The Golden Chain

Stories and Sayings of Shaykh Ahmed al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi

Shaykh Ahmed al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi (may God sanctify his innermost being), the twenty fifth Shaykh in the Naqshbandi Golden Chain, the ‘Renewer of the Second Islamic Millennium’, said the following:-

“The Naqshbandi Shaykhs choose to guide their disciples first through the movement from God, travelling from the higher states to the lower.
For this reason they maintain the common veils over the spiritual vision of the disciple, removing the veil of ordinary consciousness only at the final step.
All other Ways begin with the movement to God, moving from the lowest states to the highest, and removing the common veils first.”