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Sufism: The Mystical Doctrines of Islam (Patterns of World Sufism 

Sufism: The Mystical Doctrines of Islam (Patterns of World

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Converts came to Islam in an effort to overcome their "economic marginality" and "racial exclusion," to achieve a higher social status, to find a community with which to identify and by which to be embraced, to prepare to marry a Muslim spouse, and to be eligible for the solemn rites given the Muslim dead. The second benefit (of coitus) is perpetuating, progeny and (mankind's) existence. Muslims believe Allah alone decides who goes to Jannah (Heaven), and that doing good in this lifetime will bring them closer to God.
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The Need for a Sacred Science (S U N Y Series in Religious Sufism 

The Need for a Sacred Science (S U N Y Series in Religious

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Q: I Have Heard That Sufis Teach Praying At Graves, Dancing, Music, And Other Innovations? Although he had a good following, he was opposed by the rulers. A thing that may impress and benefit one may not benefit another. So gain the mastery over it to the utmost of your ability, lest it throw you to the bottom of Hell. The Sepoy in-charge of a camel was known as ‘Shutur Sawar’ (or camel-rider). We, on the other hand, feel ourselves obliged to distinguish phenomena which we regard as irrational and impossible from those for which we can find some sort of 'natural' explanation.
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Autobiography of a Sufi Sufism 

Autobiography of a Sufi

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The earliest of these great fraternities date from the twelfth century. Khulasat Tahdhib al-KamW fi Asma' al-Rifer Cairo: Khayriyah,1322-23/1904-05. They were called the ‘howling dervishes’, as a coarser counterpart to the elegantly balletic ‘whirling dervishes’. The Prophet also said, “Your body has its rights over you.” Eric Ackroyd, author of A Dictionary of Dream Symbols: With an Introduction to Dream Psychology [48] writes about water, “It is a feminine symbol, representing either your own femininity (whether you are a male or female), or your mother.” In addition, the Ka’ba stood by a sacred spring, the Zemzem, whose sacred waters are drunk by all good Muslims. [49] The Hajira or “sudden departure” although applied to the events following 622 C.
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In an Eastern Rose Garden : The Sufi Message of Hazrat Sufism 

In an Eastern Rose Garden : The Sufi Message of Hazrat

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An enemy always and at all time carries ill feelings, and is looking for a slightest error on our part to belittle us and cause deep irreparable hurt. For this reason, the command began with him and was sealed with him. C.: The Sûfî Path of Knowledge, State University of New York Press - New York, 1989, p.3. Thankfully, the Master had a slow and repetitive manner of speech which made it easier to write down what he said. Since the age of 18 he has attracted millions of people to the Path of Allah and daily miracles are witnessed at his darbar by his followers ,and all those come to seek his dua and blessing.
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Love's Subtle Magic: An Indian Islamic Literary Tradition, Sufism 

Love's Subtle Magic: An Indian Islamic Literary Tradition,

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Naturally, he concedes, the precondition for such an interpretation is one's capacity for an interpretatio ab extra deal with issues concerning practices during the ritual prayer. He replied: "if you do good, you will be recompensed; and if you do wrong, you will be punished." Shah Abbas I responded to this situation by installing a in the leading Isfahan establishment; he would arrive early in the morning, hold forth on topics of religion, history, law and poetry, then encourage those assembled there to be off to their work.
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Letters from a Sufi Teacher Sufism 

Letters from a Sufi Teacher

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The formulations may be written on a paper, bone, or leather, which is called wifq. The Naqshbandi Sufis consider that the best and the simplest method of meditation is to consider that it is the Master who is meditating in place of the disciple (i.e. the body, mind and even the soul is that of Master), it is the Master who is being meditated upon and that it is the grace of the Master which is flowing in the meditation. But, his difficult schedule had weakened him over the years.
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Fighting the Greater Jihad: Amadu Bamba and the Founding of Sufism 

Fighting the Greater Jihad: Amadu Bamba and the Founding of

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And it was a CONSCIOUS choice for me to follow it and i LOVE IT. It is imperative on the part of these scholars to learn the knowledge of Sufism. May He bestow upon all of us the good deeds through which His Consent is attained! They believe it is a great disrespect and therefore a sin. A great reference for some of this controversy is found in "Words of Ecstasy" by Carl Ernst. If the Sufis are sincere, then let them obey Allaah and his Messenger and adhere to His Sharee'ah � as commanded in this aayah � so that they will be among the victorious.
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Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan Centennial Edition: Sufism 

Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan Centennial Edition:

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The many Christian Gnostic texts that spoke of secret doctrines were denounced and confined to the flames. That figure is depicted in Sufi literature as a dogmatic theologian and major opponent of Abu Said ibn Abi'l-Khair (967-1049), a very unorthodox Sufi saint (wali) who presided over a rival khanaqah at Nishapur. Hafidhh Ibn al Qayyim writes that the deceased are pleased with those people who attend the funeral or those who stand at his grave.
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Alone with the Alone Sufism 

Alone with the Alone

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May Allahu ta'ala show Mercy upon all of us! Islamic doctrine emphasizes the oneness, uniqueness, transcendence, and utter otherness of God. He taught me that in the beginning Sufism was very mystical, men and women whirled together into the wee hours of the dawn, and that it was descended from the Shamanic practices of Central Asia. Their concept of "Allah" was thoroughly inclusive, yet paradoxically most "Islamic" in the essential sense.
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Islam in the Modern World: Challenged by the West, Sufism 

Islam in the Modern World: Challenged by the West,

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Where mainstream Islam holds that you will know God only after a pious life. He said to me: eat, may God be merciful with you! and I replied: we have been enjoined to place in our containers (stomachs?) only that which its origins we know. As in Christianity, through Dionysius and other writers of the Neoplatonic school, so in Islam, and probably under the same influence, the devotional and mystical love of God soon developed into ecstasy and enthusiasm which finds in the sensuous imagery of human love the most suggestive medium for its expression.
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