Sufism: A Journey Into the Heart of Islam

Lately, I’ve been receiving many questions about Sufism: “What is Sufism?” “Is it Islam?” “What does it teach?” I think there are many misconceptions about Islam’s spiritual dimension, especially from Orthodox Muslims. I decided to share some of my knowledge about Sufism in order to help clarify what it’s really all about. I hope you all find it helpful.

I think the best way to understand Sufism is to know that it is not different or separate from Islam. Sufism is Islamic mysticism (or spirituality). And mysticism is essentially one’s journey for Self, Love, and God. It’s a journey that emphasizes more on the inner struggle and dimensions of a human being, but since we’re not secluded monks, we have to also establish a bond with the outside world, i.e. our purpose. The Qur’an says [28:77] : “Seek — among that which God has bestowed upon you — the Hereafter. But do not forget your portion of this world either.” To me this refers to the balance that we must establish in the inner and outer worlds. If I am too spiritual, then I will miss out on my purpose. If I am too secular, then I will truly be dead. I will have no knowledge about who I am, who I Love, and where I am going.

This is a little something I wrote about Sufism on a discussion board one time: “Sufism” is merely a word if treated like a word. Just like “Islam” is simply a word if treated like one. The meaning is what’s important. Islam is submission, i.e. to the One and Only Eternal God of the Universe. Whatever you may call it, spirituality did not begin at a certain time or place, it has always been Present, even before the creation of the Universe. The Law of Submission exists in all created things, it exists in the Universe, in the air we breathe, in our cells, in everything we touch, feel, and hear. It doesn’t matter what you call it because that Divine Beauty is always Present because its Source is Eternal.

Here is another thing I wrote about it when I was speaking to someone who was asking if Sufism and Islam are different:

Sufism is the heart of Islam, just because something didn’t have a label or name in the past doesn’t mean it never existed. The spiritual teachings of the Sufis always existed, including and especially during Muhammad’s revelations, peace and blessings be upon him.

The way of the Sufi is the way of the Muslim (submitter) – to tear down the walls of separation, to discover one’s Self, to unveil the Secrets of the Universe, and to fuse in union with God. You cannot separate the Qur’an or the Prophet Muhammad from Sufism in the same way you cannot separate Sufism from Islam. “There are many numbers, but only One is counted” says Shabistari, a 13th century Sufi poet.

Like the Sunnis and Shias, the Sufis interpret the Qur’an in a unique way. For example, the Sufis would look deeper into certain verses like the following:

[15:28] Your Lord said to the angels, “I am creating a human being from aged mud, like the potter’s clay.

[15:29] “Once I perfect him, and blow into him from My spirit, you shall fall prostrate before him.”

[15:30] The angels fell prostrate; all of them.

From these verses, the Sufis would emphasize on how Allah’s spirit is within us all and that the Angels admire us because of this innate Gift. If one observes Persian paintings (which are heavily influenced by Sufism), one will see depictions of Angels always smiling and adoring human beings. It comes back to these verses. So the fact that Allah’s spirit is within us, we human beings can all make contact with this inner Divinity — not saying that we are God, but just that we are more than flesh and bone. A lot of us have forgotten about this spirit, we live life without God-consciousness and awareness, and many times, it’s not our fault. We just get caught up in so many things in the world.

The profound works of the 13th Century Persian Muslim poet, Jalaluddin Rumi, are so beautiful and Divinely-inspired that he is often synonymous with the word, “Sufism.” However, it’s not like he started his “own religion.” On the contrary, Sufism sprung in the same way that Shia Islam came about — these Muslims like Rumi noticed that the Muslim rulers were becoming more and more corrupt, emphasizing too much on the material, while the extremist and so-called “religious” Muslims were calling everything haram (forbidden). The Sufis expressed themselves through poetry and they wrote about how Muslims needed to bring Islam back to its True and Spiritual roots. Here are some beautiful verses from Rumi:

The thousand spears of Pharaoh, Moses knew,
With just one rod how to split them in two;
Medical sciences once Galen taught
But next to Jesus’s breath they’re worth naught;
The finest poetry was put to shame
The day illiterate Muhammad came

~ Rumi

This next one is especially important since it shows that Sufism is not separate from Islam:

I am the servant of the Qur’an as long as I have life.
I am the dust on the path of Muhammad, the Chosen one.
If anyone quotes anything except this from my sayings,
I am quit of him and outraged by these words.

