Naqshbandi نقشبندی is one of the major tasawwuf orders (tariqa) of Islam. The Naqshbandi Order is the only Sufi order that claims to trace its spiritual lineage (silsilah) to Muhammad (SAW) through Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA), the first Caliph and The Prophets companion.
Naqshbandiya means to "tie the Naqsh very well." The Naqsh is the
perfect engraving of Allah's Name in the heart of the murid.
The most distinguished Naqshbandi Way is a school
of thought and practice that stood in the vanguard of those groups
which disseminated truth and fought against evil and injustice,
especially in Central Asia and India in the past, in China and the
Soviet Union in modern times, and in Europe and North America today.
Naqshbandi Shaykhs who took up political, social, educational and
spiritual roles in their communities, acting according to the Noble
Quran and the Sunnah of the Beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings be
The most distinguished Naqshbandiya Order is the way of the Noble Companions of the Beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him) and those who follow them. This Way consists of continuous worship in every action, both external and internal, with complete and perfect discipline according to the Sunnah of the Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him). It consists in maintaining the highest level of conduct and leaving absolutely all innovations and all free interpretations in public customs and private behavior. It consists in keeping awareness of the Presence of God, Almighty and Exalted, on the way to self-effacement and complete experience of the Divine Presence. It is the Way of complete reflection of the highest degree of perfection. It is the Way of sanctifying the self by means of the most difficult struggle, the struggle against the self. It begins where the other orders end, in the attraction of complete Divine Love, which was granted to the first friend of the Most Beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him), Sayyadina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (Radi Allahu Ta'ala anhu).