Ansari Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order

Love Is Our Religion

Al Wadud
Al Salaam
Al Jami
Al Nafi

Ya Wadud Ya Salaam Ya Jami Ya Nafi

Love, Peace and Togetherness in Goodness


The Ansari Qadiri Rifai Tariqa is headquartered in upstate New York, with Es-Seyyid Es-Shaykh Taner Ansari as our presiding Murshid. We have several centers around the world, making ours a truly global Sufi community.

The primary mission of the Ansari Qadiri Rifai Tariqa is to be available to guide seekers of Allah. We seek closeness to God in this world and in the hereafter. We hope to gain such a loving relationship with the Creator through service to those in need or less fortunate than ourselves. Love is the method and Love is the goal.

prayer tasbih
Shaykh Taner Ansari and Shaykha Muzeyyen AnsariShaykh Taner Ansari/Shaykha Muzeyyen Ansari

Sufis of the Ansari Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order are trained through traditional Sufi practices, with an emphasis on service. Our intention is to follow the Holy Qur'an and the sayings and example of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his followers. We acknowledge the blessing of Allah's message in all its forms, in particular from the Prophet Abraham (pbuh) and his lineage.

"There is charity incumbent upon every bone of a human being on every day that the sun rises. To judge fairly between two people is charity. To help someone mount or load his pack animal is charity. A good word is charity. Every step on the way to prayer is charity. Removal of what is harmful from the road is charity." — traditional saying of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

AQRT training consists of intellectual study, contemplation, meditation, physical exercise, prayer, service and charity. The primary drivers of our spiritual path are rabita, or spiritual connection, and zikr, or remembrance. With these tools we hope to attain a profound personal understanding of how Allah lives within ourselves and in all the universe. Divine love realized within ourselves is both the goal and the natural result of Sufi training.

The Ansari Qadiri Rifai Tariqa has no political affiliations whatsoever. We are not Sunni, Shia or Wahabi. Everyone is welcome in our circle if they come in peace.

Please note: Some of the teachings found in this website, especially those translated from ancient texts, may employ the use of masculine pronouns where gender differentiation is not implied. For ease of reading, we have left such pronouns intact. In our view, the use of "he/she," "s/he" and other inclusive pronouns, though technically more appropriate, adds unnecessary awkwardness. The teachings of Sufism apply to all people, regardless of gender.

Shaykh Taner Ansari walking with murids