August 27, 2000
250 Convert at the
On Sunday, August 27th, 2000, a large gathering
was held at Masjid al-Aqsa, 2136 8th Ave. in Harlem, New York. There
Shaykh Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani al-Muhammadi al-Naqshbandi was invited by the
combined jama`ats of three Harlem mosques. There an audience sat
enraptured as Shaykh Nazim addressed them on the need to increase their
Divine Service and leave love of dunya.
After the 'Isha salaat, Suleiman Diomande, the Naqshbandi representative
for the Harlem area, brought a group of non-Muslims, who had been
attending Dhikr sessions and Islamic teaching circles with him for the
past eight months in preparation for this tremendous event of the evening:
taking shahada. Witnessed by 2500 participants, the 250 young men and
women recited the shahada together, entering Islam in one moment.
|Following the mass shahada ceremony, the entire congregation of the mosque joined their hands in taking initiation into the Naqshbandi Sufi Order. With this, Shaykh Nazim gave them the good tidings that in the future, more than 70 mosques would be built by them and their spiritual "descendants" in the local area, all for new Muslims and 'revived' Muslims, insha-Allah.|
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