October 17, 2010 § Leave a comment
“Local filmmaker Jessica Vecchione — the creative force behind the award-winning documentary Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns — has produced an extraordinary short documentary on the ugly battle over a tiny Sufi cemetery that, in the past few weeks, made the little town of Sidney the focus of a maelstrom of unwelcome attention. In the movie, which you can watch in its entirety above, she records a recent town meeting that drew over 150 people, and interviews Hans Hass, spokesman for the Osmanlı Nakş-ı’bendi Hakkani Dergah, and their lawyer, Tom Schimmerling.” (L. Harris, Watershed Post)
September 15, 2010 § Leave a comment
“As for people who are familiar with both sides of the Koran — people who know the whole story — well, there may not be many of them. It’s characteristic of contemporary political discourse that the whole story doesn’t come to the attention of many people.” (R. Wright)
May 6, 2010 § Leave a comment
April 25, 2010 § 2 Comments
I am a murid of Shaykh Abdul Kerim Hz., Mevlana Shaykh Nazim’s deputy here in the Americas. Recently, there have been attacks and slander propagated against Shaykh Abdul Kerim. These attacks are calling his authority and position into question. I am posting a video that highlights some of the attacks made against our beloved shaykh, also identifying the ring leader of these pathetic attacks. Pathetic, because these attacks are easily batted-down with actual accounts of Mevlana Shaykh Nazim’s open approval and acknowledgment of Shaykh Abdul Kerim as deputy of America and much more.
You may also read another refutation of S. Hisham Kabbani by a murid of Shaykh Mevlana Nazim here.
April 17, 2009 § 3 Comments
Blogging! As some of you know, I am a musician of sorts, coming from a long line of musicians in my family. So I’ve started to make records again and will eventually write, arrange, produce and record a number of songs and some specifically for the readers of this blog.
I’ve been blogging for some time now and its taken shape over a long period of time. There have been a number of life experiences that I’ve shared blogging but there was always a veil of mystery that I intentionally plugged into my blog posts. And after meeting so many people just being around my Shaykh I’ve learned that its better to be open. Its better – within the limits of course – to be a real person. A person that people can relate to; something to connect with.
Most of my relatives are not Muslims, but because of our Shaykh they are loving things they learn about the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him). That love is coming when they see something that touches their hearts.
For example, when my children kiss their Grandparent’s hands, they get an understanding that this is the Right Way. And they know where its coming from and who is teaching it. I don’t have to say much about that at all.
Another example is the donning of leather socks. It may sound funny to Muslims but I have had dozens of requests for leather socks from non-Muslim family and friends. OK, perhaps they do not use it for ease on performing ablution during traveling but they are liking what they see; they are loving what they see and what they are seeing are traditions coming from our Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him). And I’m sure their is something good for those who love the ways of the Most Beloved One in Divine Presence.
March 16, 2009 § 11 Comments
Marc Manley wrote an interesting blog post a few weeks back, where he asked the question,
“[N]ow that Islam has arrived on America’s shores, what will its spiritual tradition look like?”
For me, there is a very easy answer: The Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Sufi Association. There is not much more to it. Really, for me its that simple. The reasons why are spelled out plainly on the front page of the main website saying,
“We are followers of the most distinguished Naks-I’bendi Hakkani Tarikat (sufi order), which traces its traditions directly back to the life-style and teachings of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Sufism (‘Tasawwuf’, in Arabic) is one of the Islamic sciences. Under the guidance of a Sheykh of the Tarikat, sufism is the way of purifying oneself from bad manners and characteristics in preparation for passing clean to the afterlife. Sufism is the spirituality in Islam. The chain of transmission (of the teachings) is documented through the 40 GrandSheykhs of the Tarikat back to Abu Bakr Siddik, the first companion to whom the Prophet passed the sufi knowledge of the heart.”
The spiritual tradition of the Osmanli Naks-i’bendi-Hakkani Tarikat is directly connected to the spiritual tradition of the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him), his Companions (may Allah’s Mercy be with them) and those that succeeded them (may Allah keep their Secret).
Therefore, our lifestyle – though living in America – should look like that of our shaykh, who is following his shaykh and so on reaching all the way to the Best of Mankind, the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him). There is not much more to it. It really is that simple. And if you didn’t know, now you do. But a better question is: Now that you know, what are you willing to do about it?
February 23, 2009 § 4 Comments
Selam alaykum. This blog has been around for a good number of years and I’ve received a good deal of comments over the years. Some good and some bad, the bad comments are partly the reason that I developed the comment policy. But over the past few months I have taken some time off of this blog and in that time I have received an unpresidented number of comments. There have been many “selams” and “thank you’s”, there have also been a fair share of “f*&$ you’s” as well 🙂 So I would like to make this post a general response to all of the “selams” and “thank you’s” offering back selams to everyone, even those who aren’t so polite. Thank you for your comments, there are just too many to respond to all of them over the next few days but I will revisit the blog a bit more frequently than the past few months to return comments and perhaps post something you may find interesting, inshaAllah. So lets see how it goes.