Sufism and Islam

Islam is divided into 3 parts, Islam, Iman and Ihsan. This is how Sufism is rooted in the Sharia. Here is an excerpt of the authentic Hadith of Jibreel.
…My father, Umar ibn al-Khattab, told me: One day we were sitting in the company of Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) when there appeared before us a man dressed in pure white clothes, his hair extraordinarily black. There were no signs of travel on him. None amongst us recognized him. At last he sat with the Apostle (peace be upon him) He knelt before him placed his palms on his thighs and said: Muhammad, inform me about al-Islam. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Al-Islam implies that you testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, and you establish prayer, pay Zakat, observe the fast of Ramadan, and perform pilgrimage to the (House) if you are solvent enough (to bear the expense of) the journey. He (the inquirer) said: You have told the truth. He (Umar ibn al-Khattab) said: It amazed us that he would put the question and then he would himself verify the truth. He (the inquirer) said: Inform me about Iman (faith). He (the Holy Prophet) replied: That you affirm your faith in Allah, in His angels, in His Books, in His Apostles, in the Day of Judgment, and you affirm your faith in the Divine Decree about good and evil. He (the inquirer) said: You have told the truth. He (the inquirer) again said: Inform me about al-Ihsan (performance of good deeds). He (the Holy Prophet) said: That you worship Allah as if you are seeing Him, for though you don’t see Him, He, verily, sees you.. .. He (the narrator, Umar ibn al-Khattab) said: Then he (the inquirer) went on his way but I stayed with him (the Holy Prophet) for a long while. He then, said to me: Umar, do you know who this inquirer was? I replied: Allah and His Apostle knows best. He (the Holy Prophet) remarked: He was Gabriel (the angel). He came to you in order to instruct you in matters of religion.

(Sahih Muslim)

So, in Islam, every part of the deen has a science. Fiqh is the science of Islam, which governs the limbs. This is our ritual prayer, the ritual ablution, how to fast, etc… Aqeeda (Creed) is the science of iman (faith), which teaches us proper belief and how we have to belief in angels and the messengers peace be upon them etc. Iman corresponds to the heart and mind. Finally there is ihsan, which is focused on the heart, the consciousness and inward behavior. It’s corresponding science is tasawwuf or Sufism.

“Islam is the outward which is made erect by Iman the inward, and it is perfected by Ihsan; a palpable consciousness of God comparable to “seeing.”

Quran, 22:46 …Truly it is not their eyes that are blind, but their hearts which are in their breasts.

More on the heart:

Presence of heart is what substantiates outward worship.

“Verily, God does not look to your bodies nor to your forms but He looks to your hearts.” [Muslim]

“… if it is sound, the entire body is sound and if it is corrupt
the whole body is corrupt.” [Bukhari]

So this is all what tasawwuf is about. It is about purifying the heart from what makes hearts go blind. Sufism can be called the science of ihsan. It is just as much of a science of Sharia as is fiqh and aqeeda. So people that reject it are rejecting a whole third of Islam.

On Tasawwuf:

Its beginning is knowledge, its middle is action and its end is bestowed.” [Sidi Ahmad ibn `Ajiba al-Maliki]

“To avoid any misinterpretation of what is implied by the words Sufi and “Sufism” in Arabic: tasawwuf, the fact of wearing a garment made of wool-suf-as an emblem of purity) was adopted to designate the quest fro spiritual illumination, while sufi was applied to characterize the person who had attained an obvious degree of proximity to God. This indicates that Sufism has always been embedded in the texture of the Islamic creed, representing an ideal mode of worship derived from the Quranic Revelation and from the customs and sayings (sunna and hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad, and then transmitted without interruption throughout the centuries.”

What about the different Sufi orders?

“They basically represent different methods, without there being any possibility of a fundamental difference of doctrine, for the doctrine of Unity is unique” (at-tawhidu wahid)

Was this around at the time of the Prophet? (May Allah bless him and give him peace)

“For those who say, “Where did the name tasawwuf come from? It was not received from the Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace)…the Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace) never said Sufiya? Did the Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace) mention Muhaddithun(Peopleof Hadith)? Did the Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace) tak of Huffadh (memorizers of Quran)? Did the Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace) talk about the Usuliyun (People of the principle of religion)? Did the Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace) talk of the Shaykh of Islam? Did the Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace) talk of the Mufti? The Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace) did not use these words, but this community has constructed technical terms…” (Habib Ali al Jifri)

If anyone has any suggestions or corrections or additions, feel free!

