The Most Distinguished Osmanlı Nakşıbendi Hakkani Sufi Order is an authentic spiritual path (tarikat) that is deeply rooted in Islam and in the Traditions of the Seal of the Prophets, the Beloved of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is the only Sufi path that traces its spiritual lineage back to the closest companion of the Prophet (S), Abu Bakr Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him), ‘the second of the two’ in the Cave. According to the Prophet (S), all the secret knowledge that Allah put in the heart of the Prophet (S) was poured into the heart of Abu Bakr. This secret knowledge, which is the Prophetic knowledge of Sufism, was then transmitted from heart to heart, from one grandsheikh to another. This order later received its name from Shah Baha’uddin Naqshband of Bukhara, the 19th Grandsheikh who lived in Central Asia.
Its purpose is a Prophetic purpose, to turn mankind away from this lower world (dunya) and our lower selves (nafs) to a higher existence (maula) and a higher self (ruh), ultimately to experientially realize the truth of the testimony of faith, that there is no God but God – “La ilaha illallah”. This is achieved by understanding and adhering through practical living the lifestyle of the Prophet (S), the most perfect model for all of humanity and for all times, thus realizing the second phrase of the testimony of faith, “Muhammadan Abduhu wa Rasuluhu”– that Muhammed is the Servant and Messenger of God. The actualization of the second phrase is realized through initiation (bayat) and association (sohbet) with the inheritors of the Prophet (S), the living Saints (awliya) and Sheihks. Just as the companions of the Prophet (S) achieved spiritual perfection through association with the Prophet (S), so the followers (murids) of this Sufi order realize their spiritual potential through associations with the Sheikh.