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Shaykh Nooruddeen

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  • Sheikh Mehdi abd al Qadir Malang
    Praise be to Allah who, through His Eternal Word, does not cease to be praised: The Universally Merciful, the Singularly Compassionate, Who by His Mercy has
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 20, 2008
      Praise be to Allah who, through His Eternal Word, does not cease to
      be praised: The Universally Merciful, the Singularly Compassionate,
      Who by His Mercy has stirred up in us gratitude for His goodness
      wherewith He has enriched us and inspired us to praise and glorify
      Him. The limits of favour and the bounds of praise were extended
      when He promised to those grateful for His bounty still more
      blessings; and He spread wide the carpet of His Assembly to those
      who remember Him. He has brought into subjection all things
      according to His Wisdom and Equity, as He has willed, by His Power,
      so that by His Authority the mover remains still and the still
      moves. 'He is the First and the Last, The Outer and the Inner,'
      (57:3) the Controller of expansion [bast] and contraction
      [qabd],'the Knower of the Unseen [al-ghayb]; not even the weight of
      an atom, or less than that or greater than that, either in the
      heavens or on the earth escapes Him. ' {34:3} We praise Him with the
      praise of those who know Him with true knowledge of Him. We give
      thanks to Him with the expressions of gratitude of those who
      acknowledge the perfection of His goodness and favour. We bear
      witness that there is no deity other than Allah alone, having no
      companion, with an affirmation to which no doubt is attached and
      before which no door closes from accepting. We testify that our
      liege-lord Muhammad is His Slave and Worshipper and Prophet and
      Messenger. May Allah bless him with a blessing that will bring us to
      him and gather us around him on the Day of Assembly and Reckoning.
      May Allah be pleased and grant peace to his family, his helpers, his
      descendants, the people of his household, his illustrious
      companions, the best of friends, as long as a star will shine, a new
      moon shall rise and a cloud shall float above the face of the earth.

      As-salaamu alaykum.

      Welcome to the web page of the Green Mountain Branch of the
      Shadhdhuli School for the Tranquillity of Being and the Illumination
      of Hearts, under the direction of Shaykh A. Nooruddeen Durkee, the
      Khalifah in North America of Shaykh Dr. Ibrahim Muhammad al-Battawi,
      from whom he received idhn and ijaza in 1984CE/1405H to teach Islam
      from the Sufic (tasawwuf) perspective and to initiate, train and
      guide people specifically in the way of Shaykh Abu'l Hasan ash-
      Shadhdhuli, may Allah sanctify his secret.

      The Green Mountain School is actively dedicated to making known in
      English language and Arabic transliteration the ahzab, adhkar, awrad
      and du'aa' of Sidi Abu'l Hasan ash-Shadhdhuli, may Allah sanctify
      his secret, which have informed, inspired and delivered to spiritual
      salvation many thousands of people from all over the world for more
      than 800 years.

      Sidi Abu'l Hasan said, "Of all the Ways there are two: the way of
      traveling (suluk) and the way of attraction (jadhb). Our way is the
      Way of Jadhb. Our beginning is their end. Their beginning is our

      "Who is illumined in the beginning is illumined in the end."

      Shaykh Ibrahim Muhammad al-Battawi, the teacher of Shaykh
      Nooruddeen, received his `ijaza and khilafa from Shaykh Sidi Salama
      ar-Radi in the line that comes down from Sidna Yaqut al-Arsh, who,
      along with Sidna Ibn Ata 'Illah, was the khalifah of Sidna Mursi
      Abu'l Abbas, who was the khalifah of Shaykh Abu'l Hasan ash-
      Shadhdhuli, may Allah sanctify their secret.

      Sidi Salama ar-Radi gave Shaykh Ibrahim the specific duty to teach
      foreigners ('ajami) and named him Shaykhu-l-Afandiya. He fulfilled
      this duty in the course of his twenty-five year tenure at al-Azhar
      University , where his main focus was the teaching of Islamic
      philosophy, specifically the Ihya 'Ulumu-d-Din of Abu Hamid al-
      Ghazali, may Allah be content with him. The students of Shaykh
      Ibrahim have come from, and then returned to teach in, areas all
      over the world, including Turkey , Central Asia, China , Indonesia ,
      the Subcontinent, Africa and the West.