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  1. ok , thank you for that infact can I just add that when I became sunni it was when I was offered a rumi poetry book then since then I got hooked on all this spiritual aspect of life , constantly cleansing myself , asking allah infact having conversations with allah , but I don’t like the idea of calling oneself sufi , but about the sufi orders , for example the darvish order , their are things their that the prophet did not do , like the swirling things , you don’t think thats dangerous ? because he never did , btw do they atribute this type of thing to the prophet swa ?
    it clearly states in the quran , today I have perfectd your religion , do we realy need sufi orders ? do you know what I am saying ? I take knowledge from everything , after some time I have finaly accepted that their is not one sheikh that speaks complete utter truth , I have to take the good and leave the bad and leave my mind open , as soon as I close my mind , then I may not recognize truth which is dangerous , you have to think about your akhira …. better stop before ends up as an essay

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  2. nasr Said:

    No, the Prophet did not talk of those thing nor does that logic make sufism or any other innovation legitimate. Sufi or Tasawwuf implies something more than what the Prophet brought, that is exactly what innovation is; something adulturating the simple message of Islam. There is nothing more, nothing mysterious, no way to attain “proximity” to God other than what the Prophet brought. Anyone who believes he has “attained an obvious degree of proximity to God” better keep it to himself and count his blessing!

  3. The Sufis do practice what the Prophet may Allah bless him and give him peace brought in order to gain closeness to Allah ta3ala
    In the hadith jibreel, he mentions it
    🙂

  4. Whispering Soul Said:

    There is a subtle conspiracy against Tasawuff (Sufism ).

    The enemy of Islam hired some guys who declare themselves as Sufi and they did many sins and shirks in the name of Tasawuuf and thus they gave a very bad impression about Tasawuuf or Sufism. So , the Muslim masses then start to avoid Tasawuuf , then they fail to purify the heat.

    One such example is described in the following link.

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    http://islamics.wordpress.com/2007/08/11/sufis-in-politics/
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    ” Such practices really scare people from even considering zuhb, ihsan and ultimately Tazkiyatun Nafs.

    If one traces this back, when the Khilafa was destroyed one of the elements that the kufar focused on was to destroy the element of spirituality in the Muslims and make them lose the connection or close bond with Allah. Our warriors of the past never had enough military equipment, but they had Nisbah Ma’Allah. Today Muslims are busy counting the beans rather than trying to bring back those practices that brings them close to Allah. “

  5. Ibrahim Said:

    Now tell me what Rumi has to do with Islam, His life was devoted to Music and Poetry!!

    031:006] And of mankind is he who purchases IDLE talks (i.e. music, singing) to MISLEAD (men)…

    [036:069] And We have not taught him (Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam]) poetry, nor is it SUITABLE for him.

    The Ottoman Empire caused it’s own collapse, by competing with the Kafirs and being “Modern”!!
    And what i Hear when i think about sufis are the Weird Dervishes(wich by the way were Rumi’s Handywork)!! Such Practises are UNislamic!!
    Don’t talk like there is NO other practise then Sufi Practises, that is an Insult to your Creator, who gave you the Mandatory 5times a day Salaat(and as much as you desire), the Fasting of Ramadhan(and as much as you desire), The Holy Quran(the ACTING UPON IT and reciting it as long as you desire)
    I only like The Ottoman empire for the Caliphate, of wich the Prophet ordered us to Give Bai’ah to(the Khilafah), Nothing else!!!

    The Khilafah stands for; the Leader of the Ummah, the representer of the Ummah, protector of the Ummah, …
    The maintainer of the Islamic Law in the Muslimslands!
    Bi IthniLah, it shall return!!

