رو در صف دوستان ما باش و مترس"
"خاک راه آستان ما باش و مترس
"Be on the side of our friends and do not despair
Be dust on the way of our Legacy and do not despair"
-Sayyid ul Sadaat Prince Sayyid Mahmud II (qs) (Imam of Naqshbandi Sunni Islam in the 19th century)
إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ اللَّـهُ لِيُذْهِبَ عَنكُمُ الرِّجْسَ أَهْلَ الْبَيْتِ وَيُطَهِّرَكُمْ تَطْهِيرًا
"Allah intends only to remove from you the impurity [of sin], O people of the [Prophet's] household, and to purify you with [extensive] purification."
Quran Surah 33 Verse 33
Icon of respect for Hazrat Ishaan Sayyid Mahmud bin Sharifuddin (1563-1642)
Founding Father of the holy Astaan (Commonwealth)
Naqshbandi Sunni Islam
School of Jurispudence: Hanbali
Methodology: Athari (Traditionalism)
Sufi Tariqat: Naqshbandi (Supreme Leadership lies only in the family of Hazrat Ishaan)
Imamate: Ithna-Ashari, continued with Hazrat Ishaan´s family. The current Imam is His Serene Highness Prince Sayyid Raphael Dakik, who is a descendant of Hazrat Ishaan Khwaja Khawand Mahmud (ra) after 12 generations from both sides.
Naqshbandi Sunni Islam
Naqshbandi Sunni Islam under the leadership of the Naqshbandi Commonwealth (Astan) is a 1400 year old supranational and international institution, that constitutes leadership as genetical descendants of the 12th Imam, Abdul Qadir Gilani and Bahauddin Naqshband.
As the Imams of Naqshbandi Sunni Islam take pride to be descended by the founding father of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order by blood, they are acting as supreme leaders of the order. The spiritual chains are only means of accreditation, but the central leadership can only lie in the Ahlul Bayt of Shah Naqshband, meaning his family, reaching His Highness Prince Sayyid Raphael Dakik today.
Until the coming of Hazrat Ishaan the family of Shah Naqshband, that was lead by "Imams of the family", was urgently waiting for the coming of the promised "Qaim"(One who rises). The second "Qaim" who according to Naqshbandi believe fulfilled a prophecy of Hazrat Ishaan I was Hazrat Sayyid Mir Jan.
As the only Imamate that emphacizes the right of pious women to lead, the Imamat has both male and female Imams. The male Imams are known as "Hazrat Ishaan"(One with the divinely blessed presence), whereas the female one´s are called Taj ul Nisaa (Crowns of womenkind) with equal spiritual and political rights and powers.
The Hazrat Ishaans intermarried with the Mughal Imperial and Afghan Royal family expanding their political power as Royals significantly in both states.
After the Communist Coup d´état of Afghanistan in year 1978 the Ishaanite Commonwelath has established a greater international presence with vivid influence in the Western political lobby as "Liberal Democratic faces of Sunni Islam".
The current Imam is His Highness Prince Sayyid Raphael Dakik with the regnal title Rafi ul Shaan be-izzatillah (The one raised in dignity by God´s glory).