THE JOURNEY TO THE DIVINE PRESENCE
|REALITY OF REALIZATION
“Oh you company of Jinn and Men,
if you have the power to penetrate (all)
the regions of the heavens and earth,
then penetrate (them)! You will never
penetrate them except with (Our)
Which then of the favours of your Lord
will you deny"
Sura Ar Rahman: 55:33-34
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal) said Laisal kaburukal maimah “Nothing is more valuable
than direct experience.”
A person having direct experience is convinced without doubt of the reality. His outlook is that
of certainty. Many Mureeds of Moulana Sheik Nazim (Qad) have attained this state of certainty
and some of their experiences are given below.
Many of Moulana Sheik Nazim’s Mureeds have experienced the seeing of lights of different
shapes and colours. It is quite common among these Mureeds to see pin points of different
coloured lights at various times of the day and night. These lights appear in flashes and
disappear. Some also see waves of gold or silver light appearing in front of them. These lights
can be compared to a heavy mist and they always move about in waves. Even in utter
darkness these mureds are able to see all around them.
Some have also experienced seeing a big golden or silvery light close to their foreheads or at
the positions where their hearts are. Some Mureeds also see big flashes of light appearing in
blotches in front of them. Some also have experienced seeing lights in the form of streaks and
lightning. Others have perceived lights in the shape of the moon and stars.
Lights of various colours and hues particularly, red, purple, light blue, green, gold, silver and
white have been seen by these Mureeds. Light like that of the shining sun at noon with all its
intensity and brightness have been witnessed. In short so many types of lights have been
seen by these Mureeds that it would be difficult to enumerate all of them here.
A common experience of many Mureeds is the sudden inhalation of a whiff of incense or attar
(perfume). The type of perfume in almost all cases is one that is not being worn by the Mureed
and is easily recognized due to its unexpected presence.
During the repetition of Dhikr some Mureeds have experienced a sweet taste on their tongues
which lingers sometimes from between a day to three or four days on end. Mureeds have been
given various types of liquids such as water and milk etc to drink by Prophets, particularly Holy
Prophet (Sal) and Seyyidina Khidr (Alai) during the recital of Salawath (Durood) and Dhikr.
These liquids represent secret knowledge
Some Mureeds have also experienced the sense of touch when they have been totally devoid
of other company. This experience is common to Mureeds who are nodding off to sleep while
reciting Quran or while praying or while in Dhikr. Such an experience usually has the effect of
awakening the mureed and helping him to concentrate.
Many Mureeds have had the experience of seeing Moulana Sheikh Nazim and also other
members of the Golden Chain of Spiritual Transmission of the Naqshabandi Tariqat appearing
before them. Some have had the experience of seeing a host of the Saints (awliya) appearing
A selection of Mureeds see Moulana Sheikh Nazim in flashes at various times of the day or
night. Some see the entire form of the Sheikh, while some see just the bust or only his face.
Certain of these Mureeds see Moulana Sheikh Nazim in front of them all the time and Moulana
is always with them. Wherever they may be or wherever they may go Moulana Sheikh Nazim is
always present with them. Some of them have also been granted the gift of being able to
communicate with Moulana. Any question that they put to their Sheik is immediately answered
by him. Whatever they want to know Sheik gives them the answer. Vast amounts of hidden
knowledge have been communicated to his Mureeds by Moulana Sheikh Nazim in this manner.
Questions by these Mureeds regarding day to day life, or questions relating to religion and
Marifatullah (hidden knowledge) and also many other subjects have been answered by
Moulana Sheikh Nazim. When this type of communication has been granted to a mureed, he
no longer needs to resort to books in order to further his knowledge. Anything that he desires
to know is told to him by his Sheik.
There are some Mureeds who have been given the gift by Moulana Sheikh Nazim of being
able to see the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal) appearing before them. To some of them the
Holy Prophet (Sal) appears to them in flashes. Some are in the presence of the Holy Prophet
(Sal) at all times 24 hours a day. They are able to communicate with the Holy Prophet (Sal).
They are able to put questions to Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal) and they are answered by
him. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal) teaches, instructs and guides them.
Many Mureeds have also the gift of being able to interpret dreams. This they do either by
asking for the interpretation of these dreams from Moulana Sheikh Nazim or from the Holy
Prophet (Sal). Sometimes they do this by means of interpreting these dreams according to the
knowledge that has been given to them. When a person relates a dream to these Mureeds,
they are even able to actually see the dream visually unfolding before the very eyes of their
hearts. In some instances, these Mureeds have been able to remind the one who related his
dream of certain portions of his dream that had been forgotten by him and therefore omitted in
the narration of it and subsequently the dreamer is able to recollect quite clearly what he had
The existence of Seyyidina Mahdi (Alai) in these times is doubly confirmed by some Mureeds
of Moulana Sheik Nazim who have been given the gift of seeing Seyyidina Mahdi (Alai). He is
so powerful that it is not possible for people to look at his eyes. Moulana Sheikh Nazim has
however, granted some of his Mureeds the power to look directly into the eyes of Seyyidina
Mahdi (Alai) and also to communicate with him.
Certain of the Mureeds of Moulana Sheikh Nazim experience that Moulana appears within
them. When this happens, they are no longer conscious of themselves as themselves. They
loose their identity and are conscious of themselves as their Sheikh. They see through
Moulana's eyes when they look, they hear through Moulana's ears when they speak. They no
longer see or feel themselves as they no longer exist, only Moulana exists. When a mureed in
this state makes any movement, this movement is seen by the mureed to be a reflection of
Moulana Sheikh Nazim. This state is temporary for some Mureeds while for others it is
established and permanent. In this state the Mureed is known to be going through the process
of Fana fi Sheik.
