The Nimatullahi Order is based on fraternity and equality of all human beings, with a genuine respect for all religions of the world, as well as love and service to all humanity, regardless of creed, culture or nationality.
Putting to practice the principle of love and service to humanity, the Nimatullahi Order organizes activities depending on the circumstances and requirements of each site, through selfless works and the financial contribution of its members.
The Nimatullahi Order is, at present working in western Africa - having established both a a health center in Porto Novo, Benin, founded 1999 and a medical center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in 2005. Both centers provide services and medicine for those without finances or access to other forms of care.
In addition to the regular workforce, these centers solicit and rely upon collaboration by volunteer workers, without whose help normal functioning of the service wouldn't be possible.
The construction and operation of these centers, as well as the provision of medicines, medical equipment, food, etc. is possible, thanks mainly to contributions from individual members of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order. Gradual interest in this humanitarian project has been gathering outside the Order, attracting a measure of contribution from both small and large companies and other NGOs.
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The spiritual method of the Nimatullahi Order is based on four principles: remembrance of God (dhikr), contemplation (fikr), meditation (muraqiba), and self-examination (muhasiba).
The fact that the Nimatullahi Sufi Order became so widespread and popular during the time of Shah Nimatullah is due primarily to his approach to Sufism and his charismatic personality. Succeeding masters of the Nimatullahi Order have continued to maintain his practice of integrating the social and the spiritual life.
Principles of the Path
The fundamental principle of the Sufi path is founded on the experience of Reality, which from the Sufi point of view may b described as Absolute Being, Absolute Light, Absolute Beauty or Absolute Love.