Naqshbandi Sufi Order
The Naqshbandiyyah Order was founded by Shaykh Baha al-Din Naqshband, born in the 14th century near Bukhara in what is now called Central Asia, but which, at that time, was culturally a part of the Persian-speaking world. The Order spread rapidly from its original home into the Eastern areas of Persia and present-day Afghanistan, and from there, into India which became the home of some of its greatest later figures.
The name of the Order, derived from its founder, means on one level, what is related to an embroiderer or literally one who casts patterns upon cloth (naqshband). But on a deeper level, it means bonding the heart with God through the imprint of His Name upon the human heart.
The transmission of the teachings in this Order has been passed down in an unbroken line (referred to as The Golden Chain) from the time of the Prophet (pbuh) to Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil al Haqqani, who revived the Naqshbandi Order at the end of the 20th Century and infused into the Community and the planet, love of God and love of the lovers of God.
In 1991 Maulana Shaykh Nazim appointed Shaykh Hisham Kabbani as his representative to the West. A prominent scholar of mainstream, traditional Islam, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani has spent his life spreading the teachings of peace, tolerance, respect and love that are the message of Islam throughout the world. Here in the United States Shaykh Kabbani has continued to disseminate the light and peace of Islam's spiritual dimension to people of every background, ethnicity, race, and belief.
At the heart of the Naqshbandi teachings, as that of other Sufi orders, lies the practice of the remembrance and invocation of God (dhikr Allah). The goal of the whole of the spiritual life is to remember God, a remembrance which transforms, consumes, annihilates, and finally resurrects the followers of the Sufi path in the Divine Reality.
Throughout Islamic history Naqshbandis have played an important role in the preservation and spread of Islam especially under conditions of duress, while having as their central aim, the spiritual, inner perfection of their followers. They have always sought to preserve a balance between the esoteric and exoteric, avoiding excesses which one might observe elsewhere.
Source: Seyyed Hossein Nasr from his Foreward to the book, The Naqshbandi Sufi Way, by Shaykh Hisham Kabbani