Naqshbandi Silsila

His Eminence nobility is Sidiqui, that is, he traces his lineage to first Caliph of Islam, Hazrat Abu Baqr Siddiq (may Allah always exalt his soul in Truth). The Quatrain below expresses how His Eminence feels about his noble lineage.

It is my lineages luck

That they love the descendants of the Holy Prophet

Khushtar is the servant of Abdul Qadir and Ahmad Raza

As such no sadness will befall me in both worlds

The first link in the Naqshbandi silsila [a chain, and so a lineage, chain of spiritual descent] after the Prophet is Hazrat Abu Baqr Siddiq (may Allah always exalt his soul in Truth), who in the view of the Naqshbandis is not merely the first Caliph and an eminent Companion of the Prophet but also a figure of unparallel spiritual status - the best of all men after the prophets. They adduce numerous hadiths in support of this view, above all that in which the Prophet says, "Almighty Allah has poured nothing in my breast that I have not in turn poured into the breast of Abu Baqr." This transmission from breast to breast is taken to imply bestowal of the essence and methods of the Sufi path. The Naqshbandi Silsila also attach significance in Hazrat Abu Baqr Siddiq (may Allah always exalt his soul in Truth) epithet of Siddiq, awarded him by the Prophet because of his immediate and unquestioning belief in the Prophet's bodily ascension to heaven.

  Respect for Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani

Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Qadiri (may Allah be pleased with him) the Mujaddid (renewer) of the Hijri 14th century wrote the following [eighth doctrine] concerning the Spiritual Leadership of Hazrat Abu Baqr (may Allah be pleased with him). According to the belief of Sunni Sect after the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho Alaihe Wasallam) the caliphate and the Imamat had been bestowed upon Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (Radi Allaho Anho) (absolute, proved beyond doubt by research). It was right and was based upon admonition and guidance. His Imamat was not acquired by forced usurpation. His Imamat was in fact was a result of his following attributes: Kindness and clemency, the excellence of Siyadat (leadership), farseeing political consideration, full support of millah (support of religious laws) etc. He was also one who was equipped with protection of Ummat (Followers of Islam). He was a man of justice and equality, truth and straight forwardness. He was a man of a domination and guidance. He was the eradicator of menace of renegades. In addition to them there are many illustrious A Hadith of the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho Alaihe Wasallam) about the attributes of Hazrat AbuBakr Siddique (Radi Allaho Anho). Further by the majority of the Holy Companions (Radi Allah A’nhum) he was elected to the seat of the caliphate of the prophet (the leader of the faithful). It was a historical event that after the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho Alaihe Wasallam) parted from this mortal world Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (Radi Allaho Anho) occupied the throne of pious caliphate and promulgated his verdicts and commands. He controlled the administration of Islamic country so the people of all faiths, such as Jews, Christians, Fire worshipers and even the infidels accepted his rule. However the Shia and Alids had developed a kind of animosity against him on the basis of false claim that the seat of caliphate was the right of Moula Ali (Let Allah’s favor be on his countenance).

Hazrat Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi (may Allah be pleased with him) the Mujaddid of 11th Hijri century wrote in his celebrated Maktubat: "The station of the siddiq is the highest station of sanctity, for immediately above it lied the station of prophethood. The knowledge that came to the Prophet by way of revelation (wahy) was unfolded to the siddiq by way of inspiration (ilhiam), and the only difference between the two forms of knowledge lies in their respective modes of reception... Any station beneath that of the siddiq inevitably bears some trace of intoxication: total sobriety is to be had only at the station of siddiq. From this clarification of the status of the siddiq follows the supreme excellence of the initiatic tradition inaugurated by Abu Baqr, the only one among the Companions to be designated by the title of as-Siddiq. It is also held that the distinctive sobriety [clear headed-ness] of the Naqshbandiya, its strict adherence to the sharia and shunning of outward display, is characteristic ultimately inherited from the siddiq who is the fountainhead of Naqshbandi tradition.

Through its invocation of Hazrat Abu Baqr as-Siddiq (may Allah always exalt his soul in Truth), the Naqshbandi order is set apart from virtually all other Sufi orders, which trace their ancestry to Hazrat Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah enlighten his spiritual countenance). Although a secondary line of Naqshbandi descent leads back to Hazrat Imam Ali, by way of Hazrat Sayyid Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (may Allah be pleased with him) and the immediate members of the 'imamite' line, 'bakri' ancestry is proudly emphasized.