~ Rumi

Another interesting aspect about Sufism is that learning is not just about reading books or memorizing verses. Learning is also about experiencing — in fact, a lot of emphasis is based on one experiencing the Beauty from Allah’s Divine Love. As exemplified here in a Punjabi poem by the great 17th-18th century Sufi poet, Bulleh Shah:

paRh paRh ilm hazaar kitaabaN
qaddi apnay aap nou paRhiya naee
jaaN jaaN waRhday mandir maseedi
qaddi mann apnay wich waRhiya naee
aa-vaiN laRda aye shaitan de naal bandeaa
qaddi nafss apnay naal laRiya naee

(Punjabi)

Yes, yes, you have read thousands of books
But you have never tried to read your own self
You rush in, into your Temples,
Into your Mosques,
But you have never tried to enter your own heart
Futile are all your battles with Satan
For you have never tried to fight your own desires

~ Bulleh Shah

There is a movement art in Sufism that is quite famous: The Whirling Dervishes (as you can see depicted in the Persian painting above). Many strict Muslims misunderstand whirling meditation, and they find it to be blasphemous since there is singing and dancing involved. However, as I mentioned, the whirling meditation is a movement art, and it is in no way meant to replace prayer. It is a form of zikr (or dhikr) which, in Arabic, means “remembrance/mindfulness of God.” The Sufis emphasize heavily on being mindful of God at all times, so that one journeys through life with a clear and less-conflicted mind. No one is expected to learn how to whirl because it is not compulsory. It is something that must be acted upon, something that must be a choice, and something that a person needs to feel. In South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc.), there is a popular Sufi music tradition called Qawwalis, which are best described as Love and Devotion Songs. But these Love songs are not sung in praise of romantic relationships; they are sung in praise of God, the Prophets (mainly Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him), Imams (like ‘Ali, peace be upon him), and Sufi mystics (any song about romantic relationships will always incorporate God). The songs are traditionally sung live with acoustic-only instruments (tabla, guitars, harmonium, sitars, flutes, etc.) and they are mainly driven by ecstatic and passionate wailing, which symbolizes the human longing to be reunited with the Divine. From mystical poetry and music to dancing, the Sufis find these forms of art as a way to absorb themselves in God’s Love. It is also a way to empty one’s self of longings and desires, so that one becomes free of the ego and empty. God fills the void with His Beauties.

In conclusion, it’s important to understand that Sufism is not different than Islam, but rather the inward dimension of Islam. The Qur’an, of course, is the basis for everything, but there are deeper meanings and secrets that are embedded in the Message. Since we are not Prophets, we cannot communicate directly with Allah, however we can follow the Prophetic Light. There is always going to be more to learn in Life — that is one of Life’s Hidden Joys. The most unhearing people are those who think they know everything.

As Muhammad, peace be upon him, once said, “He who knows himself knows his Lord.” The more we learn about ourselves, the closer we are to God. The further away we are from who we truly are, the further we are from God. This journey is not just one of learning, but of experiencing; to feel Divine Love with your mind, body, and soul — your Entire Being. It is a journey of self-discovery, and self-discovery ultimately leads to a state of Oneness, Peace, and Ever-Lasting Love. May we all acheive that with the help and guidance of our All-Loving Creator. Ameen.

~ Broken Mystic ~

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27 Comments

  1. Shawna said,

    June 14, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    That answered a lot of questions I didn’t know I had! How very lovely. I was introduced to Sufism by skeptics and (nonMuslim) hippies, so I never really grasped it as an Islamic concept dspite taking part in some group dhikr and doing personal research. I find this essay enlightening.

