Sheikh Nazim al-Qubrusi, 92, was the beloved teacher, mentor, scholar and guide of millions all around the world. A senior chemical engineer by profession, he was fluent in Arabic, Turkish and English. Starting from very young ages, he took it upon himself to spread the peaceful message of Islam all around the world. He made great connections everywhere, gaining followers and admirers in the process, which famously included Kings, Princes and Princesses, Prime Ministers and Presidents from different countries. He placed great importance on interfaith dialogue and friendly ties with people from different religions and met with many Christian and Jewish religious leaders. Indeed, in 2011, Pope Benedict XVI paid a special visit to him in Cyprus. He continued his life-long mission of spreading the beautiful message of God until his very last minutes, and after batting with lung and kidney failure, he finally went to his Lord.
HIS LIFE OF HONOUR AND JOY
His Highness Sheikh Nazim al-Qubrusi was born in Larnaca, Cyprus, on the 23rd of April, 1922. The full name of this blessed person, known as Sheikh Nazim al-Qubrusi, meaning Sheikh Nazim of Cyprus, is actually Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Qubrusi al-Haqqani.
His maternal line goes back to Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi, the founder of the Mawlawiya Sufi Order. His father was one of the exceptional people blessed with Islamic moral values.
His Highness Sheikh Nazim, who is known for always having a smiling countenance and being very patient, spent his childhood with his grandfather, an Islamic scholar in Cyprus at the time, and received his basic Islamic education from him. This initial education was instrumental in his being very gentle and fond of people, inviting them to Allah’s path with his joyful face and pleasant conversation.
His Highness Sheikh Nazim began studying chemical engineering at the Istanbul University Bayazit campus in 1940. In 1944, he went to Tripoli (Trablus, the second largest city in Lebanon), where he made the acquaintance of the Mufti of Tripoli, Sheikh Munir al-Malik, one of the Islamic scholars of his period.
At the same time, he came to know Abdullah ad-Daghestani, a well-known Islamic scholar of the time, and took part in his conversations. The education that His Highness Sheikh Nazim received from his grandfather and from Abdullah ad-Daghestani led to him coming to possess a profound knowledge of Islamic moral values.
His Highness Sheikh Nazim then embarked on European visits in 1974, meeting and talking with people from any culture or faith during those years, and trying to introduce them to religious moral values.
He is loved by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world, and thousands are keen to benefit from his conversations. The reason why he is so popular is that he elaborates on religious moral values in a very sincere, warm and lively way, possesses enormous tolerance and always approaches everyone with the love and fear of Allah with a smiling and cheerful face.
Adnan Oktar: The Master Sheikh Nazım sent me his quilted turban. Masha’allah. I received it yesterday. Masha’Allah. He is very blessed, very sweet, very magnificent person, our Master Sheikh Nazim . Insha’Allah I keep it with great respect insha’Allah.
Notice that in this world there is one Qutb al-Aqtab and a Qutb al-Irshad. Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) is the Qutb al-Irshad. In my opinion, that is, if people have any conviction about my knowledge, Qutb al-Aqtab is Sheikh Nazim.
AN EXCERPT FROM AN INTERVIEW MADE WITH SHEIKH NAZIM AL-QUBRUSI IN 1987
Sheikh Nazim Al-Qubrusi: Allah ordered our brother Adnan [Oktar] isolation in prayer to manifest in him in the way He manifested in Prophet Joseph (pbuh). We hope that Mr. Adnan will have perfect services in the path of Allah in the future.
HIS TRIPS ALL AROUND THE WORLD START
His Highness Sheikh Nazim undertook his first trip to America in 1991, visiting some 15 different states. There, he met Muslims, Christians, Jews and members of other faiths, and told them of the moral values of Islam.
His second trip to the US came in 1993, when he visited many cities and towns, and took time to visit the mosques, churches and synagogues in them. In this way, he was instrumental in bringing more than 10,000 people whom he met in North America to Islam in a very short period of time.
In 1993 he opened the “Haqqani Convention and Retreat Center” in Fenton in the state of Missouri, to hold seminars and dialogues. Thousands of his students who had adopted his moral values as a role model then traveled to other countries to tell others what they had learned from him. This fervent movement took the name of the Grand Opening.
In 1996, His Highness Sheikh Nazim began his Far Eastern visits, travelling to important cities in Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He met with eminent figures in all the countries he visited and was received by statesmen and leading individuals in all of them.
By means of his knowledge, modesty, approach to other people and deep devotion to Allah under all circumstances, he was welcomed with affection and deep respect by everyone who saw him.
His Highness Sheikh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Qubrusi welcomed and addressed guests from all over the world who visit his home, which is in the form of a madrassa in Lefke, Cyprus. Despite being 92 years old, he still strived with esteemed efforts to encourage people to live by the all-embracing moral values of the Qur’an all over the world.
Sheikh Nazim al-Qubrusi: We are not at the beginning of the world; we are the communities of the End Times. We are the communities of the prophet of the End Times. We came neither in the beginning, nor in the middle. We came at the end. The time we could come is the end of the Times.
The owner of the time is insha’Allah close. The coming of the Owner of the Time is close. The world will change, there is no other alternative. We are getting closer to the Day of Judgment.
The length of single day in the Sight of Allah is 1000 years. That means the life of the communities of Allah is 1500. Now we are in 1400s. It is 1432. Allah knows its meaning. May Allah make our end blessed. They could not comprehend what Almight Allah’s will is and now they have come into that half a day. With the appearance of the portents of the Day of Judgment such as coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as), who is the Owner of the Time, and Jesus’ (as) descend, the end of the world comes.
Sheikh Nazim al-Qubrusi: There are 70 years until the Day of Judgment. It has drawn closer. Many portents have appeared.
THE WORLD WILL TURN INTO A DIFFERENT ONE. IT WILL CHANGE. THE AGE IN WHICH WE ENTERED IS THE AGE OF HAZRAT MAHDI (as). THE HELP IS CLOSE.
We have remained without an Owner. My Lord; send us an owner. We, Muslims are without an owner. They do not know where to go. This is the case…Our Lord, send us an Owner.