Ahmed Ar-Rifai

Founder of Rifa'i Sufi Order

Hazrat Sheikh Ahmed Ar-Rifai (1118-1182) was a Sufi master and saint. He founded the Rifai Sufi order.[1]

He was born in the Hasen region of Iraq. He died and was buried in Northern Iraq near Tal Afar.[2] His shrine is respected by most Muslims, Shia or Sunni. However, in 2014, this shrine was destroyed by the ISIS terrorists[source?].


  1. Sheikh Abu Bakr M Sibahi Tareekh i Tassawuf (Urdu:Historical Sufism) Lahore, 1966
  2. Sibahi aa