    Have you read this book: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1845115260/dayspacked-20. I got it for my dad for Eid al Adha and he’s slowly making his way through. I want to read it but didn’t get to do more than read the online reviews which were very academic. It addresses Sufism as well. Anyway, I thought it might be something that would help increase my dad’s knowledge and spirituality. If you have any other suggestions for good (shia) reads, let me know. I’m always looking to understand him better and help him stay connected insha’Allah.

  2. iMuslim said,

    June 14, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    I would say that “Indian” Islam has a distinct sufi element to it, especially when it comes to dhikr.

    However, this phrase always makes me uncomfortable: “to unveil the Secrets of the Universe”. What does that mean exactly?

    Also, perhaps I am just a purist – and I am not saying these things to cause problems, but rather just to explain what I personally feel uncomfortable with – there are certain practices, such as the Whirling Dervishes, which as far as I am aware, were never practised by the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. And considering the fact that he was the perfect example of Islam, I don’t see why anyone would benefit from engaging in activities that he did not perform himself. He completed his Holy mission to pass on the deen, so to add anything to it is to contradict your trust in him. That to me is the main danger in “bi’dah”… you’re essentially wasting time, even if you think you are benefiting… as bad as that may sound.

    So, if people have evidence that their act of worship is based in the Sunnah, then it’s all good, insha’Allah. :)

  3. iMuslim said,

    June 14, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Btw, I know how charged the word “bid’ah” is… I wasn’t trying to stir by using it. Sorry!

  4. brokenmystic said,

    June 15, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Salaam Shawna — I’m glad to hear that you found this post informative. Luckily, I was introduced to Rumi just by reading Islamic literature online. I ran into the word “Sufism” and was really curious about what it was.

    I’ve been meaning that get that book as well. I’ve read much of hadhrat ‘Ali’s “Nahj al-balagha,” which is a collection of his sermons and letters. I found that very enlightening. You can read the entire book online:

    http://www.nahjulbalagha.org/sermons.php

    Another book I’ve read on Shia Islam is called “Know Your Islam.” It has some typos in it since it was printed overseas, but it’s still a great introductory book. Reza Aslan touches upon Shia Islam quite a few times in his book “No god but God” — this is a more of a historical book than a spiritual one, though I do find it spiritually-inspiring for Muslim readers.

    There is also this site, which is considered to be the most comprehensive Shia website:

    http://www.al-islam.org/

    I know you didn’t ask this, but if you’re interested in a really great book on Sufism, check out “The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam’s Mystical Tradition” by Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Here’s the link:

    Lately, I’ve been reading a lot books on Islamic History, like Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists” by Michael H. Morgan (I met him in person recently too!), “The Crusades Through Arab Eyes,” by Amin Maalouf, and I’m currently reading “Peace Be Upon You: Fourteen Centuries of Muslim, Christian, Jewish Conflict and Cooperation” by Zachary Karabell. I Love history, and I believe we can learn a lot from it. The state of the Muslim Ummah was significantly different in the past than it was today, since a lot of the mainstream/orthodox teachings are echoes of the Wahabi movement that began in the 17th-18th century (Reza Aslan highlights on this in his book). So yeah, I find these books spiritually-inspiring too.

    Hope that helps :)

  5. darvish said,

    June 15, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Indeed a most informative post :) Inshallah, it will of benefit for all who read it.

    Ya Haqq!

  6. brokenmystic said,

    June 15, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Salaam iMuslim,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I believe there are many misconceptions about Sufism, which is one of the many reason why I chose to write an entry about it. I also find many of the teachings beneficial to me, especially how they focus a lot on self-discipline and understanding the MEANING of Islamic practices. I remember when I first read about Sufism, it made me reflect upon the 5 pillars of Islam, and how everyone can do those things in the outward sense. Anyone can say the shahadah, anyone can pray 5 times a day, anyone can fast during Ramadan, anyone can give charity, and anyone can go to Mecca for Hajj if they are able, but what do these things mean if we are just outwardly doing them? That’s when I asked myself: WHY do we pray? WHY do I give charity? WHY do I go on Hajj? Am I just doing these things because I have been instructed to do so by my parents and elders, or am I doing these things because I truly and fully understand them? These questions made me focus more on the MEANING, so that when I do perform these practices outwardly, I will also do them with a deep and inward understanding. These are the “secrets/hidden joys” that I refer to when I say “unveil the Secrets of the Universe.”

