The School of Sufi Teaching offers free instruction in the teachings of five main Sufi Orders – the Naqshbandi, Mujaddidi, Chishti, Qadiri and Shadhili – with special emphasis on the Mujaddidi. The School was founded by Shaykh Hazrat Azad Rasool (ra) under the name of Institute of Search for Truth in 1975 with the consent of his own Shaykh, Maulvi Muhammad Sa’id Khan (ra). After 55 years of tireless work towards the goal of spreading the teachings of the Institute across the world,
Shaykh Hazrat Azad Rasool (ra) passed away on the 7th of November, 2006. The Institute, now under the name of the School of Sufi Teaching, has branches across the world with students in many countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Tunisia, the U.K., and the U.S.A.
Hazrat’s work continues uninterrupted, as is the tradition in Sufi orders. Shaykh Hamid Hasan, Hazrat’s son and deputy (khalifa), now leads the Institute of Search for Truth and the School of Sufi Teaching, providing initiation and guidance to people on the path of Sufism.
The School’s primary aim is to teach the practices of the order in such a way that all genuine seekers can have access to the immense benefits and blessings of the Sufi path. The School asks that students make a sincere and regular effort to adopt the practices of meditation and recitation through which the self is developed and purified. Through a gradual and sustained program of meditation and recitation, the student becomes more refined and begins to understand their relationship to the world and to their creator in new ways.
These practices are all in accordance to the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS). They have been carefully refined and updated by successive Sufi shaykhs so as to remain relevant and effective in contemporary societies. However, in our order it is not necessary to become a Muslim to access the teachings. Some of these teachings were historically considered esoteric, but a unique feature of the School is its goal of teaching them openly and bringing them from the East to the West at an opportune moment in history.