Abdel-Aziz Al-Bukhari is an Uzbeki, Jerusalem based, "master" of the Naqshbandi Sufi order in Palestine. He was an advisor to the UK based Quilliam Foundation in April 2008. By January 2010 he was no longer an advisor.
Zia Sardar writes of his talk at the launch of the Quilliam Foundation at the British Museum on 22 April 2008:
- At the launch of the foundation this week, Sheikh Abdul-Aziz al-Bukhari, a "master" of the Naqshbandi Sufi order in Palestine, rightly pointed out that Islam is not an ideology. He went on to say Muslims should love, obey and respect the government. It's exactly what I would expect of a neocon Sufi order that supported Bush and his war on Iraq. Islam is not an ideology, but it is no more devoid of politics than Christianity. Far from "obeying" this government, Muslims are duty-bound to challenge it. Extremism is not only a religious issue; it is also a product of our politics. And tackling extremism requires changing politics as much as changing religious outlook.
- ↑ Ziauddin Sardar, To lionise former extremists feeds anti-Muslim prejudice The Guardian, Thursday April 24 2008