Some Mureeds also experience the state of Fana fi Rasool which is the next stage towards the
Divine Presence. In this stage the Holy Prophet (Sal) is experienced within the mureed. As in
the earlier case the Mureeds lose their identity and are conscious of themselves as Moulana
Sheikh Nazim who is lost in the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal). They can no longer identify
themselves as themselves. They now identify themselves while in this state as being mirrored
by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal). They now see, hear and experience sensation through
the Holy Prophet (Sal).
The ability to look into and witness events that have occurred in the past has also been given
by Moulana Sheikh Nazim to some of his Mureeds. All that these Mureeds have to do is to
think of this particular event and they are shown it as it actually happened. For example, if a
mureed with this gift wished to see a certain incident related in the Quran, for instance the
incident described in Sura Yoosuf where the ladies of the court of the King while paring fruits
were so rapt in the beauty of Yoosuf (Alai) that they did not realize that they had cut their
fingers, or the creation of Adam (Alai) or incidents in the life of any Prophet or Saint. These
incidents are portrayed to them as they actually took place.
For instance, if these Mureeds were to read the life story of our Prophet (Sal) they would see
the incidents unfold before them as if they were happening at that time. The same is true if
they were to read the life story of a Saint. This is not only restricted to reading. The same
would occur if another person is relating a story as well, where the story would unfold in front
of the Mureeds who actually witness the events talked about. In short, all that these Mureeds
wish to see of the past are depicted to them. This state is being experienced by some of
Moulana Sheikh Nazim's Mureeds and they are also given access to witness whatever is
presently occurring anywhere in the world. They have been given the gift of all that they wish
A few Mureeds have been given the gift of being able to look through the eyes of everyone.
These Mureeds, simply ask Moulana Sheikh Nazim for this ability and are then able to look
through another’s eyes and see whatever they are seeing. Sights which have arrested one in
the past and is imprinted in his memory may be recalled by him at a particular instant which a
Mureed with this ability of looking through anyone’s eyes may see in all it?s glory. For
instance, if a person has been to the Himalayas and seen a particular mountain range, all that
the Mureed with this ability has to do is to ask Moulana Shaikh Nazim to let him look through
this person?s eyes and he would see what that person had seen. This phenomenon is not
only limited to this, but also to dreams and spiritual visions. If a Mureed with this ability desires
to look through the eyes of another Mureed with spiritual vision, he is shown this spiritual
vision which may be the vision of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal) or Moulana Sheikh Nazim
or some other Prophet or Saint.
Sometimes, Mureeds have been transported to other countries and places. For example they
may be transported in a moment to London where Moulana Sheikh Nazim would be delivering
a lecture. Some are known to have visited Mecca, Medina, London and Baghdad in moments
by the power and the grace of Moulana Sheikh Nazim. Of course there are also certain
Mureeds who have had the opportunity of being transported beyond the limits of this world,
beyond the limits of this Galaxy even, and to the very edges of the far Galaxies. They have
been taken to the Paradises and have experienced the delights therein. They have even seen
the hells too. They have also visited other worlds and met with their occupants.
A common phenomenon at this point is the experience of ecstasy in love oceans for Moulana
Sheik Nazim, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sal) and ultimately towards the Divine
Presence. This feeling of ecstasy can never be accurately expressed as there is no other
sensation that can be compared to it. It can only be pointed out that it is even greater than the
greatest feeling of love that two ardent lovers may have for each other. An example of this
sensation may be realized from the story of Yoosuf (Alai) where Lady Zulaiha after pining away
for the love of Yoosuf (Alai) finally has this, her greatest desire granted by Allah Almighty.
Having wed Yoosuf (Alai) however, on the night of their marriage even this great love for him
was forgotten in the ecstasy that she felt for Allah Almighty.
There are also Mureeds who have even developed to the state where they have been given
the gift of being able to witness everything in creation performing Dhikr constantly. They
witness everything that they look at shimmering in constant Dhikr. Some even hear this Dhikr.
Some of the Mureeds of Moulana Sheikh Nazim have been given knowledge of the secrets of
nature. For, instance the secrets of plants etc, have been granted to these Mureeds.
A degree of Unity have been experienced by certain Mureeds where they have expanded to
the extent that they see the Universe at a glance. They are able to see right across the
Universe and also able to focus on any place that they desire. They see the entire Universe as
one in all its vastness. They have beheld that the entirety is made of one substance. At some
point some Mureeds reach the state where they no longer can differentiate between
themselves and the Universe in its entirety. At this point they see themselves as the entire
Universe with a single soul their soul.
Moulana Sheikh Nazim says that the purpose of religion is to know Allah. He quotes the Hadith
Qudsi - I was a Hidden Treasure and loved to be known. Therefore the purpose of any religion
is to find this Hidden Treasure and to discover its secrets. It is towards this end that Moulana
Sheikh Nazim is training his Mureeds. He guides them to the Divine Presence and seats them
on the Divine Throne of Allah Almighty to take command of the entire Universe.
Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran, “I give sovereignty to whom I want.” Moulana Sheik
Nazim is therefore guiding every seeker who comes to him to achieve this goal. All the
phenomena experienced by Mureeds discussed above only represent a tiny drop in the ocean
of knowledge that Moulana Sheikh Nazim intends to impart to his Mureeds. Moulana Sheikh
Nazim puts it very simply when he says Come to me and I shall give you everything?. Is there
anything that falls short of everything?