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  Sufism, Sufis, and Sufi Orders: Sufism's Many Paths
Sufism or tasawwuf, as it is called in Arabic, is generally understood by scholars and Sufis to be the inner, mystical, or psycho-spiritual dimension of Islam.
After nearly 30 years of the study of Sufism, I would say that in spite of its many variations and voluminous expressions, the essence of Sufi practice is quite simple.
It is that the Sufi surrenders to God, in love, over and over; which involves embracing with love at each moment the content of one's consciousness (one's perceptions, thoughts, and feelings, as well as one's sense of self) as gifts of God or, more precisely, as manifestations of God.
www.arches.uga.edu /~godlas/Sufism.html   (234 words)

  ShaikhSiddiqui Sufi
The Sufi doctrine of “the unity of being,” moreover, has inclined Sufis to emphasize interiority and the oneness of humanity, often at the expense of militant Islam’s insistence on the conformity of the external world of state and society to Shari‘a.
Other notable sufis of Pakistan were: Hazrat Shah Mohammad Ghouse who migrated from Sindh and settled down in the Punjab; Hazrat Mian Mir, who was born in Sindh and migrated to Lahore where he is buried.
Sufis in South Asia by adopting an attitude of river-like generosity, sun-like affection and earth-like hospitality, struck at the very roots of Hindu casteism and religious exclusiveness and paved the way for large-scale conversions to Islam.
www.shaikhsiddiqui.com /sufi.html   (3748 words)

  Encyclopedia: Sufi   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sufis believe that their teachings are the essence of every religion, and indeed of the evolution of humanity as a whole.
The Sufi cosmology is not a uniform and coherent doctrine.
Some Sufis consider under the term "Nafs" the entirety of psychological processes, encompassing whole mental, emotional and volitional life; however, the majority of Quranic-based Sufis are of the opinion that Nafs is a "lower", egotistical and passionate human nature which, along with Tab (literally, physical nature), comprises vegetative and animal aspects of human life.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Sufi   (2727 words)

 Sufi: A Journal of Sufism
SUFI is a quarterly journal for those seeking to understand the key messages of Sufism.
SUFI also addresses the subtleties of psychological and heart-related issues by presenting mystical poetry and prose that help the student of spirituality seek out, confirm, and perceive unity in all creation.
SUFI provides both a unique forum for those engaged in spiritual practices as well as a vehicle for scholars of religious and esoteric studies interested in furthering the understanding of Sufism and its relationship to other great spiritual traditions.
www.nimatullahi.org /MAG.HTM   (589 words)

 Sufi mystics and their philosophy
Sufi is a quality that is inexplicable in terms of psychology or morals—whoever understands it is a Sufi himself.
Sufi poetry, love couplets and quatrains composed in praise of the Divine, an invocation of that presence and the effect of melding with that presence, has evoked emotion in the hearts of many across the globe.
Sufis refer to their gatherings as kharabat or 'temples of ruin'—destruction of conditioned and automatic living being the pre-requisite of union with oneself.
www.lifepositive.com /Spirit/world-religions/sufism/sufi.asp   (1311 words)

 Glossary of Sufi words   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Sufi equivalent term is "tariqat" and refers to the initiatic unity of the past and present members of the school, and the particular flavor of the attunement and technical specialization of the lineage.
In the Sufi school founded by `Inayat Khan, the prayer under this heading is recited at noon, and during the formal class gathering authorized him.
One of the defining practices of the Sufi way is "Tasawwuri Murshid," or "living inwardly in the manner of the Master," in which one progresses from acting out a created image of the Murshid (in our case, Inayat Khan) to experiencing oneself being "overlaid" by and then absorbed into the living presence of the Murshid.
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However, while the fires of Sufism and Sufi practice are in some places being put out by lack of both interest in the youth or strong leadership among the elders, its flames are still burning bright within the hearts of impassioned adherents in small pockets throughout Yemen.
Sufi notions such as journeying (suluk) to God and the ability to obtain divine knowledge (ma'rifa) directly in one's heart (qalb) are illogical to Mu'tazilism.
The Sufis of the Shadhiliya/'Alawiya Sufi order of Sanaa consist of about 50 Shafi'i males ranging in age from 15 to 80 years old, all of whose place of birth is Ta'izz, a major city south of Sanaa and the surrounding regions of al-Hujjariya and Mount Sabr.
www.aiys.org /webdate/sufi.html   (3473 words)

