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Sufi Shrines in America

Shrines (also known as Dargah, Tomb, Mazar or Maqam) of highly evolved noble souls, spiritually enlightened ones and saints of God are place of Baraka or special spiritual blessings. They symbolize not only the memorializing of an insan kamil of past, but also become a sacred center of pious visitation or pilgrimage (ziyara). Such sacred space become, as reminds Osho the mystic: "... where the currents are flowing from the body towards the soul, where the whole atmosphere is charged; from where people have achieved samadhi (supra-conscious mystic state), from where people realized their enlightenment. Such places have become specially charged."

Yousef W. Meri writes: "Historically, holy men and women - those revered for their exemplary piety or learning or both - have been memorialized in many forms throughout the Islamic world in North Africa and Andalusia to the sub-continent and Southeast Asia from the first century of Islam to today.

Prophet's Mosque in MedinaSome examples of sacred centers of ziyara include the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, the remains of the house of the Prophet Muhammad in Mecca, the tombs of the Companions and Successors in the Baqi‘ al-Gharqad Cemetery in Medina, the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, the shrines of ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib in Kufa, Husayn ibn ‘Ali in Karbala, and Mu‘in al-Din Chisti in Ajmer, India, to name but a few examples from Islamic history." (text credit) photo: Prophet's mosque, Medina.

Interestingly in the heart of west, United States of America host a number of sufi shrines.

The beautiful mazar of Shaikh M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (d. 1986) Some forty miles from Philadelphia, the first in the United States, was conceived, designed, and built by the members of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, and dedicated in 1987.

Since that time it has become an important destination for pilgrims from all over the world who wish to pay their respects to this remarkable Sufi teacher. The Mazar Address: 20 Fellowship Drive, East Fallowfield, PA 19320, USA. (on google map)

Hazrat Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha (1916 – 1980) is the forty-first Sufi Master of the Oveyssi Sufi Order. His tomb is in Valley Memorial Park Cemetery, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato, California 94945 (google map). some pictures of his mazar can be see here. This is a place of ziyarat for many in the Ouwaysi tariqat.

The maqbaras of Sufi Ahmad Murad Chisti (Samuel Lewis) and of Murshida Vera Corda al-Chisti ash-Shadhilli at Lama Foundation, Lama Foundation Road, off Taos County Road B-014, Questa, New Mexico, north of Taos Pueblo (map). Some photos of the sacred place can be found here.

The Valley Memorial Park Cemetery also holds the graves of Ustadh Shaykh Hamza al-Din, and Faqir Hassan Mastan Chisti. The grave of Shaykh Mohammad Mazhar Jamil al-Naqshbandi al-Haqqani is in Santa Clara County, California. Several dervishes of the Halvetti-Jerrahi also have their graves in Santa Clara County.

The Adelanto Islamic Cemetery at 12700 Morning Glory Road, Adelanto, California 92301 (google map), is thought to hold the grave of an unknown awliyya of Allah. Non-muslims in the hills nearby have reported visions of angelic figures, and of fiery disks inscribed with Arabic calligraphy, ascending and descending from the cemetery area at night, on numerous occasions. Wa Allaho 'Alim (and God knows best)!

"The miracles of saints are absolutely true and correct, and acknowledged by all Muslim scholars. The Qur'an has pointed to it in different places, and the hadith of the Prophet have mentioned it, and whoever denies the miraculous power of saints are innovators or following innovators." - Ibn Taymiyyah, Mukhtasar al-Fatawa al-Masriyya

Ihdina alssirata almustaqeema,
Sirata allatheena anAAamta AAalayhim.

(O Lord) show us the straight way,
The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace.
- The Quran: Al-Fatiha

May God sanctify the stations of all His lovers and enlightened beings and may not deprive us from their blessed path.

Salutation of Peace and Prayers | It has been recorded that the Holy Prophet, came towards the cemetery and said, "Alaikas Salaam (upon you be peace), O’ people of this abode, from amongst the believers, verily, if God wishes, we are going to join you in a short while." In another narration it has been narrated thus, that when the Holy Prophet passed by the graves, he would say, "Salaam be upon you, O’ people of this abode from the believing men and believing women, Muslim men, Muslim women, pious men, pious women, indeed if God wishes, we will join you."

Muslim theologians throughout history have generally agreed that the primary role of sacred places, such as tombs, is to remember and supplicate God on behalf of those buried there, and to reflect upon death and the hereafter. Many Muslims have lost sight of these fundamental tenets of the faith by needlessly turning discussions of sacred sites into pointless ideological debates that demean the memory of holy persons associated with them. - Memorializing the Sacred in the Islamic Civilization Context


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Technology of the Heart: Sufi Shrines in America
Sufi Shrines in America
Technology of the Heart
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