|Translated by Reynold A.
|Abu Sa'id has said, "Sufism is the subsistence of the heart with
God without any meditation." This alludes to contemplation
(mushahadat), which is violence of love, and absorption of
human attributes in realizing vision of God, and their
annihilation by the everlastingness of Him. (p. 167)
|As posed in question by Abu Sa'id to Ali-Hujwary, Sufism is
learning the true meaning of Sufism and the nature of the
'stations' of the Sufis, and being able to understand their
doctrines and sayings, which cannot be accomplished
without comprehending their mystical allegories, and
feeling the nature of Divine Love the way it is manifested
in human hearts. It is also knowing why intellect is unable
to reach the Essence thereof, and Why the soil recoils from
the reality thereof, and Why the spirit is lulled in the purity
thereof; and mastery means being able to explain the
practical aspects of Sufism which are connected with these
|Sufism and its Pitfalls
|Ali b. Uthman al-Jullabi, al-Hujwary (ra) may God have mercy upon him has explained thus:
|The knowledge of Sufism is to
encounter false pretensions
deceive the public, while they erased and destroyed the rest; others did
not mutilate the books, but left them unread; others read them, but did
not comprehend their meaning, so they copied the text and committed it
to memory and said: "We can discourse on mystical science." Now a
days true spiritualism is as rare as the Philosopher's Stone (kibrit- i
Ahmar); for it is natural to seek the medicine that fits the disease, and
nobody wants to mix pearls and coral with common remedies like
shalitha and dawa al misk. (1)
The Royal falcon is sure to get
its wings clipped when it
perches on the wall of an old
name of "law" to their lusts, pride and ambition they call"honor
and learning", hypocrisy towards men "fear of God",
concealment of anger "clemency", disputation "discussion",
wrangling and foolishness "dignity", insincerity "renunciation",
cupidity "devotion to God", their own senseless fancies "Divine
Knowledge", the motions of the heart and affections of the
animal soul "Divine LOVE", heresy "poverty", skepticism
"purity", disbelief in positive religion (zandaqa) "self-
annihilation", neglect of The Law of Prophet "The mystic path",
evil communication with time servers "exercise of piety".
|"God curse this world! What a vile place for any camel-rider to alight in!
For here the man of lofty spirit is always tormented."
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|Who is a Sufi?
Naqshbandi Master, may Allah sanctify his soul & bless his
secret has said:
"The Sufi is not the one who is always carrying the
prayer rug, nor the one who is wearing patched clothes,
nor the one who keeps certain customs and
appearances; but the Sufi is the one to whom everyone's
focus is drawn, although he is hiding himself".