      While attending the traditional course at al-Azhar, these students
      would come for personal teaching in weekly classes at the nearby
      zawiyah of the Shaykh. There, he instructed them in the Sufic
      understanding of the Qur'an, hadith, fiqh, usul-ud-din and the other
      Islamic sciences, and there they also met, ate, shared ideas and
      attended hadrah, dhikr, and made khalwa, especially itiqaf during
      the holy month of Ramadan. Upon completion of their studies, these
      students have returned to their countries to become teachers,
      professors, social workers and leaders, setting up masajid,
      orphanages, hospitals and other centers for the teaching and
      assistance of their various communities.

      Shaykh Ibrahim in his mid-eighties (may Allah give him good health),
      is now retired, but continues teaching from the zawiyah on Azhar St.
      as well as from a new Masjid and Zawiyah he has constructed in the
      Heliopolis area of Misr Gadeed on the desert outskirts of Cairo.
      Shaykh Ibrahim has visited the United States four times and has
      spoken and taught at many centers and masajid, including the Dar al-
      Islam Foundation in Abiquiu, New Mexico where he served on the Board
      of Religious Education and development of Islamic Curriculum.

      Insha'Allah he will make another visit to the US in the near future.
      Please check our latest news section coming soon.

      Shaykh Nooruddeen came to this traditional Sufic Islam after
      embracing Islam in his early thirties in al-Quds. He is now in his
      mid sixties (may Allah give him health).

      His embrace of Islam came after many years of traditional religious
      education as a youth followed, in his early manhood, by a decade of
      intense study of the world's major religions, along with the
      principles of geography, history, art and world culture. As a result
      he brings to his teaching a very broad and inclusive view. Being
      originally from the West, he has an understanding of the needs and
      problems of western people, particularly Americans. His language is
      often laced with references to places, items of pop culture, and
      situations familiar to that audience, and he has a particular heart-
      felt understanding for their need to understand Islam from within as
      well as without. At the same time, his long years in the East,
      especially in the ancient sites of the origins of spirituality
      including extended stays of many years in Makkah and Egypt as well
      as intense visits to Madinah and al-Quds, have given him an
      awareness of The Long View and a tolerance for the universal Source
      of religious and spiritual consciousness, as well as a clear
      understand of Islam and how exactly it is in Truth the past, the
      final, and present operating system (OS) of those who heed The
      Command; the very seal and fulfillment of the myriad revelations
      sent by Allah in the history of humankind.

      An historian and geographer by inclination, he has traced the
      origins of language, the movement of ideas, and the development of
      religions across continents and cultures, and this knowledge informs
      his teaching with a depth and breadth the students find challenging,
      informing and invigorating.

      The Green Mountain School is the third school Shaykh Nooruddeen has

      The first was established in 1969CE/1389H on Flag Mountain in New
      Mexico . This school was the site of the first purpose-built masjid
      ever erected in New Mexico .

      The second school he founded was Dar al-Islam, established by him in
      Abiquiu , New Mexico in 1980/1400. In addition to its use for the
      Islamic education of children, it has been used for teaching by such
      well-known teachers as Shaykh Seyed Ali Ashraf, Shaykh Umar
      Abdullah, Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani and Shaykh Hisham Kabbani,
      Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller and Imam Hamza Yusuf, and well as his own
      Shaykh, Sidi Ibrahim al-Battawi among others.

      After founding and then serving as the president of Dar al-Islam
      Foundation for eight years, Shaykh Nooruddeen moved to Alexandria ,
      Egypt where he lived for five years. There he taught under the
      direction of his own Shaykh and translated, transliterated, edited
      and produced the Orisons and Origins of the Shadhdhuliyyah, which
      include all of the well-known and widely accepted Awrad, Ahzab,
      Adhkar, and Du'aa' of Shaykh Abu'l Hasan, Allah sanctify his secret,
      as well as the snatches and tatters of the oral teaching which were
      recorded by various students of Shaykh Abu'l Hasan and his teachers.
      The wide dispersal of these texts has been and continues to be among
      the basic objectives of the Green Mountain School .