    No leaf falls without His knowledge, says the Qur’an, so everything that happens in the Universe happens for a reason. Every consequence, every action, every tree, every cloud, every star, every planet, every supernova — all these things are occurring for a purpose, and to acknowledge these wonderous mysterious is to acknowledge the Beauty of God’s Creation. Ever experience a coincidence? What is the Secret behind it? Mindfulness of God eventually leads to the discovery of something very special inside of us, because imagine when you are mindful of God during a coincidence. You not only say Sobhan’Allah, but you also reflect and think about the significance.

    What was the Secret behind Moses splitting the sea or Muhammad receiving the Qur’an from God? (peace be upon them) There is a very Special Guiding Light that exists inside their hearts — Allah has destined them to be the Chosen Ones. But as many Sufis teach, experiences of Divine Love and Allah can only be described, they cannot be defined. As the Qur’an says:

    [31:27] If all the trees on earth were made into pens, and the ocean supplied the ink, augmented by seven more oceans, the words of GOD would not run out. GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.

    Allah’s words are NEVER exhausted. And I remember being taught to be Mindful of this fact — that Allah’s Words are Ever-Lasting and Eternal. I’m sure we would agree that Allah is always speaking to us through His creation, Inspiration, and occurrences in Life. These kind of things are what people refer to when they speak of the “Secrets of the Universe”. Another Secret concerns one’s True Self: Often times, we behave differently when we’re around other people. But when we’re alone, we behave a different way. Which one is the real us? We present ourselves in different ways. Sufi teachings emphasize a lot on getting in touch with the real You so that you are at peace and without conflict. I know that for me, personally, I strive to be mindful of Allah at all times so that I am not only at peace with me and Him, but also with others around me.

    Regarding the Whirling Dervishes, as I mentioned, not all Sufis practice this. And as I mentioned, this is a movement art and it’s not meant to replace prayer at all. It is artistic form of expression that symbolizes the circular nature of our Creation (the way planets orbit the sun, the way humans orbit the Kaabah, the circular motion of our cells) — it is not mandated or commanded in the Sufi teachings. It’s like how a singer wishes to express his Love for Allah with the musical Gift he has been blessed with. Also, I think it’s very difficult to understand something when we make observations from the outside. Rather than dismissing it as a “waste of time,” I’m sure it would be fair to acknowledge the fact that these are Beautiful practices to many people who Love God just as much as the next Muslim. Just because they engage in a practice that is a little different than how we may express our Love and Devotion for God doesn’t mean that they’re “wasting their time.” One of the most challenging things to do in this life is to step outside of ourselves and put ourselves in another person’s shoes. I remember I thought very negatively about whirling meditation until I realized that these people are having mystical experiences — personal experiences that are very precious to them. If no one is imposing their beliefs on me, and I’ve never had anyone tell me that I MUST whirl, then I really find it harmless. When so-called Muslims kill other Muslims, I find that a significant waste of time and a serious sin.

    When Muslims during Muhammad’s time called other Muslims “kafir,” our beloved Prophet intervened and asked, “Did you tear open his heart to see what was in it?” This is a beautiful lesson that we all must keep in mind — we cannot look inside the soul of another person and deny the experiences they are having. The inward state is known to Allah alone — no human being can make a judgment about that. So I respectfully disagree with you when you say “you’re essentially wasting time, even if you think you are benefiting… as bad as that may sound.”

