Mr. Niktab and the Lights

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

This is a true story that happened many years ago. Mr. Niktab, the Shaykh of Shaykhs, was making his yearly trip to the US in order to visit the many khaniqahs,  initiate new darvishes, and bring through his person the love of the Master, Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order. At one khaniqah, he participated in the Sunday zekr (one of the twice weekly meetings during which the dervishes sit in a circle in a darkened room and meditate, sometimes silently, sometimes to music).

A few of the darvishes brought their children with them to meet and receive the blessings of the Shaykh, and they sat quietly in the next room with their sons and daughters. Upon this occasion, as the story is told, a three year-old boy was sitting with his mother behind the curtain that separates the tea room from the meeting room.  The boy peeked through the curtain, then suddenly got up and ran into the zekr,. Before his mother could get up to fetch him, he came running back beside her.

“Why did you do that?” the mother whispered. “You know you aren’t supposed to go in until the meeting is over.”

“The lights!”

“What lights? What are you talking about?”

“How come the people have little lights coming out of their heads, but Mr. Niktab’s light goes all the way to the ceiling?” the boy asked.

The mother looked at her son in astonishment and quickly glanced through the curtain. She did not see the lights, but she hugged her son and kissed his cheek.

“Alhamdulillah!” she whispered, and praised God for the unclouded eyes of children.

Ya Haqq!

7 Responses to Mr. Niktab and the Lights

  1. Susan says:


    This is an excuisite story about an exceptionally light-filled being. May we all remember how to see….



  2. seeker2008 says:


    This is really sweet and touching, can I repost?


  3. Bengt Erik Stendlert says:

    Thank you for sharing. All the best!

  4. Irving says:

    Thank you for the comments, dear friends :) Dave, of course you may repost the story :)

    Mr. Niktab was a lovely man, in the true sense of the word; love poured from him in word and deed. He was also the Shaykh who initiated me onto the Sufi path, so he holds a special place in my heart.

    Ya Haqq!

  5. Mignon says:

    May those lights never dim. :)

  6. Nazee says:

    I just recently came across this post and it was very heartwarming for me to read. You see, Mr. Niktab was my grandfather (my mother is Khojasteh Niktab) and it touches my heart to see his memory and legacy live on. It is wonderful to see how many lives he was able to touch along the way.

  7. Irving says:

    Thank you so much for the comment, dear Nazee :) Mr. Niktab was a blessing to all he touched on the path of love, and as representative of our Master, Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, he was without peer. I visited his grave the last time I was in England, and prayed that Allah raise his soul to the first ranks of His beloveds, along with our late Master :)

    He is also mentioned in other stories about Dr. Nurbakhsh that I have posted on the blog, so check them out also :)

    Ya Haqq!

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