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Sufism is not Islam: A Comparative Study
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Islam and Sufism are different from each other is evident from the fact that ever since the Sufis came in contact with the Muslims they have been waging a war against Islam. For instance, Afifuddin al-Tilimsani explicitly said that the whole Quran is polytheism. And the great Persian Sufi, Abu Sa'id Ibn Abil-Khayr declared:

    "Not until every mosque beneath the sun
    Lies ruined, will our holy work be done;
    And never will true Musalman appear
    Till faith and Infidelity are one."
Today the challenge which many preachers of Sufism have posed to Islam is even more serious. Baba Garibh Shah, the famous Sufi Master of Piran-e-Kaliyar, in an Interview, said: "There is nothing in Shariah (Islamic law). It is empty. It is devoid of reality. From it you cannot even gather the real meaning of tawhid (oneness of God). It is our tariqah (Sufi path) which tells you that tawhid means, apart from God nothing exists." It is for this reason that Baba does not offer salat (Islamic prayer). Says he, "There is no difference between the Creator and the created. If I pray it would amount to affirming the difference between Lord and servant. It would be shirk (to worship others along with God)...In my opinion Iblis (Satan) was a better Muslim. In refusing to bow to Adam he demonstrated that God, Adam and he were not different from one another. They were One and from the same essence."

It is to be noted that in the opinion of Baba Garibh Shah the annual pilgrimage or the world conference of the Muslims at Mecca is not Hajj, it is the urs of Adam, the first Sufi. Says he, "The Sufis go to Mecca to participate in the annual urs of Pir-o-Murshid Adam. He is buried in the Kaaba. We go there for ziyarat and not to perform Hajj."

Not only this, the entire Sufi ideology, is different from the Muslim theology. If it is not wholly anti- or un-Islamic.

Still, the Sufis claim to have inherited their doctrines directly from the teachings of the last Messenger, Muhammad, who, strictly speaking has given no dogmatic or mystical theology.

Sufism has often been described as Islamic mysticism, Shahid A. Chaudhary, challenges this definition of Sufism. He explores both Islam and Sufism (nay mysticism) in the light of the Quran and says that Sufism and Islam are two entirely different thoughts and this fact should be accepted as such.

Chaudhary has beautifully punctuated his fascinating, authoritative and informative wok with the Sufis style of propagation their doctrine. This insightful and comprehensive book, written in easy to understand style is an indispensable reference for not only those who want to understand Sufism, Islam and mysticism, but for the inquisitive mind...and for people who expect Dargahs, Sufis, Babas, Sadhus and other mystics to work miracles for them. The work is an essential addition to any bookshelf.

About the Author :

Shahid A. Chaudhary is a young journalist who has made a name for himself with his trenchant, no-nonsense, well-researched and thought-provoking writings. He is considered an authority on comparative religion. At present he is engaged in the research on the personal laws of the minorities.

CONTENTS

Introductionxi
Glossaryxxxix
1.Sufism1
2.The Concept of Mysticism12
3.The Concept of God19
4.Islam25
5.Quran32
6.Ruh and Nafs37
7.Wahdatal Wujud42
8.Wahdatal Shuhud49
9.Muhammad52
10.Remembrance58
11.Love66
12.Celibacy82
13.Desire for this world87
14.Hajj90
15.Destiny95
16.Paradise and Hell101
17.The Stages104
18.Miracles112
19.Revelation119
20.Hidden Knowledge126
21.Shatahat133
22.Hierarchy139
23.Piri-Muridi146
24.Majzubs155
25.Tomb Worship158
26.Sufi Poetry169
27.Sufi Poetry182
28.Iqbal and Sufism193
Notes and References207
Bibliography227

Sufism is not Islam: A Comparative Study

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From the Jacket :

Islam and Sufism are different from each other is evident from the fact that ever since the Sufis came in contact with the Muslims they have been waging a war against Islam. For instance, Afifuddin al-Tilimsani explicitly said that the whole Quran is polytheism. And the great Persian Sufi, Abu Sa'id Ibn Abil-Khayr declared:

    "Not until every mosque beneath the sun
    Lies ruined, will our holy work be done;
    And never will true Musalman appear
    Till faith and Infidelity are one."
Today the challenge which many preachers of Sufism have posed to Islam is even more serious. Baba Garibh Shah, the famous Sufi Master of Piran-e-Kaliyar, in an Interview, said: "There is nothing in Shariah (Islamic law). It is empty. It is devoid of reality. From it you cannot even gather the real meaning of tawhid (oneness of God). It is our tariqah (Sufi path) which tells you that tawhid means, apart from God nothing exists." It is for this reason that Baba does not offer salat (Islamic prayer). Says he, "There is no difference between the Creator and the created. If I pray it would amount to affirming the difference between Lord and servant. It would be shirk (to worship others along with God)...In my opinion Iblis (Satan) was a better Muslim. In refusing to bow to Adam he demonstrated that God, Adam and he were not different from one another. They were One and from the same essence."

It is to be noted that in the opinion of Baba Garibh Shah the annual pilgrimage or the world conference of the Muslims at Mecca is not Hajj, it is the urs of Adam, the first Sufi. Says he, "The Sufis go to Mecca to participate in the annual urs of Pir-o-Murshid Adam. He is buried in the Kaaba. We go there for ziyarat and not to perform Hajj."

Not only this, the entire Sufi ideology, is different from the Muslim theology. If it is not wholly anti- or un-Islamic.

