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 Islamic Sufi Orders on the World Wide Web

Here is a selection of some Islamic Sufi turuq on the World Wide Web. Tasawwuf (Sufism) is the Islamic science of "Ikhlas," or sincerity. Sufis emphasize personal spiritual experience while still holding strongly to the Shari`ah.

Below, you can find web pages to the following Sufi tariqas, along with some short descriptions of their history and the activities they are involved in today.
 
 

Check out their web pages for more detailed information!




The Ba'Alawi tariqa

The silsila (spiritual lineage) of the Ba'Alawi tariqa comes through southern Arabia and the tribe of Bani `Alawi. This branch of the Ba'Alawi tariqa is centered in South Africa, based at the al-Zawiya masjid in Cape Town, and is under the guidance of Shaykhs Seraj and Ahmad Hendricks. On this page, you can find various writings about the Ba'Alawi tariqa, including some of its history, as well as excellent articles on tasawwuf and Islam. Their web page is at

http://home.pix.za/mf/mfj1/




The Ba'Alawi tariqa (Attasia tariqa)
 

(More information forthcoming, insha-Allah.)  Their web page is at

http://web.archive.org/web/20050112084501/http://attasia.org/
(The web site has disappeared, so this is an archive of it.)




The Chishti tariqa

The Chishti tariqa is one of the major turuq in Pakistan and India.  This branch of the Chishti tariqa is under the guidance of Shaykh Hakim Abu Abdullah Moinuddin Chishti.  As well as information about the practices of the Chishti tariqa, their web site also promises information on traditional healing from a Sufi viewpoint.  Their web page is at

http://web.archive.org/web/19981202235358/www.chishti.com/corder/index.htm
(The web site has disappeared, so this is an archive of it.)




The Chishti tariqa (The Sufi Study Circle of the University of Toronto)

The Chishti tariqa takes its name from Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, who lived in the 12th Century CE.  The Sufi Study Circle of the University of Toronto is a study group on Tasawwuf, which is affiliated with the Chishti tariqa, under the direction of Shaykh Syed Mumtaz Ali.  Their web page has some helpful articles, and it can be found at:

http://www.campuslife.utoronto.ca/groups/sufi/




The Chishti-Habibi tariqa

This is a branch of the Chishti tariqa which is based in South Africa, and was established there last century by Hazrat Shah Goolam Mahomed Soofie Siddiqui Chishti Nizami Habibi.  They have provided a lot of useful information about Islam and Sufism.  Their web pages are at

http;//www.soofie.org.za




The Chishti-Qadiri tariqa

(More information forthcoming, insha-Allah.)  Their web page is at

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/5352/




The Jerrahi tariqa

The Halveti-Jerrahi tariqa is based in Turkey, but also has branches in North America and Europe.  The tariqa takes its name from Nuruddin al-Jerrahi, who lived in Turkey in the 18th Century CE.  One of the influential Sufi shaykhs of this century is Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak, who left this life for the next in 1988 CE.  A number of books of Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak have been translated into English, and can be found in bookstores, including one of my favorite books, Love is the Wine, a collection of his talks in the USA (published by Threshold Books, see below under "Mevlevi tariqa").  The present Shaykh of the tariqa is Shaykh al-Iqtida Efendi. Their web pages are at:

http://www.jerrahi.org  (Jerrah Halveti tariqa web page)

http://www.ashkijerrahi.com/ (Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order)

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/4044/ (Jerrahi Italia, In English and Italian)

http://www.cco.caltech.edu/~kzehra/joa/who.html (Jerrahi Order of America)




The Mevlevi tariqa (Threshold Society web page)
 

The Mevlevi Sufi tariqa is the Sufi order that was founded by Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi. These are the famous "whirling dervishes" of Turkey. Here you can read some of the writings of Shaykh Kabir Helminski, the authorized representative in the US of this tariqa, and some excellent translations of Jalaluddin Rumi. It is also the site of Threshold Publications, who publish a number of English translations of works by Great Sufis of the past and today. Their web page is at:

http://www.sufism.org




The Naqshbandi tariqa

This is the branch of the Naqshbandi tariqa which is led by Shaykh Mahmud Es'ad Cosan, who is based in Istanbul. Shaykh Es'ad Cosan is also an Islamic scholar, being a former Professor of Religion at the University of Ankara in Turkey. The Naqshbandis teach people to be in the world on the outside, while being with Allah on the inside, which has led many Naqshbandi Sufis to play very important historical roles in many different societies. This tariqa is very active in Turkey, though they also have branches in Europe, Australia, and North America.  It has sometimes been compared to the Muslim Brotherhood with a greater spiritual emphasis. Their web pages are at:

http://www.kotku.org.au (English and Turkish)

http://www.haqq.com.au/~salam/cosan/ (English)

http://aitco.com/kotku/index.html (English)

http://aitco.com/islam/index.html (Turkish)

http://www.kotku.com (Turkish)

http://www.aitco.com/~sonuyari/ (Turkish, US Mirror Page)

http://www.isnet.com.tr/sonmesaj/ (Turkish, Site in Turkey)




The Naqshbandi-Haqqani tariqa (Haqqani home page)

The Naqshbandi Sufi tariqa is the branch of the Sufis named after Shaykh Bahauddin Naqshband. On these web pages, you can read many of the writings of Shaykh Nazim al-Qubrusi (who based in Turkish Cyprus), the head of the Haqqani branch of the Naqshbandi Sufis, and of his representative in the US, Shaykh Hisham al-Kabbani. Their web sites are:

http://naqshbandi.net (Links to all their web sites)

http://naqshbandi.net/haqqani/ (in English and many other languages)

http://www.naqshbandi.org (English)

http://sunnah.org (English)