    PS: Ihsaan means Perfection, NOT tassawuf!!
    How to attain that state of Perfection, Through worship(salaat), Fasting, Sincere Devotion to Allah(swt), truthfull in speech and conduct, and most of all LOVE for your Creator, …!!
    NOT meditation, rituals that are OUT of the Scope of Islam NOR embracing Poetry and Music!
    This are CLEAR innovations!!

  6. Ibrahim Said:

    I personaly like Habib, he seems very educated in Sunnah and
    NOT because Habibi Al Jifri states such things, does NOT necessary means that it is true!!
    the Hadith were there, those who study the Hadith, where called Muhadith(afterwards)!!

    Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi stated:
    “Of course, we reject all the fallacies of philosophical Sufism (including such tenets as: hulul “divine incarnation” and ittihad “mystic communion with God”), ecstatic utterances of heretic Sufists and the deviations of money-oriented Sufism. What we really seek is the pure, quintessential Sufism of the pioneer Sufists, such as Al Hassan Al Basri, Al Fudayl Ibn lyad, Ibrahim Ibn Adham, Abu Sulayman Al Darani, Abul Qasim Al Junayd and others like them. We seek the Sunnite Sufism that follows a balanced line of Quran and Sunna, the Sufism that cares about the “piety of hearts” before it concerns itself with the “acts of the organs of the body!
    We seek the Sufism that addresses the ailments of the heart, plugs the holes through which Satan can steal into hearts, and resists the desires of the human soul, so that it may have proper morals and virtues and abandon sins. Someone described Sufism in a nutshell, saying, “Sufism is being true to Allah and good to mankind”. This is what Allah the Almighty means by saying, “For Allah is with those who restrain themselves and those who do good” [Surat Al Nahl: 128]. The Sufists are with Allah by BEING PIOUS, and with people by doing good.”
    Rumi does NOT fit in this Picture!!

  7. I never said ihsan means tasawwuf if I did forgive me. Tasawwuf is the science of Ihsan rather like fiqh is the science of Islam, and aqeeda is the science of Iman.
    Where did I mention Rumi? Or music?
    Btw, the Prophet May Allah bless him and give him peace liked to listen to poetry.
    When Muhammad may Allah bless him and give him peace used to go to caves for retreat what did he do? Did he not meditate and reflect?
    I never mentioned anything about embracing music though, Ibrahim.

  8. I agree with Shaykh al qaradawi too…
    where did I mention Rumi?

  9. Ibrahim Said:

    it was confusedaboutlife, NOT you tradicionalista(regarding Rumi)!!
    Soothsayers is usually identified with poets!!
    Proof: [052:029] Therefore, remind. By the Grace of Allâh, you are neither a soothsayer nor a madman.
    This was made at the accusation that he(muhammad(saaw) was a distinguished poet or Possessed by Jinn!!

    Prophet Muhammad(saaw) liked hearing poetry(when it was about praising Allah(swt), BUT he himself did NOT uter Poetry other then Divine Poetry(Quran)!!(sometimes he did, but he never finished the sentence)

    Abu Hurairah reported:
    Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: The TRUEST word spoken by an Arab in poetry is this verse of Labid: Behold! apart from Allah everything is vain.
    The above kinds of Poetry of Labid is beautifull!

    Again when it poetry like Anasheed(in groups) then it is a Good Thing!!

    Anasheed is different, when it is praising Allah(swt) after the required prayers!!
    I like hearing anasheed, when it in groups!!
    Sometimes he(Habib al Jifri) joins the Groups of Anasheed who are really good in praising Allah(swt), sometimes i see others doing things wich are UNacceptable, wich are copied from other religions!!—) Something wich we should avoid doing, we already have islam, WHY should we search for other kinds of Worship then the worship that was ordained for Us?
    and something else, praising men, by giving them the title”Saint” is not withing the scope of Islam, again taken from another religion!!
    When i see a present day Sufi, i usually identify him/her as withing a sect!! This is Not my intention, the activities he/she is involved in, just makes me believe that they are different!!
    How to remain WITHIN the scope Of Islam!!
    To submit to the Quran and Sunnnah!! to live According to it!!
    To NOT make legal things wich were Illegal by Allah(swt) and His Messenger!!! —This is what Some present day sufis do, they claim that whatever they are doing is part of the Sunnah, while it is NOT!!– Be very Carefull who you take as a Companion!!

