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Mansur Al-Hallaj Doctrine
Al-Qushayri’s Risala Ila Al-Sufiyya

He never saw such as himself nor did any who saw him ever see such as him in his perfection and brilliance. He gathered together the two sciences of Sharî‘a  and Haqîqa and explained in the best manner the principles of the Path”...

 

Sufism with its message of universal love has the capacity to change minds and hearts. The history of Sufism in India, and the continuing traditions have something to offer the world. People of all faiths, creed, class and backgrounds visit dargahs. This represents Sufism's true universal message of brotherhood. Traditions at dargahs in India tell the story of the country's composite culture, where many of the customs are indigenous and local in nature.

Quality of ‘Sabr’ (Patience)
Nikhat Sattar
Quality of ‘Sabr’ (Patience)
Nikhat Sattar

Sabr is also the key to controlling one’s desires which, if they get out of hand, can cause great moral, social and economic damage. It means preventing oneself from taking hasty actions. Haste, without due deliberation, can be devastating....

 
Punishing the Ostentatious
Mahmoud Ahmad
Punishing the Ostentatious
Mahmoud Ahmad

We should thank God by appreciating the wealth He has given us. We should not waste food and we should spend money judiciously and in the right way. We should remember how our ancestors lived in the past and thank God that we were given an opportunity to better our lives.....

 
Divine Connection
Amin Valliani
Divine Connection
Amin Valliani

We have been made the ‘crown of creation’; our role and responsibilities as humans encompass the safety and security of the entire world and its beauty. All living creatures and nature need our compassion. This message needs to be part of our school curriculum, and the media should remind us of it.

The Message of Sufism
Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

When one becomes a sufi and loves God, that person loves all beings as manifestations of God and serves them. Devotional practice, spiritual striving and ascetic discipline are all for the sake of purifying oneself, not because God needs them. Service to others, though, means service to God. ...

 

In Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, humanity and the natural world are believed to be the manifestation of God. In that sense, everything that we see, touch, smell or hear is sacred. Even our cities, which we think are cut off from nature, with its malls, roads and skyscrapers, are recognized to still bear the soul of the earth, since they are made from the earth's natural resources.

 

Surah al-Kauthar has been discussed and explained in both the mainstream Sunni and Shia tafsir and more especially in Sufi mystical exegesis of the Qur’an. The Qur’an exegetes of all the different schools of thought in Islam have produced myriad commentaries regarding the true essence of the term ‘Kauthar’ mentioned in this verse.

Sufism is indefinable; it is a way of life. Tasawwuf (Sufism) is neither a religion nor a philosophy; nor is it a ritual or mere learning.  If it was ritual, one could learn it by practice.  If it was mere learning, one could acquire it by studying. To be a true human being, free from all bondage and honest with the Almighty is being a Sufi. ....

 

Charity is an essential part of the Islamic faith. It is the calling of each and every member of the ummah to do charitable works, whether in the form of zakat (obligatory) or sadaqa (voluntary). The Prophet, peace be upon him, once said that on the day of resurrection, it is our charity that will become our shelter, when all other shelter and shade is gone. He also said that charity stands in the way of calamity.

The great Sufi sects in the Sudan include the Gadriyah, Sammaniyah, Khatmiyah and Burhaniyah, according to the author of the book under review who pointed out that the Gadriyah is Africa's biggest sect which was established by Sheikh Abdul Gadir al-Jailany in the 13th century. Jailany intended to instill the religious spirit among the people and guide them, using all means of persuasion in a way that suits each individual community.

 

This belief helps him become strong in the world. He fears nothing and nobody apart from our Almighty Lord Allah. Qur’an describes it in this way: “They say, ‘If we return to Madinah, the mightier will drive out the inferior.’ But all might belongs to Allah and to His Messenger and the believers. But the hypocrites do not know this. (Surah Al-Munafiqun, 8)

 

The 13th-century Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi (Mevlâna) is all but considered a saint. One of the world’s great mystic philosophers, his poetry and religious writings are among the most beloved and respected in Islam and well beyond.

In a time of increasing tension in the region the festival is a beacon of hope for culture and freedom. Rumi was a scholar, who taught peace, love and tolerance, and eventually gained a large following.

