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 was buried in his birthplace. An entire architectural complex was built around the tomb, consisting of a holy tomb, a khanaka (shelter for pilgrims), two mosques, a madrasah and a necropolis. The first building, the khanaka, was built in the 16th century by the 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.
The Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex becomes a holy place and a pilgrimage site. Especially on Saturdays and Sunday mornings, there are high numbers of visitors. A great many citizens of Uzbekistan as well as followers of his doctrine, especially come to Bukhara to visit this holy place.