  10. Ibrahim Said:

    Muhammad(saaw) was before a Islam probably a Sabean(wich were monotheists, they used to meditate, and take the shahada wich was “La ilaha Illalah”)!!

    After Islam(actually after the Israa wal Mi’raaj), he was commanded to perform salaat!!(so meditation was no longer required)!

    Meditation was replaced with Salaat!!
    You can’t have a conversation with Allah(swt), only Prophets CAN!!
    If you see him in your dreams(if you are a devoted believer) then it is something else, He then blessed you with something few people could experience!!

    The Tassawuf wich people have in mind, is not something wich in the course of time, becomes clear to us!!

    O People,
    No prophet or apostle will come after me and no NEW faith will be born. REASON well therefore, O people, and UNDERSTAND words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Quran and the Sunnah, and if you follow these you will NEVER go astray. All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the LAST ones understand my words better than those who listened to me DIRECTLY.

    Be my witness, O Allah, that I have CONVEYED your message to your people.

    I have to agree with Nasr!! Whatsoever you have experienced(divinely)!! You should keep it to yourself!! Masha’Allah, then it might be a Blessing!

    Reply(confusedaboutlife): I became sunni it was when I was offered a RUMI poetry book then since then I got hooked on all this spiritual aspect of life , constantly cleansing myself , asking allah infact having conversations with allah!
    You have not come to the Sunnah of the Prophet when you have read Rumis Poetry Book!!
    The Dervish dance(wich is actually a Tariqa(sufi order) was introduced by Rumi!!

  11. Whispering Soul Said:

    @ Ibrahim

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    After Islam(actually after the Israa wal Mi’raaj), he was commanded to perform salaat!!(so meditation was no longer required)!

    Meditation was replaced with Salaat!!

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    What about “Moraqaba “? This is also another type of deep meditation. And this Moraqaba is still done by the great men in Islam.

    Regarding dancing, an interesting article can be found here.

    http://www.marifah.net/index.php?option=com_content
    &task=view&id=55&Itemid=48

    However, my knowledge about this dancing is still little.

  12. Whispering Soul Said:

    @ Ibrahim
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    The Ottoman Empire caused it’s own collapse, by competing with the Kafirs and being “Modern”!!
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    Are you kidding ? Just dig deep about the “Donmeh ” background
    of Kamal Pasha. Also check the back ground of Rashid Pasha . Who
    recruited this guy ? A colorful history of betrayal and hypocrisy !!!!!!

  13. Ibrahim Said:

    @ Ibrahim
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    The Ottoman Empire caused it’s own collapse, by competing with the Kafirs and being “Modern”!!
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    Are you kidding ? Just dig deep about the “Donmeh ” background
    of Kamal Pasha. Also check the back ground of Rashid Pasha . Who
    recruited this guy ? A colorful history of betrayal and hypocrisy !!!!!!

    What about him??
    What really makes me laugh is…
    That normally muslim men should grow a beard, and Cut the Mustache!!
    The (Most)Ottoman Turks left their mustaches to Grow, and shaved their beards!!
    as i stated, competing with Kafirs(ever saw pictures of Europeans made in 19th century)!!!

    The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Trim closely the mustache, and let the beard grow.

    Modernization of the Ottoman Empire commenced in 1828 and ended with the Young Turks takeover in 1908!!
    Was Kamal Pasha among the Young Turks(who were Secularists)??

    I respect the Ottomans for Protecting the Holy Sites of Islam during the Arab Revolt and during Attacks by Europe(even though they lost eventually)!!

    What about “Moraqaba “? This is also another type of deep meditation. And this Moraqaba is still done by the great men in Islam.
    Wich great men…
    RUMI
    I don’t like that guy!!
    Utmost Deceiver!!

    I leave behind me TWO things, “the QURAN and the SUNNAH”, and IF you follow these YOU WILL NEVER GO ASTRAY.
    In the Hadith and Quran, there is NO such things as “Moraqaba”!! Even though Great Men did this, following great men will NOT grant ME Djenna, The Quran And Sunnah Does!!
    This is a Clear INNOVATION!! Not because Salafiya or Wahabis say that, because the Quran, Hadith and Sunnah prohibits something NEW!!
    This Track(Moraqaba) will derail your faith!!

