Mevlevi ZikrZikr at the Ayni Ali Baba TekkeShaykh Taner Ansari

Salaamu Alaykum

Peace upon you and welcome to the online home of the Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order

We are a traditional, Islamic order whose origins started with two great Saints of early Sufism: Abdul Qadir al Geylani and Ahmed ar Rifai. Our Tradition is one of inclusiveness and of welcoming. As Sufi poet Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi (circa 1200 ACE) says;

Come, Come whoever you are, wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. Our's is not a caravan of despair. Come even if you have broken your vows a thousand times, Come, come yet again.

What is Sufism?

Sufism is a process of attaining closeness to the Creator through love, which is attained by purification of the ego.

We Are Building the QRT Center

We hope you will support this worthy cause, as we firmly believe in bringing communities closer through peace, love and togetherness. This center, which is currently under construction, will support a green and sustainable lifestyle benefiting us, our neighbors, our communities and the world.


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Giving is a blessed thing. In order for you to gain respect and degree in front of Allah you should also be generous. The idea behind giving is thankfulness, gratefulness. You are showing your gratitude to Allah. As you make investment in the world, you have to make an investment for your spirituality, for your Hereafter.

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Praise Allah Only
but Respect the Shaykh

by Shaykh Taner Ansari

Euzubillahiminesshaytanirracim Bismillahirrahmanirrahim

A student's relationship with his/her teacher is a very important one in getting close to Allah. One must follow certain principles in doing so. Shaykh is not your friend, shaykh is an employee of Allah who is helping you to have a relationship with Allah. It is your job to respect the door or the window or the means that you are getting Allah's knowledge from. The critical point is this: It is Allah who is teaching you through the Shaykh, you have to remember this. Your biat (initiation) is to Allah, your focus is on Allah, your target is Allah, your beloved is Allah, what you yearn for is Allah, don't forget this. And all praise is due to Allah, it is mentioned in suratul Fatiha. Some people praise their shaykh because they are told Allah's light is shining through their shaykh's face. Seeing this yourself is one thing and being told that this is so is another thing. You have to act from the level that you are in. Otherwise, you can fall into shirk. Even if you see Allah's light in your shaykh, your job is to praise Allah, no matter what. Because Allah the most High says, "Look at the Sun, but adore Allah who created it." So don't go too far in praising your shaykh, just respect him or her. Simple titles will be sufficient, no shaykhs praise themselves, no prophets praise themselves, they all praise Allah. Why don't we all do that?

About this Website

In this site we present our understanding on the issues and knowledge inherent to a spiritual path from a Sufi perspective. We have divided this information into four sections.

In the section titled Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order you will find information on our purpose, our history and our teachers.

The Path of Sufism contains information that is common to most Sufi orders in the world.

Guidance to the Path is an introduction to the basic practices we give to Qadiri Rifai students who wish to walk the Sufi path.

The Virtual Dergah includes a calendar of activities carried out by our order, our online bookstore, contact information and a donation form.

"Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, unbeliever, fire worshiper. Ours is not a caravan of desperation. Come even if you have broken your vows a thousand times, Come. Come again."

Western Massachusetts Sufi Meetup

Sufi Ansari Blog (en Español)

Ansari Sufi Order of Australia

London Qadiri Rifai Meetup

UK Events

Facebook-Shaykh Taner

Facebook-Sufis in Michigan

Blog: A Sufi Point of View


It Starts With Your Love

With your love let the lovers burn, O Rasulullah
May they drink the wine of love and be satisfied, O Rasulullah

For those who love you, intercede for them
For those believing bodies you are Life, O Rasulullah

That one who loves you gives up his head for you
The sun of both worlds is you, O Rasulullah

The Exalted One loved you, made you king of the world
May my heart be sacrificed for you, O Rasulullah

I am in love with the Thief of Hearts and infatuated with the rose bud
Those who do not love you, may they burn, O Rasulullah

In the heart of Dervish Yunus is knowledge of intercession
The king of the worlds is you, O Rasulullah

From A Drop in the Ocean
Yunus Emre


These are not perfect translations, as they are provided by AltaVista on demand. Qadiri Rifai Tariqa does not assume responsibility for any inaccuracies in these translations.