Islam Sufism

Sufism is a mystic order within Islam. The term ‘Soo-fi ‘is an Arabic word which means mystic. Sufism is sometimes misconstrued to be an Islamic sect classified besides the other two main Islamic sects: Sunni and Shia, this is however far from true, Sufism must not be seen or perceived as a Muslim sect, which is another way to say that Sufism can be interpreted as a philosophy of Islam rather than a sect.

Sufism beliefs and practices emphasize on seeking knowledge and truth of Divine love through direct personal experiences. Such experiences can take the form of intensive prayers, meditation, and so on. Other than the mystical deliberation of Gods nature, the practice of Sufism also entails renunciation of worldly ways.

It was initially thought that Sufism originated from non-Islamic sources probably in India and other parts of the world like Europe. However it was later revealed that Sufism was a product of Islamic ascetism that began as a countermeasure to a rising trend of material obsession of worldly things by Muslims. The order is said to have been began following a realization that Islam adherents had become distracted and obsessed by material obsessions of this world. This is why renunciation for the sake of attaining divine knowledge and love is an important aspect of Sufism. Credible sources indicate that Sufism began after Prophet Muhammad’s death.

Years ranging from the 13th Century to the 16th Century C.E are considered to be the ‘Golden age’ of Sufism. It is during this period that the intellectual culture of Sufism flourished throughout the world of Islam. Some of the notable names identified with Sufism and who produced exemplary works in art, poetry, and literature existed during this time.

Sufis believe that the highest form of human love is the expression of absolute love for the divine. They believe that Humans can attain this love if they commit and surrender themselves to Allah’s will; they consider love expressed towards friends, family, and the material world, or even fantasies of paradise as a distraction of absolute love towards God. Sufis emphasize that the heart of a believer ought to overflow with love for God that there is no room within it for any other emotion. Rabi’a Al Adawiyya the great Sufi female believer re-affirmed the order’s absolute love for God through the following sentiments: “I love God: I have no time left to hate the devil.”Sufis hold the belief that love is an expression of the essence of God; that love enables the believer to seize the spiritual magnificence of God, thus God should be loved in all things and all things should be loved through God.

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