Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller, Shadhili Jordan; Besa Krasniqi, Shadhili, Jordan; Hedaya Hartford, Shadhili, Jordan
More people are leaving and speaking out about the Nuh Keller cult in Jordan. By far, this one is probably the most influential of the tariqat among the Muslims in Europe and the US. He has thousands of students spread out around the world. His dervishes run a popular online Islamic academy and an Arabic institute that draw in tens of thousands of non-Sufi Muslims and non-Muslims every year, spreading his particular, somewhat odd brand of Islam. They hold land and property in Jordan, and are involved in several successful business ventures.
His friend, Hedaya 'Um Khayr' Hartford has built herself a reputation as the marriage counselor par excellence to the Muslims, and has authored several books and taught online classes about proper marriages. This is despite the fact that in the last year and a half, Keller, Krasniqi, and Hartford have overseen or ordered more than 30 couples to divorce from the Jordan group alone. If you are Muslim you know that divorce is simply not that common, so that one small group sees 30 divorces in a little over one year.
] These are the words of the shaykh, his teachings, taken from his recorded talks, books, and other writing or public speeches. What sort of religious leader, Muslim or otherwise, counsels men to get rid of their wives for watching religious shows on television? Nuh Keller does. [nuhkeller.blogspot.com
] Many personal anecdotes and stories about Keller here, as well as al-Yaqoubi, but also a lot of internet flaming.
] A former murid writing about her time in Jordan.
] one of the many discarded wives writes about her journey to find healing from the abuse she suffered from her husband, Hartford, Keller, and Krasniqi
Shaykh Abdul Karim Kubrisi, Naqshbandi (Neksibendi), USA
Shaykh Syed Mubarak Ali Shah Jilani al Hashmi, Qadiri, Pakistan & USA (known as Muslims of the Americas, MOA and Jamat al Fuqra)
This group is pretty well known, because of Hashmi's connection to the death of Daniel Pearl. They are infamous among black American Sunni Muslims for being violent and threatening, but also with the authorities for their militant, separatist ways. Despite that, they maintain websites for Muslims that give the illusion that they are a regular, friendly Sufi group. Muslims who are reading this - even though some of these links below are written by people who dislike Muslims, they aren't saying anything that Muslim community leaders don't already know or say themselves about MOA. This group uses the front of Sufism and Islam to recruit new members. If the Muslims won't speak up about this, it is clear that those who have a desire to protect the US will do so instead.
] Some of the tragic results of the early movement in the 70s that affected the children and women who were dragged into it
] This is the only website or support group available to Muslim survivors of Sufi cults that is written by a Muslim.
Muslims, why aren't you acknowledging that there are cults within the religion? Why is the response simply to tell a victim "you weren't following the true Islam?" There is no knowledge of these cults in the regular cult recovery networks. Many people outside of Islam don't understand the basics of our religion, so they are really unable in some instances to help us. So the only option is someone who won't help or someone who can't?
The inability or unwillingness of the Muslims to deal with real live cults within the religion - especially ones like Keller and Yaqoubi that pass for mainstream - is going to result in people leaving Islam altogether. When Yaqoubi and Keller are still being invited to ISNA events or to big events in the UK to speak, in the presence of the media, as authoritative, authentic voices of the deen, that is a problem. It means that Muslims are willfully blind to the realities. The victims of Islamic cults are being left in the cold.