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  The Threshold Society & The Mevlevi Order
, rooted within the traditions of Sufism and inspired by the life and work of Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi, is a non-profit educational foundation with the purpose of facilitating the experience of Divine Unity, Love, and Truth in the world.
In Sufism we inevitably move to transcend much of the conditioning of our culture and religion, but we use certain traditional forms as a way of practice.
These are intended to provide a structure for practice and study within Sufism and spiritual psychology.
www.sufism.org   (732 words)

  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.
Nevertheless, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, one of the foremost scholars of Islam, in his article The Interior Life in Islam contends that Sufism is simply the name for the inner or esoteric 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.
www.arches.uga.edu /~godlas/Sufism.html   (234 words)

  Living Presence, by Kabir Helminski (Excerpt)
Sufism is less a doctrine or a belief system than an experience and way of life.
Sufism's claim to universality is founded on the broad recognition that there is only one God, the God of all people and all true religions.
Sufism understands itself to be the wisdom realized by the great prophets -- explicitly including Jesus, Moses, David, Solomon, and Abraham, among others, and implicitly including other unnamed enlightened beings of every culture.
www.sufism.org /books/livinex.html   (1328 words)

  AllRefer.com - Sufism (Islam) - Encyclopedia
While Sufism is said to have incorporated elements of Christian monasticism, gnosticism, and Indian mysticism, its origins are traced to forms of devotion and groups of penitents (zuhhad) in the formative period of Islam.
The evolution of Sufism in the post-Ghazali period was influenced by Ibn al-Arabi and Ibn al-Farid.
Although Sufism has made significant contributions to the spread of Islam and the development of various aspects of Islamic civilization (e.g., literature and calligraphy), many conservative Muslims disagree with many popular Sufi practices, particularly saint worship, the visiting of tombs, and the incorporation of non-Islamic customs.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/S/Sufism.html   (638 words)

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The mainstream of Sufism strove to remain within the boundaries of "orthodoxy" and declared that the observance of the Sharî'ah was indispensable.
Sufism is the mystical branch of Islam and is a path of love and devotion.
Sufism stressed the intuitive and emotional discovery of Allah by the faithful, and it interpreted the Quran as providing a key to the mystic union or personal friendship of individuals with God.
www.lycos.com /info/sufism--god.html?page=2   (556 words)

The word Sufism, which is probably derived from the Arabic suf ("wool"; hence sufi, "a person wearing an ascetic's woolen garment"), denotes Islamic mysticism.
Sufism was early criticized by those who feared that the Sufis' concern for personal experiential knowledge of God could lead to neglect of established religious observances and that the Sufis' ideal of unity with God was a denial of the Islamic principle of the "otherness" of God.
Sufism was transplanted into North Africa as a result of the expansion of the Rifa'i order into Syria and then Egypt.
mb-soft.com /believe/txo/sufism.htm   (2071 words)

 Sufism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sufism also includes the methods to attain and refine these experiences, the theories and doctrines regarding their origin and significance, and the place of these experiences within the lives of individuals and their societies.
Sufism is examined from a variety of different perspectives: as a vibrant social institution, a specific form of artistic expression (mainly poetic), an ascetic and contemplative practice, and a distinctive intellectual tradition that derived its vitality from a dialogue with other strands of Islamic thought.
Sufism is neither modernist nor fundamentalist, and I will make some attempt to situate it in relation to these other currents that struggle over not only the hearts and minds of Egyptians but also over the right to determine Egyptian politics and law.
www.sirreadalot.org /islam/sufismR.htm   (16202 words)

Sufism developed gradually in the first centuries of Islam, but there is little proof of real Sufism before 800 CE (about 200 H).
Sufism as a tradition has had many theoreticians, but has still been a practice mainly used among ordinary peoples, and often performed without much consent from the religious elite.
Today Sufism will normally be performed in the countryside, and by people in the outskirts of towns that are so big that there are several cultures co-existing.
i-cias.com /e.o/sufism.htm   (389 words)

Sufism is a name applied to a certain philosophy by those who do not accept the philosophy; hence it cannot really be described as a religion; it contains a religion but is not itself a religion.
Sufism is not a religion, for it is beyond the limitations of faiths and beliefs which make the diversity of religions in the world.
The principal teaching of Sufism is that of learning to become a pupil, for it is the pupil who has a chance of becoming a teacher, and once a person considers that he is a teacher, his responsiveness is gone.
www.sufiorder.toronto.on.ca /sufism.htm   (1198 words)

Sufism evolved as a repudiation of the rising dogma and creeping materialism in the early period of Islam which followed the golden age of the Prophet (pbuh) and the first four Caliphs.
She writes for readers who are interested in Sufism, leading them to the heart of the matter via a picturesque route which traverses a landscape of ardour and devotion studded with historical facts and folk lore.
Sufism is increasingly acknowledged as a spiritual answer to modern materialism.
www.nuradeen.com /Zahra/Sufism.htm   (1314 words)

Sufism's aim is to gain a closer connection to God and higher knowledge.
Sufism developed gradually in the first centuries of Islam, but there is little proof of real Sufism before 800 CE (about 200 H).
Sufism as a tradition has had many theoreticians, but has still been a practice mainly used among ordinary peoples, and often performed without much consent from the religious elite.
lexicorient.com /e.o/sufism.htm   (405 words)