    [002.216]…it may be that you Dislike a thing which is Good for you and that you LIKE A THING WICH IS BAD FOR YOU. Allâh KNOWS but you do not know.

  14. Whispering Soul Said:

    @ Ibrahim

    Please keep in mind that the devil is very dangerous when it comes to deceive us in the guise of a religious man.

    Please read the following article in a cool brain.

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    How would you respond to the claim that Sufism is bid’a ?

    http://www.masud.co.uk/ISLAM/nuh/sufism.htm

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  15. Whispering Soul Said:

    @Ibrahim

    Please check another good article.

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    http://www.blogistan.co.uk/blog/articles/rice-on-sufism.html
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  16. Brahim Said:

    Hassan Al-Basri is held in high regard by the Sufis(actually All the Ahlul Sunnah for being a Tabi’een), for his asceticism; however, al-Basri was himself NOT actually a PRACTICIONER of Sufism!
    So this means that Sufis conduct practices wich were NOT done by the Tabi’een(ra)!
    Besides living their lives in asceticism(wich is A way of coming closer to Allah(swt)) they also conduct practices wich can get them farther away from Allah(swt) and closer to evil(without realizing)!!
    Stick to the way of the Pious Predecessors(Salafiya)!
    It worked good for them(the way they lived and practised their Deen), so it MOST surely will work for us!!