    There are authentic Hadiths that discuss which forms of dancing are permissible and which are forbidden. The forbidden dances (which come as no surprise) are those dances where people objectify themselves to show off and excite sexual behavior. It has been confirmed in an authentic Hadith that Ja’far ibn Abu Talib (r.a.) danced in the presence of the Prophet, and upon seeing him, the Prophet said: “You resemble me in my creation and my behavior.”

    “As for dancing in the mosque, it is in the Sahih Muslim collection from A`isha who said, ‘An army came from Ethiopia beating drums on the day of the feast in the mosque. The Prophet (pbuh) invited me and I put my palms on his shoulders and watched them play.’”

    “Ibn ‘Aynia said that ‘zafaf’ was to dance. So it is confirmed that dancing is permissible. If it was forbidden in its essence, it would not have been done in the presence of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh)”

    My sources for the above are from this website:

    http://thedivinesecrets.blogspot.com/2008/01/dancing-of-sufis.html

    The article includes references and sources.

    As for “bid’ah” (innovation), I agree that we should avoid this, but I believe that extremists from all sects of Islam are going to accuse the others of “innovation”. It’s sad that we don’t remember this teaching by the Prophet:

    “Whoever attributes kufr [unbelief] to a believer, he is like his murderer.”

    (Tirmizi, ch. Iman (Faith); see Arabic-Urdu edition cited earlier, vol. ii, p. 213. See also Bukhari, Book of Ethics; Book 78, ch. 44)

    “Ibn Umar related that the Holy Prophet said: If a Muslim calls another kafir, then if he is a kafir let it be so; otherwise, he [the caller] is himself a kafir.”

    (Abu Dawud, Book of Sunna, edition published by Quran Mahal, Karachi, vol. iii, p. 484)

    “Abu Zarr reported that the Holy Prophet said: No man accuses another man of being a sinner, or of being a kafir, but it reflects back on him if the other is not as he called him.”

    (Bukhari, Book of Ethics; Book 78, ch. 44)

    If you have time, I suggest reading my post on “Divided Muslims.” One of the biggest problem that our Ummah has is that we are unwilling to accept one another for who we are. We are unable to accept the differences that exist within our community. Then there are those who give speeches about our “disconnected Ummah,” but then they follow these statements with pointing out the “deviant sects” or “ignorant” Muslims. In other words, they’re pretty much saying, “Our Ummah is divided, you should all be like us.”

    This is a very complex and heated topic, but as our new generation moves foward, I really believe we need to be mindful about the Loving and Compassionate Foundation of Islam. Peace is at the heart of Islam, and as the Qur’an says, we all need to hold on to the Rope of God and not be divided. People are always going to disagree on things, but we are of the same family, and that’s what matters the most. Allah knows our inward state, our intentions, and He cares very much for all of us to be a community. And mindfulness and remembrance of Allah is never a waste of time ; )

    I hope what I said made sense. Any errors are all mine.

    Salaam/Peace

    • Mohammad Tahir Mir said,

      January 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

      Assalaam-u-alikum,
      Dear Brother,
      After going through your article unintentionally,i want to clear my concept about Sufism,so i request your goodself to provide me some names of good books in oder to get enlightened on the above subject.Presently,i am living in jammu so where can i get them?

      Wasalaam!
      Tahir

  7. Pari Jaan said,

    June 15, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Salaam brother – *excellent* post as usual. I really appreciate the effort you put into everything you do in trying to educate the visitors to your blog – I learn something each time I’m here…

  8. Chickadee said,

    June 17, 2008 at 5:35 am

    Broken Mystic, this is a great post (both the original and the one within the comments).
    This is both education and diplomatic. ;)

    • Faris Z Ahmed said,

      April 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

      Very Diplomatic post

  9. Shawna said,

    June 17, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Salaam again,

    I just remembered to look back at this post. I’ll definitely be checking some of this stuff out. Need to bookmark all the links. Good reading while I’m waiting for my little dude to fall asleep. Probably good reading while I’m nursing the next one, insha’Allah. :) I’ll also forward them on to my dad. He’s not terribly internet-oriented, but I know he loves to get khutbahs from his favorite sheikh in Lebanon. :)

  10. Farheen said,

    June 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Excellent post BM! I learned so much!

