Importance Of Sufism

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Sufism is recognised as and can be referred to as Tasawwuf in islam. Sufism in the Muslim world first came around between the 8th and 9th centuries C.E. The people that follow Sufism are labelled Sufis and their aim is to pursue in finding the truth, they do this by having experiences with Allah. The main objective of the Sufi people is to be united with Allah in the next life e.g. heaven hence the reason why Sufism has established several spiritual performs that are focused on severe restraint which allows rational and spiritual understandings. However this is also a change in them as they believe that this way of life will aid them in achieving their main aim which is to make it into heaven. In this essay I will be outlining the main distinctive …show more content…
Different Sufis followed different Tariqas which is ways of life and is put into Turuq which are orders. Each Turuq had leaders which were called sheikhs, there job was to pass knowledge to the other people in the group, but also to train and assist disciples in the mastery of Sufism’s philosophical principles and ritual practices so that they could then pass them on to the next generation (BBC, 2009). The Qur’anic origins of Sufism like perfection and immanence are connected to two magnitudes and they were seen by Sufis. First is Zahir which is the outer form and is the outward meaning of the Qur’an. The second is batin which is the inner form and is the unseen meaning of the Qur’an.

Sufism signifies a measurement of Islamic religious life however on occasions this has been seen as suspicious to the Muslim theologians. It is known that the name Sufism might have been taken from the Arabic word ‘Suf’ which means wool. This is due to the fact that Sufis would like to wear clothes made out of wool, which indicates their way of life. It is also known that the word Sufism has come from other languages such as Greek, the Greek word ‘Sophia’, this means wisdom and another word ‘Safa’ which means
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One of the acts is making up for each obligatory act that a certain individual may have missed that they have to do such as their prayers, if prayers are missed and fasts are also not kept. Remorse for missing prayers is that the individual can read extra rakats after the next prayer. The way remorse can be shown for not keeping fasts is by giving money to charity and keeping the fast after when the individual can. Cleansing yourself is another way of showing remorse e.g. when some changes the type of food they eat, in this case they change and only eat halal meat, avoid drinking alcohol and also not taking any substances that are against Sharia law. Another form of remorse can be to make up for offenses done to other people who may have affect them mentally or physically, this can be done by providing the certain individual with a kind reimbursement for the harm caused. The last form of repentance is to oppose with one’s own soul which in Arabic stands for ‘nafs’ and this is when you turn every other person away except Allah because your ‘Nafs’ distracts you from the goal of reaching the divine world (Nurbakhsh,

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