Tariqatu-l Arusiyyatu-l Qadiriyyah is a strictly orthodox Tariqah or “Spiritual Path” that is firmly rooted in Shari’a or “Sacred Law”. Shari’a and Tariqah are like two wings with which the worshipful servants and devout aspirants can reach their Goal – Allah.

To use another analogy, Tariqah is like a sheltered kernel while Shari’a is like a shell that keeps it safe and sound. There is no room for a “either-or” discussion. This is why Imam ‘Ali b. Abu Talib (may Allah be well pleased with him and ennoble his countenance) once said:

“All the Turuq [Spiritual Paths] are closed to people, apart from those that follow the command of Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace).”

Similarly, Imam Junaid Al-Baghdadi (may Allah be well pleased with him and perfume his resting abode), who is widely acclaimed as “the bridge between exotericism and esotericism”, summed up the beginning, method, and goal of Islamic spirituality [tasawwuf] and the spiritual path [tariqah] in his famous saying:

“Our way is bound by the Qur’an and the Sunna.”

The lordly cardinal pole [al-qutbu-r rabbani] Muhyiddin Abdu-l Qadir al-Jilani (may Allah be well pleased with him and sanctify his secret) has declared:

“Any spiritual path [tariqah] that does not get a mandate from the sacred law [shari’a] has to be totally discarded.”

Keeping the above in mind, we have compiled this primer, mainly from the books of Arusi-Qadiri masters, as a reference guide. True knowledge is taken not from books, internet sites or other mediums.

Rather, as per the Prophetic narration, knowledge is an illuminating and penetrating light that is absorbed from the hearts and states of men and women who have attained it via an unbroken chain that goes back to the beloved Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace.


  1. Hukm Shar’i – Sacred Law Classifications
  2. Bid’a – Innovations
  3. Hadith Jibril – The Gabriel Narration
  4. Al-Din – Religion
  5. Khamsata Kalimat – Five Foundational Statements
  6. Jihad – A Sacred Struggle
    — Sayyidina ‘sh-Shaikh Muhyi-d Din ‘Abdu-l Qadir al-Jilani

Iman – Faith

  1. Definition, Articles, Aspects and Declaration of Iman
    1. Belief in Allah
    2. Belief in His Angels
    3. Belief in His Revelations
    4. Belief in His Envoys
    5. Belief in the Day of Judgement
    6. Belief in Fate and Predestination
  2. Types of Iman
  3. Pre-Requisites of Iman
  4. Characteristics of Iman
  5. Sources of Iman
  6. Traits of a Mu’min – Believer
  7. Dangers that Beset Iman
  8. Al-Bayhaqi’s ’77 Branches of Faith’

Islam – Submission

  1. Definition and Pillars
    1. Shahada – Testification
    2. Salat – Prayer
    3. Zakat – Tithe
    4. Sawm – Fast
    5. Hajj – Pilgrimage
  2. Following a Madhab [School of Fiqhor “Jurisprudence”]
    1. Resources: Hanafi School
    2. Resources: Maliki School
    3. Resources: Shafi’i School
    4. Resources: Hanbali School
  3. Choosing a Madhab

Tawhid – Monotheism

  1. Definition and Dimensions
    1. Tawhidu-z Zat – Unity of Essence
    2. Tawhidu-s Sifat – Unity of Attributes
    3. Tawhidu-l Af’al – Unity of Actions
  2. Attributes of Allah
    1. Sifatu-l Wajibat – Positive, Necessary Attributes
    2. Sifatu-l Mustahila – Negative, Impossible Attributes
    3. Sifatu-l Ja’iza – Possible Attributes
  3. Quotes on Tawhid
  4. The Creed
    Sayyidina ‘sh-Shaikh Muhyi-d Din ‘Abdu-l Qadir al-Jilani