      A new edition of the Orisons of the Shadhdhuliyyah is presently
      proceeding to press in Malaysia and it will, Insha'Allah, be back in
      print by Ramadan 1406/2005.

      Shaykh Nooruddeen started the Green Mountain School , named after
      the mountain ridge on which he presently lives, in 1995 when he
      returned from Egypt . The major concentration of the school was and
      continues to be the teaching of the Qur'an.

      In the course of transliterating the Orisons, he had received a
      number of requests for the transliteration of such surahs as Ya Seen
      and al-Wa'qiyah. This in turn led to his concentration for over
      twelve years on the transliteration of the Arabic of the Holy Qur'an
      and, consequentially, the translation of the text into literate 21st
      Century American English.

      The transliteration aspect of the Transliterated Tajwidi Qur'an is
      more important to him than the translation, although the translation
      has proved very useful and easy to understand. But the
      transliteration has the ability to help the non-Arabic reader to
      enunciate a semblance of the original text, and thus to fulfill the
      primary Order of Allah which is to "Read" ('Iqra ) or "Recite". This
      Tajwidi Qur'an is now being read and used in teaching all over the
      English-speaking world.

      Shaykh Nooruddeen, along with two close associates, has now
      developed a course which enables, and has enabled, young people and
      adults to move quickly from using transliterated texts to actual
      recitation of the Qur'an. This course of Reading , Writing and
      Reciting Qur'anic Arabic uses the system of orthography created by
      Dr. Zafr Iqbal, in which the rules of tajwid are graphically
      represented in the text as an aid to the student reader.

      This text is the same as the one used in the Transliterated Tajwidi
      Qur'an and also the final lessons in the teaching book "Qur'an Made
      Easy", by Shabbir Behlim, which, along with the rules in "Easy
      Tajwid" by Dr. Syed Muqri al-Husayni forms the basis of the

      In the past year alone more than forty people, using this system,
      have learned to read directly and without hesitation from the Arabic
      text of the Qur'an.

      The Green Mountain School also serves to make more widely known some
      of the thinking of Shaykh Nooruddeen on many contemporary issues.
      These can be found in various written, audio and visual forms on
      this website.

      A large part of Shaykh Nooruddeen's work has been in the realm of
      education, and for many years specifically in the realm of teaching
      reading, writing, and reciting of Qur'anic Arabic, which grew out of
      his work in the translation and transliteration of the sacred texts
      of the Shadhdhuliyyah and finally the Qur'an. He, along with other
      teachers affiliated with the school, are deeply involved in work
      with children and adults, in the local masjid and nationally,
      particularly in the south-eastern United States .

      Additionally, Shaykh Nooruddeen lectures widely, nationally and
      internationally. On a local level he has for ten years delivered the
      weekly khutbah (sermon) at a number of different community masajid
      where he serves a varied constituency, including prisoners,
      students, immigrants and refugees, Afro-Americans and Euro-

      In 2005 and he gave the Eid Khutbah to the United Muslim Communities
      of Richmond, Virginia where he spoke to over 6000 people on the
      theme of "One Deen, One Ummah."

      His talks and sermons are based on the understanding of Islam as the
      vehicle for the advancement of the prophetic ideals of peace,
      justice, mercy, love and freedom, which the Prophet, peace &
      blessings be upon him, made clear in the fulfillment of his mission
      as a Mercy to all the worlds:

      "And We have not sent you save as a mercy to all the worlds."

      Shaykh Nooruddeen is deeply convinced that this message of Universal
      Mercy (ar-rahmah) is the message that all kinds of people are
      thirsting for, and that it is a positive way forward for Muslims,
      especially those living in minority circumstances. Rather than
      believing in ideas of progress or reformation or the re-invention of
      Islam, he believes that what is necessary is that we pay attention
      to the actual message of Mercy and Justice that Allah revealed and
      that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his family,
      demonstrated, and seek to become messengers of mercy to the various
      worlds in which we live.