 Introduction to Gnosis #30
The gist of his response was that Sufis were proponents of love and he was a part of a local Sufi group that held "Sufi dancing" every week.
On the one hand I had heard that Sufis were Islamic mystics (though surely the printer with the denim jacket and the Sufi Choir didn't match that image); on the other hand I had read a short book by Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan that emphasized the unity of all religions.
Sufis sometimes interpret components of the shariah in an esoteric fashion that may seem to conflict with orthodox interpretations.
www.lumen.org /intros/intro30.html   (2921 words)

 Sufism, Sufi thought, philosophy, influences, Islam, India, Pakistan, Afgahnistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey
Sufi currents were essential in easing the transition from the earlier Hindu, Buddhist, Judaic, Christian, Manichean, and Zoroastrian societies that had existed prior to the victory of the Islamic conquerors.
Sufis would claim that their irreverent statements were not made in full control of their normal faculties, or in full consciousness, or with any willful intention to blaspheme.
Sufis were often instrumental in the design and execution of the grand and imposing monuments that graced cities like Isfahan and Tabriz, or contributed to the artistry of Shiraz.
india_resource.tripod.com /sufi.html   (3039 words)

 Mainpage Sufi Lovehood All-Beloved
Mysticism is the heart of Religion and the soul and centre of Life.
Sufi Lovehood is a transforming state of the lovers and seekers of the All-Beloved.
Sufi Heartsinging is the devote expression of love to the manifesting Beloved.
www.xs4all.nl /~sufilab   (126 words)

 Living Presence, by Kabir Helminski (Excerpt)
This is to say that the Sufi is not held in bondage by any quality of his own because he sees everything he is and has as belonging to the Source.
From the Sufi point of view humanity today is suffering under the greatest tyranny, the tyranny of the ego.
The true Sufi is the one who makes no claims to virtue or truth but who lives a life of presence and selfless love.
www.sufism.org /books/livinex.html   (1328 words)

 fUSION Anomaly. Sufi
Although nominally not a Sufi (Suhrawardi Maqtul is the founder of Ishraqi or Illuminationist school of Islamic philosophy), his expansion and revision of rudimentary concepts early Sufis had bequeathed to their esoteric posterity played the crucial role in forming the dominant Sufi mythic cosmological Weltanschauung.
The Sufi cosmology is not a uniform and coherent doctrine.
Some Sufis consider under the term "Nafs" the entirety of psychological processes, encompassing whole mental, emotional and volitional life; however, the majority of Quranic-based Sufis are of the opinion that Nafs is a "lower", egotistical and passionate human nature which, along with Tab (literally, physical nature), comprises vegetative and animal aspects of human life.
fusionanomaly.net /sufis.html   (2149 words)

 The Persian Sufism
When one speaks of the Sufis as 'mystics', one does not necessarily mean to approve all their teaching or all their methods, nor indeed, admit the genuineness of the mystical experiences of this or that individual.
Although Plotinus is never quoted by name by teh Sufi writers, there cannot be the faintest doubt that his doctrines were known to them and came to be regarded by them as having almost the value of reealed truth.
It we considered precisely the main trends and preoccupations of teh sufis, we should be justified in concluding that, among external infuences on their origins and development, Christianity, and especially Eastern Monasticism, was the chief and the most dynamic.
www.rumi.org.uk /sufism/persian_sufism.htm   (5181 words)

