”

Hadith:  Virtue of reciting ‘Allahumma barik fil mawti wa fima ba’dal mawt’ [O Allah! Bless me in death and in the stages after death] twenty five times daily

Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded the following narration:

Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) once asked Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), “[Is it correct that] a martyr [shahid] is only one who is killed in the path of Allah? Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘ O ‘Aaishah! If that was the case then the martyrs from my ummah will be very minimal, whomsoever says ‘Allahumma barik fil mawti wa fima ba’dal mawt’ twenty five times daily and passes away on his bed, Allah will grant him the reward of a martyr”

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 7672)

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad : The Gift of Death & God's Decree

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/XTtK6pRyP7U

Death is certain; a Divine promise that will come true and yet people spend their whole lives trying to avert it. Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad reminds us for the believer, death is not to be feared but rather a gift to be embraced. Those who are content with God’s decree and who work diligently towards meeting Him will neither fear nor grieve.