  17. SAADAQ Said:

    IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,
    SAYIDUNA ALI (KW) WAS ONCE ASKED ABOUT THE KHAWARIJ; HE SAID THAT THEY HAVE FALLEN INTO KUFR WHILE THEY WERE TRYING TO RUN AWAY FROM KUFR. THIS IS EXACTLY THE PREDICAMENT SOME PEOPLE ARE IN TODAY. THE KHAWRIJ HAVE CONSULTED SHAITAN AND ACCUSED SAYIDUNA UTHMAN (RA) AND SAYUDUNA ALI (KW) WITH, GOD FORBID, KUFR CLAIMIG THAT THEY WERE STANDING UP FOR THE QUR’AN AND SUNNAH. THE KHAWARIJ HAVE INNOVATED AN UGLY WAY. THEY ARE FOLLOWED IN THAT UGLY WAY, TODAY, BY PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO UPHOLD THE QUR’AN AND THE SUNNA YET ACCUSE OF KUFR PEOPLE WHO LOVE ALLAH AND WHOM ALLAH LOVES;THE AWLIYA OF ALLAH I AM FREE (INI BARI’UN) OF THESE PEOPLE WHO INSULT AND SLANDER THE AWLIYA OF ALLAH. IT IS AN ENORMITY IN THE EYES OF ALLAH. AND THEY WILL PAY FOR IT IF THEY DON’T REPENT. I SAY UPFRONT THAT I BELIEVE THAT JALALUDIN AL BALKH KNOWN ALSO AS JALALUDIN ARRUMI IS A GREAT AND BLESSED WALI OF ALLAH. THERE PEOPLE WHO READ THE WILD, FANTASTIC AND CAPRICIOUS COLEMAN PARKS INTERPRETIONS OF HIS GREAT WORKS AND THEY VICIOUSLY ATTACK THIS BLESSED WALI WITH HAMIYTAL JAHILIYAH. WHY DO THEY NOT CONSULT, ABOUT THE AQIDA OF THE WALI, THE ULIMA WHO KNOW CLASSICAL PERSIAN, WHO ARE VERSED IN SUFI TERMINOLOGY AND, WHO STUDY HIS MAGNIFICENT WORKS THE QUR’AN AFTER ALL SAYS “AS THE PEOPLE OF DIKR IF YOU DON’T KNOW” . WHY? BECAUSE THEY ARE THOSE IN WHOSE HEARTS IS A SICKNESS (TO USE THE WORDS OF THE QU’AN). I AM WARNING THESE PEOPLE AS NASIHA TO CEASE AND DISIST AND REPENT TO ALLAH. THEY SAY SAINT IS AN UN-ISLAMIC INNOVATION. BROTHER OR SISTER STOP READING TRANSLATED WORDS INTO TASSAWUF. WHEN MUSLIMS SAY SAINT THEY MEAN WALIYULAH WHICH IS DESCRIBED IN THE QUR’AN AS ALLADIMA AMANU WAKANU YATAQUN (THOSE WHO BELIEF AND HAVE TAQWA). ALLAH ALSO SAYS IN THE QUR’AN “INNA AKRAMUKUN INDALLAHI ATQAKUM(THE MOST HONORED AMONG YOU IS THE ONE WITH THE MOST TAQWA); SO WE KNOW THERE ARE DEGREES IN TAQWA AND THUS DEGREES IN WILAYA. YOU HEAR MEDITATION AND YOU JUMP UP AND DOWN SHOUTING “BID’A BUDHISM, HINDUISM” WHAT RABBISH!! HAVE YOU NOT READ THE QUR’AN WHEN IT EMPHASISES TAFAKKUR AND TADABBUR. DO US ALL A FAVOR, STOP READING TRANSLATIONS IF YOUR MIND CAN NOT TRANSITION SUCH BASIC WORDS FROM ONE LANGUAGE TO AN OTHER. MY GOD!!! THESE PEOPLE JUDGE TASSAWUF AND THE AWLIYA BY THE CAPRICIOUS AND FANTASTIC(NEGATIVE TERM) SO CALLED INTERPRETIONS OF THE LIKES OF COLEMAN PARKS AND THE DECIETFUL WRITINGS OF MALICIOUS ORIENTALIST WHILE THEY CLAIM TO BE ADVOCATES OF THE QUR’AN AND SUNNAH. “OH YE WHO BELIEVE WHY DO YOU SAY THAT WHICH YE DO NOT?!! INDEED SHAITAN THE ACCURSED DELUDES THEM. THEY SAY ISLAM DOES NOT ALLOW THE PRAISE OF MEN. WHAT A DEFUNT AND BANKRUPT SOCIETY THAT DOES NOT HAVE HEROES TO BE PRAISED AND EMULATED!! DO THEY NOT READ THE QUR’AN WHEN IT RELATES THE STORIES OF GREAT MEN AND WOMEN WHOM GOD PRAISE AND PRESENTS THEM TO US AS MODELS OF PERFECTION AND TO MAKE OUR “HEARTS FIRM” IN THE WORDS OF THE QUR’AN.
    THIS STATEMENT OF YUSUF AL QARDAWI : “Of course, we reject all the fallacies of philosophical Sufism (including such tenets as: hulul “divine incarnation” and ittihad “mystic communion with God”)ecstatic utterances of heretic Sufists and the deviations of money-oriented Sufism. ,IS DECEPTIVE AND MISLEADING IN THREE WAYS FIRST IT IS BASED ON FALSE PREMISES NAMELY THAT THERE ARE SUFIS WHO BELIEVE IN HULUL AND ITTIHAD WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE,. WE KNOW THAT THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF SUFIS ARE ASH’ARIS OR MATURIDIS WHO REPRESENT THE TRUE AQIDA OF AHLU SUNNA. SECOND THE WORDS ECSTATIC ATTERANCES OF DEVIANT SUFIS SHOWS A VERY POOR MEASURE OF WHAT DEVIANCE MEANS. HOW CAN ANYTHING THAT AN ECSTATIC PERSON SAYS SHOW DEFIANCE OF THE PERSON RATHER THAN THE UNACCAPTABILITY OF WHAT IS SAID? WHEN WE KNOW OF THE SAHIH HADITH OF THE MAN WHOSE CAMEL RUN WITH HIS TRAVEL SUPPLIES IN NO MAN’S LAND AND AFTER SLEEPING IN ANTICIPATION OF CERTAIN DEATH FOUND HIS CAMEL RIGHT UNDER HIS NOSE WHEN HE WOKE UP. WHAT DID THE MAN SAY? HE ECSTATICALY CRIED “O GOD I AM YOUR LORD AND YOU ARE MY SLAVE!!” GO AHEAD AND CALL HIM DEVIANT. THIRDLY, “MONEY-ORIENTED SUFISM IS AN OXI-MORON. HE COULD HAVE SAID MONEY-ORIENTED SUFI PRETENDERS.