The Naqshbandi tariqa (Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education)

This is an organization dedicated to the study of the Naqshbandi tariqa, which is advised by Shaykh Mohammed Masum Naqshbandi.  (I have been advised that this is not a Naqshbandi tariqa itself.)  The Foundation is active in many different educational and assistance activities.  Some of the helpful activities they do are organizing conferences (including the International Milad-un-Nabi conference), seminars, and workshops, publishing books and magazines, providing grants for scholars, and distributing financial assistance to those in need.  Their web pages are at:

http://www.nfie.com

http://www.uic.edu/~zam/nfie.html



The Naqshbandi tariqa

This branch of the Naqshbandi tariqa is led by Shaykh Asif Hussain Farooqui. (More information forthcoming, insha-Allah).  Their web page is at

http://www.mujaddidi.org



The Naqshbandi tariqa (Islami Roohani Mission)

(More information forthcoming, insha-Allah).  Their web pages are at

http://come.to/naqshbandi

http://listen.to/islam



The Nimatullahi tariqa

The Nimatullahi Sufi tariqa's Shaykh is Dr. Javad Nurbaksh, who has a number of excellent books in English. This tariqa used to be based in Iran, but now it is based in London, with branches in North America, Europe, Australia, and Africa. This tariqa follows in the Persian Sufi tradition. On their web page you can find a number of helpful articles. Their web page is at:

http://www.nimatullahi.org



The Ni`matullahi-Safi Ali Shahi tariqa

(More information forthcoming, insha-Allah.)  Their web page is at

http://welcome.to/safi

or

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Troy/6525/



Qadiri (Sarwari Qaderi) tariqa

This branch of the Qadiri tariqa is led by Shaykh Abdul Hamid Sarwari Qaderi, who is based in Pakistan, though they also have a branch in South Africa.  (More information forthcoming, insha-Allah).  Their web page is at

http://www.islam.co.za/sarwari/default.html



The Qadiri-Rifa'i tariqa
 

The Qadiri Sufi tariqa is the Sufi order founded by Shaykh Abdul-Qadir Jilani, a very blessed Shaykh who lived in the 12th century C.E. in Baghdad, and the Rifa'i tariqa was founded by Shaykh Ahmed ar-Rifa'i, another blessed Shaykh also of the 12th century C.E. On this page you can read some of the talks of Shaykh Taner Ansari, the Shaykh of the Qadiri-Rifa'i tariqa, and of Shaykh Ibrahim Spiegel. Their web page is at:

http://www.qadiri-rifai.org



The Shadhili tariqa

The Shadhili Sufi tariqa is the branch of the Sufis founded by Shaykh Ali Abu-l-Hasan as-Shadhili in Egypt in the 13th Century CE.  This branch of the Shadhili tariqa is led by Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal ar-Rifa'i as-Shadhili, who lives on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. He is is the Imam of the Masjid al-Aqsa, one of the holiest sites in Islam.  The Shaykh has a growing number of students in North America.  On this web page, you can find many guiding talks given by the Shaykh, on purifying yourself and following the path of Allah.  Their web page is at:

http://www.sufimaster.org/index.htm




The Shadhili tariqa

On this page you can find the writings of Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller, an Islamic scholar and also a Shaykh of the Shadhili tariqa.  Shaykh Nuh Keller is originally from the USA, though now he is based in Jordan.  His writings are a beacon of guidance towards true Islam for many Muslims of today, particularly those in the West.  He is also well-known for his translation of the Shafi`i manual of Fiqh, The Reliance of the Traveller.  Shaykh Nuh Keller's writings can be found on the web page:

http://ds.dialspace.pipex.com/masud/ISLAM/nuh/nuh.htm



The Shadhili-Dasuqi-Borhani tariqa

This branch of the Shadhili tariqa is based in Tasmania, Australia.  They run the largest Sufi bookstore in the Southern Hemisphere, and also are producing Australia's first Sufi magazine, The Treasure.  This tariqa is under the direction of Sidi Shaykh Ali Elsenossi of North Africa.  (More information coming soon, insha-Allah.)  Their web page is at:

http://www.tassie.net.au/~asalih/



The Tijani tariqa

The Tijani Sufi tariqa was founded by Ahmad al-Tijani, who lived in the 18th-19th Century C.E. in Morocco, and it has many followers in West Africa and Sudan. This web page is from the branch of this tariqa which is headed by Shaykh Hassan Cisse, who is based in Senegal and who also has strong ties to the USA. Shaykh Hassan is also the founder of the African American Islamic Institute which has done incredible work in many African American communities, for which Shaykh Hassan has been honoured by being given the key to several US cities. He was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the city of New Orleans, which also proclaimed October 2, 1996, to be Shaykh Hassan Cisse Day. Their web page is at:

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/9189/



Other Resources

Professor `Abd al-Haqq Godlas has provided a helpful essay on Tasawwuf, with many useful links to related web pages, at:

http://www.arches.uga.edu/~godlas/Sufism.html

A comprehensive list of Sufi-related sites can be found at Habib Rose's list of Sufi resources, at:

http://world.std.com/~habib/sufi.html

More Sufi-related sites can be found at Yahoo!

http://www.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Religion/Faiths_and_Practices/Islam/Sufism/
 

 Salam (Peace)! Fariduddien Rice

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Last updated: May 13, 1999
Latest changes:
Added link to Jerrahi tariqa page (under Jerrahi)
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