Takiyyah (from the Turkish tekke) is a term synonymous with khanqah and zawiyah. It is a type of religious institution with boarding facility for Sufis and travellers. It caters to the social and communal needs of the dervishes of the order and the community in which it is based.
Just as madrasas evolved from the mosques to cater to scholars and students of knowledge, takiyyahs came about to serve Sufi shaikhs and dervishes allowing them to pursue their rituals such as undertaking khalwah and performing group and solitary dhikr.
The ‘Arusi-Qadiri order has many such takiyyahs and affiliated mosques and institutions in South Asia and the Far East where the weekly “Ratib” gatherings take place. These are grouped by cities/countries below:
- Hong Kong
- Sri Lanka