This tariqa is one of the most important by the number of its followers worldwide. The way would be born almost at the same time as Islam in the early VIIth century A.D.

First known as the « Way of the Truthful », then « Way of the Sincere », it took its current name due to the influence that the tariqa have had under the Great Sheikh Khwaja Shah Naqshband Bahâ’uddîn, born in the XIVth century near Bukhara.

— Sheikh Abdel Hafid Wentzel in his flat, Istanbul

DHikR – Naqshbandi Prayers

The participants are mainly Kurds from Syria. Many Syrian refugees live in Fatih. Sheikh Wentzel also lived in Damascus during 10 years and emigrated to Istanbul because of the civil war.

« The situation in Syria pains me. It was a country where everyone respected his neighbor and tolerated his religion. Now it is gone. You should watch this superb documentary about a friendship between Sheikh Ibrahim and friar Djihane, a monk, both living in the same village in Syria. »

— Sheikh Wentzel

— Hace-I Rakim Mustafa Efendi mosque, Istanbul, Turkey


To join the Naqshbandiyya tariqa, you have to state a bayat, an oath which binds you to the Sheikh.

As a Naqshbandi follower, you normally have to comply with its 11 principles.

 » Most of the students are doing less. It is very difficult to follow correctly these 11 principles without jeopardising your own life balance. A few students close to Allah can adhere to the daily exercices. It implies an iron will. »

— Sheikh Wentzel


« The first right and duty written in the Qu’ran is to respect your neighbor. We must respect everybody.

ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. These persons are political agents whose ultimate goal is to make Islam look like evil. People joining ISIS has lost their bearings. They feel bad in their life and are filled with anger and hatred. As Sheikh which etymologically means wise, we have to fight theologically ISIS. Sheikh Muhamad Ali Akubi has developed strong rationale in his book Refuting ISIS. »

— Sheikh Wentzel


The dhikr is referring to the short sentences or prayers which are repeatdly recited silently or loudly. It is a tradition within the Naqshbandiyya tariqa to recite silently in a half-light room.

A GLOBAL & Influent Tariqa

The tariqa now radiates from Chile to China , passing through North America, Europe and Central Asia and Oceania. This momentum has been initiated by Mawlana Sheikh Nazim al- Haqqani who supervised the Naqshbandiyya until his death in 2014. He was regularly cited in the 50 most influential Muslims in the world. The President of Turkey, Reccep Tayyip Erdogan is known to be close to the tariqa, as well as the Sultan of Brunei and the Prince of Malaysia.

— German Sheikh discussing with Sheik Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani


« General education is the education of people’s heart. In our tariqa, we combine this education to intelligence. »

Sheikh Abd al-Hafidh Wentzel

« Sheikh Nazim Al-Haqqani urged to reconnect with the spirituality and modernized some traditions of the tariqa.« 

Sheikh Abd al-Hafidh Wentzel


Naqshbandi differs from most Sufi turuq as it traces its chain of transmission through the first Sunni Caliph, Abu Bakr instead of Ali. This explains the orthodox Sunni tradition of the tariqa.

A silsila represents the chain of spiritual transmission from Muhammad and his companions until today. By touching each other shoulders, they are entering in a communion with Sheikh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani and thus indirectly to Abu Bakr.


« Here, we accept everyone. Jews, Christians, Shia, Sunni, followers of other turuq, we do not know what Allah has decided and how Allah would take the fact we close the door on whomsoever. »

— Sheikh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani


As Naqshbandiyya tariqa is sunni orthodox, the Iranian government does not authorize any meeting in public places.

In Istanbul or in Sanandaj in Iran, we consult Sheikh Mustafa and Sheikh Wentzel for a backache as well as for romantic setbacks.

— Dhikr in Sanandaj, Iran.


Does the religion become a problem when it melts with politics?

« What about politics when it melts with religions? History has indeed a number of dubious examples but now Turkey shows a nice balance between religion and political powers. »

Sheikh Abd Al-Hafidh Wentzel

The question is indeed debatable in Turkey and Iran.


The tariqa modernised by sharing out loud the dhikr and by integrating some hadra, which are sung.

Heads are moving from top to bottom, the voices become guttural uttering the name of Allah, and the faithful go into a trance .

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