Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , We pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly travelling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.
Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani from Cyprus has Passed today away at the age of 92. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May He give him to drink from the Basin of His Prophet (alayhi salat wa salam), that he may never thirst thereafter, and may He enter him into the highest gardens of Paradise! Ameen.
إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون
وفاة العالم الرباني العارف بالله تعالى الشيخ محمد ناظم الحقاني القبرصى
انتقل إلى رحمة الله تعالى وجوار الأنبياء والصديقين والشهداء والصالحين اليوم الأربعاء في قبرص شيخ الطريقة النقشبندية العارف بالله تعالى القطب الشيخ محمد ناظم الحقاني عن اثنين وتسعين سنة (ويقال إن عمره يزيد على المائة).
وهو أحد كبار أولياء هذه الأمة وأعلام المسلمين الذين أحيا الله تعالى بهم الدين في القرن العشرين. نشر الإسلام في بلاد الغرب والشرق وأسلم على يديه الآلاف من الناس، وكان سببا لهداية أعداد لا تحصى من المسلمين.
إنه خطب جلل ومصاب عظيم حل بالأمة في هذا الوقت العصيب الذي تعاني فيه الأمة من التمزق والضعف وموت العلماء وذهاب الصالحين.
نسأل الله تعالى أن يتغمد بالرحمة والرضوان هذا العالم الجليل والإمام الكبير، وأن يجعل في أبنائه وتلاميذه الخير والبركة، وأن يعوض الأمة الإسلامية خيرا. إنه سميع مجيب. ونقدم تعازينا لأخليفة الفقيد وسائر أبنائه وتلاميذه.
وإنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون.
It is a sad day when such a great man of Allah leaves this world. With a lot of grief and sadness we announce the passing away of the great Qutb and Murshid, shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Nazim Al-Haqqani, who passed away today Wednesday and was buried in Cyprus at Asr time.
We offer our condolences to his Khalifa and son, shaykh Mehmet and to his family and students around the world.
It is a big loss to the Muslim Ummah, so we pray that Allah compensate this Ummah.
We request all our brothers and sisters and students to recite Fatiha for his blessed pure soul and do as many khatem of al-Qur’an as possible.
– Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi from Damascus
Many scholars have offered their condolences including:
Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi from Damascus
Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Bin Yahya al-Ninowy from Aleppo
Shaykh Sayyid Afeefuddin al-Gaylani from Baghdad
Shaykh Sayyid Hashimuddin al-Gaylani from Baghdad
Shaykh Muhammad Zahid Sultani from Kashmir
Including many other scholars from Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Makkah, Madinah, Jordan, Lebanon, Dubai, Kuwait, Egypt, Turkey, Abu Dhabi, Palestine, Morocco, Spain, Ghana, Somalia, Iran, Kurdistan and several countries in the East and west such as the UK, USA and so on ..
As well as this many custodians from Maqams of ‘Awliya in India and Pakistan such as Ghamkol Sharif, Golra Sharif, Nerian Sharif, Gulhar Sharif, Balawara Sharif, Mohra Sharif and so on…
Miracles on the Passing of Shaykh Sayyid Nazim al-Haqqani
As the Prophet ﷺ said in an authentic Hadith, “Mention the good tidings of your deceased” so we wanted to share with you all the Karama [e.g. miracles] Mawlana Shaykh Sayyid Nazim al-Haqqani showed us after his passing:
1- In Cyprus the last time it rained in May was 42 years ago and similarly in the Middle East. Yet the day of Mawlana’s passing, there was powerful thunder and flashes of lightning that woke people from their sleep. It rained heavily, non-stop, for two days. The ocean, after 2 or 3 days of big waves, became suddenly calm.
Even in Makkah al-Mukarramah and al-Madīnah al-Munawwarah, Damascus, India and the UK rain was falling at the time that coincided with Mawlana’s soul leaving his body. Later that afternoon, everyone realized that even the sky was weeping for the loss of the world’s great saint. It is a mercy [rahmah] from Allah that these rains were falling to show how much love Allah has for His saint.
