WHO WE ARE
Dar-ul-Irfan is an academy of Islamic and Spirtiual Sciences. Our main goal here is to connect the creation with their Al Mighty Creator.
Boys are able to enroll in Hifz or Nazrah e Quran. Girls are able to enroll in Nazrah e Quran. Classes for boys and girls are separate. Quran will be taught in accordance with the rules of tajweed and qirat. Insha’allah ‘tarbiyah’ will be given as well.
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Full time classes for female students who wish to study Dars-e-Nizami (Aalim course) are available in the morning time. The classes will be taught be very able certified teachers. Part time classes for male students are availabe in the evening time.
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Weekly Mehfil-e-Zikar is held every Thursday after Maghrib/Isha. Lectures are given every Saturday after Fajar as well as other times. Lectures are given by Hazrat Skhykh Hafiz Sohail Irfan along with Zikar and Dua.
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Shaykh Zulifar Ahmad (db)
Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad is one of leading shaykhs of Tasawwuf in the present era. Formally granted authorization (ijazah) in the Naqshbandi spiritual path (tariqah), he retired from his position as an electrical engineer at the age of forty to devote himself entirely to the service of Islam. He regularly travels to more than thirty countries transforming the lives of people all over the world. A testament to his deep love for Allah, his uncompromising dedication to sunnah of the blessed Prophet, and his firm adherence to Islamic Law (shariah) is that thousands of religious scholars and students of Islamic learning are among his students (murids). Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad regularly delivers lectures in both English and Urdu across the world. Furthermore, he has written dozens of books many of which have been translated into several languages.
Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad’s spiritual chain traces back through a series of authentic teachers all the way to the Holy Prophet.
Shaykh Sohail Irfan (db)
Shaykh Hafiz Sohail Irfan (db) is a learned scholar of Islam and has been formally granted authorization (ijazah) in the Naqshbandi spiritual path (tariqah) by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (db).
Shaykh Hafiz Sohail Irfan (db) completed Hifz at an early age from Karachi, Pakistan. Then he spent several years spreading the light of the Holy Quran by teaching in local schools and through the blessed work of tabligh. Upon migrating to the United States he continued this valuable work and has been responsible for cultivating numerous hufaaz throughout the country.
It was in America that he was introduced to Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (db) and soon became one of his top students aides in the field of Tasawwuf. Shaykh Hafiz Sohail Irfan served as the head administrator of the Hifz program at a New York school. He received Ijazah (authorization) in Tasawwuf from Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (db) in 2001.
Shaykh Sohail Irfan began studying the traditional books of knowledge in the United States from local scholars, later moving to Pakistan in order to study advanced books from more senior scholars. He graduated from Aalim course studies.
In recent years, Shaykh Sohail Irfan is administering his establishment ‘Dar-ul-Irfan’. Shaykh holds weekly majalis of zikar at his Khanqah and regularly delivers lectures in Lahore and other cities and in the footsteps of his Shaykh, he travels around the world to hold gatherings of Ilm and Zikar.
Tasawwuf is a branch of Islamic knowledge which focuses on the spiritual development of the Muslim.
Allah sent His final messenger, Prophet Muhammad , as a source of knowledge for the entire ummah. He was the fountain of Quran, Hadith, tafsir, rhetoric, fiqh, and so on. After the Prophet, the scholars of this ummah carried and propagated each of these branches of knowledge. Because no one person can attain the perfection of the Prophet , who single handedly assumed all of these roles, various branches of the Islamic sciences developed. For example, Imam Abu Hanifah preserved the science of fiqh and after him thousands of scholars continued in his footsteps. Hence these scholars preserved the fiqh of the Prophet . Similarly Imam Bukhari and the other famous scholars of Hadith, preserved the words of the Prophet. The scholars of tajweed preserved the recitation of the Prophet . And, the scholars of Arabic grammar preserved the language of the Prophet .
Along these lines, the Prophet was the model of spirituality for the world. His God-consciousness, deep spirituality, acts of worship, and love for Allah were preserved and propagated by an Islamic science called Tasawwuf. The aim of the scholars of this science was purification of the heart, and development of consciousness of Allah through submission to the shariah and sunnah. [tasawwuf.org]
Khanqah is a term that is most commonly used to describe a place where a Saalik (a person seeking spiritual well being) goes for spiritual growth. True as that may be, Khanqah is, in fact, not dependent on a place, but a person. A person who has been blessed with a special connection to Allah swt (This connection is called Noor-e-Nisbat). He then, is given the duty to preach the love of Allah swt to others.
In short Khanqah is a place where a Waliullah (pious person) is preaching the love for Allah swt (and his creation) to his Saalikeen.
حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ
‟Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us).”
Hazrat Shykh Abdul Qadir Jilani رحمة الله عليه
يَا خَفِيْ اَلُّطْفِ اَدْرِكْنِيْ بِلٌطْفِكَ الْخَفِيْ
‟One of hidden kindness, take hold of me with Your hidden kindness.”
Hazrat Bhaoudeen Naqhband Bhukhari رحمة الله عليه
لا حَوْلَ وَلا قُوَّةَ إِلا بِالله
‟There is no power to refrain from sin and to do kindness but with the help of Allah.”
Hazrat Mujadid Alf Sani رحمة الله عليه
لا إلهَ إلا أنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظّالِمِيْنَ
‟There is no deity but You. Glory be to You! Verily, I have been among the wrongdoers”
Hazrat Khawaja Muhammad Masoom رحمة الله عليه
يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّوْمُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيْث
‟O Ever Living, O Self-Subsisting, Eternal, I implore Your Mercy.”
Hazrat Mirza Mazher Jaane Jaanan رحمة الله عليه
والله ذُوْ فَضْلٍ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِيْن
‟And Allah is full of grace to those who believe.”
Hazrat Khawaja Muhammad Fafal Quraishi رحمة الله عليه
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
‟We belong to Allah, and to him we shall return.”
Hazrat Khawaja Abdul Malik Siddiqi رحمة الله عليه
اللهُ وَالِىُّ الَّذِيْنَ آمَنُوْا
‟Allah is the Friend of those who believe.”
Hazrat Khawaja Ghulaam Habeeb Nashqbandi رحمة الله عليه
واللهُ وَالِىُّ الْمُؤ مِنِيْن
‟And Allah is the protecting Friend of the believers.”
Mahboob ul Ulema was Sulahah
Hazrat Mulana Hafiz Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi Mujadidi مدَّظِلُّهُمْ