How To Make Naqshbandi Sufi Tea

March 10, 2008 § 5 Comments

Turkish Tea is one of the staples of the Osmanli Naks-i’bendi-Hakkani Dergah (what is a dergah?). Turkish tea is a brewed tea. It is not bagged and steeped, in fact it is loose but processed leaves, herbs and spices that are brewed for a period of about 15 minutes or more. Our shaykh, Abdul Kerim Hazretleri is fond of good Turkish Tea and we prepare tea for him frequently.

I recently asked a murid, who is in charge of making the tea, what Seyh Efendi’s favorite tea is? He told me that there are a few that our shaykh likes but the one the murid likes to prepare for him more than others is a particular blend of two high quality loose teas, Çaykur (Turkey) and Ahmad Tea (London).

The blend consists of one part Siyah Türk Çayi (Çaykur) and one part Ceylon (Ahmad Tea). These are both black teas but Çaykur’s Turkish Black Tea is lighter and sweeter than the Ceylon grade, whereas the Ceylon is dark and bold. Together they make a perfect blend, a crisp, fruity mild black tea.

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Brewing Tea In Turkish Style

Although there are some different tea brewing styles in Turkey, this one is almost common among Turkish people:First put the water into a kettle, put enough tea into a teapot and put the teapot on the kettle. When the water boils in the kettle, pour some on tea into the teapot. Wait 15 minutes. The tea in the teapot mustn’t be boiled but the water in the kettle must be hot. Then pour brewed tea into teacup (or tea glass), half of the cups must be brewed tea and other half the hot water. Brewing time is longer in Turkey, but they add water to brew and they generally use sugar.
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§ 5 Responses to How To Make Naqshbandi Sufi Tea

  • haamidah says:

    Salaam brother Saifuddin

    Thank you for this interesting post – it’s refreshing to hear of tea brewing in this context.

    I cannot explain my excitement by this- I’m no avid tea drinker but maybe I should try making this one.

  • As’salamu ‘alaykum,

    One of the best posts EVER! Suhan’Allah!

    If I get addicted to the Naqshabandi tea, then I’ll know who to blame. 🙂

  • thingsuneed says:

    seems delicious

  • Saifuddin says:


    as-salaamu ‘alaikum. alhamdulillah haamidah, I glad I could share this with you.

    Sher-Ghousia, what new name? alhamdulillah! Best ever huh… mashaAllah! This tea is Seyh Efendi’s sunnat so if you find yourself loving it then you are loving something preferred by one who is truly loving the Beloved (may Peace and Blessing be upon him), so I think you are ok there.

    thingsuneed, welcome to you!

    Please, if you all try this tea come back and let us know how it turned out for you.


  • HijabiApprentice says:

    Asalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,


    Great post. I really enjoy Turkish style tea, although, I am not skilled at making it. A dear sister-friend of mine who is Turkish often makes endless pots of this tea while we munch pastries and chat. Good times!

    ma’a salaamah,


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