    • Faris Z Ahmed said,

      April 28, 2009 at 11:26 am

      Farheen what was interesting in this Post?

  11. shams said,

    October 11, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    reading the above i just dnt reali understand y people reject the belief of sufism. what i read above it purly beneficial to us. Makes us closer to Allah (SWT) which makes us better people

  12. shams said,

    October 11, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    and i have learnt alot thank you

  13. Emaan said,

    November 10, 2008 at 1:32 am

    felt really gud to read ur post BM….it answered many of ma ques n raised sum new ques as well :)

  14. ali said,

    December 16, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    aslmo-qlum just askin
    KON KARA DARBAR HUMRE KABI TOO SAJAN POCHEN GE
    TAKVA RAKH MEHBOONA VALA THAT S IT !!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. MOGAMAT SHAHEED ABDULLATIEF said,

    January 22, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    HOW DO I DEAL WITH MY WIFE TO BE CALLING OFF OUR WEDDING AND NOT WANTING TO SEE ME
    SHE STILL SAYS SHE LOVES ME BUT SHE CANNOT SEE ME
    SHE EMAILS ME DAILY AND BECOMES UPSET IF DO NOT REPLY

  16. Faris Z Ahmed said,

    April 28, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I am a Muslim.
    Is Jummah Prayer(Fiday Prayer) Obligatory or not in Sufism?
    I want to know this because my Friend is a Sufi and he doesnt attend the Jummah Prayers & the reason being that “he/one must have direct contact with Allah”.

    What about Prayers? In Sufism do they pray 5 Times Daily?

    • brokenmystic said,

      April 28, 2009 at 1:59 pm

      @ Faris,

      You speak as if Sufis are different than Muslims. There is no “in Sufism” — it’s not a different religion. Sufis *are* Muslims and I explained all of that in my post. The answers are right in front of you. And it shouldn’t be about whether or not other Muslims pray or attend Jummah prayer. You should focus on yourself.

      But for the sake of answering, yes Sufi Muslims go to Jummah payer and pray 5 times.

