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Golden Chain

Use Of Pictures

Imam at-Tahawi al-Hanafi said: “The Lawmaker (s) first forbade pictures entirely, even stripes on clothes, because people had only recently turned away from worshipping images, so that was prohibited across the board. When his prohibition of such images became solidly ingrained, he permitted striped clothes due to the necessity of using clothes, and he permitted whatever is practiced as a matter of trade, because the ignorant are safe from exalting such practice. As for what is not practiced as a matter of trade, it remained forbidden.”

Uwaysi Connection

Sayyidina Shah Bahaudin Naqshband al-Uwaysi al-Bukhari received the silent dhikr from the spiritual presence (ruhaniyya) of Khwaja Abdul Khaliq Ghujdawani. He did not meet with him physically because there were five shaykhs between them in the Golden Chain. Similarly Sayyidina Abul Hasan al-Kharaqani took spiritual guidance and initiation in the Naqshbandi Order from the spiritual presence of Bayazid Bistami.

How To Call

Our grandShaykh Shaykh Abdullah ad-Daghestani advised this fashion of calling on the Prophet (s) and the Shaykhs of the Order when asking their intercession. This formulation was transmitted to him by his Shaykh who received it through the Golden Chain, each Shaykh passing it one to another.

The Chain

  • Prophet Muhammad ibn Abd Allah صلى الله عليه و سلّم
  • Abu Bakr as-Siddiq ر
  • Salman al-Farsi ر
  • Qasim ibn Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr ق