NAQSHBANDI SUFI ORDER

The Naqshbandiyya Order was established by Shaykh Abū Yaqūb Yūsuf al-Ĥamadāni (d. 1140) in the early twelfth century, and is named after Shaykh Muhammad Bahā’ud-Dīn al Naqshbandi (1318-1389).
Historically speaking, there exists a view that the Naqshbandiyya Order is one of only three orders that trace its origin or silsila to the first of the rightly-guided Caliphs, Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (ra), the other two being the Bistāmiyya and Bektāshiyya orders.

Abū Bakr al-Siddiq (ra) succeeded the Prophet (SAW) in is knowledge and his role in guiding the Muslim community. Of him, the Prophet (SAW) said, “Abū Bakr does not precede you because of much prayer or fasting, but by virtue of secret that took toot in his heart”. The Prophet (SAW) alluded to this secret when, he said “Whatever God poured into my breast, I have poured into the breast of Abū Bakr As-Siddiq”. 

The Naqshbandi Order takes its foundations from the teachings and example of six bright stars in the firmament of the Prophet (SAW). These great figures were: Abū Bakr As-Siddiq, Salman al-Farsi, Jafar-as-Sadiq, Bayazid Tayfur al-Bistami, Abdul Khaliq al-Ghujdawani and Shaykh Muhammad Bahā’ud-Dīn Uwaysi al-Bukhari, known as Shah Naqshbandi from whose name the Order takes its title.

Behind the word “Naqshband” stands two ideas: “naqsh” which means engraving and suggests engraving the name of ALLAH (SWT) in the heart, and “band” which means bond and indicates the link between the individual and his Creator. This means that the Naqshbandi follower have to practice their prayers and obligations according to the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah and to keep the presence and love of ALLAH SWT) alive in their heart through a personal experience of the link and his Lord.

Abū Bakr al-Siddiq (ra) succeeded the Prophet (SAW) in is knowledge and his role in guiding the Muslim community. Of him, the Prophet (SAW) said, “Abū Bakr does not precede you because of much prayer or fasting, but by virtue of secret that took toot in his heart”. The Prophet (SAW) alluded to this secret when, he said “Whatever God poured into my breast, I have poured into the breast of Abū Bakr As-Siddiq”.