 The Spirit of Things - 14/05/00: The Sufi Spirit of Remembering - Allah and the Self
Undoubtedly, because of the Sufi understanding of "submission to Allah" as a lover to his beloved.
Dr Ali Kianfar is a Sufi Master and President of the International Association of Sufism in San Francisco.
Sufi master, and Co-Director of the International Association of Sufism in San Francisco.
www.abc.net.au /rn/relig/spirit/stories/s126615.htm   (3214 words)

 Sufi Salaamullah Shah (rahmatula alaih)
Sufi Salaamulla would apparently sleep all night but covered the paths, transcended all boundaries to spiritual heights.
As fakir delivered the message, Sufi Salamullah Shah cut his hair, burned his clothes and asked from fakirs at Dargah who is the most spiritual of Shah Shaheeds disciples.
Sufi Salamullah covered the ashes with their sheet; next morning told fakirs go get their clothes.
www.sufisattari.com /thardhareen.html   (1001 words)

Sufis belong, and follow, the rules of an order, known as tariqa.
Today there are less Sufis than earlier, some estimates run at less than 5 million in the whole Muslim world.
Sufis are also often of a high average age, as recruiting among the young proves difficult.
i-cias.com /e.o/sufism.htm   (389 words)

 SUFI :: Discourses
In Sufi terminology, 'right' means serving God, and 'wrong' mean; associating with the nafs or, to put it another way, 'right' is God, and 'wrong' is the creation.
Most people who are drawn to the path of Sufism and become disciples of a master have, in fact, an image of the master in their minds, expecting the master to act according to this subjective image of theirs.
Chivalry (futuwwat) is considered to be a trait of the Sufis of Khurasan, as well as being a cornerstone of Sufism.
www.sufism.ru /eng   (535 words)

 SWO :: Code of Ethics
The Sufi Women Organization, a humanitarian, non-political, non sectarian organization, has been created to introduce, disseminate, honor and acknowledge, with Divine Guidance, the contribution and service of Sufi women to the world civilization.
It is important that the Sufi teaching be protected, such teaching is not to be used for selfish gain or corruption of any kind.
The Sufi path is a path of honor and servitude.
www.sufiwomen.org /code_of_ethics.html   (642 words)

 Al Sufi (903-986 AD)
Abd-al-Rahman Al Sufi (or Abr-ar Rahman As Sufi, or - according to R.H. Allen (1899) - Abd al Rahman Abu al Husain, sometimes referred to as Azophi) was living at the court of the Emire Adud ad-Daula in Isfahan (Persia), and working on astronomical studies based on Greek work, especially the Almagest of Ptolemy.
Moreover, he mentions the Large Magellanic Cloud as Al Bakr, the White Ox, of the southern Arabs as it is invisible from Northern Arabia because of its southern latitude.
Al Sufi's observations were not known in Europe at the time of the invention of the telescope, so that the Andromeda Nebula M31 was independently rediscovered by Simon Marius in 1612 with a moderate telescope.
www.seds.org /messier/xtra/Bios/alsufi.html   (658 words)

 Sufism Journal: Sufi Practices
Sufis learn, from within themselves, about the higher regions of spirit by devotion and by the assistance of their respective Sufi teachers, leaders and saints.
Sufi leaders encourage and inspire their disciples to become indifferent to attachments.
A Sufi strives hard to win Allah: to Allah is the extreme goal and no one will be able to win Allah without the assistance of a Sufi leader.
www.sufismjournal.org /practice/purposetraining.html   (581 words)

 Rediscover Ancient Egypt - The Ancient Egyptian Roots of Sufism
Such revelations, as experienced by the mystical seekers (Sufis), are considered blasphemy and therefore are punishable by death, as established in the Koran.
Sufis claim him for their own, as a leader and the originator of important concepts, such as the mystic’s direct knowledge (gnosis) of God and the stations and states of the spiritual Path.
According to Sufi tradition the lore was transmitted through Dhu’i-Nun the Egyptian, the King or Lord of the Fish, one of the most famous of classical Sufi teachers.
www.egypt-tehuti.org /articles/sufism.html   (1287 words)

