“Under the Angel’s Wings!”

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

It is related that many years ago, Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, decided it was time to establish a khaniqah, a Sufi meeting house, in Koln, Germany. The dervishes had grown sufficiently in number, and had been holding their majlis, the twice weekly zekr, in the apartment of one of them. And so the Master directed the dervishes to begin the search for a suitable house that the Order could purchase.

They began the search the very next day. The house had to meet certain requirements of interior size and amenities; and was very difficult to find. The dervishes designated to conduct the search drove each day through the neighborhoods of Koln, and each day they looked at many house and found nothing suitable. And each night the Master would call them from England and ask, “Did you find the khaniqah?”  The dervishes would have to answer that they had not, and Dr. Nurbakhsh would say, “Keep looking!”

This went on for days, then weeks, and each night the Master would call, inquire of their progress, and tell them to keep looking.

Finally, one night when Dr. Nurbakhsh called, the darvishes were tired and disheartened after a long day of searching, and said, “Master, we have looked in every neighborhood, and can’t find anything.”

The Master said, “Keep looking! It is under the angel’s wings.”

They did not know what to make of that pronouncement, but the very next day as they were once again driving through neighborhoods, they saw a For Sale sign on a house in a good area, close to public transportation, and immediately called the broker listed on the sign. He came to meet them shortly thereafter and showed them the house. There were two large rooms on the first floor suitable for serving tea and holding the zekr, and large bedrooms on the second floor for living quarters. And there was an expansive yard that with work could be turned into a garden. It fit all the requirements of a khaniqah.

They made plans with the real estate agent to come to his office the next day and begin the process of negotiating the contract. As they were doing a final walk-through, and congratulating themselves on finding a suitable house, one of them noticed that in one corner of the garden, set on a three foot plaster pillar, was the figure of a angel, a stone cherubim, with wings outspread. The dervishes looked at each other in disbelief.

“Alhamdulillah!” They shouted.  All praise belongs to God alone, who has given to their Master the foresight of His true friends. Ya Ali! Ya Pir!

Ya Haqq!

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9 Responses to “Under the Angel’s Wings!”

  1. sylvain says:

    What a wonderful story, thank you for sharing it with us !!!

    Ya haqq

  2. herazahra says:

    insight look….ya haaq

  3. Rabeya says:

    cheerful story. Masha-Allah :)

  4. Tashi says:

    Nice, very hopeful :)

  5. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Friends:

    Thank you all for the comments :) It is indeed a sign of God’s grace that our late Master has such unclouded vision. May God bless his soul.

    Ya Haqq!

  6. rafikbandhu says:

    “Those who seek nearness to Me seek nearness through nothing I love more than the performance of what I have made incumbent upon them. My servant never ceases to seek nearness to Me through supererogatory works until I love him. Then, when I love him, I am his hearing through which he hears, his sight through which he sees, his hand through which he grasps, and his foot through which he walks.”-Hadith Qudsi

  7. Irving says:

    Thank you, brother Rafik :) This indeed was no doubt the inner station of my late Master. It is also why it is said that Allah’s hand is over the (Sufi) Master’s hand, or the Saint’s hand.

    Ya Haqq!

  8. alexander sinclair macrae says:

    this is very interesting to read. I have a very similar experience with the founding of the Sufi house in Boston’s South End which previously had belonged to my music teacher who was a professor at the Boston Conservatory of Music. This story which I
    keep to myself because it is not of this world revolves around a certain Sheik Niktab who effected the purchase. I would be very interested to learn about him and to correspond with any one who was a part of that house search. The mysteries of the spirit will remain mysterious to us ordinary people, but when they display themselves we have proof that there is a world which only the elect can see clearly. peace to all, alexander

  9. Irving says:

    The knowledge you possess about the Boston Sufi house does not surprising, Alexander. Shaikh Niktab, who by the way initiated me, passed to the Beloved around 10 years ago, but he was the right hand of our late Master, Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, and in his name, and in His name, found exactly the home for the darvishes in each city that was meant for them. The Boston khaniqah’s information is as follows:

    84 Pembroke Street
    Boston, Massachusetts 02118
    Tel : (617) 536-0076

    I suggest you call them and ask your questions :)

    Ya Haqq!

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