School of Sufi Teaching

Realizations on the Path

The investigations of those who travel the Sufis path are practical and personal, not theoretical, and the resulting realizations are difficult to convey in words. First steps Among students’ first realizations is the awareness of a transcendental dimension. Glimpsing aspects…

Remembrance of God (Dhikr)

Sufi masters stress dhikr (remembrance of God), for it grounds the belief, knowledge, and faith of the seeker by focusing his or her attention on God. One of the fundamental commands of God is to do dhikr as often as…

Spiritual Affinity (Nisbat)

The word nisbat in Arabic means an affinity or connection between two people. In Sufi terminology, it is the affinity that develops between God and human beings. The essence of Sufism is that a person should develop some quality or…

Spiritual Transmission (Tawajjuh)

Many scholars consider the angel Gabriel’s (AS) three embraces during the first revelation to the Prophet (SAW) a form of transmission. Origin We can conclude that the knowledge that Gabriel (AS) brought from God began with transmission. The Prophet (SAW)…

Meditation (Muraqabah)

Experience over the centuries has shown that Sufi Meditation (muraqabah) leads to all stages of perfection. For this reason, although shaykhs of our order also perform dhikr (recitations evoking remembrance of God), durud (supplications for blessings upon the Prophet SAW),…

Subtle Centres of Consiousness (Lata’if)

It is generally thought that the human body contains only one subtle center of consciousness: the mind or brain. But the elder Sufis, through their spiritual experiences, discovered additional centers of perception or inner senses which they referred to as…

Introduction To The Practices

The goal of Sufism is the development of certain noble qualities such as the purification of the self, purification of the heart, moral etiquette, the state of doing what is beautiful (ihsan), nearness to God, gnosis (ma’rifat), annihilation (fana) and…