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What is Sufism?

Sufism is mostly regarded as the inner and mystical dimension of Islam. A practitioner of this tradition of Islam is generally known as a Sufi who practices ihsan or perfection of worship in the divine presence of Allah.

Sufis strongly believe in the principles of tolerance, peace and non-violence. They shun the materialistic and worldly dimension of life. They regard that the purpose of life is to purify the heart by removing negative emotions and turn it solely to Allah.

The Sufi philosophy as a way to life is deemed universal in nature. Many scholars believe that Sufism has its origin predating the rise of Islam and many other modern-day religions. Because of this, some Muslims consider Sufism outside the sphere of Islam.

Initiation into Sufism occurs through teacher-seeker relationship. Often, the seeker begins by finding a teacher who has received the authorization to teach (ijazah) from another Sufi Master in an unbroken succession (silsilah) leading back to Muhammad.

"It (initiation into Sufism) is the transmission of the divine light from the teacher's heart to the heart of the student, rather than of worldly knowledge transmitted from mouth to ear, that allows the adept to progress. In addition, the genuine teacher will be utterly strict in his adherence to the Divine Law,” says Abdullah Nur ad-Din Durkee.

According to Sufi Scholar, Dr S.L.Peeran, Sufism teaches humanism, love, brotherhood and oneness and believes in creating a world citizenship through monotheism as a way of life to achieve perfection in manners, cultivate and culture the mind and heart with purity of thought and good behavior, through possession of all virtues and negation of all vices by a process of self-annihilation, self realization, self sacrifice and surrender of will before the Supreme Will of Almighty Allah.

Here is my cinquain describing Sufism.

Islamic esoterism, mystical Islam
Practicing ihsan or pure worship, purifying one's inner self, realsing the presence of the Divine with and without
Sufism is a science through which one can know how to travel into the presence of the Divine, purify one's inner self from filth, and beautify it with a variety of praiseworthy traits. ~ Ahmad ibn Ajiba, Darqawi Sufi teacher.

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Lalit Kishore


Rajasthan ,  INDIA

I originally hail from Kurukshertra, now settled in Jaipur, and have taught physics in KV-2, Ambala; Mayo College, Ajmer; Sports School, Rai.

After working with KVS, Krishnamurti Foundation, Lok Jumbish, Bodh, CULP, UNESCO and UNICEF, these days I am doing freelancing.

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