Posted by: Faqir | June 30, 2012

Shaykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Passes away

Bismillah  …..

Shaykh Abdul Kerim Effendi al-kibrisi al-Naqshbandi  ( One of the representatives of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani) has passed away today between  Zuhur and Asr time in Cyprus. inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. Our condolences to his family. This is truly a great loss indeed!

إنّا للهِ و إنّا إليه راجعون

Şeyh Abdul Kerim Efendi’nin vefatında ailesi ve müridlerine en derin üzüntü ve taziyelerimiz ile katılıyoruz. Allah kendisine Rahmet eylesin, makamını yüceltsin, cennet ve yakiniyet nasib etsin.

نحن ننضم إلى عائلة وأتباع الشيخ عبد الكريم أفندي في التعبير عن
حزننا العميق على وفاته. رحمه الله ورفع مقامه ورزقه القرب والجنة .


Mawlana Shaykh Nazim said yesterday morning that Shaykh AbdulKarim (Allah yarhumhu) came to him during the night saying that he had been told that his Shaykh had not cried for him. So Mawlana cried for him. When asked if this incident should be broadcast to the people, Mawalana said, “Yes, they should know that there is definitely life after death.”

Mawlana today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Shaykh AbdulKarim and sends condolences to his family and those who loved him. May Paradise be his abode.

A Photo from the Janaza of Shaykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Alayhi Rahma which was held earlier on today.

By Faqir Alamm

About Shaykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Alayhi Rahma:

Shaykh Abdul Kerim Effendi  is Maulana Shaykh Nazim’s worldwide representative (khalifah). He is blessed not only with sacred lineage, being a descendant of the Holy Prophet’s family, but he is also blessed with royal lineage of the Ottoman Sultans. He was also born in Cyprus and personally raised and trained by Sultanul Awliya Maulana Shaykh Nazim.

His real name is Aydogan Fuat, he was born in the city of Polibak. Ever since the day he was born, he is in a Tasawwuf lifestyle. Since his childhood, he grew up near Sheykh Nazim Kibrisi Hazretleri and attended almost all of  Shaykh Nazim’s sohbets made in the Lala Pasha Jami at Magosa.

In November 1973, he enrolled voluntarily in the military. He happened to be in the the commando brigade that took over Marash in 1974. And he showed great heroism there. He was awarded the Gazi (Veteran) medal for heroism by showing his love to his country and people. After the war, he was sent by Shaykh Nazim Hazretleri to America with a mission to instill love of Islam and explain the beauty of Islam to the people of America.

Here, he worked for four years in the United Nations mission from Cyprus. For more than thirty years, he has devoted himself to help people of all walks of life to better understand Islam. This is accomplished by his endearing effort in establishing sohbet and zikir gatherings in the capital, Washington, D.C. He called people to Islam by founding Dergahs in countries such as Germany, China, and India. He is currently working on continuing these activities in South America. Through the Dergahs that he established, he has played a pivotal role in injecting Allah’s love in people who are in depression and drug addiction in a continent like America. Many people who have fallen into substance addiction in the Harlem slums have been saved by his tireless efforts.

Shaykh Abdul Kerim’s lineage traces back to the family of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and the Ottoman Sultan. From his father’s side, one branch reaches to Fatih Sultan Mehmet Alayhi Rahma. From his father’s mother’s side, he reaches to Hazreti Husein and Ibn Abbas. His maternal grandfather is from the Awliya Allah, Salih Emir Ali Alayhi Rahma. He is from the lineage of Hazrat Hasan and Ghaus E Azam Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani Alayhi Rahma. His maternal grandmother’s side leads back to Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi Alayhi Rahma.

Shaykh Abdul Kerim has been working to make people love Allah in this New World for years. By purchasing some land in the little village of Sidney Center, he is establishing the Osmanli Dergahi that he was dreaming of with his intrigue of the Ottomans, the law and justice of the Ottomans. He always took the accomplishments of the Ottomans in knowledge and culture and human social relations as an example for himself. As a grandson of the Ottomans, Shaykh  Effendi is active in making people assimilate the culture that is present in his genes by living in these lands.

Photos of  Shaykh Abdul Kerim Effendi  Alayhi Rahma:

Videos of  Shaykh Abdul Kerim Effendi  Alayhi Rahma:

Shaykh Abdul Kerim Effendi visits the Darbar of Hazrat Nizamuddin Awliya Alayhi Rahma:

Shaykh Abdul Kerim Effendi In India:

Embracing Islam With Shaykh Abdul Kerim Effendi:


  1. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un. Such a loss for all of us.

  2. Allah’s Mercy be upon you Shaykh Abdul Kerim!

  3. Inna lillahi wainna ilaihi rajioon, may Allah accept Shaykh Abdul Kareem R.A. among his chosen ones ameen!

  4. Inna Lillahi Wainna Ilahi Rajioon

    • Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un. it is a great loss for the Ummah!

    • inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon… Surely a great loss the Ummah..!! May Allah Almighty accept there work in this world and grant them the highest status in Jannat Ameen.!!

  5. Allah – beginning with the name of – the Most Gracious Merciful, the Most Merciful.

    Sallallahu alan-Nabiyyil Sallallahu alaihi wasallam Salatan- wasalamanalaika Ya Rasoolallah.

    Assalaamualycum Wa Rehamtullahe Wa Barkathu.