Sufism is a way of life in which a deeper identity is discovered and lived.
If Sufism recognizes one central truth, it is the unity of being, that we are not separate from the Divine.
Sufism is about realizing the current of love that runs throughout all life, the unity behind forms.
www.guidetoturkey.com /aboutturkey/info_tips/sufism.asp   (946 words)

 Sufism, Sufis, and Sufi Orders: Sufism's Many Paths
In the twentieth century Sufism began to spread in the West.
Adherents of such schools often assert that Sufism pre-dates Islam and thus in prinicipal is universal and independent of it.
International Association of Sufism, was established in the U.S. by Seyedeh Nahid Angha, Ph.
www.uga.edu /islam/sufismwest.html   (2570 words)

 The Persian Sufism
Sufism is like that great oak-tree, standing in the middle of the meadow: no one witnessed its planting, no one beheld its beginning, but now the flourishing tree speaks for itself, is true to origins which it has forgotten, has taken for granted.
Sufism has its great names, its poet-preachers, its 'saints', in the broad, irenical sense in which the word can be used.
Ghazali made a notable effort to establish Sufism solidly whithin the boundaries of Moslem orthodoxy, whatever that may be.
www.rumi.org.uk /sufism/persian_sufism.htm   (5181 words)

 The Wisdom Fund - Sufism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sufism is the science of the direct knowledge of God; its doctrines and methods are derived from the Koran and Islamic revelation.
In the early days, Sufism was not recognized as the inner dimension of Islam, as it is now, but was identified with Islam as such.
Needless to say, folklore hawked as the "wisdom of idiots" may be exactly that, but it has nothing to do with Sufism of any kind, nor is it a "self-development" divorced from its religious framework.
www.twf.org /Library/Sufism.html   (232 words)

 REL 165 - SUFISM   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In this part, we will focus on the early and later representatives of Sufism such as Hasan al-Basri, Rabi’ah al’Adawiyyah, and Hujwiri, their contributions to the development of Sufi ethics and literature, and the role the Sufis have played in Islamic history in various fields ranging from philosophy and sciences to arts, politics and economics.
In addition to the history of Sufism, we will analyze the basic doctrines of Sufism on God, the universe, man and woman, natural environment, ethics, psychology, spiritual states, meditation and invocation, spiritual chivalry, and master-disciple relationship.
Sufism between tradition and modernity will be analyzed within the context of contemporary Islamic world and its struggle to come to terms with its own tradition and legacy on the one hand, and modernism, on the other.
www.holycross.edu /departments/religiousstudies/ikalin/Syllabi/Sufism.htm   (1362 words)

 Sufism at AllExperts
Sufism (- - -) or Irfan (Arabic/Persian: عرفان) is a mystic tradition of Islam.
Junayd was among the first theorist of Sufism; he concerned himself with ‘fanaa' and ‘baqaa', the state of annihilating the self in the presence of the divine, accompanied by clarity concerning wordly phenomena.
According to the followers of Sufism, the founders and early scholars of the schools (madhhabs) had positive attitudes towards Sufism, for example Imam Ibn Hambal used to visit the Sufi master Bishr al Hafi frequently [3].
en.allexperts.com /e/s/su/sufism.htm   (3425 words)

Sufism and Islam cannot be separated, in the same way that higher consciousness or awakening cannot be separated from Islam.
The key to Sufism is that of inner awakening, freedom and joy through recognition of outer restriction by choice and discrimination.
The reason that the majority of current studies on Sufism are of little use in a practical sense is because of the nature of inner awakening itself, which is the core of Sufism.
www.nuradeen.com /Reflections/ElementsOfSufismIntro.htm   (966 words)

 Sufism: The Way of the Heart, by Drunvalo
He and Indries Shah emphasized that Sufism was not a religion or a sect bound by dogma or a practice using a regular place of worship, but that it was the heart of all who respected the sacred.
The wisdom of the heart is sometimes talked about as the "single eye within the heart," and the symbol for Sufism as Hazrat taught it is a "heart with wings." It is considered by many Sufis that the heart holds the key to consciously living life in the presence of God.
Since Sufism and Islam have similarities, it is natural that Sufism uses many techniques to change consciousness derived directly from Islam, such as Zikar.
netmar.com /~maat/archive/feb3/sufism.htm   (1259 words)

 Practical Sufism and Philosophical
It is because of the inner truth of Sufism, a belief system and discipline free from the confines of time and place, that people from diverse cultural backgrounds and all walks of life, who are, yet, seeking a common pathway to an eternal and transcendent truth, can call themselves Sufis.
Sufism is established on the essential laws of Being, and the laws of Being are timeless, free from dimensions of time and place and the limitations of human qualities.
Even though these two systems of Sufism are different from each other, it is not always easy for an observer to distinguish between the two, especially since sometimes ceremonies and traditions may become more interesting, therefore easily replacing the quest for the truth which lies in the heart of Sufism.
www.meta-religion.com /World_Religions/Sufism/practical_sufism.htm   (1526 words)

 Sufi and Sufism
Sufism or Islamic Mysticism is love for humanity and that love is actually the essence of life; while life means the life style of Muhammad (P.B.U.H.).
Sufism trains the individual on the lines of the life of Prophet Muhammad, on the principles of Hazrat Ali and the patience of Hazrat Hussain son of Hazrat Ali.
Sufism is a lesson for model individual life, which ultimately assumes the shape of collective life in the same token as the principles of love, characters and purity of soul of Muhammad (P.B.U.H.), finally eliminated in the form of a Muslim society.
www.sufisattari.com /SufiText.html   (2080 words)

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