2 – Many people witnessed an amazing incident during the burial of Mawlana Shaykh in his Masjid in Lefke. Men had dug a very large grave approximately 4 meters [12 feet] in length. Four people stood in the grave to place Mawlana Shaykh´s holy body inside. As they carried his beloved body down into the grave it was weightless, as if carrying a feather. When they laid his holy body down, miraculously his body had become long enough to fill the grave from one end to the other! His head was touching one end and his feet touching the other, which measured over 4 meters. This was to show all of those present that Mawlana was inheriting from the prophetic tradition of being a stature and size exceeding normal human beings. Never has anyone seen during a burial that a body would stretch so his grave is almost insufficient. Perhaps if we were to expand his grave to 10 meters Mawlana´s body might stretch to fill it. That was a tremendous indication that he truly was the inheritor of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
In Memoriam of Shaykh Sayyid Nazim al-Haqqani RadiAllahu Anhu from Cyprus
In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. Peace and Salutations be upon His Messenger
His full name is Muhammad Nazim ‘Adil ibn al-Sayyid Ahmad ibn Hasan Yashil Bash al-Haqqani al-Qubrusi al-Hanafi, may Allah sanctify his soul and preserve his secret. His kunya is Abu Muhammad – after his oldest son – and he is also the father of Baha’ al-Din, Naziha, and Ruqayya.
He is the Grand Mufti of Turkish Cyprus. He was born in 1341 (1922) in the city of Larnaca, Cyprus (Qubrus) to a family of Arab origin with Tatar roots. His father descended from the Cardinal Saint of Islam, Sultan al Awliya Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani; who declared “My foot is on the necks of all Saints”. His mother descends from Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi.
He grew up in Cyprus, as a top student in all of his classes and he also showed great signs of Wiliyat throughout his youth. As a youth, he was initiated and trained in both the Qadri and Mevlavi Paths. He excelled in both of these to the extent that elders would come to visit him and ask him to make istakharah for them regarding various matters concerning their personal lives.
His Educational Background
After finishing school in Cyprus, young Shaykh Nazim went to university in Istanbul and graduated in Chemical Engineering. While in Istanbul, he also studied Arabic and fiqh under Shaykh Jamal al-Din al-Alsuni (d. 1375/1955) and received ijaza from him. He also took initiation into the Naqshbandi Tariqa from Shaykh Sulayman Arzarumi (d. 1368/1948) who eventually sent him to Syria in search of the renowned Wali of the epoch, Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani, who held the secrets of the Naqshbandiyya.
Shaykh Nazim then left his homeland and headed towards the Middle East, where he sought the company of Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani. He spen five years looking for his Shaykh. During these intense five years, he continued his Shari’a studies in Halab (Aleppo), Hama, and Hims. He studied at the shrine and madrassah of Khalid ibn al-Walid (radi allahu anhu) in Hims under its great Ulema and obtained ijaza in Hanafi fiqh from Shaykh Muhammad ‘Ali ‘Uyun al-Sud and Shaykh ‘Abd al-Jalil Murad, and ijaza in hadith from the Muhaddith Shaykh ‘Abd al-’Aziz ibn Muhammad ‘Ali ‘Uyun al-Sud al-Hanafi.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-’Aziz ibn Muhammad ‘Ali ‘Uyun al-Sud al-Hanafi is one of the ten great hadith teachers of the late Rifa’i Hafiz of Aleppo, Shaykh al-Islam ‘Abd Allah Siraj al-Din (1924- 2002 CE) who met Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani in 1959 and gave bay’a to Mawlana Shaykh Nazim during the latter’s last visit to him in Aleppo in 2001.
Shaykh Nazim also studied under Shaykh Sa’id al-Siba’i who sent him to Damascus after receiving a sign related to the coming of Mawlana Shaykh ‘Abd Allah al-Daghistani to Syria. After his initial arrival in Syria from Daghistan in the late thirties, Mawlana Shaykh ‘Abd Allah lived mostly in Damascus but often visited Aleppo and Hims. In the latter city he got to know Shaykh Sa’id al-Siba’i who was director of the Khalid ibn Walid madrassah. Shaykh Sa’id wrote to him, “We have a remarkable student from Turkey studying with us.” Mawlana Shaykh ‘Abd Allah replied to him, “That student belongs to us; send him over!” That student was Mawlana Shaykh Nazim who came to Damascus and gave his bay’a to Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani between 1941 and 1943.
According to the Scholars
The director of Dar al-Ifta’ in Beirut, Lebanon, Shaykh Salah al-Din Fakhri wrote by hand: “On the morning of al-Ahad 20 Rabi’ al-Akhir 1386 corresponding to Sunday 7 August, 1966, we were granted the privilege of visiting Shaykh ‘Abd Allah al-Daghistani – Allah have mercy on him – in Mount Qasyun in Damascus on the initiative and in the company of Mawlana al-Shaykh Mukhtar al-’Alayli – Allah have mercy on him – the Mufti of the Republic of Lebanon at the time; Shaykh Husayn Khalid the imam of Nawqara Mosque; Hajj Khalid Bashir – may Allah have mercy on both of them; Shaykh Husayn Sa’biyya [the present director of Dar al-Hadith al-Ashrafiyya in Damascus]; Shaykh Mahmud Sa’d; Shaykh Zakariyya Sha’r; and Hajj Mahmud Sha’r. The Shaykh received us most kindly, with a warm welcome full of happiness and mirth. This was in the presence of Shaykh Nazim al-Qubrusi – Allah save and keep him! We sat from nine o’clock in the morning until the zuhr call to prayer while the Shaykh – Allah have mercy on him – explained and spoke about Sham, its excellence, its extraordinary merits, and the fact that it is the site of the Resurrection and that Allah will gather all human beings in it for the final Reckoning. He mentioned things that moved our hearts and minds, imbued with the glorious spirit of the Salihiyya district, and he spoke about the indissoluble link – in practice as well as discourse – between tasawwuf and the Shari’a….”
