The Golden Chain

Stories and Sayings of  Yusef al-Hamadani

Khwaja Abu Yaqub Yusef al-Hamadani (may God sanctify his innermost being), the ninth Sheikh in the Naqshbandi Golden Chain and the first of the ‘Khwajagan’ – the Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia, said the following, illustrating his high station among the Saints:-

“The opening of the faculty of spiritual hearing in the friends of God is like a message from Reality, a chapter in the Book of God, a blessing from the knowledge of the unseen. It is the beginning of the opening of the heart and its unveiling – good tidings from the heavenly stations! It is the dawn of understanding of Divine meanings. This hearing of sustenance for the spirit and life for the heart. It is the subsistence of the secret. God makes Himself Witness for the visions of His chosen servants, and adorns them with His blessed acts and decorates them with His Attributes.

Of His Saints, He makes one group hear through His Exalted Witnessing. He makes others hear through His Unique Oneness. He makes another group of them hear through His Mercy. He makes some hear through His Power.”


This is how Khwaja Yusef al-Hamadani, the shadow of God on earth, used to describe the heavenly reality and exalted stations of the Sufis:-

“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.”