He is the Grand Mufti of Turkish Cyprus. He was born in 1341 (1922) in the city of Larnaca, Cyprus (Qubrus) to a family of Arab origin with Tatar roots. His father descended from the Cardinal Saint of Islam, Sultan al Awliya Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani; who declared “My foot is on the necks of all Saints”. His mother descends from Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi.
He grew up in Cyprus, as a top student in all of his classes and he also showed great signs of Wiliyat throughout his youth. As a youth, he was initiated and trained in both the Qadri and Mevlavi Paths. He excelled in both of these to the extent that elders would come to visit him and ask him to make istakharah for them regarding various matters concerning their personal lives.
His Educational Background:
After finishing school in Cyprus, young Shaykh Nazim went to university in Istanbul and graduated in Chemical Engineering. While in Istanbul, he also studied Arabic and fiqh under Shaykh Jamal al-Din al-Alsuni (d. 1375/1955) and received ijaza from him. He also took initiation into the Naqshbandi Tariqa from Shaykh Sulayman Arzarumi (d. 1368/194 who eventually sent him to Syria in search of the renowned Wali of the epoch, Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani, who held the secrets of the Naqshbandiyya.
Shaykh Nazim then left his homeland and headed towards the Middle East, where he sought the company of Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani. He spen five years looking for his Shaykh. During these intense five years, he continued his Shari'a studies in Halab (Aleppo), Hama, and Hims. He studied at the shrine and madrassah of Khalid ibn al-Walid (radi allahu anhu) in Hims under its great Ulema and obtained ijaza in Hanafi fiqh from Shaykh Muhammad 'Ali 'Uyun al-Sud and Shaykh 'Abd al-Jalil Murad, and ijaza in hadith from the Muhaddith Shaykh 'Abd al-'Aziz ibn Muhammad 'Ali 'Uyun al-Sud al-Hanafi.
Shaykh 'Abd al-'Aziz ibn Muhammad 'Ali 'Uyun al-Sud al-Hanafi is one of the ten great hadith teachers of the late Rifa'i Hafiz of Aleppo, Shaykh al-Islam 'Abd Allah Siraj al-Din (1924- 2002 CE) who met Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani in 1959 and gave bay'a to Mawlana Shaykh Nazim during the latter's last visit to him in Aleppo in 2001.
Shaykh Nazim also studied under Shaykh Sa'id al-Siba'i who sent him to Damascus after receiving a sign related to the coming of Mawlana Shaykh 'Abd Allah al-Daghistani to Syria. After his initial arrival in Syria from Daghistan in the late thirties, Mawlana Shaykh 'Abd Allah lived mostly in Damascus but often visited Aleppo and Hims. In the latter city he got to know Shaykh Sa'id al-Siba'i who was director of the Khalid ibn Walid madrassah. Shaykh Sa'id wrote to him, "We have a remarkable student from Turkey studying with us." Mawlana Shaykh 'Abd Allah replied to him, "That student belongs to us; send him over!" That student was Mawlana Shaykh Nazim who came to Damascus and gave his bay'a to Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani between 1941 and 1943.
According to the Ulema:
The director of Dar al-Ifta' in Beirut, Lebanon, Shaykh Salah al-Din Fakhri wrote by hand: “On the morning of al-Ahad 20 Rabi' al-Akhir 1386 corresponding to Sunday 7 August, 1966, we were granted the privilege of visiting Shaykh 'Abd Allah al-Daghistani - Allah have mercy on him - in Mount Qasyun in Damascus on the initiative and in the company of Mawlana al-Shaykh Mukhtar al-'Alayli - Allah have mercy on him - the Mufti of the Republic of Lebanon at the time; Shaykh Husayn Khalid the imam of Nawqara Mosque; Hajj Khalid Bashir - may Allah have mercy on both of them; Shaykh Husayn Sa'biyya [the present director of Dar al-Hadith al-Ashrafiyya in Damascus]; Shaykh Mahmud Sa'd; Shaykh Zakariyya Sha'r; and Hajj Mahmud Sha'r. The Shaykh received us most kindly, with a warm welcome full of happiness and mirth. This was in the presence of Shaykh Nazim al-Qubrusi - Allah save and keep him! We sat from nine o'clock in the morning until the zuhr call to prayer while the Shaykh - Allah have mercy on him - explained and spoke about Sham, its excellence, its extraordinary merits, and the fact that it is the site of the Resurrection and that Allah will gather all human beings in it for the final Reckoning. He mentioned things that moved our hearts and minds, imbued with the glorious spirit of the Salihiyya district, and he spoke about the indissoluble link - in practice as well as discourse - between tasawwuf and the Shari'a....”
