This is an offical notice to assert the authorized mission of Sheykh
Abdul Kerim al-Hakkani al-Kibrisi and the integrity of the Osmanli
Dergahi. Sheykh Abdul Kerim works world-wide, independently of any
other sheykh, with the permission and under the direct orders of
Mevlana Sheykh Nazim al-Hakkani al-Kibrisi.
This is a statement that the Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Hakkani Dergahi
(aka Osmanli Dergahi) has no connections whatsoever with Sheykh
Hisham Kabbani, his organizations based in Michigan, or any of his
deputies, associations, web sites, mailing lists, programs, etc. The
the Osmanli Naks-i’bendi Dergahi is a completely seperate entity from the “Naqshbandi Haqqani Sufi Order” of America.
Sheykh Abdul Kerim and the Osmanli Dergahi take orders directly from Mevlana Sheykh Nazim al-Hakkani al-Kibrisi. Sheykh Hisham Kabbani and his spokespeople do not speak for, and cannot speak for, Sheykh Abdul Kerim and the Osmanli Dergahi.
We have our work. They have theirs.
The purpose of this notice is a matter of protocol to make the
situation perfectly clear after a serious breach of etiquette on the
part of Sheykh Kabbani and his people. It has been over forty days
since the NY Times published an article in which the reporter
attacked by insinuation Sheykh Abdul Kerim’s legitimacy as an
Islamic leader and as a Sheykh of the Tarikat. In that article,
Sheykh Kabbani’s spokespeople – Abdul Haqq Sazanoff and Sanaa Nadim – supported that view.
From the article:
“On its Web site, Mr. Fuat’s group says that he is a deputy of
Grandshaykh Muhammad Nazim, the spiritual leader of the worldwide
Naqshbandi-Haqqani Sufi Order. But Abdul Haqq, a spokesman for that order in North America, said he is not. ‘He has made his own group,’ Mr. Haqq said.”
Neither Sheykh Kabbani nor Abdul Haqq have contacted Sheykh Abdul
Kerim Efendi to retract the statement, and to offer an apology.
Whatever their misunderstanding or ignorance in prior years and
months, they in fact knew Abdul Haqq’s statement to be
categorically false when the article went to press. We had informed
the reporter of Sheykh Mevlana’s message to Sheykh Abdul Kerim,
posted publicly on the http://www.naksibendi.org site with English
translation. Sheykh Mevlana definitively and with emphasis addresses
Sheykh Abdul Kerim as “Sheykh”, states that Sheykh Abdul Kerim has
been working with permission for Islam, and he says that Sheykh
Abdul Kerim in fact has inherited and earned the title of “Evliya”.
The reporter read Sheykh Mevlana’s statement about Sheykh Abdul Kerim.
She later showed her true colors by never mentioning
Sheykh Mevlana’s words in her article. But she contacted the
Kabbani organization to ask them about it just before publication.
Immediately, an order went out from their headquarters sending a delegation to Sheykh Mevlana to pressure him to say that he had excommunicated Sheykh Abdul Kerim. But alhamdulillah, they did not get the response they wanted, which would have pleased them and the New York Times.
This notice is intended for everyone on the Osmanli Naks-i’bendi
mailing list, as well as any other interested or effected parties.
We are putting out this message to clear the minds of anyone who believes in Sheykh Abdul Kerim and his work, to address the confusion and fitna that has been put out and going around for years. We have kept silent for a long time, amd we were still intending to keep silent up until the day they went public in the press. They are the reason that this has become open. We are protecting the rights of Sheykh Mevlana, of Sheykh Abdul Kerim, and our rights. Our Sheykh – Sheykh Abdul Kerim – and the Osmanli Naks-i’bendi murids around the world, are following Sheykh Mevlana’s orders now, and inshallah we will do so until eternity.
Our message to Sheykh Hisham Kabbani’s Naqshbandi group, and to all
others who are attacking us, is that they should stop the attacks on
us. They should stop partnering with enemies of Islam. And we should
all work together under the banner of Sheykh Mevlana for Allah and
for His Prophet aleyhi as-salatu ve selam.
All praises to our Lord Allah subhuana ta’ala and to our
Prophet aleyhi as-salatu ve selam, who is the most beloved
one in His Divine presence, and to our most beloved Master
and Guide Mevlana Sheykh Muhammad Nazim al-Hakkani.
If you still have not heard Sheykh Mevlana’s unequivocal support of
Sheykh Abdul Kerim and his mission, you may go to
The English translation is at
If you have questions, please direct them to
firstname.lastname@example.org Inshallah we will do our best to answer.
Allah’a emanet olunuz,