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The Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition Guidebook of Daily Practices Sufism 

The Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition Guidebook of Daily Practices

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Peeran [Iqtida as Sirat al Mustaqim, page 290 by Hafidhh Ibn Taymiyya] · Hafidhh Ibn Kathir and Hafidhh Ibn Hajar al Asqalani both write: Imam Bukhari had lost his sight in his days as a youth, and his mother used to pray to Allah vigorously for the return of her son's sight. Some Sufi teachers[ How to reference and link to summary or text ] have claimed that Sufism pre-dates Islam and simply adopted Islam as a suitable vehicle.
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The biography of Hadrat  Syed Shah Afzal Biabani Sufism 

The biography of Hadrat Syed Shah Afzal Biabani

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These views can be tied back to a traditional mystical viewpoint based on 'inner resources': - Each principle directs the individual towards the path of recognition of the essence within, the essence hidden behind the veils of change and the curtains of uncertainty. Sufism is very appealing to intellectuals. It can be argued that Sufis may not be falling into a trance where they experience a state of ecstasy and become “one with the unity of God”, but rather, fall into the spell of the music and dance, and lose focus of their main objective, to worship God.
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The Calls of Islam: Sufis, Islamists, and Mass Mediation in Sufism 

The Calls of Islam: Sufis, Islamists, and Mass Mediation in

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When one thinks of the central role of Hermeticism in Western mystical philosophy, one must not forget the immediate Islamic origin of such fundamental texts as the Emerald Tablet and the Turba Philosophorum, and therefore the significance of such works as texts of Islamic mystical philosophy. His mother, who was a very pious lady, therefore, brought him up. Since Sufiism consists in turning away from mankind, it is necessarily without form.
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Ottoman Puritanism and Its Discontents: Ahmad al-Aqhisari Sufism 

Ottoman Puritanism and Its Discontents: Ahmad al-Aqhisari

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Generally speaking, little is said in Sufi literature about baraka, the effective grace that makes spiritual development on this path possible, yet its importance is primary. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Hallaj was executed at Baghdad by the Abbasid Caliphate on a charge of heresy. The story of Majnun and Layla was (and still is) widely known throughout the Islamic world. Often referred to as the “Doctrine of the Unity of Being” (wahdat al-wūjūd), Ibn ‘Arabī’s philosophical mysticism offers a vast synthesis of gnostic and Sufi ideas as well as a type of philosophical discourse which, for the first time, formulates the Sufi doctrine.
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The Last Barrier: A Journey into the Essence of Sufi Sufism 

The Last Barrier: A Journey into the Essence of Sufi

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The other reason could be that the believer wali is not capable of achieving such status which is again is not acceptable when Allah Himself has awarded His slave with the knowledge, love, recitation and thanks giving to His slave without even asking for it, can He not award to perform simple acts? This power lies in wait (is coiled) at the base of the spine of the average person. Qushayri’s work ‘The Gradation of Travailing on the Path to God’ is a short monograph which provides our earliest evidence of a Sufi shaykh’s explanations to do with the rules and effects of dhikr, as well as the pitfalls the novice must seek to avoid.
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Death before Dying: The Sufi Poems of Sultan Bahu Sufism 

Death before Dying: The Sufi Poems of Sultan Bahu

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They passed the Safra Valley and the Judaida Pass in Shaban 1227 (1812). When first the Giver of the grape my lonely heart befriended, Wine fired my bosom and my veins filled up, But when His image all mine eye possessed, a voice descended, 'Well done, O sovereign Wine and peerless Cup!'" The love thus symbolised is the emotional element in religion, the rapture of the seer, the courage of the martyr, the faith of the saint, the only basis of moral perfection and spiritual knowledge.
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A Bad Beginning: The Path to Islam Sufism 

A Bad Beginning: The Path to Islam

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Abraham, for whom fire turned into a rose garden, resembles the mystic in his afflictions; Joseph, in his perfect beauty, the mystical beloved after whom the mystic searches. Linguistically it signifies bartering or exchanging commodities. There is good evidence, that their secret close-knit brotherhoods was the role model of the European Knight Templars. Following him, the Antichrist will appear, together with all the subsequent signs of the Hour (the Day of Judgment), as established in (the sound tradition) the Sahih.
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The Book of Knowledge: By Imam Al-Ghazali Sufism 

The Book of Knowledge: By Imam Al-Ghazali

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Remember jealousy and backbiting destroy your good deeds and therefore refrain from these bad things. He fails, however, to disentangle discrimination against and harassment of slaves and free blacks from the toleration of the religion many of them practiced, admittedly a difficult task, but one which must be performed. [M. He who closes one of the doors of the Fire (Hell) opens one of the doors of and Mahmiud ibn al-Sharif (Cairo: Sa adah, n.d.), pp. 3 and 136; Hujwiri, Kash f, 281: Schimmel, 57-59 17.
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Banquet for the Soul Sufism 

Banquet for the Soul

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The counselor asked each scholar this same question, and each one's answer was in the same vein, they all claimed to be the wisest of them all. Abu Ayyu-b, known as al-Madani (i.e., from Medina) al-Fagih (jurisconsult), a leader among mujtahids; considered by some as wiser than even al-Musayyib; very handsome according to Mas'ab ibn `Uthmiin: when a woman entered upon him and attempted to seduce him, he ran away from her.
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A Spirit of Tolerance: The Inspiring Life of Tierno Bokar Sufism 

A Spirit of Tolerance: The Inspiring Life of Tierno Bokar

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Islam spread into Xinjiang, the western part of China, where the Chinese empire tolerated it. These Orders being tied to Sufi giants like Suhrawardi, Rumi and Naqshband. Through stunning photography provided by ARAMCO World and an accessible question and answer format this newly-expanded version of America’s most popular short introduction to the key precepts of Islam offers succinct, and sometimes surprising, answers to frequently asked questions about the Muslim faith.
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