Reverence From the Pious Ulema:
There are many more prestigious names of the Ulema and Awliya' of Syria who loved and associated with both Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani and Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani during the golden thirty-year period of their association such as Shaykh Muhammad Bahjat al-Baytar (1311-1396), Shaykh Sulayman Ghawji al-Albani (d. 137 the father of Shaykh Wahbi, Shaykh Tawfiq al-Hibri, Shaykh Muhammad al-'Arabi al-'Azzuzi (1308-1382) the Mufti of Lebanon and principal Shaykh of Shaykh Husayn 'Usayran, al-'Arif Shaykh Shahid al-Halabi, al-'Arif Shaykh Rajab al-Ta'i, Shaykh al-Qurra' Shaykh Najib Khayyata al-Farazi al-Halabi, al-'Arif Shaykh Muhammad al-Nabhan, Shaykh Ahmad 'Izz al-Din al-Bayanuni, al-'Arif Shaykh Ahmad al-Harun (1315-1382), Shaykh Muhammad Zayn al-'Abidin al-Jadhba, and others - Allah have mercy on all of them!
Thus has it been noted that in every encounter with the Awliya' and righteous Ulema of this Ummah, they invariably show the highest respect and most fearsome humbleness to Mawlana and his silsila even when they are ostensibly on a different path such as al-Habib 'Ali al-'Aydarus in Malaysia; Sayyid Muhammad ibn 'Alawi al-Maliki in Makka; al-Habib 'Umar ibn Hafiz of Tarim; Sayyid Yusuf al-Rifa'i of Kuwait; Shaykh 'Isa al-Himyari in Dubai; Sayyid 'Afif al-Din al-Jilani and Shaykh Bakr al- Samarra'i of Baghdad; al-Sharif Mustafa ibn al-Sayyid Ibrahim al-Basir in central Morocco; the Grandmufti of Syria Shaykh Ahmad Kuftaro ibn Mawlana al-Shaykh Amin and his friends Shaykh Bashir al-Bani, Shaykh Rajab Dib, and Shaykh Ramazan Dib; the Kattani Shuyukh of Damascus; the late Shaykh 'Abd Allah Siraj al-Din and his nephew Dr. Nur al-Din 'Itr; Mawlana al-Shaykh 'Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghuri;shaykh ali ashrafi ; Dr. Samer al- Nass; shaykh zakariyah al bukhari , shaykh osman sirajuddin al naqshabandi,shaykh abdul karim mudarris al bayyarah,shaykh idjan , shaykh kwaja Muhammad aslam,shaykh habib ali, shaykh abdur raoof al yamani khalifa of imam mehdi,shaykh Mahmud effendi, shaykh abdul baki,shaykh Mahmud khalifa of ghaus e azam shaykh abdul qadir jilani, shaykh shukri al lukhfi,shaykh ahmad habbal, shaykh pir nasiruddin naseer , shaykh tahir ul qadri ; shaykh usayn the last student of the pious shaykh yusuf al Nabhani , Mufti E Hindi Shaykh Akhatar Raza Khan , Khawaja Muhammad Aslam , Mufti Faiz Ahmad Owaisi , Shaykh Ahmad Dabbagh Shaykh Mahmud Sami , Shaykh Mousa TopBash , Shaykh Ali Al Daqr At-Tijani and many other great ulama- may Allah have mercy on them! Each of the above-named Ulema all invoke tarazzi on Mawlana al-Shaykh Nazim, expressing belief in the loftiness of his wilaya and asking for his du'a. "And Allah suffices as Witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah" (48:28-29).Shaykh Abdullah Sirajuddin Took Bayyah With Shaykh Nazim In 2000
During his thirty years of intense training under Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani, Shaykh Nazim was placed in numerous seclusions. When he was only 33 years old, he was ordered into seclusion by Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani who told him, “I have received an order from the Prophet for you to make seclusion in the mosque of Shaykh 'Abd al Qadir Jilani in Baghdad. You go there and make seclusion for six months.”
About this same seclusion Shaykh Nazim himself states, "I only emerged from my room for the five prayers. Other than that I spent my whole time in that room. I was able to reach such a state that I was reciting the whole Qur'an in nine hours. In addition to that I was reciting 124,000 times the Dhikr 'Laa ilaha ill-Allah' and 124,000 prayers on the Prophet (salawat) and I was reading the entire Dalail al-Khayrat [book of devotions]. Added to that I was regularly reciting 313,000 'Allah Allah' every day, in addition to all the prayers that were assigned to me. Vision after vision was appearing to me every day. They used to take me from one state to another and give me a state of complete Annihilation in the Divine Presence."
Inheritor of the Masters:
Before his passing from this temporary abode, Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani made a will and appointed Shaykh Nazim Adil Al Haqqani as his Caliph and Sucessor. He granted to him his office and the secrets of the Naqshbandi Tariqa. He ordered that Shaykh Nazim’s name be included in the Silsila of the Naqshbandi Tariqat and that people take Shaykh Nazim as their Murshid in his place, who would now connect them to the Naqshbandi Masters. Since then, Mawlana Shaykh Nazim in addition to his travels towards the East, he began frequenting the West regularly, conveying to Europeans and Americans the spiritual and peaceful message of Islam and its mystical teaching as taught by the Naqshbandi Masters.
