Sufism is an ideological movement that originated as a means for purification of ones soul. There are many different groups each group has different rulings. Some drink wine, others use musical instruments, while others are actually Zuhad. Many groups practice innovations which was unknown to the ...

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Sufi schools of Central Asia

Are there any living traditional Sufi mystical schools, like the ones Gurdjieff claims he studied at in Central Asia? Gurdjieff's pupil Bennett recounts: G. told me that he had learned about ...
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Muslim but researching other faiths …?

I'm a born muslim. There is so many things in Islam that neither me nor ny ordinary born muslim understand (maybe they just take it for granted and don't want to research - contrary to people who ...
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Reference request for a supposed quote by Jalal ud-Din Muhammad Rumi

In Turkey I came across a supposed quote by the Poet and Mystic Rumi. It runs: İslam'ı yobazlardan koruyun, aksi takdirde dünyayı islamdan koruyun which means: Protect Islam from the ...
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Does the Tawasin of Al-Hallaj 'explain' his theopathic utterance?

The entry on Al-Hallaj 'the wool-carder' in the Encyclopedia Iranica (EI) states that few works of his have actually come down to us; the major one being his Tawasin, which consists of 'eleven ...
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Is Masnavi Shareef a good book?

One Muslim brother told me to gift him two books: Gulista Bosta by Saadi Masnavi Shareef by Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi I searched and found that Gulista Bosta is a poetry book and Masnavi Shareef ...
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What induces the seizure like movements caused by pirs?

I've seen many videos of what I think are Sufi gatherings, where the people are in near synchronous movements and are chanting/singing or in the act of dhikr. I'd see certain individuals go up to the ...
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How is the word 'spirituality' understood?

What is the meaning of the word 'spirituality?' What does it mean in real? I understand that it could mean several things and is to be understood in specific context, but is there any general ...
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Who is Quthubuzzaman?

I’m hearing a lot of Quthubuzzaman these days. Can anyone please tell me what his speciality is? I also heard people like Imam Shafi (r.a), Muhiyudheen Sheikh (r.a), etc were Quthubuzzamans of their ...
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Dreams in sufism (Sufi View)

As I know, dreams —specially dervish dreams— are very important in some sufi orders. Do anyone know some studies, books or articles related with this regard. Years ago I knew about a buddhist book ...
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What's the overlap between Sufi Muslims and Sunni and Shiite Muslims?

A Pew Poll has given the percentages of Sunnis, Shiites, and those who identify as "just a Muslim" throughout the world. Each of these is considered mutually exclusive by the pollster. Then it says: ...
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What is the connection between nafas and nafs?

Nafs stands for the ego, the self or soul. But I've also come across nafas al-rahman which was translated as the breath of the Merciful. Thus nafas is breath. How does this connect to nafs? Does ...
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Is there anything about Spiritual Awakening or Kundalini or Ascension in Islam?

Salam All, Is there any mention of Spiritual Awakening or Kundalini or Ascension in ISLAM? Does Quran state anything about it? And Also is it HADITH? From spiritual awakening I mean the thing which ...
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How closely grounded is Suhrawardis Illuminationism in the Qur'an?

Suhrawardi developed a metaphysics of light - illuminationism - one aspect of which is to privilege the intuition over the intellect (reason) in understanding. Light being the condition by which we ...
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Are there any Islamic mystics in the Guru Granth Sahib?

According to wikipedia: Guru Arjan, the fifth Sikh Guru, added religious mystics belonging to other religions into the holy scriptures that would eventually become the Guru Granth Sahib. Were ...
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Is sufism primarily associated with Shia or Sunni Islam?

Are sufi schools equally divided amongst the two major branches of Islam - Shia & Sunni, or are they primarily associated with Shia Islam?
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How should I start to study Sufism (academically)?

I've looked at Sufism -- Sufis -- Sufi Orders Project Sufism Religion Facts' Sufi page Pantheos' Sufism page Sufi Islam practice but there's so much information I don't know where to begin. What ...
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Is al-arabi a 'sober' sufi? (Sufi View)

My understanding is that there are two broad camps in sufism - 'drunken' and 'sober'. I do not know whether the first term is a description taken directly from the Islamic tradition, I take it to mean ...
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What is the role of a Sheikh in Sufism? (Sufi View)

My understanding is that in Sufism one is initiated into the tariqah by a Sheikh, and that one is bound to follow his rulings. Is this correct? In practice what does this mean?
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Who Was Gebansha Pir?

I would like to know who Gebansha Pir was. I presume he must've had some major significance to Sufis, as I have seen many dargaah erected for him throughout Gujarat, but beyond that I know nothing. ...
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Psychiatry and sufism [closed]

I'm looking for resources (books or web articles) on how the teachings of Sufism and mysticism in Islam are used to heal the psychiatric disorders of modern known psychiatry. I'm looking for ...
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Is directly invoking anyone other than Allah swt justifiable, or is it shirk?

(as translated by Shakir) [72:18] And that the mosques are Allah's, therefore call not upon any one with Allah: [72:19] And that when the servant of Allah stood up calling upon Him, they ...
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Is Sufism considered as Islamic by other Muslims? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sufi Islam practice Do Sunni and/or Shi'a followers consider Sufi Muslims brothers in Islam? Sufism is a mystical-ascetic approach to Islam that seeks to find ...
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What is Muraqabah?

What is Muraqabah? What are the stages of Muraqabah? I know Muraqabah is like meditation and the word means to watch over or take care. I know that metaphorically it means that through this kind ...
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What are the practical differences between Sufi practices versus Sunni and Shiite practices?

What are the practical differences in the practice of Islam between the Sufi practitioners Versus the Sunni and Shiite?