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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 Prophet's time, while others who are called Sufi use the spiritual exercises found in the pure Sunnah.

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After Fardh salah saying a wazifah then blow on your fingers and rub your eyes Sunnah?

Some Muslims after a Fardh Salaah recite a wazifah (Allah's name or Ya Nur or Quranic ayah) so many times you then blow on your fingers and rub over your eyes. Virtue of doing so is Allah will ...
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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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How is the mentioning or honoring of Ibrahim by later generations interpreted? (Shia or Sufi View)

I'm a bit curious about the interpretation of the mentioning/honoring of Ibrahim (), especially from the Shi'a and/or Sufi perspective (not excluding other interpretations, but I have no access/...
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The requirement of a spiritual guide does not make sense [closed]

Salamun Alaykum, I will try to cut it short. Everywhere that I have looked, I have always seen people claiming that a spiritual journey always demands a spiritual guide or a teacher (shaikh). And ...
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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?
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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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Can a muslim who follows Ahl al-sunnah wa al-jamaah, also follow some sufi teachings?

Can a muslim who follows Ahl al-sunnah wa al-jamaah, also follow some sufi teachings? those sufi teachings that don't violate Quran and Sunnah.
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Is it permissible for a girl/woman to kiss the hand of an elderly non-mahram man out of respect? [duplicate]

I want to know that can a woman kiss the hand of an elderly non-mahram man (Pir sahab) out of respect?
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Where are the seven levels of the nafs in Sufism mentioned in the Qur'an?

The Sufis by Idries Shah, page 445 (pdf), describes "seven stages of preparation" based on nafs (ego): Nafs-i-ammara (the depraved, commanding nafs) Nafs-i-lawwama (the accusing nafs) Nafs-i-...
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Ibn 'Ata' Allah was a maliki, but what was his contribution apart of Sufi-related works?

When we read the biography of ibn 'Ata' Allah (also referred to as ibn 'Ata' al-Iskandari -from Alexandria-) ابن عطاء الله السكندري. We usually read that he was following the maliki school of ...
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Is there any effort to verify the aphorisms of ibn 'Ata' Allah based on the Qur'an and sunnah?

There are basically two distinct views on Sufism and the connection to Islam. Some reject Sufism and consider it not being part of Islam, while others say as long as it follows the Qur'an and sunnah ...
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How is the word 'spirituality' understood?

What is the meaning of the word 'spirituality'? What does it really mean? 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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What induces the seizure-like movements caused by Pirs?

Pir... is a title for a Sufi master or spiritual guide equally used in the nath tradition. They are also referred to as a Hazrat or Shaikh, which is Arabic for Old Man. The title is often translated ...
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What is the concept of hoolol in Sufism?

What is the concept of hoolol in Sufuism? From my understand it is the concept that that Allah dwells in the creation? This to me opens the door to great forms of shirk as this seems a concept from ...
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What is a langar - it is served?

I see in masjids of Sufis they have a function say of poems and naats and at the bottom of the flyer it says "Langar will be served". What is that? Is it something bid'ah? This Langar appears on ...
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What parts of al-Busiri's Burdah are rejected by salafis and why?

Al-Burdah also known as الكواكب الدرية في مدح خير البرية is a poem of "imam al-Busiri" (the Muslim Sufi poet al-Busiri البوصيري whom studied the seerah of the prophet deeply and almost all his poems ...
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What is Ism-e-Azam?

I heard to perform Ism-e-Azam in several places. I heard that it has a significance but don't know how or what? So, What is Ism-e-Azam? What it's significance and why?
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Authenticity of Book

Assalamou 'Alaikum Warahmatullaahi Wa Barakaatuh.. 1) What is the authenticity of the book "Al Ghuniya At Taalibeen" ? 2) Did Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilaani author this book ? 3) Some people say that ...
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Does sufism belongs to Islam? [closed]

Is sufism a part of islam? Or is it an adaption of any other religious practice. I've read that sufism is emerged from the mixing up of hinduism with islam. Praising prophet or any members of the ...
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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 What are the practical differences between Sufi practices versus Sunni and Shiite ...
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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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Is sufi a sect like shia, sunni?

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?
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What is the Sufi interpretation and method to control anger?

I just answered How to control anger according to sunnah?, and it struck me as likely that Sufis might have a different interpretation of anger and a different approach to coping with anger, perhaps ...
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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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Are authentic English translations of Ihya Ulum-al-deen available? [closed]

Ihya Ulumudeen is a sacred text of the Sufi school of Islam. My question is, whether English translations are available for the same and if so, please recommend the best translations available.
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Is it common among Sufis to not feel obligated to pray, drink wine, etc.?

From On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam (Faysal Al-Tafriqa Bayn Al-Islam wal Zandaqa) by Al-Ghazali (translation: pdf) writes: Included among such matters would be the claims of ...
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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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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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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 divine ...
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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 wellnigh ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 any ...
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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 ...