About

Ahlan wa sahlan and a warm welcome to the virtual Takiyyah (syn. zawiyah, ribat, khanqah and tekke) of Tariqatu-l Arusiyyatu-l Qadiriyyah Worldwide Association (Singapore)—a society gazetted in Singapore since September 2012. It is also known by the acronyms: TAQWA (Singapore) and TAQWA.sg.

Tariqatu-l Arusiyyatu-l Qadiriyyah, or “the Arusiyyah branch of the Qadiriyyah way of Islamic Spirituality”, is an international Sufi order or mystic brotherhood. It is essentially a traditional fellowship of Muslims who subscribe to the mystical dimension of Islam known as Tasawwuf or “Sufism”. Its adherents are united under the guidance and auspices of a living spiritual guide.

May Allah (Exalted is He and Sanctified be His Names!) continue elevating the Sheikhs, deputies and disciples of the order, and make them an abundant source of goodness, peace and love till the end of time!

TAQWA.sg is the local chapter of Tariqatu-l Arusiyyatu-l Qadiriyyah. It is an independent, non-governmental organisation set up to provide support to the fledgling, aspiring Sufi community in Singapore who have been taken under the spiritual wings of the venerable master and spiritual guide, Shaikhuna Dr. Thaika Shu’aib. He is also the patron of the society.

May Allah (Exalted is He and Sanctified be His Names!)  protect, bless and increase Shaikhuna, his family, progeny, deputies, disciples and supporters, and benefit us through him and his spiritual forefathers!

We aim to update this site with regular postings of precious gems from the treasure troves that our spiritual masters have left us with and with the golden reminders that our spiritual guide imparts. Browse around and enjoy your visit to TAQWA.sg. If you have any questions, suggestions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The ‘Arusi Story

The ‘Arûsi way originated and took shape during the 18th century under the watchful gaze of scholars and savants from the Arwi region (modern-day South India and Sri Lanka). They inherited the mantle of the Qâdiri Sufi path from Arab, Central Asian, and Indian spiritual paragons.

It derives its name from the 19th century Mujaddid or “renewer of the Islamic faith” from the Arwi region, Shaikh Sayyid Muhammad ibn Ahmad Lebbai of Kilakkarai in South India. He is known by the Arabic and Tamil epithets Imāmu-l ‘Arūs and Māppillai Lebbai ‘Ālim respectively.

The present spiritual guide of the order is Shaikh Dr. Thaika Shu’aib ibn Ahmad Abdul Qadir. His appointed deputy for Singapore and Malaysia is Khalifa Mohamed Idris. The initiatic chain [silsila] and spiritual genealogy [shajara] of the Arusi-Qadiri Sufi order is here.

The ‘Arusi Way

The spiritual masters of the ‘Arūsi way have written substantially on the principles and propriety of the spiritual path. Shaikh Dr. Thaikā Shu’aib has summarized them as the “Fundamentals of the Way” in the covenant that one pledges to when the oath of allegiance is undertaken:

  • To perform with excellence all that God and His beloved Prophet have mandated and recommended.
  • To abstain with contentment all that God and His beloved Prophet have prohibited and disliked.
  • To beseech swiftly for God’s forgiveness when transgressions (mistakes, wrongs, or sins) occur; however minor or major.
  • To recite consistently the stipulated litany of the order (Arabic: ورد الطريق ”Wirdu-ṭ Ṭarīq”) and other prescribed recitals.

During his official visit to Singapore in Dec 2012, Shaikh Dr. Thaikā Shu’aib constantly exhorted all to pay special attention to the following Prophetic tradition [hadith]:

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ أَفْشُوا السَّلَامَ وَأَطْعِمُوا الطَّعَامَ وَصَلُّوا بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّاسُ نِيَامٌ تَدْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ بِسَلَامٍ

“O people, spread peace, feed the hungry, and pray at night when people are sleeping, and you will enter Paradise in peace.” — See: web link.

He left with this parting message to the members of TAQWA.sg:

“Hold on to the rope of Allah. Beware, egos run wild in places like these. Today’s youths are tomorrow’s pillars; engage with them positively. Work with other groups for the common good of all.

Nobody is above the Shari’a, and the Tariqa is not a cult. Don’t get into vile and despicable arguments about whose Sheikh is better; remember the flesh of scholars is poisonous.

Remind people respectfully when you see them going astray; even if you disagree with someone for a legitimate reason, give him his right.