Reverence From the Pious Saints
There are many more prestigious names of the Ulema and Awliya’ of Syria who loved and associated with both Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani and Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani during the golden thirty-year period of their association such as Shaykh Muhammad Bahjat al-Baytar (1311-1396), Shaykh Sulayman Ghawji al-Albani (d. 1378) the father of Shaykh Wahbi, Shaykh Tawfiq al-Hibri, Shaykh Muhammad al-’Arabi al-’Azzuzi (1308-1382) the Mufti of Lebanon and principal Shaykh of Shaykh Husayn ‘Usayran, al-’Arif Shaykh Shahid al-Halabi, al-’Arif Shaykh Rajab al-Ta’i, Shaykh al-Qurra’ Shaykh Najib Khayyata al-Farazi al-Halabi, al-’Arif Shaykh Muhammad al-Nabhan, Shaykh Ahmad ‘Izz al-Din al-Bayanuni, al-’Arif Shaykh Ahmad al-Harun (1315-1382), Shaykh Muhammad Zayn al-’Abidin al-Jadhba, and others – Allah have mercy on all of them!
Thus has it been noted that in every encounter with the Saints and righteous Scholars of this Ummah, they invariably show the highest respect and most fearsome humbleness to Mawlana and his Tariqa even when they are ostensibly on a different path such as Sayyid Muhammad Bin Alawi al-Maliki in Jeddah, Shaykh Ali Jumah in Egypt, Shaykh al-Habib ‘Ali al-’Aydarus in Malaysia; Sayyid Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki in Makka; al-Habib ‘Umar ibn Hafiz of Tarim; Sayyid Yusuf al-Rifa’i of Kuwait; Shaykh ‘Isa al-Himyari in Dubai; Sayyid ‘Afif al-Din al-Jilani and Shaykh Bakr al- Samarra’i of Baghdad; al-Sharif Mustafa ibn al-Sayyid Ibrahim al-Basir in central Morocco; the Grand Mufti of Syria Shaykh Ahmad Kuftaro ibn Mawlana al-Shaykh Amin and his friends Shaykh Bashir al-Bani, Shaykh Rajab Dib, and Shaykh Ramazan Dib; the Kattani Shuyukh of Damascus namely Shaykh Fatih & Dr. Abd Allah al-Kittani; the late Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Siraj al-Din of Aleppo and his nephew Dr. Nur al-Din ‘Itr; Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri; Dr. Samir al- Nass; Shaykh Uthman Siraj al-Din of Kurdistan, Shaykh Abd al-Karim Mudarris al-Sharazuri of Baghdad, Shaykh Mahmud Efendi of Istanbul, Shaykh Abdul Baki of Turkey, Shaykh Ahmad Habbal of Damascus, Shaykh Nuh Keller of Jordan, Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi of Syria, Shaykh Rehmat Karim of Pakistan, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf of the United States of America, Shaykh Abd al-Hakim Murad of Great Britain, Shaykh Abd al-Aziz Suraqah of Canada, Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya al-Bukhari of Madina, Shaykh Muhammad Iqbal al-Abbasi of Madinah, Shaykh Abdul Qadir as-Saqqaf of Jeddah, Shaykh Sufi Muhammad Aslam of Pakistan, Shaykh Muhammad Tahir al-Qadiri of Pakistan, Shaykh Shukri al-Luhafi of Damascus, al-Qadi Shaykh Muhammad Sadiq of Azad Kashmir, Shaykh Hazim Abu Ghazala of Jordan, Shaykh Muhammad Ahmad al-Mahi of Madinah, Shaykh Mukhtar Alayli of Lebanon and more- may Allah have mercy on them! Each of the above-named Scholars all invoke Tarazzi on Shaykh Nazim, expressing belief in the loftiness of his Sainthood and asking for his Prayer. “And Allah suffices as Witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah” (48:28-29).
