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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.

Toronto Islahi Safar 2024

Hadrat Mawlana Tameem Ahmadi (damat barakatuhum) was invited to Toronto by the Ulama of Madinah Masjid, Toronto, for their yearly spiritual retreat, Healing Hearts. This was the first time in many years Hadrat had visited Toronto and the first time he had done a retreat/bayans in this area. Hadrat discussed the book The Straight Path Simplified. The following audios are from this recent trip from May 11th, 2024, to May 12th, 2024.

Chicago Islahi Safar 2024

Recently, Hadrat Mawlana Tameem Ahmadi (damat barakatuhum) was invited to Chicago, Illinois by the Ulama of Masjid DarusSalam for a collaborative workshop on the Hadrat’s newly published book ‘The Straight Path Simplified’. The following audios are from this recent trip from April 19th to April 20th.

A Heartfelt Account of Hadrat Mawlana Tameem Ahmadi Meeting His Shaykh al-Awwal, Hadrat Mawlana Shah Hakim Muhammad Akhtar (r)

In my early days of study, before I had met Hazratwala (db) I was deluded to think that the concept of wilayat and the aqcuisition of Allah’s friendship and nisbat were very mystical, esoteric, and beyond the reach of the common person. I thought it was always something you would read in a book but never experience, let alone actual see with your own eyes or experience physically. Life would pass in the deception that sins could never be abandoned and that we are doomed to live a life enslaved by our carnal passions. “It was only natural”, I thought to myself.

Suhbah – How Much is Enough?

One of the key lessons that we’ve been taught by our Mashayikh, is also the answer to a question that many of us have. How do I know if I’ve had enough suhbah, or if I’ve been with my Shaykh for long enough? The Answer: Be with your Mashayikh until you become like your MashayikhThis teaches us what our mentality needs to be with regards to suhbah. Suhbah is not merely sitting in the bayans of our Shaykh and taking some notes. Nor is it learning the answers to certain questions that we can then share with our family

The Ulamā’s Need for the Company of the Pious

Remember that company (suhbah) can be beneficial without knowledge, but knowledge is rarely beneficial without company (suhbah). It is for this reason that nowadays there are many Ulamā, but from them only a few are useful; who have been granted the company of an accomplished Shaykh. Look, by staying with the rose, fragrance is created in the soil. Likewise, by staying with the lovers (of Allah), the love of Allah and connection with Deen is gained. The Sahābah (may Allah ta’ala be pleased with them) gained excellence through company to such an extent that today no Imām, Faqīh, or


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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