DAY 8 - Wednesday, September 20, 2000
Ziayarat to Sayyidina Amir al-Kulal
Visited mosque, maqam of Sayyidina Amir al-Kulal (q). On arrival at maqam, Shaykh besieged by large group of Naqshbandi followers, mostly from highly religious Ferghana Valley. 40 men emerged from gates and surrounded Shaykh. Tears filled their eyes, crying, emotionally overwhelming, begged Shaykh Hisham to pray for President Karimov and for Allah to support them in fight with “Islamist” radicals coming to their land from outside, terrorizing peaceful traditional agrarian population. Accompanied Shaykh to maqam.
Shaykh made long du’a, asking Allah for the sake of that great saint to support these sincere devout men’s fight against extremism; to protect them and their families from destructive influence of intolerant religious sectarianism which seeks to split up families, tribes and even whole towns. All men had tears flowing from their eyes, literally balling, seeking Shaykh’s blessings and prayers.
Men never spoke to Shaykh directly- inherently knew him to be living
saint, larger than life –could only look at him and cry and cry
endlessly from first moment they saw him come down from bus until he
boarded again. One even videotaped entire event; could not stop crying
while handling camera.
to Shah Naqshband
madrasa and maqam of Sayyidina Shah Naqshband (q). On this
visit Shaykh Hisham Kabbani noticed Wahabi placard written in Uzbek
language warning people not to commit “shirk”. Large placard,
right at entrance of one maqam.
After Shaykh Kabbani made du’a at gravesite, told Dr. Sabirov, (who had
by now flown from Tashkent to join him) and Mufti of Bukhara not to be
afraid. He said, “With a President like Islam Karimov, you don’t have
to be afraid to fight Wahabis.” Sabirov ordered signs removed (they tore
down). Shaykh Hisham Kabbani then noticed the museum contained Arabic book
by Abdur Rahman al-Dimashqi against tasawwuf and
Naqshbandiyya. Shaykh Hisham told them such books are poisonous.
evening - flew back to Tashkent.