This is a sohbet of Shaykh Ahmed Abdur-Rashid (Naqshbandi-Mujeddidi) of the World Community in Bedford. VA. Mash'Allah, I think this shaykh has very many interesting things to say. If you check on the Youtube sidebar or click on the CircleGroup2 Channel, you can find some of his other sohbets, as well as some from Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee (Shadhili). Inshallah, they may be as helpful to you as they have to me.
Though his style is somewhat different, several things the shaykh says here remind me of things from Sherif Baba's sohbets over the years-- in particular the idea that the Mujeddid (the Renewer) may not be a specific individual but rather a role that all of us have a part in. In fact, the shaykh says, even internet technologies and social media may play an important role in today's society as the voice of the Mujeddid in the modern age. This reminds me of one of Baba's sohbet's in which he describes the Sahib-i zaman (Master of the Age-- a concept related to the Hidden Imam or Imam Mehdi) in very similar language. Though Sherif Baba uses language to describe this that is much closer to the esoteric Shi'i or Alevi understandings, and Shaykh Rashid uses the more Naqshbandi language of the Mujeddid, they seem to be describing a very similar idea.
Hu, Dost! This is my way of saying thank you for all of the gifts that my teacher, Sherif Baba, has given all of us.
I love the Ahl-ul Beyt, but I am not Shi'a, at least not in the usual sense. I love the Alevi way, but I am a mainstream practicing Muslim (or, at least, trying to be one). I love Mevlana, but I'm not a Mevlevi. I love some teachers who may or may not be very shari'ah adherent, but can open hearts. Several that I love most are practicing Muslims, but not all of their students are. I've even seen one or two Salafis who are dripping with the Nur of Allah. As a Bektashi Baba once said, if we find something useful, we embrace it. I'm a liberal, but practicing Muslim, and I believe that anyone who is showing us Compassion and Mercy is showing us the way of Islam.
May we all become beautiful human beings, insha'Allah! ;)
This is really putting up some things I put together for myself about my shaykh and our path-- a friend suggested that it might be helpful for some other people as well. I thought while I was at it, I might as well add some music links along the way. Because this began for my own personal use, I have no idea where some of these pictures and quotes came from, so I apologize for putting them up without citation. I make no claim that all of this is my own. I'm simply trying to share a beautiful vision of God and humanity that I have learned about from Sherif Baba and also some inspirations from the Alevi/Bektashi tradition of Turkey, with whom Rifa'i Marufi shares many principles. Let me make it clear that I am not myself a Bektashi, though I love their path. My connection is to the Rifa'i. I hope you enjoy this offering and that these things will inspire you as much as they have inspired me.