Category: Practice

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi Order (7)

7) The attention (Nigah Dasht) Nigah means “view”, “attention”. This principle is the invitation to be vigilant and to observe one’s heart and safeguard it from being occupied by harmful thoughts. It means being...

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi Order (6)

6) The Return (Baz Gasht) ‘Return’ means ‘the return to Allah”,”to recognize the divine uniqueness”. The ego continually seeks satisfaction in doing; it must always have new ideas, new programs, the next step to...

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi Order (5)

5) The essential remembrance ( “Yad kard“) The meaning of Yad is dhikr, remembrance. Kard  is the essence of dhikr. It means focusing on the divine presence. It’s not you doing the act of remembering,...

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi Order (4)

4) The loneliness in the crowd (Khalwat dar Anjuman) Khalwat means ‘retreat’. Tradition says that perfection is not to show miraculous powers but it is to sit in the midst of others, sell and...

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi Order (3)

 3) The inner journey (Safar dar watan) It means “to travel towards your homeland”. In Persian and Arabic Safar means “journey”. In the tradition we call everyone sàfari, “travelers”, as the common destination of...

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi Order (2)

2) Observe your own step (Nazar bar qadam) It means keeping the eyes lowered while walking, be careful with every step that you do. It also means to be present and to recognize when...

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The 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi order (1)

Among the eleven principles that guide the Naqshbandi dervish toward his spiritual realization, eight were coined by Khwaja ‘Abdul Khaliq al-Gujdawani (d. 1220). The last three principles were added by the great master Shah...

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30. YA LATIF

Al-Latif The Subtle One Exalted and Glorious No vision can grasp Him, but He grasps all vision.  He is Al-Latif, the Most Subtle and Courteous, Well-Acquainted with all things. (6:103) Certainly, my Lord is...

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When you chain

When you chain the external senses, your internal senses will be free to reach the Heavenly Realm. This will bring you to the second category: the internal seclusion. Abdul Khaliq  al-Ghujdawani Abdul Khaliq  al-Ghujdawani...

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11. YA KHALIQ

Al-Khaliq The Creator Exalted and Glorious Such is Allah, your Lord! There is no god but He, the Creator of all things.  (6:102) Say: “Allah is the Creator of all things.”  (13:16) And remember...