The Naqshbandi sufi order focuses on the inner purification of an individual applying the influence of the Quranic exhortations on his/her soul and heart. Based on the primary sources of Islam, Quran and Sunnah (the Prophe-tic traditions), it fosters universal values and essential messages of the divine. Immersed in lofty spiritual inclinations, Khwaja Bahauddin Naqshbandi emerged in Bukhara as one of the most prominent spiritual masters. His teachings continue to guide humankind transcending faith, creed and caste. Among the redeeming features of this spiritual lineage is getting along with all “others” over-flowing with the divine love. It imbibes a firm belief that the world is a cradle of brotherhood.
Therefore, Naqshbandi sufism is deeply altrui-stic in its basic precepts and practices. All Naqshbandi luminaries have been primarily concerned with the delight of other beings rather than their own. They had a wider embrace of compassion, spiritual care and kindness for the world at large. They were able to discern the sorrows pent up the in the hearts of people through their facial expressions, and would cure them with no gain in return. According to Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, the present sufi master of the Naqshbandi sufi order, saints are not responsible for the malpractices of those who falsely claim to be adherents of Sufism.
All actions are to be judged against the moral and spiritual trajectories of the Holy Quran and the Prophet’s Sunnah. Shaykh Kabbani has contributed a fair share in stimulating keen interest in Sufism in the 20th century. As a result of commercialisation our education systems have become stagnant. The Naqshbandi sufi view is a guiding light. It opines that when education is used as a tool in the hands of the ignorant and oblivious, pupils suffer the most.
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi is an alim (classical Islamic scholar) and a Delhi-based writer. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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