1694 TO 1998

THE NAQSHBANDIYYA ORDER IN SA – 1694 TO 1998 The common view is that we have to go back to Shaykh Yusuf of Macassar to trace the beginnings of the Naqshbandi Order in SA. Shaykh Yusuf travelled widely and it was in Yemen in about 1649 that he was initiated into the Naqshbandiyya order by Shaykh Abd al-Bāqīal-Mizjāji al Naqshbandi, who was associated with the Indian Shaykh, Shaykh Tājudīn Zakariyyah. He arrived in Cape Town as a political exile on 2 April 1694 at the age of 68 years. He died in 1699, and thus only stayed here for five years, and it is not sure whether he initiated any slaves into the Naqshbandiyya Order. Although it is unclear whether and to what extent Shaykh Yusuf brought any Naqshbandiyya teachings and practices to the Cape, there is a view that he must have done so, particularly in the light of the fact that he was initiated into the order and adopted a personal preference for the Naqshbandi silent dhikr. Shaykh Yusuf (da Costa) maintains that some Naqshbandiyya teachings and practices must also have come to the…

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1998 TO DATE

THE NAQSHBANDIYYA ORDER IN SA – 1998 TO PRESENT The real growth in the Naqshbandiyya Order has been experienced in the period from 1998 onwards, commencing with the establishment in that year, of the Haqqani Foundation of SA in Cape Town by Shaykh Hishām Kabbani, a Khalifah of Maulāna Shaykh Muhammad Nāzim Al-Haqqani of Cyprus, the head of the worldwide Naqshbandiyya Order. Shaykh Nāzim is considered to be the qutub and mujjaddid, i.e. a reviver of Islam of this age. Through Shaykh Hishām, Shaykh Nāzim appointed Shaykh Yusuf da Costa as his khalīfah in Southern Africa, in 1998. A major impetus was provided by the nationwide visit to SA in 2000 by Shaykh Nāzim, accompanied by Shaykh Hishām and a host of other murids from all over the world. During his stay, Shaykh Nāzim: Lectured in all the main centres in SA; Delivered up to three daily talks at the residence of Shaykh…

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