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un.
    A great loss for Ummah-tul-Muslamim. Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala Grant Shaykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Alayhi Rahma very high mukhamm in Jannat-ul-Feerdos.Ameen suma Ameen

  6. ya sheik you are the owner of the sword. You may have died physically, but spiritually you are alive

  7. inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rojiuun…

  8. inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon
    How did he pass? What was the cause of death?

    • Sidi Nahraf , I believe that the Shaykh Alayhi Rahma passed away by natural causes

      • The last time I saw him, about a year ago, he was quite healthy. In my friend’s recent pictures of him he looks healthy and well. Was this expected? I don’t understand…

  9. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un.

  10. you know i want to meet him i am in a great shock today i wanted to have bait
    i dont have words to express my grief

  11. Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim, Wa sall Allahu ta ‘alaa alaa Sayyidina wa Mawlaana Muhammadin wa ‘Alaa Aalihi wa Sahbihi wa sallim.

    I had the good fortune of meeting Sheikh Abdul Karim Kubrisi Rahmatullahi ‘alaihi in 1995 in New York and sat for Dhikr Halqah with him and Sheikh HIsham Habbani. They followed us up to the Qadiri Gilani Khanqah in Holy Islamberg New York at the behest of our Sheikh Hazrat-Gi, Sayyid Mubarik ‘Ali Shah Gilani which is about 25 minutes south of the Dergah in Sidney.

    What struck me about Sheikh Abdul Kerim Rahmatullahi ‘alaihi was his unassuming and unpretentious demeanor. Sheikh Abdul Karim was not one to seek power or position and because of this Allahu ta ‘ala allowed him to be of benefitto thousands of Muslims, revert as well as those born into Muslim families. We weep and cry in our heart of hearts when we hear about the passing away of the awliya. We don’t cry out of grief but out of a sense of loss that they will not be physically near us to guide us though guide they do even when not physically near.

    We pray that the Murids of Sheikh Abdul Karim Effendi honor his memory by pledging to continue the work started by our dear Sheikh, Ameen.

    Alhamdulillah, Allahu ta ‘ala Ala allowed him to return home while in the close proximity of Hazrat Mawlana Sheikh Nazim hafidhahullah, If not for the faithful servants [Jannah], than for whom? Al Fatihah.

    Muhammad Sa’id Hunafa Qadiri-JIlani

    • MashahAllah Sayyidi , Thank you for an in-depth account from your meeting with Shaykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Alayhi Rahma and Shaykh Hisham Kabbani Haifzullah Ta’ala

  12. As salamu Aleikum,……what a great lost for the ummah ….Allah knows best…
    Inna Lillah wa-ina ielayhie ragie-uun
    May Allah ta Allah put contentment in the hearts of his loved ones and to that of the ummah….ameen….Ya Rabb…..

  13. Busmillahi arahmani rahim

    May Allah give Sh. Efendi a high kevel in Jannah.Ameen. I thank Allah that the Sheikh allowed the brothers to record his sobets (talks). We came still learn and get inspi
    ration ftom our beloved Sheikh.
    Al Fatiha….

    Wa salam

    Abd. Samad

  14. Salaam,

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. Their passing is Surely a great loss the Ummah..!! May Allah Almighty accept there work in this world and grant them the highest status in Jannat Ameen.!!

  15. Inna lillahi wa inna elayhi raji’un. May Allah Bless his journey back to HIM and make his grave spacious and fragrant for him. Ameen. His strength and manhood will be greatly missed. May Allah continue to strengthen his community and keep them safe. Ameen.

  16. He was a Lion. Sahibul Saif. A Strong Man of Allah swt. who love Prophet Muhammad (sas) dearly with every cell of his body. He lived the Sunnah of the Prophet and Sahabas. He is a great Teacher like none I have experienced in my lifetime. He led by example and he stated things as they were without sugar coating. A real gem that is worthy to be a neighbor of the Holy Prophet in Jannah Insha Allah Rahman. Ameen!

  17. Assalamu alaikum:

    I am very saddened at the loss of Shaykh Abdul Kerim Effendi. May Allah taala grant him a high maqam in Jannah al-Firdaws and grant his family sabr.

    Amin. Ini lililahi wa ini ilayhi rajioon

  18. Yaa Rabbil Arbaab, Innaa Lak Wainna Ilaik Raajiuun. Allahuma Irhamhu Wa Adkhil Shaykhana A’laa Faraadis Al Jinaan I’ndak, Ma’aSsiddiqeen Walshuhadaa Wassaaliheen. Bihurmatil Faatiha.


    Innaa Lak Wainna Ilaik Raajiuun. Allahuma Irhamhu Wa Adkhil Shaykhana A’laa Faraadis Al Jinaan I’ndak
    who ever has recorded the sohbet I am personally very thankful to him – May Allah reward the person ameen –

    I also have a question as i cant speak or understand turkish is there a way the last sohbet of sheikh which he delivered, is available on youtube but the only problem with it is that it is not available with english sub titles – if possible if anyone can translate that It would a great favour-

    Jazak Allah –

    May Allah guide all of us and keep us on a straight path ameen-

  20. Inna lillahi wa Inna ilayhi rajioon so just now I was watching Ally Sheikh Nizam ul Alia videos and Syed Abdul Karim Ke I love all Naqshbandi Sufi only unless I’m a big follower of nakshabandi shakes

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