Category: Sufism

Fruits From the Tree of Life

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Section 1. considers the Islamic theological concept of God’s absolute transcendence, in connection with the Sufi view that human beings can attain higher perception of God. By directing the japa at this center, one enters into the state of continuous bliss, which fills one’s heart in such a manner that no other thought or danger can ever enter the heart. Blended with Sufism the orthodox couch was undoubtedly refreshed and strengthened and in fact acquired a more popular character and attraction in Islam.
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Tales from the Land of the Sufis

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After years of service to her slavemaster, Rabi'a began to serve only the Beloved with her actions and thoughts. Meier translates this text and considers other collections of Shafii’s sayings and his ambiguous attitude toward Sufism. After Jerusalem’s King Baldwin attacked the Egyptians at al-Farama 1117, the Fatimids stopped intervening in the Levant. Early Muslims used the term Sufi to refer to fellow believers who wore simple woolen garments to demonstrate their rejection of materialism and worldly temptations and their devotion to a life of asceticism and prayer.
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Pages in the life of a Sufi: reflections and reminiscences

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People would therefore turn to these gods and goddesses to invoke their blessings in all sorts of undertakings.[2] The ancient Arabs prayed to these lesser gods and goddesses to intercede before Allah and to pass their desires on to Allah. Whoever encounters me throws a stone at me; whoever encounters you greets you as King of the Sufis. However, most great theologians and jurists (e.g., alGhazzali, who silenced the critics of Sufism; Ibn Taymiyya; Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab) defended and indeed practiced the Sufi way, though all of them condemned in strong terms the philosophical expression of Sufism, which advocated a form of pantheism (wahdat al-wujud, the unity of being) and extreme asceticism.
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The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the

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This is from all religions, and all Holy books." The net result is an exciting and readable book that brings Shams to life. Peeran The same reassurance comes again from Allah. Thus, when the fourth/tenth century Sufi Hallaj proclaimed "I am the Truth" (and was martyred for it by the exoteric authorities), he was not violating the "First Pillar" of Islam, the belief in Unity (tawhid), but simply stating the truth from the mouth of the Truth.
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Embattled Saints: My Year with the Sufis of Afghanistan

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Of course, the incessant succession of terrorist events, amplified and broadcast by the media, is no help. The earliest examples date to the thirteenth or fourteenth century, but their form may have been derived from crescent- and boat-shaped wine bowls made in pre-Islamic Iran. Moses Maimonides married late in life, and his son Abraham Maimonides (1186-1237) also became a religious leader of Jewish mysticism called hasidut that was strongly influenced by Sufism.
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Sufism of the Rubaiyat or the Secret of the Great Paradox

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The Translation of the Meanings of Sahih al-Bukhari. There were also outstanding Shiite Ulemas who were practicing Sufis like Baha al-Din Amili and Mohammad Taqi Majlisi. Thus, the existing scientific paradigm severely restricts itself to only space-time (physical) models and phenomena, omitting any recognition of other realities. Kuftaro was on good terms with Shaykh Haqqani, and in particular his deputy Kabbani, who sends some of his key students to him. [41] Kuftaro has been long engaged in interfaith dialogue, and upholds the belief that the three monotheistic religions stem from a common source, and are all different traditions of the one universal religion.
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Sayings of the Sufi Sages

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Three articles in the latest edition of the magazine help form a better perspective of the extent of JRTN's insurgency in Iraq: "Chronology of JRTN's jihadi operations against the Coalition in November 2007" I'll refer to 2 of them. It is a fascinating story because the outcome of the events in the 14th century directly affected the course of further historical developments down to our own times. I complained to him and he asked me to draw near (to him) and I did.
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Islam: The Freedom to Serve

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In the process of that acceptance, a level of popular dilution appears to have occurred. Meanwhile, the Dervish was across the street, and hearing the Drunkard's cries, thought to himself, "what an awful fool! he should be ashamed of himself". The poetry of spiritualized Eros was passed along through the courtly love songs of the troubadours and the deliberately veiled symbolism of the alchemists. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) then said: (For blessing me) say: "O Allah, bless Muhammad and the members of his household as Thou didst bless the members of Ibrahim's household.
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A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue: Philosophy and Mysticism in Bahya

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In Sufi philosophy, the center of the smallest circle represents close proximity to God's essence, while each outward circle suggests distance. Dugin sees as inevitable a major conflict between a traditional and spiritual Eurasian block under Russia, and a modernist and spiritually desolate Atlantic block consisting largely of America. People, however, try to find a way where they may not need a Master. This building had been recorded as a national heritage site and used since 2001 for Sufi ceremonies.
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Tales from Rumi: Essential Selections from the Mathnawi

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He maintained that speech was only permissible to those whose silence was an actual hindrance to the truth. A throne descended from the Skies on which a great saint was sitting. This order is in Turkey, Egypt, and northwest Africa. The implicit usage of the definite article in Allah linguistically indicates the divine unity. Allah condemned their deed saying: which means, "And they (Noah's people) said, 'Do not abandon your gods, neither Wad, Suwa', Yaghooth, Ya'ooq nor Nasr.'"(71.23) On which Ibn Arabi commented: "If they (Noah's people) had abandoned them, they would have become ignorant of the Reality to the extent that they them, for in every object of worship there is a reflection of Reality, whether it be recognized or not." (36) The "Reality" to which Ibn Arabi refers is nothing but the divinity of his pantheistic beliefs.
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