Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
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If your students do not know how to swim,
being still children, you give them a vessel
that they can ride on.
From the shore of darkness to the shore of safety. From the shore of difficulties to the shore of peacefulness.
From the shore of hatred to the shore of love.
From the shore of anarchy to the shore of harmony. From the shore of terrorism and violence to the shore of peacefulness and satisfaction.
If you bring them there, it will be heaven,
a paradise for them.
And this is the responsibility of saints."
Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, who has been under the guidance of Shaykh Nazim for over forty years, is a scholar and Sufi shaykh from the Middle East. He graduated from the American University of Beirut in Chemistry. From there he went to Belgium, to continue his Medical Degree in Louvain. Then he received his Islamic Law Degree from Damascus. From his childhood, he accompanied Shaykh 'Abdullah ad-Daghestani and Shaykh Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani, the grandshaikhsof the Most Distinguished Naqshbandi Order in this time. He travelled extensively throughout the Middle East, Europe, and the Far East in the company of his shaikh.
In 1991 he was ordered by Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, his shaykh, to move to America and to establish the foundation of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order there.
Shaykh Hisham Kabbani's mission in the Americas is to spread the Sufi teachings of the brotherhood of mankind and the Unity of belief in God that is present in all religions and spiritual paths. His efforts are directed at bringing the diverse spectrum of religions and spiritual paths into harmony and concord, in recognition of mankind's responsibility as caretaker of this fragile planet and of one another.
His endeavors to create unity among sincere seekers of all traditions is perhaps his greatest legacy to the western world.