      He believes that when we, as the humble followers of the followers,
      embody that message of Mercy and Justice in the world in accordance
      with the teaching of Allah connecting belief (al-'iman) and good
      actions ('al-amal salih) we will be successful as was the Prophet,
      blessings of Allah and peace be upon him and his family, for deep
      down all people everywhere yearn for peace.

      Only those who are at peace can make peace.
      Only those who have love can give love.
      If you want mercy be merciful.
      Mercy is spread by those who are mercy full.

      Those who give mercy get mercy. or as the Prophet, blessings of
      Allah and peace be upon him, said,

      "No one is a believer in Allah until he loves for his brother what
      he loves for himself."

      The School also serves as a local conduit for the dispersing of
      zakat and sadaqah to those mentioned by Allah It sponsors a weekly
      ma'idatu-l-rahmah (table of mercy), which gathers together orphans
      and widows from the refugee community, local university students and
      professors, and others among the poor, lately imprisoned and broken
      hearted to eat together, pray together, make dhikr together and read
      Qur'an together.

      The Green Mountain School , in concert with An-Noor Foundation, has
      for more than seven years run a prison chaplaincy for both men and
      women in maximum security state prisons. This has been augmented and
      widened by a correspondence program which now has spread to provide
      copies of Qur'an and monthly letters to over one hundred and seventy
      individual Muslim prisoners in more than twenty-six prisons all over
      the country who are keen to know more about classical, traditional
      Islam, given the onslaught of Wahhabi/Salafi extremism. To combat
      these extremist tendencies, the school provides authentic
      information about traditional Islam using books and visual materials
      from among such teachers and guides as Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller,
      Shaykh Hisham al-Kabbani, Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal, Shaykh Ibrahim
      al-Battawi, and others teaching along the same lines.

      These lectures, books, pamphlets and materials, drawn from a wide
      variety of the traditional sources, give the inmates, who are often
      heavily influenced by extremist viewpoints, a more complete idea of
      the possibilities within the world of Islam than they would find
      otherwise, since most of them have embraced Islam within the context
      of being imprisoned and are often unaware of the larger ummah,
      especially its historical and scholarly inheritance, other than as
      an abstraction.

      The Green Mountain School supports cooperation among the turuq and
      in this area has worked closely over the last eight years with the
      Islamic Study and Research Association (ISRA) in spreading the love
      of Allah and His Prophet, blessings of peace be upon him and his
      family, in reviving the public celebration and gathering for the
      Mawlid an-Nabi and the Isra and Miraj held annually in Columbia, SC
      and Washington, DC. He maintains friendly and brotherly relations
      with the two teaching shaykhs who are active in the same
      geographical area: Shaykh Ahmad Abdu-r-Rashid and Shaykh Harun ar-
      Rasheed al-Faye. Shaykh Nooruddeen has also devoted much time and
      effort over the past four years to the teaching of the basic
      principles of Islam, Iman, Ihsan, and Iqan as well as Reading,
      Writing and Reciting Qur'anic Arabic to the students of the
      Shadhdhuli shaykh from the sacred precinct of al-Quds ash-Sharif and
      his long-time friend, Sidi Muhammad al-Jamal, whose message and call
      for peace, justice, mercy, love and freedom he wholeheartedly
      shares. Recently, along with Shaykh Ahmad Abdu-r-Rashid, he invited
      Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Yahya al-Husayni an- Ninowy from www.alhaqq.net
      Atlanta to give a series of lessons on the new publication by Noon
      Hierographers of at-Tanwir fi `Isqaati-t-Tadbiir by Shaykh
      Ibn `Ata'Illah as-Sakandari,
      http://www.greenmountainschool.org/tasawwuf.htm#1 and is looking
      forward to collaborating with Shaykh Ninowy on future programs at
      the Center.

      `Insha'Allah you will find on this website useful materials in the
      realms of the written word as well as that of the spoken, chanted
      and visible word.

      You may communicate with the School by writing

      "When the help of Allah comes and the Opening, and you see people
      entering the religion of Allah in multitudes, then hymn the praises
      of your Lord and seek His forgiveness. Truly He is ever accepting of
      repentance." (Q 110:01-03)

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