Naqshbandi was an advocate of simplicity and rejected reverent piety. The main difference between the Naqshbandi Sufi order and other orders was the silent zikr (meditative practice in Sufism), while the loud zikr was practised elsewhere.

Over time, the rulers of Bukhara became followers of his teachings. Besides, sheikhs (spiritual mentors and leaders of the Sufi community) of this brotherhood became spiritual advisors to the rulers.

Bahauddin Naqshbandi inner courtyard
the inner courtyard, where the grave of Naqshbandi is located

Bahauddin Naqshbandi was buried in his birthplace. Over time, an entire architectural complex was built around the tomb, consisting of a holy grave, a khanaka (shelter for pilgrims), two mosques, a madrasah and a graveyard. The first building, the khanaka, was built in the 16th century by order of Abdulla Khan II.

The Sufi brotherhood Bahauddin Naqshbandi is further known beyond the borders of Uzbekistan. Until today, there are many followers of his teachings. The brotherhood is particularly well known in Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, but followers can also be found in other countries.

Bahauddin Naqshbandi view to khanaka
a view to the Khanaka

The Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex becomes a holy place and a pilgrimage site. Especially on Saturday and Sunday mornings, there are high numbers of visitors. A great many citizens of Uzbekistan and followers of his doctrine especially come to Bukhara to visit this holy place.

Architectural monuments in Bukhara

Outskirts of Bukhara

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