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Sunni and Shi'ite is one categorization of Muslims - but Sufism is not another category within that scheme of categorization. For example, there are Sufis among both Sunnis and Shi'ites. Sufism is characterized by a focus on personal worship and purification. What sets Sufis apart from the general body of Muslims is the body of beliefs and methods employed ...


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What is hulool Shortly one could say hulool الحلول is incarnation. It means that one thing is absorbed or incarnated in an other thing by a complete mixing. It's usually an expression used by those who pretend that Allah may incarnate in one of his creations and be unified with it. (See also this fatwa in Arabic) This is one of the esoteric terms of '...


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Due to this Hadith it is obviously clear that if a person needed any help he must return to God, not to anybody else, even Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). And this is an order, not optional. عن عبد الله بن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال : كنت خلف النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال لي : يا غلام إني أعلمك كلمات : احفظ الله يحفظك ، احفظ الله تجده تجاهك ، **إذا سألت فاسأل الله** ،...


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If you wish to learn Sufi, then find a Sheikh/Maulana/Habib who follows the Sufi order. Or their Mureed that could lead you to meet their Sheikh. Reading a book is just like you studying about Makkah year after year which will never want to you to get close to it. So, you never know what is the feeling when you go there. Sufism teaches to keep a clean ...


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f1. Is asking help from other people always Shirk? Definitely not. Many times we ask our parents, our teachers, our friends and other people - when we are faced a problem - and they help us. Islam tells us to help the other people and this is not Shirk. 2. So when asking help from other people can be Shirk? When we believe they are doing something for us ...


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These are three example verses of the poem that are considered dangerously close to Shirk or even Shirk itself:- O noblest of creation, I have no one but you to turn to except you when major calamity strikes. You don't need to be Salafi to see a problem with this verse. Fatiha itself is enough to tell you that a Muslim only asks for help from Allah:...


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First of all, I want to establish that Islam is not a religion of superstitions. We concern ourselves with the divine only when it is explicitly explained to us in the Quran or the Hadith. There is the concept of a spirit/soul in Islam. Every person has a soul inside of him, but we know very little about it and can never know any more: وَيَسأَلونَكَ عَنِ ...


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I previously analyzed Sufi belief here. Quoting it: Sufis claim that Sufism is a way of purification. This claim of theirs also require existence of another claim in their mind, that is "Islam itself is not enough for purification. So, we are making Islam better by adding it the way of Sufism.". Yes, Sufis don't find Islam able to clean enough, they ...


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I'm far away from being deep into Sufism, so maybe I'm wrong but I'm taking the words literally from your post (an-nafs or the soul in Arabic is النفس): Nafs-i-ammara النفس الأمّارة (the depraved, commanding nafs) (12:53) And I do not acquit myself (النفس my nafs). Indeed, the soul (النفس) is a persistent enjoiner (أمّارة) of evil, except those upon ...


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Ismul Azam, literally "the Greatest Name" is a name of Allah. Among its virtues, it is said that when a person with the proper disposition uses this name to supplicate to Allah then Allah grants whatever the supplicant asks for. This is usually mentioned in the Tafsirs of the story of Prophet Solomon and the throne of the Queen of Sheba [27:38-40] : قال ...


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This doesn't answer your 3 questions sufficiently,, but addresses all of them: On Abdul Qadir al-Jilani and one of his works Abdul Qadir al-jili, al-Jilani or al-Kilani عبد القادر الجيلي أو الجيلاني أو الكيلاني is the author of a book with a similar title called al-Ghunya li talibi tariq al-Haqq (meanings: the sufficient for those who want to seek the path ...


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Sufism is the practice of Tasawuff. It's focused on the practice of Tazkiya/Ihsan and the remembrance of Allah. There is no doubt that Tazkiya/Ihsan is a core part of Islam. Refer to the Gabriel Hadith where it is explicitly stated. And refer to the Prophet's (PBUH) Sunnah where he demonstrates this over and over. Is there Bid'ah/Innovation in some Sufi ...


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Sufism is more of a denominator for a specific approach to Islam. This approach can be found in the teachings of Sunni as well as Shia. Check the site of the Halal Monk for conversations with different spiritual leaders and artists of the Muslim world. Some of them are rooted in the Sufi tradition but sometimes they're Sunni, sometimes they're Shia.


