In India most of the muslims converted were through sufi saints. But all these people became either shia or sunni. How? Is sufi a separate sect like shia or sunni?
I got this from a website: Existing in both Sunni and Shia Islam, Sufism is not a sect, as is sometimes assumed,but a method of approaching or a way of understanding Islam which strives to take the regular practice of the religion to the "supererogatory level"through simultaneously "fulfilling ... [the obligatory] religious duties" and finding a "way and a means of striking a root through the 'narrow gate' in the depth of the soul out into the domain of the pure arid unimprisonable Spirit which itself opens out on to the Divinity."