During his thirty years of intense training under Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani, Shaykh Nazim was placed in numerous seclusions. When he was only 33 years old, he was ordered into seclusion by Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani who told him, “I have received an order from the Prophet for you to make seclusion in the mosque of Shaykh ‘Abd al Qadir Jilani in Baghdad. You go there and make seclusion for six months.”
About this same seclusion Shaykh Nazim himself states, “I only emerged from my room for the five prayers. Other than that I spent my whole time in that room. I was able to reach such a state that I was reciting the whole Qur’an in nine hours. In addition to that I was reciting 124,000 times the Dhikr ‘Laa ilaha ill-Allah’ and 124,000 prayers on the Prophet (salawat) and I was reading the entire Dalail al-Khayrat [book of devotions]. Added to that I was regularly reciting 313,000 ‘Allah Allah’ every day, in addition to all the prayers that were assigned to me. Vision after vision was appearing to me every day. They used to take me from one state to another and give me a state of complete Annihilation in the Divine Presence.”
His Students & his representatives :
Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, Hafidahullah
Shaykh Muhammad Adnan Kabbani, Hafidahullah
Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad, Hafidahullah
Shaykh Abdul Kerim Efendi al-Kibrisi, Rahimahullah
Shaykh Muhammad Mehmet Adil, Hafidahullah
Shaykh Bahauddin Adil, Hafidahullah
Shaykh Naimatullah, Hafidahullah
Shaykh Shamsi, Hafidahullah
Inheritor of the Masters
Before his passing from this temporary abode, Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani made a will and appointed Shaykh Nazim Adil Al Haqqani as his Caliph and Sucessor. He granted to him his office and the secrets of the Naqshbandi Tariqa. He ordered that Shaykh Nazim’s name be included in the Silsila of the Naqshbandi Tariqat and that people take Shaykh Nazim as their Murshid in his place, who would now connect them to the Naqshbandi Masters. Since then, Mawlana Shaykh Nazim in addition to his travels towards the East, he began frequenting the West regularly, conveying to Europeans and Americans the spiritual and peaceful message of Islam and its mystical teaching as taught by the Naqshbandi Masters.
Mashallah, Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani dedicated his entire life to Defending Truth and constant ascetic worship of his Lord. His spirituality has attracted hundreds of thousands of Seekers to the Path from all walks of life and from all over the world, including internationally acclaimed musicians, artists, businessmen and even Monarchs and Heads of States such as the Sultans of Malaysia and the Sultans of the UAE. His miracles (Karamah) are countless, from literally disappearing into thin air and later reappearing while in presence of numerous witnesses to appearing countless times in dreams and visions with the Messenger of Allah, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) to guide his Murids to their heavenly destinations. Mawlana’s efforts to spread Islam in the West have resulted in more than 100,000 persons having taken the Naqshbandi Order through him both directly and indirectly and more than 10,000 people having embraced Islam through him.
Grand Mufti of Syria the late Shaykh Yaseen Ahmed Kuftaro calls Mawlana al-Shaykh Nazim “Our greatest Shaykh”
Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad al-Yaqoubi from Damascus never mentions Shaykh Nazim except with awe and respect.
Shaykh Abd al-Qadir al-Jili of Madina the son of Sidi Muhammad Mahi al-Bukhari when he visited the shiekhs house in Damascus shook from head to toe and was saying Allah, Allah the whole visit.
The Grand Shaykh of the Shadhili Tariqa, Shaykh Sayyid Abdul Rahman Shaghouri Rahimahullah, Shaykh Nuh Keller’s Shaykh, when he sees a Murid of Sheikh Nazim always says to them: “Remember us in your Du`a.”
Sheikh Sayyid Alawi al Malaiki who is considered by millions to be one of the main supreme knowledgeable ulema of this century took bayat with the sheikh Nazim al Haqqani and said; “If you follow Shaykh Nazim then you must be Haqqani.” he also added Sheikh Nazim Is the ‘sheikh of sheikhs’ perhaps some of you don’t know Syedina Nazim al Haqqani holds many of the most fascinating hadith sharif’s along with there entire chains which have been narrated over period of time, which ulema such as Sheikh Syed Alawi al Malaiki have been presented with, which many sub continental ulema continue to translate even today.
Tribute to the Life & Legacy of Mawlana Sayyid Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani Rahimahullah
Habib Ali al-Jifri visits Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani:
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Speaks About Visiting the Maqam of Imam Ali Hajveri Rahimahullah in Lahore:
Shaykh Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf And Habib Ja’far Visit Mawlana Shaykh Nazim:
Conversation between Grand Shaykh Abdullah Faiz Daghestani And Shaykh Nazim:
The Janaza of Shaykh Sayyid Nazim al-Haqqani Rahimahullah