Sufi Essays

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The selected articles deal with the history of Sufism; Sufi morals and practices such as dhikr and sama; the historical development of the master disciple relationship; Ibn Taymiyya’s attitude toward Sufism; pious devotional practices such as making use of the tasliya; essential sources for the history of Sufism in the Maghreb and the Almoravids. Sufi orders also differ from monastic orders in that they only rarely require total commitment. In >fact, Sufism is never characterised under "Islam" in any system of >catalogue, but rather under 'Mysticism'.
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Sufism (Sufism: The Lecture)

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Orthodox Muslims believe that dance and music are leisure activities and would distract the performer from truly serving God. i) Mainstream Islam believes adherence to Quran is the only way to serve God, whereas Sufis believe in mystical way to finding God. ii) Sharia is viewed at very high esteem in mainstream Islam, Sufis on the other hand give less importance to Sharia. iii) In mainstream Islam it is believed that union with God is possible in the afterlife, Sufis hold that divine closeness can be embraced in this life itself. iv) Orthodox Islam lacks spirituality, Sufism focuses on spirituality. v) Mainstream Islam views pilgrimage to Mecca as Hajj, Sufism does not subscribe to that view. vi) Sufis believe dhikr or state of ecstasy leads to God, whereas mainstream Islam believes the phenomenon was experienced only by Muhammad, and nobody else can ever experience it. vii) Music and dance as methods of worship are forbidden in mainstream Islam, but Sufis view music and dance as more fruitful exercises in praising God.
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A Garden Beyond Paradise: The Mystical Poetry of Rumi

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This gave birth to the development of a new trend – “tasawwuf” – which means “Sufism”. Banna was exposed to the medieval master’s views on learning and knowledge from studying his masterpiece entitled “Ihya’ Ulum al-Din” or, in English, “The Revival of the Religious Sciences.” Hassan al-Banna was so absorbed with al-Ghazzali’s Sufi teachings that during his last year at the Teachers’ Training School in Damanhur, he almost disavowed learning (even though he loved learning) and its benefits for individual and society, and was ready to skip the final stage in his formal training in Cairo.
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A Sufi Message of Spiritual Liberty & The Mishkat al-Anwar

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The opposition argued that the supporting Hadith were weak. Peeran 178 The Holy Prophet (Sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said "If the Muslims were not close to Kufr (being newly converted to Islam), I would have ordered to demolish the building of Kaaba and got it rebuilt including Hateem in it". Celt-Islam uses a fusion of music from Dub/Electro/Drum and Bass and collaborates it with Islamic/world grooves to create a unique and mighty Dub driven dance crossover sound.
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Complete Works of Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan: Lectures

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Before going further, let’s first see what exactly Sufism is. However, the political insistence on the legitimacy of ‘Ali called into being a doctrine that refused recognition to the first three caliphs who followed Muhammad and thus challenged orthodox belief. Therefore, the Sharia (traditional Islamic law) and the Sunnah are seen as crucial for any Sufi aspirant. So I think this is where the real crises of rejecting Sufism as one third of Islam has had really devastating results in much of the modern Islamic phenomenon. {Shaykh Ahmad Zarruq] said 'this is because no servant is free of fault unless he is granted infallibility or protection by God.' "The second reason [for people to repudiate Sufis] is the sensitivity of the observer. [The observer's] criticism of the Sufis and their knowledge and states occurs as much as the ego, nafs, hastens to deny knowledge it does not posses.
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Sufis of Andalucia: The Ruh al-Quds and Al-Durat Fakhirah

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Traditionalism has merged with other influences to enter the general culture of the West in often unsuspected ways. Even currency notes were not being changed because he used to say, “It is also dishonesty to return changed notes.” He was very much generous. I am aware of the difficulties involved when studying critical translations in this field. Hartmann, and Max Horten, but queried by Massignon in his Essai, who observed that there were two Sinds.
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The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi (Suny

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Sufis describe their saints as “Friend of God” (waliullah) in part because this epithet was used to describe Abraham, who is considered the first Muslim, i.e. the first human being to surrender to and find peace with God. Abu Shuja further imposed two signs on Jewish women. He excelled at the use of symbolism in its subtlest forms. He said, "By Allah you did not sit except for this purpose?" However, the majority of Sunni Muslims believe that Sufism cannot be separated from Islam.
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Free Medicine: Meditations on Nondual Awakening

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Out of the Abrahamic �tree�, the Old Testament emphasised the Divine Law, preparing the way for the Gospels which emphasised the element of Divine Love. Whatever great and sublime heights man has attained have been the result of such noble sentiments — indeed, all material resources, means and methods owe their existence to human will and determination. After attaining this stage, he enters the second phase of building up his external and internal character through mental exercises as the result of which the knowledge of the hidden mysteries of Nature or God is revealed unto him.
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Sadi: Life & Poems (Introduction to Sufi Poets Series Book

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Mainstream Muslims would argue that the Miraj (the example Sufis use to justify their intense dhikr into a state of ecstasy) was a one-time phenomenon only experienced by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and no one else would ever be able to attain a link to the divine in the physical, regardless of how sincere their intent is or how pure their hearts are. To break the hold of the Sufis and to keep them busy with superfluous work, Muhammed bin Tughlaq forced them into his service.
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Heart, Self, and Soul: The Sufi Psychology of Growth,

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For this a well equipped Arab army was planned to be established. Within two hundred after the death of the Prophet (saw), some of those who rejected the secular government started to be called Sufis. A ever go to the grave Prophet SAWS and ask him for help. Sisi psikologis (bathin) yang terdapat dalam ajaran-ajaran Kristen, Budha, dll sebaiknya tidak menafikan keberadaan Tasawuf sebagai sisi psikologis (bathin) dalam ajaran Islam. As noted by Rafic Zakaria: - The collapse of the Abbasid Caliphate led to the mushrooming of small states, but surprisingly the process did not impede Islam's onward march.
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