Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem
Grandsheikh Maulana Muhammed Nazim al Kibrisi (Qaddasallahu Sirrahu) is the 40th Grandsheikh of the Most Distinguished Osmanli Nakshibendi Hakkani Sufi Order. He is the Sultan of the Saints, the Qutub and the Ghauth of this era, the one who represents the Prophet Muhammed (p) for these times, the one who holds the secrets of these “end of times”, and of the Mahdi (as). He is a descendant of the Prophet (p), being both Hasani and Husayni from both his parents. He is also a descendant of Ghauth ul Azam Abdul Qadir Jilani from his father’s side and from Mevlana Jelaludin Rumi on his mother’s side, may Allah sanctify their secrets and raise their stations. He was born in Cyprus and constantly travels around the globe bringing the message of peace and light to the whole world.
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim’s Status as “Gauz Al Azam (Arch Intercessor) and the Relationship with Sulthanul Awliya Shaykh Abdul Qadir Al-Jilani (Radiyallahu Anhu)
When he had only two children, one daughter and one son, he was called by our Grandshaikh, Shaykh `Abdullah ad-Daghestani. He told him, “I have received an order from the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) for you to make seclusion in the mosque of `Abdul Qadir Jilani in Baghdad. Go there and make seclusion for six months.”
Describing that event, Shaykh Nazim says, “I didn’t ask the Shaykh any questions. I didn’t even go back to my house. I directed my steps immediately to Marja in the downtown. I didn’t think, ‘I need clothes, I need money, I need provisions.’ When he said, ‘Go!’ I went. I was drawn to do seclusion with Sayyidina `Abdul Qadir. I went directly to Marja. When I reached the downtown walking I saw a man looking at me. He looked at me and he recognized me. He said, ‘Shaykh Nazim, where are you going?’ I said, ‘To Baghdad.’ He was a murid of Grandshaykh. He said, ‘I am going to Baghdad myself!’ He had at truckload of goods to deliver in Baghdad. So he took me with him.”
“When I entered the mosque of Sayyidina `Abdul Qadir Jilani (Q.S) there was a giant man closing the door of the mosque holding it shut. He said, ‘Shaykh Nazim!’ ‘Yes,’ I answered. He said, ‘I am the one assigned to be your servant during your stay here. Come with me.’ I was surprised at this, but in my heart there was no surprise because we know in tariqat that everything is always arranged by the Divine Presence. I followed him as he approached the grave of the Arch-Intercessor (Ghawth al-`Azam) and I gave greetings to my great-great-grandfather, Sayyidina ‘Abdul Qadir Jilani. Then he took me to a room and told me, ‘Every day I will serve you one bowl of lentil soup with one piece of bread.’”
“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 could recite the whole Qur’an in nine hours. In addition I recited 124,000 Dhikr of the Kalima (la ilaha illallah) and 124,000 salawat (prayers on the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) in addition to reading the entire Dala’il al-Khayrat. Added to that I was regularly reciting 313,000 ‘Allah Allah’ every day, as well as all the prayers that were assigned to me. Vision after vision appeared to me every day. These visions took me from one state to another until I was Annihilated in the Divine Presence.”
“One day I had a vision that Sayyidina `Abdul Qadir Jilani (Qaddasallahi Sirrahu) was calling me to his grave and he was saying, ‘O my son I am waiting for you at my grave. Come!’ Immediately I took a shower, prayed two cycles of prayer and I walked to his grave which was only some few feet from my room. When I got there I began contemplating and I said, as-Salam `alayka ya jiddee (‘Peace be upon you O my grandfather’). Immediately I saw him come out of the grave and stand beside me. Behind him was a Great Throne decorated with rare stones. He said to me, ‘Come with me and sit with me on that throne.’
“We sat like a grandfather with his grandson. He was smiling and saying, ‘I am happy with you. The station of your Shaykh, `Abdullah al-Fa’iz ad-Daghestani (Q.S) is very high in the Naqshbandi Order. I am your grandfather and I am passing to you now, directly from me, the power that I carry as the Arch-Intercessor and I initiate you now directly into the Qadiri Order.’”
When Shaykh Nazim had finished his seclusion and was about to leave, he went to Sayyidina ‘Abdul Qadir Jilani’s grave to say goodbye. Sayyidina ‘Abdul Qadir Jilani appeared in the flesh to him and said, “O my son. I am very happy with the states you have reached in the Naqshbandi Order. I am renewing your initiation to me through the Qadiri Order.” Sayyidina `Abdul Qadir Jilani then said, “O my grandson, I am going to give you a token of your visit.” He hugged him and gave him ten coins. Those coins were from the time he was living in, not from our time. Up until today, Shaykh Nazim has kept those coins with him.
