Sheikh Zulfiqar Ahmad (DB)
Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (DB) is one of the leading Shaykhs of Tassawwuf in the present era, formally granted authorization (Ijazah) in the Naqshbandi Spiritual Path (Tariqah), he has devoted himself entirely to the service of Islam.
He regularly travels to more than forty countries and delivers lectures in both English and Urdu, transforming the lives of people all over the world. A testament to his deep love for Allah, this uncompromising dedication to sunnah of the blessed Prophet (May the blessings and peace be upon him) and his firm adherence to Islamic law (Shariah) is that thousands of religious scholars and students of Islamic learning are among his students (murids). Furthermore, he has written more than 150 books, many of which have been translated into several languages. Dozens of institutes of Islamic learning have been established directly by him or by his students, such as Ibrahim Academy under the supervision of his Khalifa Shaykh Hafiz Mohammad Ibrahim Naqshbandi (DB).
His talks and writings are available at his official website www.tasawwuf.co
Sheikh Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim Naqshbandi
Sheikh Hafiz Mohammad Ibrahim was born in Karachi. He move to Lahore at the age of 3 years and has been living there since then. His father Sheikh Mohammad Saleem (DB) is a devoted personality, as quoted by Hazrat Ibrahim, He is supervising the construction and extension of Khanqah. Sheikh Mohammad Yaqoob, the grandfather of Hazrat Ibrahim was very close to Hazrat Molana Ghulam Habib (May Allah shower his blessings on him). Hazrat Yaqoob was the hand behind Hazrat Ibrahim who guided his grand son to Hazrat Molana Peer Zulfiqar Ahmed Naqshbandi, Sheikh Mohammad Yaqoob also took him to his family business in 1990 when he completed the learning of Holy Quran from world famous Jamia Ashrafia of Lahore. Sheikh Ibrahim is still engaged with the business and mission of promoting the message of Allah (SWT) besides earning for living.
Hazrat Sheikh Ibrahim joined Hazrat Peer Zulfiqar Naqshbandi (Hazrat Jee) to learn the lesson of Sulook (Journey of Kindness) in 2003, and his endeavors reached to the level in 2008. When Hazrat Peer Zulfiqar (DB) awarded him permission (Khilafat) to extend the message of Allah (SWT) to other people in accordance to the path defined in Naqshbandi.
Hazrat Ibrahim has been very actively extending this gift (of khilafat) from his Sheikh, Hazrat Jee for the benefit of other people (May Allah give him long live with full of strength and blessings). With the permission of Hazrat Jee he established Khanqah at Ambala House, House No. 31/A Lane No. 2 Sector A-1, GECH Gate No. 2 Township, Lahore. This Khanqah is also working now as Jamia Ruqyyah lil Banaat (For Girls) May Allah spread it’s benefits to all Muslims. (Ameen). Another branch of this Jamia has also stated near Shah Jamal, Lahore. Both of these institutes are supervised internally by the wife of Hazrat Sheikh Ibrahim, who is also graduated scholars (Aalimah) from Hamna Centre.
In addition to his preaching at his Khanqah, Hazrat Ibrahim has a very busy schedule of giving lectures at different places. At least give preaching lectures are normally scheduled every week, and no single day is free of any lectures.
The biography of his legendry Sheikh Hazrat Molana Peer Zulfiqar Naqshbandi talks about Hazrat Ibrahim (DB) in the following words:
Basically he belongs to Karachi. He is Hafiz-e-Quran. He attached with Hazrat Jee for a long time. He remain connected with Hazrat Jee for rectifications and guidance. He is pious young man. He has been guided by Hazrat Jee and eventually, he awarded him with the responsibility of Khilafat. He is actively working for this mission. He spends three days a month in Karachi and delivers programs in different mosques, which is beneficial for many people.
Mrs. Hafiz Mohammad Ibrahim Naqshbandi
She is a wife of Hazrat Mohammad Ibrahim Naqshbandi and is known by her students as Amma Jaan. She was born in Karachi and after her marriage, she completed an Aalima course from Jamia Tahiraat.
After she completed her aalima course, she was part of administration and management at Hamna centre and also taught different subjects such as Sart, Hidayatun, Nahw, and specially Sirajeen. She took Bayt from Sheikh Hafiz Peer Zulfiqar Ahmed Naqshbandi in 2003, and then started Ilm of Islamic Spirituality and Tasawwuf. In 2014, Hazrat Jee insisted her to make her own madarsa which she did and named it Jamia Ruqayya lil Banaat. For 4 years this adarsa has been running and the madarsa received title of halaqaf. In this madarsa students are learning aalimah course and also learning tasawwuf and Islamic Spirituality through their Bayt. She has also been doing Dora-e-Quran for 8 to 9 years, and also teaches Tafseer Ul Quran especially for Soorah Noor and Soorah Rahman. She advises women who are bayt and helps with their personal issues there are 4 branches of Jamia online and onsite and she manages these branches as well. She also travel to different cities to give lectures and conducts workshops about modesty, libas tajhees and tadfeen.
Certainly, did Allah confer [great] favor upon the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from among themselves, reciting to them His verses, and purifying them, and teaching them the Book and wisdom, although they had been before in manifest error (3:164).
بیشک اللہ نے مسلمانوں پر بڑا احسان فرمایا کہ ان میں انہی میں سے (عظمت والا)
رسول (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) بھیجا جو ان پر اس کی آیتیں پڑھتا اور انہیں پاک کرتا ہے
اور انہیں کتاب و حکمت کی تعلیم دیتا ہے، اگرچہ وہ لوگ اس سے پہلے کھلی گمراہی میں تھے،
Allah, the Almighty, sent the Prophet (SAW) with a mission that He has explained in His holy book:
Certainly, did Allah confer [great] favor upon the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from themselves, reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom, although they had been before in manifest error. (3:164)
All four missions of the Prophet (SAW) viz,
1. Showing the signs of Allah
2. Purifying the ummah
3. Teaching the Scripture(s), (the Quran)
4. Teaching wisdom.
will remain until the Day of Judgment. Allah has informed us that He will preserve His book that was given to the Prophet (SAW), the wordings of it, and the recitation. It is vital that the meanings must be preserved so that it is understood in a manner how Allah wants it to be, and this is achieved through the preservation of the wisdom (Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW)). In order to implement this in our lives, the individual must have sincerity and struggle towards the purification of the soul and the heart. This is the primary reason that the instruction was given to the Prophet (SAW) in regards to purifying people first, and subsequently teaching the Quran and the Sunnah. This could be viewed as necessary means towards understanding the Quran and the Sunnah, and most importantly, implementing it into our daily lives.
Our goal is to pass on these simple practices and teachings of our religion, including both the inward and the outward aspect. This is a Sacred Trust that was given to the early creations of Allah but they refused to accept it, but the human being took it. Now they (human beings) have to inherit it from the previous generations and have the responsibility to pass it on.
The outward sciences can be learned through various courses. The goal of purifying inner is not straightforward. It requires a mentor, a guru, a Shaykh, who can teach the practical aspects of the Quran and Sunnah. When one understands the inner sciences of the self and purifies him/herself, he/she attains the purity of his/her heart and a moral character that is required from him, as Allah states that it is the only thing that will prove to be beneficial on the day of judgment:
“The Day (of judgment is the one) when neither wealth nor sons will be of any benefit, But only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart”
And as the Prophet (SAW) said;
“I have only been sent to the perfect noble character”
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