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It depends on the reason you are interested in the topic. If you want to get a high level understanding then there are books like Henry Corbin's book History of Islamic Philosophy. I personally found the book quite interesting. I think such books by academics are a better source to learn about Sufi thoughts. On the other hand, if you want to have a deeper ...


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Its based on the fact that each individual is not possibly able on his own to take decision on the matters of Islam. Because then that will get him closer to iblees. As iblees is the one who made first self opinion on dheen. (that he is better than Adam (a.s) coz, he is made of fire, and Adam (a.s) is made of mud) So, basically according to what the Imams ...


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I think it's more like: the sheikh is a spiritual guide that will, through some a'maal (like reading tasbih, quran, meditation, etc.), help you to become a better muslim. A good metaphor is : to go from point A (where you are) to point B (closer to Allah's pleasure), you can use a map (quraan and ahaadith) or take a guide (sheikh). But remember that you ...


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There are 6 writers with Muslim background, whose hymns are incorporated in Guru Granth Sahib, whom Sikhs call Bhagats(Devotee): 1) Devotee Kabir 2) Devotee Sheikh Fareed 3) Devotee Sadhana Qasai 4) Devotee Satta Dum 5) Devotee Balwand Rai 6) Devotee Bhikhan Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writers_of_Guru_Granth_Sahib


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I should first thank you for bringing up a comparative religion question. I believe these questions help us broaden our perspective and eliminate the "all-other-religions-are-totally-wrong" mentality that occupies the minds of average followers of religions, and open up our eyes upon a lot of valuable spiritual wisdom that all world religions, even the non-...


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if there is some guide or advise once I am aware that I am "inside" a dervish dream. This article pretty much defines most of Dreams and dream interpretation how to prepare oneself to the state of "openness" previous to a dervish dream to appear May be not dervish, but, preparing oneself for a truthful dream, as suggested in the article, be truthful in ...


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In the sunni tradition Allah's greatest name اسْمُ اللَّهِ الأَعْظَمُ (Ism-u Allah-I al-a'dham) is quoted in several ahadith, but it is a disputable matter: The Greatest Name of Allah, if He is called by which He will respond, is in three Surah: Al-Baqarah, Al 'Imran and Ta-Ha. (Hasan)Another chain for something similar from Al-Qasim, from Abu Umamah, ...


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All these concepts except the last are literally mentioned in the Quran. But although the seventh concept is not literally mentioned, its meaning and significance is present in the Quran. Nafs-i-ammara (the depraved, commanding nafs) is mentioned in 12:53 Nafs-i-lawwama (accusing or reproaching nafs) is mentioned in 75:2 Nafs-i-mulhama (the inspirednafs) ...


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In mainstream culture, a langar is normally associated with the religion of Sikhism . As per wikipedia, it is a community meal from the Sikh community kitchen in a Gurdwara where a free meal is served to all the visitors, without distinction of religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity. The free meal is always vegetarian. People sit on the floor, ...


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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 ...


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Salaam! This is rightly a very sensitive issue! It is true that misconception of the doctrine of omnipresence leads to blasphemous assumptions like equating God with creation. But it's a faulty approach to try to do away with an apparently blasphemous statement by selectively quoting Quranic verses. Because just as one can highlight some verses to indicate ...


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Nowadays, the pirs are not as in the past. Not all, but some of them are on right path of Islam. Pirs are the spiritual mentors who connect one's heart to Allah almighty through dhiker asn wadaifs. When pupils do dhiker in front of their pir, pir give spiritual benefits. To them it's spirituality. One must have to find kamil pir and do bayat on his hands. ...


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Spirituality in Islam is to remember where we came from, why we are here, and where we will end up. The whole point of spirituality is to know the purpose of our existence, by knowing where we came from, why we are here, and where we will end up. Where we came from? From the creator, it was Allah (swt) who created Adam then Eve in heaven. “And God said: ...


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You write: “From these numbers I could derive vague approximations for how many Sufis are also Sunnis and/or Shiites”. I do not understand how (purely statistically) you could do this. Perhaps you could explain. Most Sufis consider themselves to be followers of one or another of the law schools (madhāhib), either Sunni or Shi’i. In Egypt and North Africa (...


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In the scholarly works on Irfan that I have studied, I have not seen any discussion underlining specific connections between the two terms. The two concepts are also discussed under two different and relatively distant fields of Islamic sciences. Nafs as human soul is discussed mainly in philosophical works concerning the nature of human consciousness, and ...


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