Ma’rifa – Gnosis

  1. Al-Haqiqah Al-Muhammadiyyah – The Muhammadan Reality
    — Sayyidina ‘sh-Shaikh Muhyi-d Din ‘Abdu-l Qadir al-Jilani
  2. The Way of Dinu-l Islam
    1. Shari’a – Sacred Law
    2. Tariqah – Spiritual Path
    3. Haqiqah – Sublime Realisation
    4. Ma’rifah – Divine Knowledge
  3. The Kalimah– A Treatise
    1. The 4 Meanings
    2. Negation, Affirmation and Acceptance
    3. Pre-Requisites of Kalimah
    4. Obligations of Kalimahand their Sub-Divisions
      1. Ithbat Zati-Llah – Establish the Essence of Allah
      2. Ithbat Sifati-Llah – Establish the Attributes of Allah
      3. Ithbat Af’ali-Llah – Establish the Acts of Allah
      4. Ithbat Sidqi Rasuli-Llah – Establish the Truth of the Words of Rasuli-Llah
  4. The Knowledge of Allah
  5. The Creator vs His Creation
  6. The Science of the Corporeal Body
  7. Literal Death vs Natural Death
  8. The Seven Stages of Splendour
    1. Ahadiyya – Unity
    2. Wahda – Solitude
    3. Wahdiyya – Oneness
    4. ‘Alamu-l Jabarut – The World of Omnipotence
    5. ‘Alamu-l Malakut – The World of Sovereignty
    6. ‘Alamu-l Shahada – The World of Testimony
    7. ‘Alamu-l Nasut – The World of Humanity
  9. The Four Enemies of Man
    1. Al-Iblis – The Devil
    2. Al-Dunya – The World
    3. Al-Nafs – The Self
    4. Al-Wara – The People of the World
  10. Ananiyyah vs Ghairiyyah
  11. The Seven Souls
    1. Nafs Ammara – The Evil-Inciting Soul
    2. Nafs Lawwama – The Self-Reproaching Soul
    3. Nafs Mulhima – The Inspired Soul
    4. Nafs Mutma’inna – The Contented Soul
    5. Nafs Radiya – The Well-Pleased Soul
    6. Nafs Mardiya – The Well-Pleasing Unto Him Soul
    7. Nafs Kamila – The Perfect Soul
  12. The Three Schools of Tasawwuf
    1. Wahdatu-l Wujud
    2. Wahdatu-sh Shuhud
    3. Mutakallimun
  13. Dhikr – Invocation
  14. Dhikr fas Anfas
  15. Fikr/Tafakkur – Contemplation
  16. Mushahadah – Perception
  17. Muraqabah – Awareness
  18. Yaqin – Certainty
  19. Bai’at – The Allegiance
  20. Fana– Annihilation
    1. Fana fi-Llah
    2. Fana fi-r Rasul
    3. Fana fi-sh Shaikh
    4. Fanau-l Fana

Ihsan – Spiritual Excellence

  1. Diseases of the Heart and Sensory Dangers
  2. Sins and Sinning
    1. Of the Heart
    2. Of the Stomach
    3. Of the Eyes
    4. Of the Ear
    5. Of the Tongue
    6. Of the Hands
    7. Of the Feet
    8. Of the Private Parts
    9. Of the Body
  3. Melting of the Hardened Heart
  4. Tawbah – Repentence
  5. The Counsel
    Sayyidina ‘sh-Shaikh Muhyi-d Din ‘Abdu-l Qadir al-Jilani
  6. Quotes on Taqwa


  1. Mawlid al-Nabi, salla-Llahu ‘alaihi wa sallam
    1. Correct Understanding of the Mawlid – 1
      Al-Sayyid Al-Shaikh Muhammad b. ‘Alawi Al-Maliki Al-Hasani
    2. Correct Understanding of the Mawlid – 2
      — Al-Habib Al-‘Allamah Zayn b. Sumayt Al-Shafi’i Al-Hasayni
  2. Wasila and Tawassul
  3. Istighatha and Isti’ana
  4. Ziyarah
    1. Ziyarat al-Qubur – Visiting the Graves
    2. Ziyarat al-Salihin – Visiting the Righteous
    3. Ziyarat al-Nabi ﷺ – Visiting the Prophet ﷺ

» Articles and eBooks

In this section, you will find articles addressing contemporary issues and answers to polemical challenges raised by our methodologically challenged brethren who do not agree to some of the practices of the Ahlu-s Sunnah wa-l Jama’a in general and the Sufis in particular.

» Books and Booklets

In this section, you will find booklets and books produced by TAQWA (Singapore) on various topics.

  • Giving Fridays their Dues
  • The Last Wednesday of Safar
  • The Middle Night of Sha’ban
  • The Final Journey – Funeral Guide
  • Sacred Hajj and Pious Ziyarah
  • Adorning Precious Moments with Glittering Pearls from the Resplendent Oceans
  • The Illustrious Gift – A Necklace of Jewels to Beautify the Body and Soothe the Soul
    [hadiyah sharifah]
  • Stars of Guidance – Biographies of the Arusi-Qadiri Masters
    [al-nujum al-huda]
  • Approaching the Lord of the lords by means of the Axis of the Poles
    [al-taqarrub ilâ rabb al-arbâb bi-qutb al-aqtâb]