The Golden Chain

The Presence of Intimacy

Khwaja Yusef al-Hamadani (may God sanctify his innermost being) the ninth Sheikh in the Naqshbandi Golden Chain and also the first of the ‘Khwajagan’ – the Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia, used to describe the heavenly reality and exalted stations of the Sufis as follows:-

“Let it be known to you, O human being, that God has created from the Light of His manifestations, 70,000 Angels and assigned to them various stations between the Throne and the Chair. In the Presence of Intimacy, their dress is green wool, their faces are like the full moon, they stand in His presence in awe, fainting, drunk with His Love, running endlessly from the Throne to the Chair and back because of the emotion and the mercy which is burning in their hearts. Those are the Sufis of the Heavens and Israfil (the Angel who will blow the Trumpet on the Judgement Day) is their leader and their guide, and Gabriel is their president and their speaker, and al-Haqq (God the Truth) is their King. God’s blessings are upon them.”