    EITHER QARDAWI IS IGNORANT OF THE CRITERION OF DEVIANCY IN THE QUR’AN AND SUNNAH AS WELL AS THE TERMINOLOGY OF SUFIS OR HE IS USING THE TACKTICS OF THE KUFFAR TO MISLEAD AND UNDERCUT THE CRITERION OF THE QUR’AN AND SUNNAH. WOE UNTO PEOPLE TO CO’OPT THE QUR’AN AND SUNNAH WHEN THEY WANT TO DEFAME THE AWLIYA AND THE RIGHTEOUS WHILE EMPLOYING TACKTICS THAT ARE FOREIGN AND CONDEMNED BY THE QUR’AN AND SUNNAH. PERSONALLY I PREFER TO GIVE AL QARDAWI THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT AND ATTRIBUTE THIS STATEMENT TO IGNORANCE. THESE PEOPLE, PROCLAIMING ISLAM TO BE A SIMPLE RELIGION, SET OUT TO STRIP ISLAM OF ITS GOD-GIVEN DEPTH AND BEAUTY. THE CENTRAL TENETS OF ISLAM ARE SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND AND ADOPT BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT IS SIMPLISTIC. FAR FROM IT! THERE ARE PROFOUND OCEANS OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE QUR’AN AND SUNNAH FOR THOSE WHO THINK, WHO REFLECT, WHO MEDITATE, WHO DO DIKR, WHO HAVE HEARTS, WHO PURIFY THEMSELVES,(TAZKIYATUL NAFS) WHO PURIFY THEIR ACTIONS(SULH AL A’MAL), THOSE WHO HAVE KHUSHU IN THEIR PRAYERS, WHO PURIFY THEIR HEARTS(FOR ALLAH(IKHLAS), THOSE WHO HAVE SABR, THOSE WHO HAVE SHUKR, THOSE WHO ARE PLEASED WITH THEIR LORD EVEN IN THE MIDST OF DARK EPISODES OF TRIAL. WHO HAVE TAQWA, THOSE WHO ARE CONCIOUS THAT ALLAH SEES THEM (MURAQABAH), THOSE WHO CONTEMPLATE ALLAH (IHSAN), THOSE ARE EXACTLY WHO THE SUFI IS OR AIMS TO BE. THEY COUNT AMONT THEIR RANKS, TO VARYING DEGREES, ALMOST ALL THE GREATES ULIMA OF AHLU SUNNAH. THEY INCLUDE HUJJATUL ISLAM AL GHAZALI, SULTANUL AWLIYA AL JILANI, IMAM ANNAWAWI, SHAYKHUL ISLAM ZAKARIYA ANSARI, AL IMAM AL SHATIBI, QADI ‘IYD, QADI ABUBAKR IB AL ARABI, SIDI ABDUL WAHAB ASHA’RANI, JALALUDIN AL SUYUTI, AMIRUL MUMININ FIL HADITH IBN HAJAR AL ASQALANI, IB HAJAR AL HAYTAMI, SHAIKHUL ISLAM TAQIYUDDIN AL SUBK, TAJUDDIN AL SUBK, SIDI ABUL HASAN AL SHADILI, SIDI IBN ATTAILLAH AL ISKANDARI, SIDI ADDARQAWI, SIDI AHMAD IB AJIBAH, SIDI AHMAD IBN IDRIS, SHAYKH YUSUF ANNABHANI, SULTANUL ULIMA IZZ IBN ABDUL SALAM. SHAYKH ABDUL QANI ANNABLUSI, JUST TO NAME A FEW MAY ALLAH BE PLEASED WITH THEM ALL.
    SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT POETRY IS AGAINST ISLAM, WHAT NONSENSE! DO THEY NOT READ THE QUR’AN WHEN ALLAH DESTINGUISHED BELIEVING POETS FROM NON-BELIEVING POETS WHO SPEAK OUT OF DESIRE. DO THEY NOT KNOW THAT THE RASUL SALLALAHU ALAYHI WASSALAM SAID THAT THERSE IS WISDOM IN SOME POETRY. OR DO THEY NOT KNOW ABOUT THE DISTINGUISHED POETS OF THE SAHABA RADIYA LAHU ANHUM NAMELY, ABDALLAH IN RAWAHAH (RA), HASAN IBN THABIT (RA). ALLAH IS MY WITNESS THAT I SEE WISDOM IN SIDI JALALUDIN ARRUMI’S POETRY. AND ALLAH IS MY WITNESS THAT I BELIEVE JALALUDIN ARRUMI TO BE A MAN OF TAQWA, ONE OF THOSE WHOM ALLAH HAS GIVEN KNOWLEGE FROM HIS PRESENCE, ONE WHO SEES BY THE LIGHT OF ALLAH, ONE WHO CALLED TO THE PATH OF ALLAH WITH WISDOM AND BEAUTIFUL CALLING (HIKMAH WAL MAW’IDATI HASANAH), AND ONE WHO, WITH INSIGHT, GUIDED(MAJAZI) PEOPLE TO THE MOST PERFECT MEANING OF ISLAM AND TAWHID, TO IHSAN IN ISTIQAMA WHICH IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF TASSAWUF. HE WAS BEYOND REPROACH IN HIS METHOD AND IN HIS CHARATER , HE REMAINS FOR US A SOURCE OF PRIDE, BARAKA AND ILLUNINATION EVEN TODAY. MAY ALLAH TA’ALA SHOWER HIM HIS MERCY AND RIDWAN. AND MAY HE GATHER US AND ALL MUSLIMS ALONG WITH SIDI ARRUMI IN THE HIGHEST REALMS OF JANNAH AND HIS(SUBUHUN, QUDUSUN, OUR RABB, THE RABB OF THE ANGELS AND THE RUH) EXALTED AND PURE PRESENCETHE SIDIQIN, THE SHUHADA, THE SALIHIN, AND THE ANBIYA (ALAHIM ASSALAM) CHIEF AMONG THEM OUR GUIDE, OUR INTERCESSOR, MERCY TO ALL THE WORLDS, THE COOLNESS OF OUR EYES, OUR PROPHET AND BELOVED FATHER OF QASIM AND THE BLESSED SAYIDAH FATIMA AL ZAHRA,GRAND FATHER OF THE HASSANAYN SAYIDUNA RASULU LAHI MUHAMMAD SALALAMU ALAYHI WA ALIHI WASAHBIHI, WASALAM. PEACE

