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Islam and Spiritualism (11 Mar 2016 NewAgeIslam.Com)


  • Dear brother, you need to understand that Sufism has always been an integral part of Islam.Many of the ancient texts were written by great Sufis that we now rely upon. If dig up history you will be amazed how Sufism helped people attain spiritual peace in accordance with Quran and Sunnah.
    By GRD - 3/14/2016 1:02:55 AM

  • Syed Viqaruddin: Why do your writing give an impression that sufism is the new ism in Islam when the fact that there is no such thing in Islam. Sahabah were the epitome of peace after Prophet Muhammad pbuh and no sufi guru can even come closer to them. All I want to say that why don’t you take sahabah as peace ideals who speared peace in the whole world during the toughest time the world has ever seen. Why don’t we take the best? By the way real Sufis are sahabah and the Sufis of today are anything but Islamic.
    Posted by GRD

    By GRD - 3/14/2016 1:02:02 AM

  • Dear Syed Viqaruddin, though I partially agree with your inputs but I would want to take a hard look at the historical facts on Sufism and its role to rebut extremist thoughts. Sufi saints disseminated their pluralistic messages in the Indian subcontinent at a time when the idea of religious tolerance was not even debated in a large part of Western Europe. They laid greater emphasis on the broader Qur’anic notion of wasatiyyah (moderation in life) maintaining a moderate narrative of Islam. It exhorts man not to transgress the limits determined by God. Since the Sufi saints practiced this spiritual Islamic principle in its entirety, they shunned all forms of extremism (tatarruf), harshness (tanattu), violence (tashaddud) and exaggeration (ghuloow) not only in matters of faith, but in all walks of life. They believed that spirituality is a luminous and universal body of truths that wins the hearts. However, they strongly disagreed with the practices of subjecting spirituality to any narrow interpretation of religion. They rather advocated the universal values of religion that reach the minds and the hearts of people beyond man-made distinctions’. Thus, they found the solution to human problems both of material and spiritual nature, in their spiritual reading of Islam.
    By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi - 3/14/2016 12:08:42 AM

  • If Sufis do not let go of their un-Islamic rituals and practices, I wonder they will only add to the existing woes. The only way to peace in the world and honor to Muslim ummah lies only in returning to Quran and Sunnah, and relegating all that is un-Islamic that are being propagating the name of Islam for long. This forum speaks for peace but the speeches doled from its stage are nothing but demeaning other Muslim scholars of the past who do not subscribe to their ideology. If this is the way forward then please do not expect Muslims will ever agree with you. It could have been better if the forum focused on the lives of sahabah and their role in spreading peace around the world and their steadfastness in practicing Islam and Sunnah, instead of sufi gurus, would have been great.

    By Syed Viqaruddin - 3/13/2016 7:12:27 AM

  • The silence of a large number of Muslim leaders on the historical nexus between violent extremism and the Kharjism, the first radical movement in Islam, is surprising. Very few Islamic clerics or heads of Muslim seminaries have, so far, identified the relation between extremism and the misreading of Islamic scriptures. As a result, Kharijism-inspired extremism is now spinning out of control. The entire Muslim community and especially moderates need to rethink their strategy to defeat the vindictive Kharijite-Talibani ideology. They could begin by asking why they are still being taught in Pakistan’s Wahhabi seminaries, despite the serious threat it poses?

    By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi - 3/12/2016 11:49:40 PM

  • Dear Ghulam Mohiyuddin saheb,

    Every insightful Muslim will be of the same opinion. Obsolete, outlandish and outdated laws like al-uqubah lil irtidad (death for apostasy) should eliminated through this Sufi brainstorming.
    These things are indeed harming Islam instead of protecting it. Let us hope such kinds of things are given thought to in this Sufi event.

    By GRD - 3/12/2016 11:36:49 PM

  • Any Islamic forum that openly denounces jihadism, takfir and khilafat must be welcomed. Nonviolence, inclusiveness and respect for other belief systems must be our guide posts. Very good article!

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 3/11/2016 1:05:12 PM