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Two reeds drink from one stream. One is hollow, the other is sugar-cane. - Jalaludin Rumi

Guard your heart from heedlessness, protect your lower self from desires, guard your intellect from ignorance, and you will be admitted into the company of the vigilant. It is a duty for everyone to seek knowledge; that is, knowledge of yourself. - Jafar al-Sadiq

If someone remarks, "What an excellent man you are!" and this pleases you more than his saying, "What a bad man you are!" know that you are still a bad man. - Sufyan al-Thawri

 

 

  

Who we are

Assalamualiakum,

The present world is overrun by consumerism. Consumerist mentality has pervaded all facets of life and has become call of the day. Even religion is not free from consumerism. People are trying to quantify God's blessing in return of rituals performed. And putting religion on a cause and effect mechanical basis. This is diverting human attention from meekness and humble beseeching of His grace and Mercy. On the other hand, Sufism is being perverted and made corrupt by fakes and self-seekers. People are flocking to 'Peers/Sheikhs/Spiritual leaders' for mundane benefit and relief, and this is being encouraged. In this way as well, Sufism succumbs to consumerist mentality. In the nineteenth century there was a strong backlash to Sufism in the Arabian peninsula and the world at large. This was in the name of reformism. But in the long run these reformist movements have managed to distort the very spirit of Islam. So-called Islamic politics is being guided by and large to fulfill self-interests and sectarian ideologies. On many instances these politicians have taken up armed conflict as a method, bringing in immeasurable suffering to human being instead of peace and elevation of the level of human consciousness.

In this chaotic background of the present, it has been felt that Islam should be brought back to its proper perspective. Suffering, subjugation and injustice should be replaced with preaching of peace, harmony and tranquility and ultimately elevating the level of human consciousness. This is a sure way for the saving of the planet Earth from man-made destruction.

The Shahbaz Center will focus on the traditional teaching of Tasawwuf and not confine itself to a particular Silsilah or Tariqa, welcoming all to know their true selves and thus know God. Tasawwuf is not only particular knowledge, but also a practice and a process of elevation of consciousness to a level uncharted. This center humbly wants to introduce academic Sufism to the people interested.

PRESENT STATE OF THE CENTER
This center at present is at a very early stage, 1.31 acre of land has been procured in an area far from townships. The intention is to take away the pupils from the hue and cry of cities and of daily mundane life, to surrounding of nature and tranquility. It is intended, with the will of God to expand the area by procuring adjacent lands. Planned plantation is being made to beautify the area.

FUTURE PLANS
With the will of God and blessing of His Prophet (sallallahu alihe wasallam) the center envisages a dormitory for 30 persons, a library, a prayer room, a seminar room and other services.
Energy will be obtained from solar energy and internet facilities will be developed.
There will be a publication section and a translation section for providing Bengali speaking people with current and classical Sufi literature. This center will arrange lectures and seminars at the center and elsewhere in the country. Facilities will be provided at the center for performing seclusion.



THE FOUNDER: SAIYED SHAHBAZI 

Born and raised in a Sufi family in Bangladesh, Saiyed Shahbazi was appointed as a sheikh at a young age. He soon began to question many of the common ideas and practices of Sufism. He realized that without proper education and knowledge of traditional Sufism and the Shari'a, disciples of a sheikh could easily be mislead and, even worse, fooled and abused.

Shahbazi has fought to inform the uneducated classes of the pitfalls of modern-day Sufism. He has created this website in the continued effort to inform people in general, and especially those interested in Sufism, about the true nature of Islam and the beauty of Sufism in it's original state.

Shahbazi's ultimate goal is to create a school, The Shahbaz Center, which will teach these Islamic practices of love, peace and harmony of mankind.

Shahbazi currently lives in Pakistan with his wife.
 

This site is dedicated to Dr. Syed Khalilullah
A wonderful man who believed in the future of Shahbaz Center and donated it's land.

 

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