Mashallah, Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani is currently over eighty four years old and resides in Cyprus, where he dedicated his entire life to Defending Truth and constant ascetic worship of his Lord. His spirituality has attracted hundreds of thousands of Seekers to the Path from all walks of life and from all over the world, including internationally acclaimed musicians, artists, businessmen and even Monarchs and Heads of States such as the Sultans of Malaysia and the Sultans of the UAE. His miracles (Karamah) are countless, from literally disappearing into thin air and later reappearing while in presence of numerous witnesses to appearing countless times in dreams and visions with the Messenger of Allah, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) to guide his Murids to their heavenly destinations. Mawlana’s efforts to spread Islam in the West have resulted in more than 100,000 persons having taken the Naqshbandi Order through him both directly and indirectly and more than 10,000 people having embraced Islam through him. As such, it is our prayer that Allah Most Majestic protects him and keeps him healthy and grants him a long life so more from humanity may benefit from the barakah of his presence and breaths. Ameen.the sheikh's knowledge is immense,
If you actually check the Naqshbandi Silsila (Order) and see how it came down, it has been passed down by Beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) himself, to his beloved Best Friend, Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique Radi Allahu anhu and so on, until Shaykh Nazim is the 40th Disciple and holder to this "secret knowledge" and head of the Sufi's at this present time. Such a close connection to RasoollAllah (SAW) should be enough to show the position of this great Shaykh, ulema of such a high rank and value have taken bayat and said such then why is it that we have such doubts that whether he is a genuine shiekh or not?
Have you not seen or heard of the masses that have reverted to Islam in the West many people even his enemies put their hand up and say what Sheikh Nazim has achieved in the west is unmatchable and truly a karamah should this raise doubts in sunni hearts?
Grand Mufti of Syria the late Shaykh Yaseen Ahmed Kuftaro calls Mawlana al-Shaykh Nazim "Our greatest Shaykh". Shaykh Yaqoubi never mentions Shaykh Nazim except with awe and respect. Shaykh Abd al-Qadir al-Jili of Madina the son of Sidi Muhammad Mahi al-Bukhari when he visited the shiekhs house in Damascus shook from head to toe and was saying Allah, Allah the whole visit.
Hazrat Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghuri, Shaykh Nuh Keller's Shaykh, when he sees a Murid of Sheikh Nazim always says to them: "Remember us in your Du`a."
Sheikh Syed Alawi al Malaiki who is considered by millions to be one of the main supreme knowledgeable ulema of this century took bayat with the sheikh Nazim al Haqqani and said; "If you follow Shaykh Nazim then you must be Haqqani." he also added Sheikh Nazim Is the 'sheikh of sheikhs' perhaps some of you don't know Syedina Nazim al Haqqani holds many of the most fascintateing hadith sharif's along with there entire chains which have been narrated over period of time, which ulema such as Sheikh Syed Alawi al Malaiki have been presented with, which many sub continental ulema continue to translate even today,
The Rightious Walis Of Shaam shaykh Badruddin Al Hassani , Shaykh Yusuf Al Nibhani , Shaykh Ahmad Al Harun Would Kiss The Feet Of Grand Shaykh Abdullah Faiz Daghestani When They Would Meet Them.
The shaykh colappsed and he had a vision or a gathering he was carried by all of the awliya,salihin and the shaykh saw all the murids,khalifah's of imam mehdi and the shaykh saw rasualah and rasulalah said to the shaykh that all of your followers shall be saved from allah's revenge .
To quote Shaykh.G.F.Haddad
" May Allah support Shaykh Nazim the Hope of our time ever more, grant him ever higher stations here and hereafter by the Baraka of the Owner of the Flag of Glory our Liege-Lord Muhammad, upon him and his Familyand Companions all blessings and peace and the Baraka of the Silsila of the Most Distinguished Tariqatu Naqshbandiyya, and turn over to him the good deeds of his enviers!"
The following is the prediction made by Grandsheik Moulana Abdullah Faiz Dagistani about Sheikh Abdur Rauf al-Yamani and it is in page 371 of History and Guidebook of the Saints of the Golden Chain-The Naqshbandi Sufi Way.
"China is under the authority of a Great Saint, who will be one of the Greatest Saints in the time of Mahdi (alai) and Easa (alai). His name is Abdur Rauf al-Yamani. Through his influence China will sign an agreement with the West not to use its nuclear weapons. China will split into many different small countries. There will be problems in the Far East, in the Korean Peninsula, and a great power will intervene to stop that conflict. A non-Arab Middle Eastern country will attack the Persian Gulf area, which will put the whole world into fear that the source of petroleum will be cut off."