Sheikh Abdul Kerim al Kibrisi is Maulana Sheikh Nazim’s worldwide representative (halifah). 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 Sheikh Nazim. He was sent to North America at a tender age to acquire invaluable life experiences and ultimately to spread the true teachings of Islam and Sufism in this country and around the world.
His birth 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. He acquired many practical skills and knowledge across a broad range of subjects, especially Ottoman civilization. In addition to his formal education, as a young boy he was trained as a welder and as a shepherd, a profession of Prophets. Identified early according to Ottoman traditional wisdom as a candidate for leadership.
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.
In November 1973, he enrolled voluntarily in the military to defend his family and home city during the Cyprus civil war. He served as a commando around the Famagusta city walls until the war end in 1974. 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.
In 1976, after the war, Sheykh Maulana Nazim sent Sheykh Abdul Kerim to New York, as his first khalifa and representative in the West, to instill love for Islam in the hearts of Americans. At the same time he served as a diplomatic attaché to the United Nations Mission for Cyprus, before becoming a U.S. citizen in 1979. While working at the UN, he witnessed first hand the corruption and hypocrisy rampant in global politics. Frustrated when he did not find Truth and Justice amongst the leaders of the world, he became a self-employed businessman, serving and educating people about Islam face-to-face. For more than thirty years, he has devoted himself to help people of all walks of life to better understand Islam.
In the mid-1990s, Sheykh Abdul Kerim established the first Naksibendi Sufi center in New York City. At about age 40, he became the full-time spiritual guide and religious leader for a diverse community of new and born Muslims. He traveled extensively through Turkey, Cyprus, and Europe, gathering students to the Naksibendi Sufi order under Sheykh Maulana Nazim. He called people to Islam by founding Dergahs in countries such as Germany, China, India, South America and South East Asia. 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.
In June 2001, Sheykh Abdul Kerim was arrested in Izmir, Turkey, for leading zikir in his private quarters. He was charged with violating constitutional laws related to dress code and religious titles, as well with violating national security laws that forbade speech against Turkish secular identity. As he was not a citizen of Turkey, none of these laws applied. However, he was held illegally in prison for nearly six months under egregious conditions, with no external contact or communication, until his acquittal in December 2001.
U.S. State Department, Congressional, European and NGO focus on his case highlighted systemic human rights abuses that were stalling Turkey’s entry into the European Union.
While himself in imminent danger of torture in prison, Sheykh Abdul Kerim continued his fearless Islamic, non-violent, outspoken stance on Turkey’s official persecution of its Muslim citizens.
Sheykh Abdul Kerim’s activism then and in subsequent years was instrumental in awakening the Turkish people to their Ottoman traditions and history, resulting in a change of government in late 2002, modification of laws on freedom of expression and freedom of religion, and catalyzing Turkey’s emergence as a credible regional power.
In the summer of 2002, Sheykh Abdul Kerim established the Osmanli Naksibendi Dergahi in Sidney Center, as a community of Muslims who prefer to live a simple life centered on worship and the traditional lifestyle of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The center is open to everyone who wants to learn and participate. Sheykh Abdul Kerim himself taught members the life skills needed to operate the farm and to live as a community _ from cooking, to welding, to animal husbandry, to carpentry, to prayer, to conflict resolution, to cheese making, to song writing, and more.
In 2010, the Sidney Town Board threatened to disinter the graves of two Muslims who were buried at the Osmanli Naksibendi Cemetery. Under Sheykh Abdul Kerim’s leadership, international and local outcry rallied people from diverse creeds and backgrounds in the name of Truth and Justice to stop the Board’s ill-informed plans.
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.
Before he left for his last journey to Cyprus, Sheykh Abdul Kerim designed, oversaw construction, and opened a new mosque at the Sidney Center site. Earlier in his travels around the world, he had opened autonomous Osmanli Naksibendi Sufi centers in India, Germany, Peru, Argentina, China, Turkey, Cyprus, Malaysia, Florida, Virginia and New Jersey, to serve the needs of his local students in those places.
Sahib el-Sayf Shaykh AbdulKerim el-Kibrisi el-Rabbani, was veiled from this earthly realm on the 10th of Shaban, 1433 (June 30th, 2012). He passed from this world in the island of Cyprus and was buried in his native city, Famagusta, in a cemetery dedicated to martyrs of the Ottoman Empire.