Sufism

3 Apr

Sufism is a very broad spectrum of different idea’s, and so cannot categorically be either condemned or approved of. It’s not really so much of a sect, as it is of a concept. It can be broadly broken down into three categories. 1: Things which are unanimously accepted. 2: Things which have a valid difference of opinion. 3: Things which are unislamic. In understanding these three categories, it is possible for the British Muslim community to adopt that which is good, whilst leaving those things which are not suitable for our community. I will mainly be dealing with those things which can be found in the UK as  it doesn’t really concern us what other people in other countries do or how they interpret Islam. However, I will deal with some of the major points that are relevant for a British Muslim to know, and some of that does involve shaikhs and idea’s from other nations around the globe who have an influence here.

1st Category: Sufi idea’s which are unanimously accepted by ALL of the Sunni Muslims

One of the key concepts in sufism that is unanimously agreed upon by all sunni muslims, is the concept of tazkiyatun nafs (purification of the soul). This is the idea that reading qur’an, doing good deeds, reciting certain dua and dhickr and such like, it will help to make your heart more pure. A pure heart is free from things like envy, anger, greed and other such diseases of the heart. There are also authentic teachings directly from the qur’an and sunnah for dealing with some of these ailments. The aim is by making the heart more pure, it will incline less towards sin.

This concept is based on many clear evidence from the qur’an and sunnah and should be embraced whole heatedly by British Muslims. The strictest of the three schools of sunni theology is the athari school, in terms of rigidly sticking only to beliefs and practices found in the qur’an and hadeeth. One of the greatest athari scholars, Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, wrote a book on this topic with very many evidences and it is well worth reading. It is called “diseases of the heart and it’s cures”.

Some sufi groups have traditionally emphasized on congregational practices to purify the soul. Whilst there are no doubt benefits to communal acts of worship, solitary practices are also beneficial to the heart, for example  reciting qur’an. So whilst

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