Sufism: Principles & Practice

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One who has been granted illumination also has the task of informing others of what needs to be done. SUFI METHOD...the Shari'ah is the "outer/external" (zahir) requirements that all must follow; those seeking greater fulfillment take on additional practices, not required but recommended 1. Economic factors alone have always limited the number of polygamous families, most of which are found among the urban well-to-do. Among the tariqa at the Cape, Bradlow mentions the Khalwatiyyah and the Qadariyyah.

The Unveiling of Secrets: Diary of a Sufi Master

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The prescriptions were normally composed of two elements, the earthly and the spiritual. Wrongly placed in Sarra~'s al-Luma' (pp.119,138). Thanks in advance LP I have a coin that is made out of bronze. An international folk hero with universal appeal, Nasrudin is often said to have been the wisest fool that ever lived -- though whether he did live at all is a matter of debate. Accepted interpretations of the Qur'an and the actual content of the sunnah all rest finally upon the ijma.

The Sufis (Jonathan Cape paperback JCP67)

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What started in dargahs and mazaars years ago has today metamorphosed into a singing culture. Hence Abdul Latif of Sind proclaimed: �Love and Intellect are the two wings of the bird.� The Scriptures or Holy Books contain the primary Divine Revelations that of necessity are adapted in their style and expression to a given people at a given historical period, since �water takes on the colour of its container,� as the Sufi Junayd wrote. In the Islamic tradition, healers utilize both medicinal remedies and spiritual means.

Love's Ripening: Rumi on the Heart's Journey

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This emphasis on Muhammad's humanity serves as a reminder that other humans can reasonably aspire to lead a good life as he did. These dervishes were particularly active in the uninhabited frontier regions of the east. Taqdeesul Qadeer Page 79 by Rashid Ahmed Gangohi) The foremost leaders of the Wahhabi-Deobandi Movement of India made the above statements in the year 1900 and now days this movement preaches it?s hidden doctrine under the skirt of the Tableegh Jamaat.

Liberating the Soul: A Guide for Spiritual Growth, Volume

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Nor was the practice of Islamic mysticism limited to intellectuals and poets. When he believed this mission to be concluded, his teacher next directed him to care for animals, curing their sicknesses, cleaning their wounds, and assisting them in finding provision. He again said: Inform me about Ihsan. "He (the Holy Prophet) said: That you worship Allah as if you are seeing Him, for though you don't see Him, He, verily, sees you. "He (the enquirer) again said: Inform me about the hour (of the Doom). "He (the Holy Prophet) remarked: One who is asked knows no more than the one who is inquiring (about it). "He (the inquirer) said: Tell me some of its indications. "He (the Holy Prophet) said: That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and master, that you will find barefooted, destitute goat-herds vying with one another in the construction of magnificent buildings. "Then he (the inquirer) went on his way but I stayed with him (the Holy Prophet) for a long while.

The Book of Rahman Baba

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People, however, try to find a way where they may not need a Master. The accusations against his compromising stands are, according to this interpretation, nothing but the age-old claim about the corruption of ulema in the service of rulers. [43] Stenberg, on his part, stresses the fact that although Kuftaro may be allied with � or even controlled by � the Syrian regime, he also can influence the political leadership through his position as the highest religious authority at the head of a large religious movement. [44] He however concurs with B�ttcher�s view of Kuftaro as a tool in the Islamic policy of the regime, [45] and with De Jong�s assertion that the cultivation of the Kuftariyya seems to have been designed to weaken the position of the politically unreliable Naqshbandi shaykhs of the north and northeast. [46] In my view, its cultivation was more specifically aimed at offsetting the influence of Sa�id Hawwa, the foremost ideologue of the Islamic opposition in Syria, who was deeply attached to Sufism in general, and to the northern branch of the Naqshbandiyya in particular. [47] The affinity between the ideas and discourse of the Naqshbandi brotherhood of Syria and its Salafis-Islamists, which has been noted even in the case of the state-backed Kuftaro, was much more pronounced in the north, where disciples of Abu al-Nasr Khalaf were instrumental in founding local branches of the Muslim Brothers in the 1930s and 1940s.

Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries

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All three strove very hard, as if competing with one another, to shed Muslim blood in order to deceive the Arabs and to disseminate Wahhabism. It was his first-hand knowledge of Sufism that qualified him to undertake pioneering and authoritative translations of Sufi classics by renowned authors such as Ibn al-Arabi, Abd al-Karim al-Jili, and Mulay al-Arabi ad-Darqawi. In the moment the dark spot in our heart wishes to condemn the "ignorant" and demand that he or she converts, the Qur'an turns it back onto us.

Sufism for Non-Sufis?: Ibn 'Ata' Allah al-Sakandari's Taj

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Nafs desireth to advance as to its desires; to place in its bosom the desires of nature; to bind on its waist the girdle of its consent with desire and to hold God in partnership, as saith the Kalam-i-Majid. In fact, some of them took undue advantage of their powers to commit acts of moral depravity. The word Sufi comes from Sufi, which means purity, cleanness, purification. What I mean when I say that Sufism existed before Islam is that it is a mystical path.

Living Sufism: Sufi Rituals in the Middle East and the

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Mevlana Jelaluddin Runi, perhaps the greatest of Sufi poets is on record as (himself) despising poetry. For the first ten years (612 to 622 CE), he preached publicly at Makkah. The term suffab -- meaning, �People of the Bench� -- and the word suf which refers to the Sufis habit of wearing wool are two more popular supposed derivations of the word sufi. The process of achieving ecstacy by partaking of a dhikr (ritual) which could be based on listening to recitings from the Koran and other hallowed texts or participating in some dance ritual peculiar to certain orders.

Lawaih a Treatise on Sufism: Nur-ud-din Abd-ur-rahman Jami

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The identification of the “town” with Jerusalem is not far-fetched at all. The Qur'an mentions the salihin, along with martyrs and propagators of the Islamic message, as people whom Allah has favored (4: 69). The believers used to migrate to the Prophet in Madinah; if they had some place in which to stay, they went to it, and if this was not easy for them, they stayed in the masjid until it was made easy for them to find another place to stay. Different people, however, have different characteristics and, therefore, depending upon their individual characters, the method of teaching or the practice to be adopted by a seeker may vary.