Welcoming Şeyh Abdul-Kerim’s Return To New York Dergâh

September 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Şeyh Nazım Osmanlı Dergahı

June 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Shaykh Abdul Kerim Leads Prayer At Washington Monument

March 28, 2009 § 2 Comments

View more scenes from this momentous occasion at yursil.com

Shaykh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi Sohbet – Mawlid 2009

March 24, 2009 § 3 Comments

Shaykh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi Sohbet – March 2009

March 15, 2009 § 4 Comments

Shaykh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi Sohbet gives sohbet at the Osmanli Naksi-i’bendi Dergah for General Zikr on the Holy Month of Rabi’Awwal 1430 (March 2009). (Sydney Center , NY)

“Shaykh Effendi is saying people are learning about Islam through the internet in Firawnic rooms. They discuss fatwas but they don’t know the basics of the religion. Muslims have left the way of the Prophets. Those that say that Allah is enough for them or the Quran is enough for them have cut the Shahadat. The nightmare of Shaitan is to see a man with a turban and beard, with Prophet’s (صلي الله عليه و سلم) sunnat. This nightmare is the same of most of todays Islamic leaders. We must follow those who are following the Prophet’s (صلي الله عليه و سلم) lifestyle.” -Yursil

Our Grand Shaykh, Maulana Nazim al-Haqqani

February 28, 2008 § 4 Comments

Our Grand Shaykh, Sultan Awliya Shaykh Mehmet Nazim al-Hakkani is the Grand Shaykh of the Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Sufi Association. And it is difficult to put his life into words. The impact that his sohbet (association) and instruction has had on people across the world has served to renew the faith of so many Muslims as well as carefully leading an unthinkable number to witness that ‘there is only One God and that Muhammad is the Last in a successive line of Holy Messengers bringing the Divine Message’.

Just as Maulana Shaykh Nazim’s life is difficult to put into words it is likewise difficult to describe the effect that the authenticity and integrity of his unbroken spiritual tradition, coming directly from the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him), has had on us here in America and even less-likely places around the world. By sitting in association with Shaykh Abdul Kerim Efendi, deputy to Grand Shaykh Nazim Efendi, I have witnessed something remarkable and it has enriched my spiritual life to something that I can actually differentiate from the mundane.

Recently, Shaykh Abdul Kerim and a group of murids traveled to Cyprus to visit the Grand Shaykh. Yursil will be posting videos, pictures and describing the time spent in the presence of Grand Shaykh Nazim Efendi at his dergah in Cyprus. Below you will find an excerpt from an interview with Shaykh Nazim published by the Turkish-Cypriot magazine, Denge, in September 2007.

clipped from www.nakshibendi.com
The incarceration of Sheikh Nazim for making the call to prayer in the original Arabic�
Around the end of World War II many restrictions were brought to the religion of Islam and prayers had to be performed in Turkish. After a difficult day journey by boat, Sheikh Nazim reached Cyprus from Damascus. The first thing he did was go to a mosque and make the call for prayer (adhan) in Arabic. He was immediately arrested for this and jailed for one week. After his release, he went to Selimiye Mosque in Nicosia and made the call to prayer in Arabic again. Sheikh Nazim went all over Cyprus to different mosques and continued to make the call in Arabic. As a result Sheikh Nazim attracted much attention from the government and was charged with 114 cases.
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Proper Greetings in Islam

September 25, 2007 § 47 Comments

I have on occasion come across Muslims who are sincere but ignorant of some of the finer points of Islamic lifestyle according to the traditions of the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him). This however, is easy to do in this day and age where there are so many forgotten traditions of the Holy Prophet which if we saw today we may think they are some strange bidat! One of these forgotten traditions is one of the most basic and fundamental elements of our dear religion, the Islamic greeting. The Islamic greeting, as-salaamu ‘alaikum; God’s Peace be upon you, is an element of good Islamic manners. In the proper conduct of greetings one may find keys to good social behavior and the proprieties of friendship and exchanges in Islamic framings. God says in the Qur’an (BismillaharRahmanirRahim),

“When you are greeted with a greeting, greet with better than it or return it. Allah takes count of all things”. (004:086)

So clearly it is preferred to return a greeting by adding to it. But there have been so many times where I have greeted a Muslim and received no greeting at all! And perhaps times where a Muslim has greeted me and received only an equal greeting in return, or worse. These days we greet people we know, and only people we know. When we receive a greeting from someone we don’t know we are silent looking oddly as if someone has violated an unwritten code of ethics. But this unwritten code of ethics is un-Islamic by nature and egoistic at best.

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