  17. dr.tahir ahmad khan yoosaf zai said,

    July 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    THE word SUFI originates from saf or pure.or sophia wisdom or cotton .pure interconned wisdom of all the pious people of all religions . Prophet muhammad (p.b.u.h) is the grand master of that knowledge.what ever we do starts from a thought.we choose one thought out of many.it becomes our desire,need,or will.and will is always confirmed by action.the whole process becomes thought +desire or will + on the basis of intellect we choose what we want +intention +action=our goal.they only person in the world who has fully submitted his will to allah is prophet muhammad (p.b.u.h).and thats why he is insanul kamel or the perfect man.and islam means submission and surrender of our will to allah.so where can we find allahs will for us.in the quran,and sunnah or lifestyle of prophet muhammad(P.B.U.H).we choose or we dont choose to do allahs will thru us.the fixed destiny for us is the time of our birth,marriage,death,and our food.the rest is all we choose.sufism existed before islam.there were groups of people whose kalima was la ilaha ilal lah .e.g the sabi,and many others but there was no person who had completely surrendered his will to allah and when that last prophet and messanger was born the religion of allah was complete.
    allah means unique.al means all and every thing and lah means no thing.ALLAH means all and every thing but resembling no thing.the source of all ,the one,the formless,the uncreated,all and every thing.ALLAH says he who recognises himself recognises ALLAH.The quran again and again directs our attention to ALLAHS creation.we can only recognize,and feel ALLAH.WE CAN NEVER SEE HIM.the formless can only be loved,and felt,and recognized.he can never be seen,or explained.The christians call jesus Y H W H ,JAHVA,YAHWA which is nothing but the arabic name or attribute or point of refrence to AL LAH. ya hayu ya qayum.the everliving and eternal.The uncreated can not create the uncreated.Any thing the uncreated creates is created.jesus (p.b.u.h) is not ALLAH,he is only one of the mightiest messangers of ALLAH.A poet once said,when there was nothing,there was him,if there would not have been anythin there would have been him,i (man) was dommed when i was created,if i would not have been there,than what would have been there.answeq:ALLAH.Among ALLAHS 99 names, 2 names or points ,pointing to him is al awalu and al akiru.means the first and the last.but in reality these names only help us to have an idea of our glorious and mighty creator.IN reality ALLAH the uncreated neither has a beginning nor an end.as ALLAH says in sura ikhlas of QURAN,say ALLAH is one,ALLAH is like no one,neither he has a father or a son,and no one dares to be equal to him.the hindus say every thing is ALLAH,the tree,the moon,the sun,so worship the tree,the moon,or the sun.while muslims say EVERYTHING is ALLAHs.or created by him.ALLAH SAYS in the quran:ina lil lahe wa ina ili he rajeoon which means :to him belongs everything,and to him it will be returned.the hindus are wrong,the tree,moon,and sun are in ALLAH,IN HIM,pointing to him but cant be worshipped.ONLY the whole can be worshipped .like we muslims do in namaz ,with out worshipping any form.we worship the whole the ALL and everything.the missing link between hindu and muslim is.EVERYTHING IS IN ALLAH,EVERYTHING IS A PART OF ALLAH,POINTING TO HIM,AND EVERY THING IS CREATED BY ALLAH IN HIM.so how does ALLAH creates .since he is everywhere ALL THE TIME ,AWARE OF EVERYTHING,.HE cant make a whole in him ,and create creation.that will mean subtraction.nor he can add any thing.coz that makes it addition.lets analyse our selves how do we create..thoughts comes in our minds,we choose and imagine one thought on the basis of our intellect,and it becomes our will or desire or want which we choose,and than we take action according to our will and get a result.but we always create something else apart from us e.g a man making a car.but initially we think a thought in our minds its like a hologram where nothing is added or subtracted .ALLAH has created us by his thought,and its there becoz of his will.we are nothing but a thought in the concioussnes of ALLAH.ALLAH says when he intends to create something he says, kun fa ya kun. Be and it becomes.or thru him by him.he says in surah ar_rehaman “rabul mashrikaina wa rabul maghribain”.the LORD OF easts and wests.but in our world we have only one east and one west.this means ALLAH the lord of lords,the king of kings is the creator of many universes and creations.and they are thoughts sustained by his attention thru his will.such is the power of him,glory,wisdom,knowledge of him.hindus say the universe was created by brahma nad,or creators voice,the christian bible says:in the beginning there was the word and the word was with god and the word was god.the muslims know the kun fa yakoon command of ALLAH .we also know about the bigbang .or big explosion with sound.and that sound is KUN FA YAKOON,BE AND IT BECOMES.ALLAHS will expressed in a verbal command.on the day of judgement we will be judged for the actions we did on the basis of our choices.we must choose to do ALLAHS WILL thru us and follow Prophet MUHAMMAD(P.B.U.H) and submit,ourselves to ALLAH as he did.LA ILAHA ILAL LAH,MUHAMMADUN RASOOL ALLAH. our job is to recognize ALLAH in all of his creation first and than with a solid faith ,obey his will and commands in the holyquran and worship him to get peace in ourlives and to succeed on the day of judgement and afterlife.

