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A Simple Guide to Sufism
A Simple Guide to Sufism
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About the Sufism

What is Sufism?

SUFISM (TASAWWUF) IS the form which mysticism has taken in Islam. The term Sufism embraces the philosophy and practices in Islam which aim at direct communion between God and man.

The Derivation of Sufi

SCHOLARS DIFFER AS to the meaning and derivation of this word which is used for those who opt for this spiritual path. Some of them associate it with the Arabic word ‘safa’ meaning purity. Others are of the view that it may refer to the Ashabus Safa, or the people of the bench. When the Prophet migrated to Madinah, with his companions, the majority of them managed S to earn their livelihood by engaging in trade or taking up some employment. Some of them worked in orchards, while others engaged in trade as they used to do in Makkah. But there were a sizeable number of people who could not engage themselves in any such activity. They did not even have their own roof to take shelter under. These people used to stay in the verandah or porch of the Prophet’s mosque. Here they spent their time in worship, in listening to the Prophet’s words and memorizing them. Similarly they memorized the verses of the Quran as they were being revealed from time to time. Having all the time at their disposal, they managed to preserve in their memory both the Quran and the Hadith.

Abu Hurayrah, being one of them, had memorized the greatest number of traditions. Having no worldly activities to engage their attention they lived a very simple life.

They often gathered sticks for a living and satisfied their hunger by eating the dates which had fallen from the palm trees.

The Prophet looked after them and asked his companions to help them. Since the porch of the mosque had become virtually their home, they came to be called Ashaabus Safa.

However, the majority of the scholars are of the opinion that the word sufi comes from the word ‘Sufi’ or wool. This is because most of the early ascetics wore undyed woolen garments of a coarse quality. This coarse cloth symbolized their voluntary poverty and renunciation of the world and all its pleasures.

Back of the Book

In the book, A Simple Guide to Sufism, the author focuses on the continuing relevance of Sufism, which is increasingly acknowledged as a spiritual answer to modern materialism. As an introductory guide, it offers students a lucid account of the origin, development and distinguishing features of the major Sufi orders, and their impact on the development of Islamic tradition. In its examination of their organization, it presents in detail their various rituals, practices and ceremonies. Highlighting the relevance of Sufism in modern life, it concludes with a chapter on meditation and zikr (remembrance of God), the central part of the Sufi tradition.

CONTENTS

1Sufism7
2Origin and Historical Development of History9
3Gradual Evolution of Tasawwuf 20
4Chishti Order—1 29
5Chishti Order-2 45
6Chishti Order-3 60
7 Qadiri Order 70
8 Suhrawardi Order89
9Naqshbandi Order-1 108
10Naqshbandi Order-2 119
11Naqshbandi Order-3 129
12Firdausi Order 141
13The Sufi Concept of Meditation 154

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About the Sufism

What is Sufism?

SUFISM (TASAWWUF) IS the form which mysticism has taken in Islam. The term Sufism embraces the philosophy and practices in Islam which aim at direct communion between God and man.

The Derivation of Sufi

SCHOLARS DIFFER AS to the meaning and derivation of this word which is used for those who opt for this spiritual path. Some of them associate it with the Arabic word ‘safa’ meaning purity. Others are of the view that it may refer to the Ashabus Safa, or the people of the bench. When the Prophet migrated to Madinah, with his companions, the majority of them managed S to earn their livelihood by engaging in trade or taking up some employment. Some of them worked in orchards, while others engaged in trade as they used to do in Makkah. But there were a sizeable number of people who could not engage themselves in any such activity. They did not even have their own roof to take shelter under. These people used to stay in the verandah or porch of the Prophet’s mosque. Here they spent their time in worship, in listening to the Prophet’s words and memorizing them. Similarly they memorized the verses of the Quran as they were being revealed from time to time. Having all the time at their disposal, they managed to preserve in their memory both the Quran and the Hadith.

Abu Hurayrah, being one of them, had memorized the greatest number of traditions. Having no worldly activities to engage their attention they lived a very simple life.

They often gathered sticks for a living and satisfied their hunger by eating the dates which had fallen from the palm trees.

The Prophet looked after them and asked his companions to help them. Since the porch of the mosque had become virtually their home, they came to be called Ashaabus Safa.

However, the majority of the scholars are of the opinion that the word sufi comes from the word ‘Sufi’ or wool. This is because most of the early ascetics wore undyed woolen garments of a coarse quality. This coarse cloth symbolized their voluntary poverty and renunciation of the world and all its pleasures.

Back of the Book

In the book, A Simple Guide to Sufism, the author focuses on the continuing relevance of Sufism, which is increasingly acknowledged as a spiritual answer to modern materialism. As an introductory guide, it offers students a lucid account of the origin, development and distinguishing features of the major Sufi orders, and their impact on the development of Islamic tradition. In its examination of their organization, it presents in detail their various rituals, practices and ceremonies. Highlighting the relevance of Sufism in modern life, it concludes with a chapter on meditation and zikr (remembrance of God), the central part of the Sufi tradition.

CONTENTS

1Sufism7
2Origin and Historical Development of History9
3Gradual Evolution of Tasawwuf 20
4Chishti Order—1 29
5Chishti Order-2 45
6Chishti Order-3 60
7 Qadiri Order 70
8 Suhrawardi Order89
9Naqshbandi Order-1 108
10Naqshbandi Order-2 119
11Naqshbandi Order-3 129
12Firdausi Order 141
13The Sufi Concept of Meditation 154
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