Perform your obligations, persevere with your daily Dhikr [wird], and establish the Ratib Jalaliyyah in your community.

May Allah protect Singapore and her people.” — Shaikhuna Dr. Thaika Shu’aib, at the end of his official visit to Singapore in Dec 2012.

The Prophetic tradition and parting message succinctly summarises the characteristic spirit of TAQWA.sg.

Statement of Faith

The fundamental beliefs of Tariqatu-l Arusiyyatu-l Qadiriyyah Worldwide Association (Singapore) are articulated in the following Statement of Faith:

» The Core Essence

We believe in God and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the Tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received, and that which the Prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him we have submitted. [The Holy Qur’an, 2:136]

We believe in Prophet Muhammad, God bless him and give him peace, as the final Prophet [The Holy Qur’an, 33:40] in a long line of Prophets and Messengers [The Holy Qur’an, 37:37] through whom God delivered the final Message [The Holy Qur’an, 26:192-197] and about whom God has commanded the believers to follow unreservedly. [The Holy Qur’an, 33:36]

We believe that the Qur’an is the last prophetic dispensation revealed by God for humanity. Its guidance will remain until the Last Day, and no other infallible guidance will be given to the world until the return of the messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, who will affirm the Qur’an and elucidate its meanings conclusively for the community of Prophet Muhammad, God bless him and give him peace. [The Holy Qur’an, 43:57-67]

We believe that Singapore is Daru-l Aman or “Land of Safety and Security” for Muslims. This means we follow the laws of this land as long as we are not ordered to do anything that is against Shari’a or “Sacred Law”[1]. In this regard, we refer to the guidance set by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and subscribe to forging the “Singapore Muslim Identity (SMI)”[2].

» The Methodology

We abide completely to the ethos of “Traditional Islam”—judiciously guided by the Qânûn Islâmî or “Canons of Islam”, and adhere strictly to the precepts of Ahlu-s Sunnah wa-l Jama’a or “People of the Prophetic tradition and community”—with emphasis on emulating the life of the seal of the Prophets, Muhammad, God bless him and give him peace.

What this means in practical reality, in relation to the three dimensions of Dīn or “Religion”, is:

  • In matters of Fiqh or “Jurisprudence”, our members adhere to one of the four established schools of Sunni law namely:

1. Hanafi
2. Maliki
3. Shafi’i
4. Hanbali

  • In matters of Aqidah or “Creed”, our members adhere to one of the two orthodox schools of Sunni doctrine namely:

1. Ash’ari
2. Maturidi

  • In matters of Tasawwuf or “Sufism/Islamic Spirituality”, we recognise all legitimate Shari’a-based Sufi orders and mystic paths, but we follow exclusively the teachings of the Arusiyyah branch[4] of the Qadiriyyah way[5] of Islamic spirituality.

You can download a copy of the Statement of Faith here:

Notes

[1] Please see the article “Obeying the Law of the Land” at: http://qa.sunnipath.com/issue_view.asp?HD=1&ID=2409&CATE=144

[2] Please see the PDF booklet produced by MUIS on the “Singapore Muslim Identity (SMI)” at: http://www.cscollege.gov.sg/cgl/pdf/SMI.pdf

[3] Please refer to the following two articles for a brief exposition of Traditional Islam:

  • In the Spirit of Tradition [PDF 74kb]
  • Understanding Tradition [PDF 78kb]

[4] Named after the savant and saint Imam al-Arus Sayyid Muhammad (d. 1898 CE) who is laid to rest in Kilakkarai, South India.

[5] Named after the reviver of the faith [muhyi-d din] ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (d. 1166 CE) whose resting abode is in Baghdad, Iraq. Please visit his biographical page at: http://www.al-baz.com/shaikhabdalqadir/

» Arabic Terms

  • (Arabic: الطريقة العروسية القادرية Aṭ-Ṭarīqatu-l ‘Arūsiyyatu-l Qādiriyyah)
  • (Arabic: تصوّف‎ Tasawwuf syn. Sufism)
  • (Arabic: مرشد Murshid. Spiritual Guide)
  • (Arabic: خليفة Khalifa. Deputy)
  • (Arabic: مجدد Mujaddid. Renewer)
  • (Arabic: بيعة  Bai’ah. Pledge)

Success and guidance is from Allah. There is no power or might, except Allah.
Blessings and peace be upon the chosen beloved, Prophet Muhammad,
his pure family, noble companions, and all who follow his perfect
example. And praise be to Allah, Lord of all the domains.