as salam o alaikum
Those looking for a Sheikh for the betterment of their deen feel lost when it comes to finding one. This is especially true in the West, especially USA.
They have to rely on questionable anecdotal experiences, wandering dervishes (whom they might never see again), inaccessible qutubs back-home and flashy presentation on the internet. Sometimes these experiences are not healthy and result in dissatisfaction with Tasawwuf overall.
For these reasons it will be extremely beneficial if there can be a database of local Shuyukh online.
I suggest the following format:
Preferred language of communication:
I will encourage brothers and sisters to report such individuals, as usually they are humble, shy of Allah SWT and do not want to go around announcing their status as a Sheikh/mujaz etc.
To the Shuyukh who may visit the forum I remind that they should give this information with an intention of providing assistance to someone in need as per the orders of their own Sheikh. Similar to a Doctor announcing such in a yellow pages.
Please, limit this list to those that follow the Deobandi fiqhi stance.
First to mention in this series is,
Name: Mawlana Ahmad Sadiq Metir sahibdb
Khalifa/Deputy of: Hazrat Mawlana Maseehullah Khan ra
Location: Northern California, USA
Name: Mawlana Mohammad Yaqoob Ayubdb
Khalifa/Deputy of: Hazrat Nawab Eshrat Ali Khan Qaiser db
Location: Yun Cun Ping, China