Inspirer of Faith -
O you who have attained to faith!
Remember God with unceasing remembrance,
and extol His limitless glory from morn to evening.
drink from one stream. One is hollow, the other is sugar-cane. -
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
FOUNDER: SAIYED SHAHBAZI
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
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.