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),

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


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