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Sufi Metaphysics and Quranic Prophets: Ibn 'Arabi's Thought

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I would respond by looking to see how traditional ulama or Islamic scholars have viewed it. The belief in the authority of the imams (the leaders who were entitled to rule) was made part of the Islamic creed and gave rise to a clerical structure in Shiʿite Islam. It expanded in the fourth century ah (tenth century ad) with Abu Hatim al-Razi and Hamid al-Din Kirmani and culminated with Nasir-i Khusraw (Corbin 1993, 1994 ).

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The Sufi Doctrine of Man: Sadr al-Din al-Qunawi's

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Hence the Prophet lives on in flesh and blood after death. Aren’t the prophets practice only Islam? 10. In Pakistan, a major waqf, Hamdard Foundation, has been producing and distributing herbal medicines and tonics, since 1906. H. continues by stating that Maryam declares this asking for protection from Al-Rahman to the 'intruder' in order also to frighten the 'intruder,' for which situation the appellation 'the Merciful' or 'The Most Gracious' would hardly instill fear, and hence also be unsuitable.

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The Mystics of Islam

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He elaborated, “today people decide for us what to wear, buy, eat and drink; we no longer feel spirituality. Verily, to abstain from this world is to gain a tranquil heart and body. There is the Throne Verse which addresses the creative power of God: “Allah, there is no God but He – the Living, the Self-subsisting, Supporter of all, no slumber can seize Him nor sleep. Mahabbah, the way of love leading to sacrifice. I have also mentioned the righteous practice and my practice in these disputed matters.

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Rumi: Versos desde el corazón

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Your love towards us is the work, the result, of our love towards you. It is mercy for them, as if they were in hospitals. Shah Jalal came from Turkey and was a great Suhrawardi saint of Bengal. His son Abd Allah says, "My father and I do not deny or criticise the science of Sufism, but on the contrary we support it because it purifies the external and the internal of the hidden sins which are related to the heart and the outward form.

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Fundamentals of Rumi's Thought

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The souls of awliya' (rahimahum-Allahu ta'ala) and pious believers come to their graves and visit their bodies. believers' souls visit one another. Irina Tweedie and Abdullah Dougan also taught outside the Islamic context while maintaining the connection to their Naqshbandi heritage. But it is not good at all to stop from the very act in all circumstances. God on high has punished women...: "When Eve ate fruit which He had forbidden to her from the tree in Paradise, the Lord, be He praised, punished women with eighteen things: (1) menstruation; (2) childbirth; (3) separation from mother and father and marriage...; (4) pregnancy; (5) not having control over her[self]; (6) a lesser ...inheritance; (7) ...liability to be divorced and inability to divorce; (8) [allowing] men to have four wives, but for [women] to have only one husband; (9) ...stay[ing] secluded in the house; (10) ...keep[ing] her head covered inside...; (11) [requiring] two women's testimony ... [versus] testimony of one man; (12) ...not go[ing] out of the house unless accompanied by a near relative; (13) [letting] men take part in Friday and feast prayers and funerals, while women do not; (14) disqualification for rulership and judgeship; (15) [decreeing that merit ha[ve] one thousand components, only one ...attributable to women, while 999 are attributable to men...."[4] In short, Al-Ghazali, like his contemporaries, deserves no reverence whatever.

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Sufi Symbolism: The Nurbakhsh Encyclopedia of Sufi

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Al-Banna moved away from Sufism during his middle years because it tended to divide the Ummah. In addition to the sharia, the murid (or "aspirant") is trained in the "etiquette" (adab) of his/her particular school or Order and is expected to maintain the "opereational ethics" (akhlaq) of the Prophets that constitue the Abrahamic Tradition (as). 3) The necessity of following a particular "way" (tariqa).

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The Sufi Lighthouse: Illuminating Spiritual Abuse

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Imam al-Ghazali today is known as Hujjat al-Islam, Arabic for “the Proof of the Religion” due to his contributions in protecting the Muslim world from the intellectual challenges that were facing it. When I awoke in the morning, what had been disturbing me disappeared and I remained immune for another year. His state is hidden from the perception of intelligences, and his time is exempt from the influence of thoughts. Eventually, the theology of Al-Ashari (d. 935) achieved a compromise between Mutazili rationalism and hadith literalism.

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Escorpion Perfumado: A Perfumed Scorpion

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While the educated Jewish population was, for many hundreds of years, tiny, Islam has been the official religion of some of the largest Empires the world has seen. And it is in this spirit that this essay on Sufism is written Mysticism is a worldwide phenomenon of the human universal yearning for Truth. �Mysticism� is said to be the �immediate and direct intuitive knowledge of God or of the ultimate reality attained through personal religious experience.� 1 In the Encarta Dictionary �mysticism� is defined as the �consciousness of the transcendent reality or of God through deep meditation or contemplation.� In Oxford Dictionary mysticism is defined as something �having a hidden or symbolic meaning... inspiring a sense of mystery and awe.� A �mystic� on the other hand, is defined as �a person who seeks to obtain union with God by spiritual contemplation.� In his book Sufism: An Account of the Mystics of Islam, A.

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Illustrated Encyclopedia of Golden Age of Science and

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Professor Huston Smith points out in his introduction to The Concise Encyclopedia of Islam: Religiously, people tend to fall into two categories. When he saw her at a distance, he wanted to return to his home in order to avoid her but she said to him: "young man, do not go back; there will be no more encounters between us after today except in the presence of God Almighty!" In most cases this is some sort of organized religion. I say: These words explicitly belie the saying of Allah: (As-Sajidah, 13) which means: [Had We willed, We would have guided every soul, however, I decreed in eternity I shall fill up Hellfire with both humans and jinns.] His words belie the saying of the Prophet, related by Abu Dawud: which means: "My nation shall divide into seventy-three (73) factions.

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The Book of Khushal Khan: Warrior & Sufi Poet

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Many of the early Muslim writers studied the Bible, Old and New Testaments. Their influence in the East was hardly less vital. Nothing could be further from the grim-faced puritanism of the Islamic fundamentalists who accuse the Sufis of being “idolaters” and “pagans.” Sufis reply that they are hearkening back to the roots of Islam, which means “peace.” I can attest to the power of Sufi practices to provide a glimpse of the “peace which passeth understanding” which is at the core of all religious experience.

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