Ishq-Nuri Tariqa

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The Ishq-Nuri Tariqa or Ishq-Nuri Sufi Order, is a branch or offshoot of the famous, and much older Chistiyya Sufi mystical teaching order, or system[1]

Origins[edit]

The Order was founded by the Chishti Sufi sage and shaykh (master/teacher) Khwaja Khalid Mahmood Siddiqui al-Chishti in the late 1960s[2] in the city of Lahore, Pakistan. The founder was a sage initiated originally in the Chishti-Nizami section of the traditional Chishti Order, who felt that a more modern, and 'contemporaneous expression' of the teachings of this system was needed.[3] The Ishq-Nuri order sought to make Ishq—Divine Love—as its essential teaching basis[4] and in this, reflected many of the ideas of earlier Sufi sages and saints like Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti and Baba Farid[5] as well as other universal Sufis masters such as Rumi, Hakim Sanai and others.[6] A broad, universal love and thankfulness, remains one of the key tenets of the order's teaching.[7]

Practice[edit]

The Ishq-Nuri continue to practice on a small scale within South Asia only, mostly within Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.[8] It is believed that some people in Europe and parts of the Middle East are now also starting to follow this order [9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akber Ahmed, 'The Light beyond the Veil: Into the Esoteric World of Sufis and Sufism in South Asia' pub Lahore and Karachi: Gnostic Publishers Ltd, 1977, pp 69-72
  2. ^ Ahmed, 1977, p 69
  3. ^ KM Siddiqui, 'A Sufi Path to Knowledge' Lahore: Aman Books, 1971, p III the Preface
  4. ^ Siddiqui, p 15
  5. ^ M Haeri 'The Chishtis:A Living Light', Oxford: OUP, 2002
  6. ^ W Chittick 'The Sufi Path of Love', Albany, New York: SUNY Press, 1983
  7. ^ Ahmed, p 70
  8. ^ Sheykh Omer Tarin, 'The Ishq Nuri Chisti Sufis: A Brief Introduction to their history, beliefs and practices' in Rah i Haqq ed Sufi Ghulam Hussain Chishti, New Delhi: 2012, pp 21-48
  9. ^ Tarin, 47-48

Further reading[edit]

  • C Ernst and B Lawrence Sufi Martyrs of Love: The Chishti Order in South Asia and Beyond , New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2002.
  • Amatullah Armstrong Chishti, The Lamp of Love, Karachi: OUP, 2005.
  • M Jaffer The Book of Moinuddin Chishti , New Delhi: Penguin Books India, 2008.