Mawlana Shaykh Hisham & TEAM
I am responsible for a circle of Naqshbandi ladies dhikr/Cairo Egypt. Sometimes I get new ladies who say: “We are Sufis without a Shaykh”. They don’t want to commit to a Shaykh. I accept them and tell them to read Fatihah for Prophet (s)/ make salawat so they can be able to identify their Shaykh. It usually works this way. Eventually they take online bay`ah with Mawlana Shaykh Nazim. However sometimes they tend to be more stubborn/aggressive, to the point that they ask me personally to read dhikr with them without reading Fatihah to Naqshbandi Golden Chain. I told them simply, my Shaykhs taught me this dhikr and the least I can do is read Fatihah for them. Kindly advise/pray for us.
Give them time to shed the false notions layered over their perception of religion. Tell them about the circle of Hajja Anna in Damascus in which was raised Hajja Naziha. Just read Fatiha to “Ustazina wa Ustazi Ustazina” without naming so as not to raise objections. Until they accept a living shaykh their shaykh is shaytan but at least they are on the right way and learning little by little, as all of us are in sha Allah.
Hajj Gibril Haddad