Sheykh Abd Kerim al Kibrisi is Maulana Sheykh Nazim’s worldwide representative (khalifah). He is blessed not only with sacred lineage, being a descendant of the Holy Prophet’s family, but he is also blessed with royal lineage of the Ottoman Sultans. He was also born in Cyprus and personally raised and trained by Sultanul Awliya Maulana Sheykh Nazim.
His real name is Aydogan Fuat, he was born in the city of Polibak. Ever since the day he was born, he is in a Tasawwuf lifestyle. Since his childhood, he grew up near Sheykh Nazim Kibrisi Hazretleri and attended almost all of Sheykh Nazim’s sohbets made in the Lala Pasha Jami at Magosa.
In November 1973, he enrolled voluntarily in the military. He happened to be in the the commando brigade that took over Marash in 1974. And he showed great heroism there. He was awarded the Gazi (Veteran) medal for heroism by showing his love to his country and people. After the war, he was sent by Sheykh Nazim Hazretleri to America with a mission to instill love of Islam and explain the beauty of Islam to the people of America.
Here, he worked for four years in the United Nations mission from Cyprus. For more than thirty years, he has devoted himself to help people of all walks of life to better understand Islam. This is accomplished by his endearing effort in establishing sohbet and zikir gatherings in the capital, Washington, D.C. He called people to Islam by founding Dergahs in countries such as Germany, China, and India. He is currently working on continuing these activities in South America. Through the Dergahs that he established, he has played a pivotal role in injecting Allah’s love in people who are in depression and drug addiction in a continent like America. Many people who have fallen into substance addiction in the Harlem slums have been saved by his tireless efforts.
Sheykh Abdul Kerim’s lineage traces back to the family of Prophet Muhammad sws and the Ottoman Sultan. From his father’s side, one branch reaches to Fatih Sultan Mehmet. From his father’s mother’s side, he reaches to Hazreti Husein and Ibn Abbas. His maternal grandfather is from the Awliyaullah, Salih Emir Ali Hazretleri. He is from the lineage of Hazreti Hasan and Abdul Kadir Geylani. His maternal grandmother’s side leads back to Mawlana Jelaluddin Rumi.
Sheykh Abdul Kerim has been working to make people love Allah in this New World for years. By purchasing some land in the little village of Sidney Center, he is establishing the Osmanli Dergahi that he was dreaming of with his intrigue of the Ottomans, the law and justice of the Ottomans. He always took the accomplishments of the Ottomans in knowledge and culture and human social relations as an example for himself. As a grandson of the Ottomans, Sheykh Effendi is active in making people assimilate the culture that is present in his genes by living in these lands.
Sheykh Abdul Kerim al Kibrisi (Aydogan Fuat), the Sufi Muslim founder and leader of the Osmanli Naksibendi Dergahi in Sidney Center,passed away suddenly on June 30, 2012, while visiting in Lefke, Cyprus. He was laid to rest on July 2, next to his brother, Ayhan Savaskan in Famagusta, at the Old Ottoman Cemetery, after the funeral prayer in the Lale Mustafa Pasha Mosque.