Khawajah Naqshband (d. 1389 CE) organized the Naqshbandiah Order at Bukhara (Central Asia). This Order has two main branches – the Mujaddidiah and the Owaisiah. The former is identified with Shaikh Ahmed Sirhindi, known as Mujaddid Alif Thani (literally: reviver of the second Muslim millennium), a successor to Khawajah Baqi Billah, who introduced the Order to the Indo-Pakistan sub-continent. The Owaisiah Order employs a similar method of Zikr but acquires the Prophetic blessings in the manner of Khawajah Owais Qarni, who received this beneficence from the holy Prophet ﷺ without a formal physical meeting. The Zikr employed by the Naqshbandiah is ‘Zikr-e Khafi Qalbi’ (remembrance of Allah’s Name within the heart) and the method is termed ‘Pas Anfas’, which (in Persian) means guarding every breath.
The Chain of Transmission of these Barakah, of course, emanates from the holy Prophet ﷺ . It is necessary in all Sufi Orders that the Shaikh and the seekers must be contemporaries and must physically meet each other for the transfer of these blessings. However, the Naqshbandiah Owaisiah Order goes beyond this requirement and Sufis of this Order receive these Barakah regardless of physical meeting with their Shaikh or even when the Shaikh is not their contemporary. Yet, it must be underscored that physical meeting with the Shaikh of this Order still holds great importance in dissemination of these Barakah.
Shaikh Sirhindi writes about the Owaisiah Order in his book ‘Tazkirah’: ‘It is the most sublime, the most exalted, and the most effective…and the highest station of all others is only its stepping stone.’
By far the greatest singular distinction of the Naqshbandiah Owaisiah Order is the honour of Spiritual Bai’at (Oath of Allegiance – روحانی بیعت ) directly at the blessed hands of the holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
The Reviver Shaikh - Hazrat Moulana Allah Yar Khan
Shaikh Allah Yar Khanؒ was born in Chakrala, a remote village of Mianwali District of Pakistan, in 1904. He completed his religious education in 1934. The same year, he met Shaikh ‘Abdul Rahim, who took him to the shrine of Shaikh Allah Deen Madni. By Divine Will his spiritual connection was immediately established with the saint of the 10th century Hijra (sixteenth century CE) and he started receiving spiritual beneficence. His sublime education in Sufism, signifying progressive spiritual growth and advancement, continued for about twenty-five years, after which he was directed to undertake the propagation of Prophetic blessings - a noble mission that he accomplished with singular zeal and dedication for a period spanning half a century. Anybody who visited him was duly rewarded with a share of spiritual bliss commensurate with his/her sincerity and capacity. Shaikh Allah Yar Khan’s mission produced men and women of deep spiritual vision and eminence.
He authored eighteen books, the most distinguished being Dalael us-Sulook (Sufism - An Objective Appraisal), Hayat-e Barzakhiah (Life Beyond Life) and Israr ul-Haramain (Secrets of the two holy Mosques). He was undoubtedly one of the most distinguished Sufi saints of the Muslim Ummah and a reviver of the Naqshbandiah Owaisiah Order.
He passed away on 18 February 1984 in Islamabad at the age of eighty. Six months before his death, he nominated his most illustrious and spiritually gifted student, Muhammad Akram Awan, as his successor to lead the Naqshbandiah Owaisiah Order.
Former Shaikh (Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Akram Awan RA)
Sheikh Muhammad Akram Awan was born on 31 December 1934 in the village of NoorpurSethi, about 4 km form the present headquarters of the Order, Dar-ul-Irfann Munara. He received his initial education in his village school and later entered the college at Chakwal. He spent a turbulent youth characterized by family feuds and external skirmishes.
Duly dismayed by the violence and tumult, he set out in search of peace and truth. His sincere resolve was answered at the age of 24, when he met Sheikh Allah Yar Khan. He worked in close association with his Sheikh, marked by unmatched sincerity and devotion, for twenty-five years. Sheikh Allah Yar Khan transformed the unbridled youth into a Sufi saint of high eminence, infusing deep vision and spiritual blessings into the heart of his promising student. Sheikh Muhammad Akram Awan did not receive formal education at any religious institution. He acquired basics of Islamic Knowledge directly from his Sheikh. Blessed with (Ilm- al-ladunni) (Knowledge form the Divine presence).
He has special insight in Tafsir (interpretation of the Holy Quran). He used to deliver regular lectures on Quranic teachings during the life of his Sheikh and embarked upon writing a Tafsir of the Quran, entitled Asrar at-Tanzeel, soon after his Sheikh’s death. This was in fulfillment of Sheikh Allah Yar Khan’s desire, for he could not undertake this work himself due to the enormous demands of his mission. Because of his deep spiritual insight, Sheikh Muhammad Akram’sAsrar at-Tanzeel has received wide acclaim and recognition form all schools of Islamic thought, both in Pakistan and abroad.
He is Dean of the Siqarah Education System, a unique System which (integrates the Islamic education with Traditional education) at both secondary and college levels and strives to transform its young students into enlightened, practical Muslims.
He is the Patron-in Chief of Al-Murshid, a monthly magazine of the Order in Urdu. He regularly writes for the Magazine to provide guidance for seekers on the spiritual heritage of Muslim Ummah. He is also the Patron-in Chief of Al Falah Foundation an organization established in 1989 for the welfare of the people, especially the poor, in Pakistan’s rural areas.
His sole mission in life is to create in Muslims awareness about their spiritual heritage and to carry the prophetic lights and blessings to every comer of the globe for the guidance of mankind as a whole. He is an ardent advocate and supporter of Muslim causes and is committed to Islamic renewal along the lines of Khairul-Quroon (the best period in human history form 13 B.H. to 325 A.H.)
Current Shaikh (Hazrat Ameer Abdul Qadeer Awan MZA)
He is current Shaikh of Silsila Naqshbandia Owaisiah. He is the son of former Shaikh Hazrat Molana Ameer Muhammad Akram Awan (RA). He was born on 26 March 1973, in Munarah, District Chakwaal, Pakistan. In 1987, he took admission in Siqarah Academy, thus he is regarded among the earliest Siqarians and later on received further education from Siqarah College Lahore. In 1994, at a very young age, he was entrusted with the immense responsibility of administration of Dar-ul-Irfan, the central hub of Silsila Naqshbandiah Owaisiah, which he fulfilled with excellence.
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