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The Makings of Indonesian Islam: Orientalism and the

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In a sense the principal motif of all al-Ghazzali's work is spiritualization of religious thought and practice; form must be imbued with spirit, and law and ritual with ethical vision. I may add by way of explanation that, according to a well-known mystical belief, God has inspired every created thing to praise Him in its own language, so that all the sounds in the universe form, as it were, one vast choral hymn by which He glorifies Himself. Says Nizami, "It is wrong to label Sufism with any religion other than Islam although later many saints from other sects also adopted the style.

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Bawa asks Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

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This teaching involves the admission (which definitely places the proselyte outside the pale of Islam) that Mohammed was not the last of the Prophets, and that the Qur'an is not God's final revelation to man. He was strongly influenced by Hinduism; many Hindus consider him a manifestation of Shiva. Esoterically, if it were not for (Mercy), All�h would never have sent Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and the Qur’ān to humanity.

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A Perfumed Scorpion: A Way to the Way

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Nevertheless, as people continue to turn to Sufism in times of crisis, the Sufis continue to hold significant political power in. The historian of Sufism must acknowledge, however deeply he may deplore, the fundamental position occupied by the doctrine of saintship and the tremendous influence which it has exerted in its practical results--grovelling submission to the authority of an ecstatic class of men, dependence on their favour, pilgrimage to their shrines, adoration of their relics, devotion of every mental and spiritual faculty to their service.

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From Sufism to Ahmadiyya: A Muslim Minority Movement in

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Khaniqah: A khan is an inn. "Khaniqah" or "Khanqah" is a Persian word for the pilgrimage inns or dormitories where the Sufis used to stay to worship, study and sleep. It is an event that embodies the category novum—God doing a new thing within human beings and human communities by virtue of the indwelling Spirit." (Beck 2010, 145) "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. An account of Sufi asceticism and mysticism by the greatest living authority on Islam.

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The biography of Hadrat Syed Shah Afzal Biabani

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The belief in something possible cannot be regarded as Kufr or Shirk even if such a thing does not occur, though of course evidence is necessary for its happening. Many practice Zikar for remembering the Divine Source as well as performing esoteric practices derived from ancient Zoroastrian, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and Islamic traditions while adhering to the Unity of Religious Ideals. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here? h) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev 19:27.

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Rumi: Selections from his Masnavi

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There are four Sufi orders which Muslims mostly follow and these are Naqshbandi, Qadiri, Suhrawardi and Chishti Orders. In one of the verses from the Adi Granth (the sacred scripture or ‘First Book’ of Sikhism), Farid declares in rustic and homely Punjabi: Ap li-ay lar la-ay dar darves say. In the 20th century a big population community of European origin was formed. Some verses are given below: “Qasim the good and Rashid Ahmad, both possessors of glory, the two of them were the Messiah of the age and Joseph of Canaan. “They saved the faith from the samaris [corrupters of religion] of the age.

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Merton & Judaism: Holiness in Words: Recognition,

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In addition, if there are rituals introduced that take away from the fundamental worship of God, and in doing so, the eventual attainment of purity, then one can conclude, from an Mainstream Muslim perspective, that Sufism may not be entirely compatible with Islam. But the conference, coordinated with the help of the BJP government, was criticized by several Indian Muslim leaders as an attempt to create divisions in the country’s Muslim community. Therefore, their looking is 'wajib.' I say: These words conflict with the religious texts, some of which we have mentioned earlier.

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Muslim Women Mystics: The Life and Work of Rabi'a and Other

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Sufi is the term attributed to a person practicing Sufism. Idries Shah also makes a direct reference to the Spanish-Arab historian, Said of Toledo (died in 1069), who gives this tradition of the Ancient Egyptian Tehuti (Thoth or Hermes): Sages affirm that all antediluvian sciences originate with the Egyptian Hermes [Tehuti], in Upper Egypt (namely Khmunu (Hermopolis)). Drugs were used by some as an aid to reaching the ecstatic state, coffee by the Shadiliya in the 14th century.

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Heart Story: A Metamorphic Odyssey into the Heart of Human

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And so the shaykh becomes your spiritual father and must be honoured like your worldly father. It may appear to be a cruelty to the carpet but in fact it is not cruelty, it is necessary to clean it, to remove the dust. Notwithstanding its somewhat equivocal associations, the term was taken over by the Sufis and became the ordinary designation of persons whose holiness brings them near to God, and who receive from Him, as tokens of His peculiar favour, miraculous gifts (karamat, «charísmata»); they are His friends, on whom "no fear shall come and they shall not grieve"; any injury done to them is an act of hostility against Him.

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The Tawasin Of Mansur Al-Hallaj, In Verse: A Mystical

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God cannot be understood only rationally but through deeper spiritual resources. Presenting a deconstructive perspective on Ibn 'Arabi, the book's features include: * a common conception of rational thought as restrictive, commodifying and ultimately illusory - and a subsequent appraisal of confusion as leading to a higher state of knowledge * a suspicion of representation - and an awareness of its semantic futility, along with a common, 'welcoming' affirmation of openness and errancy towards God and the text.

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