 Sufi Orders (Brotherhoods)
Most of the great spiritual masters and teachers of the Sufi Orders and schools of law did not expect that their teachings would be given a defined and often a rigid interpretation at a later stage after their deaths, or that the Sufi Orders and schools of law would be named after them.
However, the preservation of the Sufi Orders was often partly a result of their physical isolation as well as the direction that mainstream Islam took.
Most of the Sufi Orders kept a record of their lineage, that is their chain of transmission of knowledge from master to master, which was often traced back to one of the Shi'ite spiritual leaders and accordingly back through Imam Ali to the Prophet Muhammad, as a proof of their authenticity and authority.
www.nuradeen.com /Reflections/ElementsOfSufism3.htm   (783 words)

 Shadhiliyya Sufi Center East
The Shadhiliyya Sufi Center East serves the hearts of residents of the Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and southern Pennsylvania area, and anyone anywhere who is seeking to experience God's love more deeply.
The Shadhiliyya Sufi tradition is one of growing in love, mercy, peace, freedom, unity and surrender to God.
Healing in the Sufi way means bringing the Deep Love of God to the places that are in pain or separation whether in body, mind, heart or spirit.
www.suficentereast.org /index.html   (418 words)

 Winds of Change.NET: -FEATURES: Sufi Wisdom Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: )
One such is the Sufis, a branch of Islamic mystics with roots in many religious traditions.
Sufi love poetry can be beautiful when taken at face value -- as referencing the romantic bonds between human lovers, the worldly love of man and woman, the courtly love of a man for the Lady of the Manor, or simply the abstraction of Love as a personified force.
So the Sufis are left with the strange situation that whereas the false teacher may appear to be genuine (because he takes pains to appear what the disciple wants him to be), the true Sufi is often not like what the undiscriminating and untrained Seeker thinks a Sufi should be like...
www.windsofchange.net /archives/cat_features_sufi_wisdom.html   (7030 words)

 Southwest Sufi Community
The Southwest Sufi Community is the people who are connecting with each other through the Bear Creek land near Silver City, and through the vision of what can unfold there.
We are creating a center of Sufi teaching and practice that serves as a retreat facility, a residential community, an experiential school in the interweaving of ecology, art, healing, and inclusive spirituality.
The principles of Ziraat (sacred cultivation of the heart and land together) and Permaculture are being used to develop environmentally sensitive habitation, with an overall focus on land stewardship.
www.ruhaniat.org /about/SSC.php   (862 words)

 A Sufi response to political islamism: Al-ahbash of Lebanon
The Sufi orders that emerged in the crisis milieu of the 12th century represented a quest for gnosis, the mystical search for truth, in contrast to the disciplined legalism and conservatism of the ulama.
In terms of Weberian theory, the "traditional" and "legal-rational" authority of the ulama was undermined by the free-flowing "charismatic" authority of the Sufi shaykh.
Instead of the Sufi's inner-directed mysticism, quietism, and withdrawal from the mundane, the Islamists advocate religious -political activism, where a person's piety can be outwardly demonstrated and socially validated in terms of the shari'a.
almashriq.hiof.no /ddc/projects/pspa/al-ahbash.html   (5889 words)

 What is a Sufi   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sufism cannot be called occultism, for the Sufi does not give any importance to the investigation of phenomena; seeing the brevity of life, a Sufi deems that a worthless pursuit: the Sufi’s aim is God alone.
Many Sufi saints have attained what is known as God Consciousness, which is the most all-inclusive realization of the meaning of the word 'good' attainable by man. Strictly speaking, Sufism is neither a religion nor a philosophy; it is neither theism nor atheism, but stands between the two and fills the gap.
The present-day Sufi Movement is a movement of members of different nations and races united together in the ideal of wisdom; they believe that wisdom does not belong to any particular religion or race, but to the human race as a whole.
wahiduddin.net /hik/hik_what_is.htm   (909 words)

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