 
Sufism Is Present In Gaza
Fadi N. Shafei
Sufism Is Present In Gaza
Fadi N. Shafei

Sufism is a Muslim school of thought that spread in the Muslim world in the third century Hijri (Islamic calendar) as an individual call for asceticism. Those movements evolved into distinctive and well-known practices, which some consider mere delusions and superstitions.

 

While the religious intent is for these prayers to serve as penta-daily reminders, in practice things get a little complicated. That is, my phone's buzzed for prayer in a lot of strange situations. Backstage with a fake beard dressed as Albus Dumbledore, while setting up a Christmas tree and decorations at a friend's house one winter, in the middle of an intense BB gun battle that left me bleeding, etc.

 

In fact, Islam is a religion that has successfully married the temporal aspects of life with the spiritual needs of the soul. This combination of the two was done in such a manner that even temporal action, if done with the proper intention, is an act of worship.

 

“…I believe that religion is a form of gaining power and influence. It is an easy way to control masses hence anybody who seems to have a convincing message can lead a few needy souls astray. It is why we have all these opposing sects and ideologies within even one religion...someone always profits from it. I’m not sure if this will ever change though...it is an age old problem...”

The Sufi's Religion
Hazrat Inayat Khan
The Sufi's Religion
Hazrat Inayat Khan

Religion in the ordinary sense of the word, as known by the world, is the creeds. There are not many religions in the world, but there are many creeds. And what does creed mean? Creed means a cover over the religion. There is one religion and there are many covers. Each of these covers is called 'Christianity,' 'Buddhism,' 'Hebrew Religion,' 'Muslim Religion,' etc.,....

Khwaja Mu'inuddin Hasan Chishti was born in Persia, around 533 AH / 1138 C.E.. He was initiated into the Chishti Sufi Order by Khwaja Usman Haruni. At Baghdad, he met the great Abdu-l-Qadir Jilani, the founder of the Qadiri Sufi Order and also Abu-n-Najib Suhrawardi, the renowned Sufi of the Suhrawardi Sufi Order.

 
BARAKA: Reconnecting With Our Spiritual Legacy
Kabir Helminski
BARAKA: Reconnecting With Our Spiritual Legacy
Kabir Helminski

The Qur’an describes the degeneration of authentic religion of the heart into a code of oppressive rules. Religious Law is necessary for establishing limits, for preventing harm and injustice, and for codifying religious practice. But knowledge of the Law does not necessarily open the heart.

One should not consider a challenge as arising due to an ‘external conspiracy’. Rather, difficulties, both physical difficulties and intellectual problems, are part of this world. There are two kinds of challenges: crippling and non-crippling challenges. It is a crippling challenge that is a problem. Otherwise, a challenge is a booster for a community as it serves as a shock treatment, which, in turn, enhances one’s creativity. It is one’s response to challenges that determines one’s success in dealing with them. Chapter Yusuf of the Quran tells us that the right kind of response is one based on Taqwa, or God-consciousness....

Steadfast to his belief in the face of his people, soon Abraham, still a young man, found himself on trial, standing all alone in front of a king, most probably King Nimrod.

Even his father was not on his side. But God was, as He always had been.

In Islam, Abraham is seen as a strict monotheist who calls his people to the worship of God alone. For this belief, he bears great hardships, even disassociating himself with his family and people through migration to various lands. He is one who fulfills various commandments of God though which he is tested, proving true to each one.

 
The ‘Unfinished Agenda’
The ‘Unfinished Agenda’
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Violence is absolutely not an option for Muslims, nor should struggling to achieve political gain be their goal. Muslims have only one choice before them, that is, to engage in peaceful Dawah work. A study of the Quran shows that it has been revealed for all mankind. (25:1) Therefore, the greatest unfinished agenda of the Muslim community is only one – and that is the universal dissemination of Quranic teachings.....

A messenger from the Roman king came to Madina and asked the people for the address of the palace of the Caliph Umar (RA) so he could present the gifts he had brought. The people told him that Hazrat Umar (RA) had no palace and though he was renowned as a ruler, he lived like an ordinary poor person. How could you appreciate his grandeur when you are already prejudiced? You must remember that the Almighty is present everywhere, just like the moon.

 
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