Hadhrat Khwaja Arif ar-Riwakri, was one of seven of Central Asian Sufi teachers known as Khwajagan (the Masters) of the Naqshbandi order. He was the deputy of Hadhrat Khwaja Abd al-Khaliq Ghujdawānī and a master of the Golden Chain of the Naqshbandi order. He was born in a village called Riwgar, about fifteen miles from Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Khwaja Abd al-Khaliq had four deputies. When he left this mortal world, his first deputy Khwaja Ahmad Siddiq succeeded him and took over the seat of spiritual directorship and trained the seekers in this noble path. When he was close to dying, he urged all his followers to seek the company of Khwaja Arif ar-Riwakri.
Khwaja Arif wrote a treatise on Tasawwuf, called “Arif Nama”, and one of its manuscripts is located in the library of Khaniqah Musa Zai Sharif, district Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan. Khwaja Arif ar-Riwakri passed away on 1st Shawwal 616 AH (December 1219 CE). He was buried in his hometown Riwgar, today called Safirkon, forty five kilometers north of Bukhara, where his noble tomb is a place of blessings and is visited by many.
Hadhrat Khwaja Arif ar-Riwakri has said:
“There are three kinds of hearts: the heart like a mountain, which nothing can move; the heart like a palm-tree, its roots firm but its branches in motion; and the heart like a feather, which the wind blows from right to left.”
Rumi's Garden Donates a Blessed Footprint Replica and the Ashtiname of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to Khwaja Arif ar-Riwakri Mosque; Bukhara, Uzbekistan.
Donation: Blessed Footprint Replica of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
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