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*Tariqa Qadiriya Boutchichiyya {* lit.-Way / Path}

 

 

Tariqa Qadiriyya Boutchichiyya is a school where the master educates and elevates the seekers (Murids) to high stages of gnosis and appropriate stations of mysticism, promotes them in the Divine Love, and helps them to rise above their ego (Nafs) by means of Invocation (Dhikr), Love (Mahabba) and Companionship (Suhba).

Tariqa Qadiriyya Boutchichiyya accepts without condition people with different levels of knowledge.  Everybody, Muslim and non-Muslim, is welcome to the Sufi path, as long as they want to purify and enlighten their hearts and souls.  This is exactly what is meant by the ‘University of Sufism’.  There is a Sufi saying: “Do not hate a Jew or a Christian, but your own ego (nafs) that is within.

It is the Tariqa Qadiriyya Boutchichiyya, starting with the previous master Sidi Hajj Al Abbas and continuing with the existing master Sidi Hamza Qadiri Boutchich, may GOD be pleased with them, that inaugurated a new era of Sufism based on flexibility, love and beauty.  It is easier to follow now than before but this does not mean that it has lost its value.  The addition of flexibility to spiritual education has attracted the hearts of disciples from all over the world.  Today, Sufis are more integrated into their social lives.  They can enjoy the Sufi experience without it affecting their social rhythm or losing their social identities. 

One aspect of the Tariqa Qadiriyya Boutchichiyya, as explained by its spiritual master Sidi Hamza, is that the retreat of the Sufi is inside the heart (alkhalwat fi al-qalb).  Sufis do not need to isolate themselves in order to find their way to GOD.  On the contrary, they can participate in their social activities as much as they can without affecting their beautiful spiritual experience, providing they are ‘happy in their hearts.’ 

 While explaining aspects of the Tariqa, Sidi Hamza said that the path is based on ‘beautification then detachment’ (at-takhliya ba’da at-tahliya).  The meaning of this important aspect is that the Sufi first tastes the sweetness (tahliya) of the remembrance of GOD (dhikr) then moves to another stage of purifying the heart and detaching it from its darkness and diseases (takhliya).  Sidi Hamza may GOD be pleased with him, gave a beautiful explanation of this aspect: “Stability of GOD’s love inside the heart, then moving to the practice.”  In the past, however, the Sufi needed to purify his/her heart before entering the path and following the master

To discover Sufism, it is up to you to take the first step to drink from the sources of Divine Love. It is like honey - you cannot enjoy its sweetness if you do not taste it. 

 

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