Wheresoever you look, there is the Face of God;
Everything is perishing except the One face.
The Golden Chain began with the Prophet Muhammad, who poured the essence of love from his divine and special being into the heart of his close follower Abu Bakr. This essence of love was then transmitted to the next Master or Shaykh in the Golden Chain, which has continued for 1400 years in an unbroken transmission to our present day Shaykhs.
There has been a total of forty Shaykhs in the Golden Chain, with their names, times they lived and their teachings still known today. Although they comprise different nationalities and countries of origin, they are linked by this transcending ‘heart-to heart’ connection.
A noteworthy period of the Chain was when it was being transmitted by the Masters of Central Asia, a brilliant group of mystics, known as the ‘Khwajagan’ (the Masters), that had a profound effect on the Order. The Order derived its name from one of these Shaykhs, Bahauddin Shah Naqshband.
The Naqshbandis include some of the greatest Masters, Guides and Saints the world has seen, with their teachings woven through different countries and different times, providing a rich spiritual heritage. Many of these Masters have advised the rulers of their times. This enduring wisdom continues to provide blessings and direction to spiritual seekers these days.
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham trained under his Shaykh, Shaykh Nazim and his Grandshaykh, Shaykh Abdullah for over fifty years and is a living Representative of the Shaykhs of the Golden Chain.