  18. dr.tahir ahmad khan yoosaf zai said,

    July 4, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    during the seclusion, or meditational retreats,or the muraqabah of prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) he used to say :ilahi anta maqsoodi, wa rada ka matloobi.which means : my lord,u are my goal and ur happiness is what i desire.so when we remember and glorify ALLAH 24 hours a day ,and choose to do his will by following Quran and sunnah,and all the teachings of islam ,we please our creator and inturn ALLAH THE Most merciful showers us with his blessings.To purify our hearts we should do the dikhr or remenbrence of ALLAH with breath.and than meditate on his names and quranic versus.e.g one of ALLAHs names is al khaliqu.first we should do zikar of this name to purify our thoughts and hearts,and than we should meditate on it i.e ask our selves various qustions e.g,how ALLAH is ourcreator,and sustainer and see his masterpieces of creation in our world ,and the universe to become convinced of reality known as Faith or belief.than we should dress our soules with this name and in real life become creators for doing good to others.e.g a man who is rich,and loves and fears ALLAH creates or buitls a hospital or an orphanage for people with the goodwill and intention to please ALLAH.
    zikr with breath is so important:
    it purifies our hearts.ALLAH says:neither my heavens or my hells can hold me,but only the heart of a believer can hold me.dikr or zikr polishes the heart.breath is the connection of our soul with ALLAH and when the connection is estabished,we feel ALLAH in our hearts,and no word can describe that feeling.sufis call it annihalation ,fana.ALLAH has breathed his soul in man as mentioned in the quran.purifycation of our breath with his names,praises is the key to connecting with him.if we experiment with our breath a little.just exhale all air outof our lungs and sit for a moment ,we will feel our soul jumping ,screaming for breath in our body.the humans learn by failure And the repetition of the same thing.when we conciously do dikr ,after sometime we learn it and it becomes unconciouss and autonomic.and we start remembering ALLAH while we are not aware of it.and thats what we should all aim.the truth is all of us will die and the most beautiful death is the death with illness ,where a person has the time to repent for his sins and glorify ALLAH.in those moments before death when a person is in a state of convulsion.unconciouss ,auto nomic dikr of kalima is needed.angles ,created by ALLAH have no will and free choice.only man and jinns have free choice and free will.angles only worship and glorify ALLAH all the time as commanded and if they dont they cease to exist. we should choose to become FARISTAKHASLAT or men and women of angelic nature,by dikr of ALLAH to become free from our ego “i am” and by the tricks of the devil known as azazel,iblis,shaitan.when we use the word”I AM” as a point of refrence while communicating is ok but “i am” as a point of existance is ego.In ALLAH there is no space for anything.there is only one reality and truth ALLAH and no other .thats why the kalima starts with a negation “la ilaha ilal lah,muhammadun rasool ALLAH.Meaning no otherGOD but ALLAH and muhammad is his messanger.For the enlightened there is no “I AM” but only “HE IS”.if the devil tricks and decieves us ,than the question arises .what decieved him?when he was known as azazeal and was good ,and was the teacher of all angles etc .ALLAH made MAN (ADAM) ordered the angles to bow to adam.all of them did except azazeal or shytan.bowing to adam means bowing infront of ALLAH and obeying his will and command.Azazeal was so knowledgable but he missed this simple point.the answer is when u become jelous u become angry and when one is angry he cant think which leads to superiority complex and than to “I AM”.His ego decieved him and we also have that.the ego can be tamed by dikr. May ALLAH the most merciful forgive and bless us all.

  19. Aljanjawi said,

    May 3, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Salam

    Its a nice post broken mystic. keep posting this sort of topic coz it can stimulate us to look for the real meaning of life right from the inside. Allah is the all knower and hearer. La hawla wala Quwwta illah billah.

  20. ZEESHAN said,

    September 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Iam not sufi,suni,shiya or whatever iam the muslim and i love all muslims or non muslims all human being cause our Allah and his Rasool Mohammed(saw) wanted peace in all the world and only pray to Allah so for making all human being muslim we have to be a real muslims by his AKhlaq like Mohammed(saw) says in hadiths(hadees=fazaele aamal).thank you.

  21. sandeep said,

    September 17, 2010 at 6:18 am

    sufism is other name of self realisation whether it is from islam or any other religion.it is also a answer to partition on basis of religion i think sufis are just in favour of humanity.they also teach us to stay away from wrong things and to get deep in love for murshid.

  22. mohammad ibrahim. said,

    December 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    sufism is within islam.it teaches how to feel Alla from within.

  23. khuram hamid wani said,

    March 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Every deed u do is assessed by Allah based on your intentions.and in a sense u can say all the Sufism is contained in this single fact of Quran.


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