  18. Atabek Said:

    Jalalludeen Rumi (rahmatullalaih) did not like poetry himself. Though poetry is not “bad”. It can be very good, like in the case of Rumi. He said that he speaks in poetry because it is easy for the people to learn from it. He didn’t say this, but I’ll add that with poetry you say many things without many words, and the people of the heart understand what he was trying to say. (Since he was talking to them) He spoke about the matters of heart, from the heart… of course it won’t make sense to someone who can’t listen from their heart… May God open the eyes and ears of our hearts, so we can really see and hear what is being spoken, sung, and… danced about. It is so bad to talk badly about such a Good Man (who was an extremely pious Muslim Scholar). May Allah Sanctify his soul. This is a few months late, but just in response to the brother who seems to be very angry in all his posts. Hope you feel better soon. By the way, nice blog tradicionalista. Salaam.

  19. Brahim Said:

    Have you read the final book of Abu Hassan Al-‘Ashari (raheemahullah)?? (Al-Ibaanah)
    Cause if you did, then you would know that he renounced all the previous statements he has made that Allah(‘azza wa jal) didn’t have the attributes that Allah (‘azza wa jal) prescribed for Himself!
    So, those who claim to follow the ‘Aqeeda of Abu Hassan Al-‘Ashari (Asharis), are actually following the things he renounced!
    He affirmed the ‘Aqeeda of Imam Bukhari, Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, which means he likewise affirmed the same ‘Aqeeda as Ibn Taymiyya, Ibnul-Qayyim Al-Jawziyya, Ibn Kathir, etc… (May Allah have mercy on them)!
    So, accept the ‘aqeeda of the Salaf As-Salih (pious predecessors), and don’t fall into error after the Truth reached you!
    Masalam!


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