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Bangladesh is a country best described as a mixed bag of nuts. Not ”nuts” in the wacky sense though. Nuts in the sense you know, you will get the cashews, almonds, peanuts, etc etc.

Well ”Maizbhandar” is not just any place, it’s a place that allows your spiritual self to grow. Although some people might get a bit of a shock at first.

Maizbhandar is located in Fatikchori which is 25 miles away from Chittagong city. The term itself justifies its significance; the word ”Maiz” stands for middle and ”Bhandar” means repository. It sits in the lower valley of the Chittagong Hill Tracts and is surrounded by Halda River. 

Maizbhandar has become a symbol of composite culture and consists of a mixed ethnic population and is the melting pot of the World Religions.

Hazrat Ahmed Ullah (1826-1906), the 37th descendant of Prophet Muhammad (s) is the founder of Maizbhandar. Interestingly, Hazrat Ahmed Ullah’s birth was predicted by the great Spanish Saint Mohiuddin Ibne Arabi (1165-1240) in his classical book ‘Fusus al-Hikam’ . The great grandson of Ahmed Ullah, Ziual Huq(19…- 1988) carried the spiritual gift and tradition to maintainthe spiritual connectivity with the origin. Now Shayak Syed Muhammad Hasan(m) is the heir of this spiritual legacy.

The whole essence of the Maizbhandar Philosophy is Universal Humanity and Love. Humanity and Love brings fortha connectivity between the Creator and the Creation which in turn gives birth to conscientious, diligent individuals that will take care of society and nature. This Spirituality creates a space and ambience to accommodate different cultures, customs, creeds, nations and not to forget religions.

Maizbhandar’s philosophy, to give a complete shape to Shahada and Ibadah, has further developed ”seven methods” that will enable devotees to attain a higher level of Gnosis to articulate greater and higher wisdom and knowledge of spiritual truth and reality.

Maizbhandari philosophy to actualize the path of Prophet Muhammad (s) evolves around a practice that triangulates Zikr (remembrance) rituals set by Hazrat Abdul Kader Jillani; Music and Dance, an inspiration from Hazrat Khwaza Moinuddin Chisti; and nuturing the universal law of nature to sustain ecology which is embedded in the wisdom of the Qu’ranic Prophet Khizir (s).


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~Thoughts On Love~

I drank from the fountain of love so that the water may purify my lips so to speak of it, but when I saw Love….Silence prevailed.
Before when people asked me about the delights and wonders of love I would have so much to say and in those words they found satisfaction. But now when Love draped me in His robes, I became one of those who asked questions. I then looked for someone to explain to me my heart and its essence.
When Love approached me, its face shone bright like the face of the moon. Its hair was black as ebony, lips with colour and texture of roses and its marble eyes burned into my skin and ignited the fire in my heart.
Love, as He came near me, consumed my faculties and melted my desires and emotions. At the sight of Love, I was listenting to what I could not hear, pondering on what I did not understand, staring at what I did not see and I submitted myself to an unseen power that slayed me and then gave me life again.
How I longed to feel Love’s breath, breathe life into me…….
Love, a thick mist that enshrouded my soul on all sides and veiled the outlines of existence from me – or allowing me to see only the specters of its desires .
Love, He was the magical ray of light that shone from the depths.
Love, He was the heat that could melt any heart of stone into a prisoner of his desires.
Love, He held me captive with the look of his eyes. He set me into a trance that saw no end.
Love, He ate my heart out, the more I craved for him the more I bled.
Love, He intoxicated my senses.
How I long for you to live within me and set my soul free.
Love, Pour your essence into me, fill my empty soul and complete me
 Picture Courtesy: Ellie Crystal

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