Still, the Sufis claim to have inherited their doctrines directly from the teachings of the last Messenger, Muhammad, who, strictly speaking has given no dogmatic or mystical theology.

Sufism has often been described as Islamic mysticism, Shahid A. Chaudhary, challenges this definition of Sufism. He explores both Islam and Sufism (nay mysticism) in the light of the Quran and says that Sufism and Islam are two entirely different thoughts and this fact should be accepted as such.

Chaudhary has beautifully punctuated his fascinating, authoritative and informative wok with the Sufis style of propagation their doctrine. This insightful and comprehensive book, written in easy to understand style is an indispensable reference for not only those who want to understand Sufism, Islam and mysticism, but for the inquisitive mind...and for people who expect Dargahs, Sufis, Babas, Sadhus and other mystics to work miracles for them. The work is an essential addition to any bookshelf.

About the Author :

Shahid A. Chaudhary is a young journalist who has made a name for himself with his trenchant, no-nonsense, well-researched and thought-provoking writings. He is considered an authority on comparative religion. At present he is engaged in the research on the personal laws of the minorities.

CONTENTS

Introductionxi
Glossaryxxxix
1.Sufism1
2.The Concept of Mysticism12
3.The Concept of God19
4.Islam25
5.Quran32
6.Ruh and Nafs37
7.Wahdatal Wujud42
8.Wahdatal Shuhud49
9.Muhammad52
10.Remembrance58
11.Love66
12.Celibacy82
13.Desire for this world87
14.Hajj90
15.Destiny95
16.Paradise and Hell101
17.The Stages104
18.Miracles112
19.Revelation119
20.Hidden Knowledge126
21.Shatahat133
22.Hierarchy139
23.Piri-Muridi146
24.Majzubs155
25.Tomb Worship158
26.Sufi Poetry169
27.Sufi Poetry182
28.Iqbal and Sufism193
Notes and References207
Bibliography227

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  • this post is about sufism, we need to learn.
    by sufism on 16th Jun 2015
  • Are you lost? Tell that to Salahuddin, say that to imam Al Ghazali. Sufism is sunna, these views only come from those that regect the original schools of thought.
    by Adrian Graham on 25th Feb 2015
  • On the present state of Islam and Sufism, I wrote a post on my facebook page on date 2013-07-02, which I would like to present here:

    ***No Mullahs, No Pirs, No Allamas - Our Guide is Qur’an***

    History is witness that after the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (ASWS), beloved grandson of our Exalted Prophet (SAW), together with his family and devoted followers, there has been no Islamic rule at all. Every ruler who grabbed the power (by hook or by crook) only served his own vested interests and did nothing but establish his dynasty and imperialism in the name of Islam.

    After centuries of deception, plot, scheming, loot and plunder of innocent and peace loving nations in the very name of Islam, the role of MASJID has been reduced to mere performing of physical rituals, five times a day. There came a period when spiritual thinkers and mystic poets took charge of purifying Islam (TASSAWUF = SUFISM = ISLAMIC MYSTICISM) from man-made dogmas, superstitions, and rituals. They preached love, fraternity, and humanity. The teachings of Sufi (Mystic) Saints had a very profound effect, and people of different religions and sects started to cooperate with each other and live together in peace and harmony. Within a few centuries, their followers and torch-bearers of TASSAWUF forgot their spiritual duty and, in their greed and hunger for power, started to mislead people so as to continue their loot and plunder. Eventually, the custodians of TASSAWUF resigned themselves to MAIKHANAs.

    This state of moral and spiritual degeneration of the custodians of Islam is very well depicted by Iranian spiritual thinker and mystic poet Hafiz in the following poem, which I have tried to transliterate in English from Persian.

    Transliteration: “Dosh iz Masjid savi Maikhana aamd Pir maa,
    Chaist yaaraan Tareeqat ba’d azeen tadbeer ma!”

    Meaning:
    “Not long ago, my Guide came out of MASJID, and has now resigned in MAIKHANA,
    My fellow pathfinders, what should we do now?”

    Hafiz did not just raise the question, but has also provided its answer in the following poem:

    Transliteration: "Ma mureedaan roo beh savi, Ka’ba choon aarim choon,
    Ru basoee khana khumaar daard pir maa!”

    Meaning:
    “We the followers (of Islam) can now go to Ka’ba by ourselves,
    While our so-called guide is relaxing in Maikhana, fully drunk!”
    by Manzoor Memon on 30th Mar 2014
  • Sufism IS Islam, the sooner you understand the better! It is Saudi-Wahabism that is waging a GLOBAL war, Saudi-Wahabies are referred as Zionists & are in PLACE to destroy Islam i.e. the collapse of the (Ottomon) CALIPHATE - need i say no more! Please stop publishing LIES!
    by Afsha on 10th Apr 2013
  • There is too much that is wrong with islam, mohammed and the koran for me to comment here. Like buying a MacDonald’s hamburger, most people will eat anything, not giving too much thought or effort i.e. laziness and apathy. Remember people you have a lifetime generally to seek the truth.

    Sufism pre-dates islam 100%, guess I'm not a sufi, well not the compromised sufi that another has commented on.

    Evil thrives when good men do nothing!
    by Dragan on 10th Jan 2012
  • Sufism is derived strictly from Islam and the Quran. One who denies this is not a Sufi!
    by Martin on 29th Dec 2010
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