Welcome to al-Salik, the virtual home of Khanqah Imdadiyyah Ashrafiyyah – located in Union City, California. This website is dedicated to those matters which deal with Tasawwuf, Suluk, Purifying the Heart, and Attaining Closeness to Allah Ta’ala. Our Murshid & Shaykh, Hadrat Mawlana Tameem Ahmadi (damat barakatuhum) is the Khalifah of the late Hadrat Mawlana Shah Hakim Muhammad Akhtar (qadasallahu sirrahu) (1928-2013) & Hadrat Mawlana Qammaruzaman Illahabadi (damat barakatuhum). Seekers will find a vast array of malfuzat, audios, islahi letters, questions & answers, and other articles on this website for their benefit as they traverse the path. Before asking a question, please take due diligence to search through the archives and index to see if your matter has been answered already.

An Islāhī-Letter

The Murīd writes: “My revered master! I am very weak and have little to no knowledge. I can also not claim to have great passion and love for Allah. However, I did experience a river of passion and love when I

Admonishment of the Shaykh to the Sincere Seeker (Murid)

Ḥaḍrat Ashraf ‘Ali Thānwī has advised that the Shaykh should not accept any murīd on the spiritual path, with whom the Shaykh has to constantly ‘honor and respect’ or be ‘careful and wary’ not to quickly offend. Rather, only such a

Recent Cleveland Islahi Safar

Recently, Hadrat Mawlana Tameem Ahmadi (damat barakatuhum) was invited to Cleveland, Ohio by his dear friend and colleague, Mawlana Musa Sugapong. Mawlana Musa serves his community through his grassroots organization called Knowman Learning. The following audios are from this recent trip

The Pleasure of Allah can Only be Recognized by Revelation

Hakim al-Ummah رح said, “We cannot rely upon any other avenue or source to recognize the pleasure of Allah other than through the light of revelation. Neither can this be determined through logic or intellect nor through reading or studying random

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Common questions regarding tasawwuf

What is Tasawwuf?

Tasawwuf is commonly referred to as suluk (traveling the path to Allah) or also tazkiyah (purification of the nafs).  The reality of tasawwuf is to adorn both the outward

What is a Shaykh of Tasawwuf?

(Read “What is Tasawwuf?” first)  A shaykh of tasawwuf is someone who has been traveling the path of Din for a considerable amount of time, with knowledge and practice

What is Bay’ah?

Renewal of One’s Repentance and Commitment One of the traditions associated with the path of taṣawwuf that is often misunderstood is the institution of bayʿah or ʿahd. It is

What is a Khanqah?

A khanqah is a place dedicated to the dissemination of the teachings of the science of the heart (Tasawwuf, Tazkiyah). It was separate from the Masjid due to the

What is a Tariqah?

After the era of the Sahaba, from the beginning of the end of the time of the tabi’in and the beginning of the tab’tabi’in there were zuhhad and ubbad,

The Thanwi Silsila?

The silsilas of four mashayikh are more well known and recognized (in the Indian sub-continent). The silsilas of these four pious saints (may Allah enlighten their graves) became more

A Sign of Nisbat Ma’Allah

Nisbah literally means “relationship” or “connection.” A nisbah is a two-way process. It has two ends. In our context, nisbah ma’Allah (connection with Allah) means Allah’s connection with the

Spiritual Congeniality (Munasabah) Explained

Experience has proven that for gaining spiritual benefit (fuyudh-e-batini), mutual munasabah (compatibility/congeniality) between the Shaykh and murid is a natural condition. Normally benefit is dependent on affection which is

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