|Sheikh Nazim Al-Haqqani leader of the Naqshbandi|
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Mehmet Nâzim Adil, Muhammed Nazim El-Hakkani, born April 23, 1922, best known as Shaykh Nazim, is a Turkish Cypriot Sufi, leader of the Naqshbandi-Haqqani Order. He is also known by his many honorifics as Sultan-al Awliya Shaykh Mawlana as-Sayyid Khwaja Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Haqqani al-Rabbani al-Qubrusi al-Firdausi an-Naqshbandi. He was born in Larnaca, Cyprus, hence the title "Kibrisi" Cypriot. He traces his lineage to the 11th century Sufi Abdul Qadir Jilani and the 13th century Anatolian mystic Jalaluddin Rumi. His maternal and paternal grandfathers were sheikhs in the Qadiri and Mevlevi orders respectively.
As a child, the young Nazim showed a propensity towards spirituality. His father sent him to school to study secular knowledge during the day and in the evening he studied Islam at the local maktab, where he learned the basics of Islamic law, jurisprudence, the Hadith and Qur'anic exegesis. Shaykh Nazim is a spiritual leader of the Naqshbandi golden chain. He is also head of the Naqshbandi Haqqani Sufi Order. He has also written or dictated many books, some of which have been published by the Islamic Supreme Council of America. Read more...