Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari

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Syed Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari
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Mausoleum of Bahauddin Naqshband in Bukhara 39°48'5"N 64°32'11"E
Venerated inIslam

Syed Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari' (Uzbek: بهاءالدین محمد نقشبند بخاری) ‎(1318–1389) was the founder of what would become one of the largest Sufi Muslim orders, the Naqshbandi.


Baha-ud-Din was born on 18 March 1318 CE (14 Muharram, 718 AH) in the village of Qasr-i-Hinduvan (later renamed Qasr-i Arifan) near Bukhara, in what is now Uzbekistan and it was there that he died in 1389.[1]

He came into early contact with the Khwajagan (lit: the Masters), and was adopted as spiritual progeny by one of them, Baba Muhammad Sammasi, while still an infant. Sammasi was his first guide on the path, and more important was his relationship with Sammasi's principal khalifa (successor), Amir Kulal, the last link in the silsila, or chain of teachers, before Baha-ud-Din:[2]

  1. Muhammad
  2. Abu Bakr
  3. Salman the Persian
  4. Qasim ibn Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr
  5. Ja'far al-Sadiq
  6. Bayazid Bistami
  7. Abu al-Hassan al-Kharaqani
  8. Abu Ali al-Farmadi
  9. Yusuf Hamadani
  10. Abul Abbas al-Khadr
  11. Abd al-Khaliq Ghijduwani
  12. Arif Riwgari
  13. Mahmud Faghnawi
  14. Ali Ramitani
  15. Baba Sammasi
  16. Amir Kulal
  17. Baha'al-din Naqshband Bukhari


Baha-ud-Din was buried in his native village, Qasr-i Arifan, in 1389. In 1544 Khan Abd al-Aziz built over his grave a tomb and surrounding buildings. The Memorial complex is located 12 kilometers from Bukhara and is today a place of pilgrimage.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "YAWM-A-WILAADAT HAZRAT KHWAJA SHAH BAHAUDDEEN NAQHSHBAND QADDAS ALLAHU SIRRUHUL AZEEZ". 17 November 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-12-27.
  2. ^ Sultanova, Razia (2011). "Naqshbandiyya". From Shamanism to Sufism. I.B.Tauris. p. 32–37. ISBN 978-1-84885-309-6.
  3. ^ Mausoleum of Bahauddin Naqshbandi 2003-2013 Hotelica.

Further reading[edit]

  • The Rules or Secrets of the Naqshbandi Order by Omar Ali-Shah (1992) ISBN 2909347095
  • The Masters of Wisdom by John G. Bennett (1995) ISBN 1881408019
  • The Naqshbandi Sufi Way, (History and Guidebook of the Saints of the Golden Chain). by Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani. Kazi Publications, USA (1995) ISBN 0-934905-34-7
  • Classical Islam and the Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, Islamic Supreme Council of America (June 2004), ISBN 1930409230.

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