Shower of Stars: The Initiatic Dream in Sufism and Taoism

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If you master these, you know how to guard against the others mentioned among the things destructive; if you are unable to deal with them, you will be all the more unable to deal with others. Answer the following questions:As a minister, would you be able to help Sufis or Muslims who came to you without offending them or ignoring their beliefs? Sufi music is not only based on God's remembrance and on the prophet. These are words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall, go to the limits of your longing. and make big shadows I can move in.

Anthology of Ruba'i (Quatrain) in Sufi Poetry of the Indian

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This volume seeks to present a broad picture of the evolution of the ideas and organizational forms of the Naqshbandi order throughout its history. Purification of the self from all that is other than the remembrance and obedience of Allah; the realization of ihsân (excellence); zuhd (asceticism) combined with ma`rifa (knowledge of Allah); the attribute of the Sufi. The Tirmidhi quote includes the phrase "thinking that abstention (zahada) means vilifying the world, eating from refuse, wearing wool, disparaging the rich and celebrating the poor."

Al-Ghazali's Path to Sufism: His Deliverance from Error

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Monastic orders in Sufism live in community of property, including their women. Ghazali himself was forced to flee Baghdad following a political upset and wandered as far west as Egypt. A Muslim always refers back to the Quran and narrations of Prophet Muhammad, may the blessing and mercy of God be upon him, called the Sunnah, in matters of religion.� God tells us in the Quran: �It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when God and His Messenger have decided a matter, they should [thereafter] have any choice about their affair.� And whoever disobeys God and His Messenger has certainly strayed into clear error.� (Quran 33:36) Prophet Muhammad stressed the importance of following the Quran and Sunnah and the danger of introducing any innovations into Islam.� It is known that the Prophet said: �Whoever does a deed which is not in accordance to my commands (i.e. the Islamic Law), it shall be rejected.� (Saheeh Muslim) Ibn Mas�ood (a companion of the prophet), may God be pleased with him, said: �The Messenger of God, may the blessing and mercy of God be upon him, made a straight line on the ground with his hand, then he said, �This is the straight path of God.� �Then he made a (short) line on each side of the straight line; then he said, �These (short) lines, each one has a devil inviting people to it.� Then he recited the verse (of the Quran): �And this is My path straight.� So follow it, and do not follow (other) ways, lest they lead you away from My path.� (Quran 6:153) Saheeh: Reported by Ahmad and an-Nasaae�e.

Sufism: A Brief History

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Chirkeisky, a critic of Moslem extremism, had ironically been working to broker peace between warring Islamic factions. Pretty much every drash (discussion of Torah) I ever attended at a havurah (friday night lay-led prayer service) included lots of comments about setting aside the racism, misogyny & xenophobia of any particular parshah (weekly portion of the text). Mahatma Ram Chandraji has stated in his book ‘Mazhab Aur Tahqiqat’ on the basis of his personal experience that there have been such great persons, who in their lives never engaged themselves in any spiritual practices, no jikr, no meditation, no contemplation, no worry of crossing spiritual stages, no desire of achieving salvation, peace or any such thing nor even to realise the Truth, but because of their intense love for their Master in their hearts and following his order to the hilt without caring for the result or their own interest in it, they have become one with their Master.

Complete Works of Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan: Lectures

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Such is the virtue of those who are able to overcome lust and are fortified against it. You are not separate and you are not independent. Their doors and rituals are open to people of any religious background; as a result, Sufi shrines in India still play an important role in the religious life of many Hindus and Sikhs. In addition to Bamiyan and "Balawaristan," small Ismaili communities survive throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and India. The secret of the Beloved will no longer be hidden.

The crystal chalice: Spiritual themes for women

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The Wahhabis snatched infants from the bosoms of their mothers and killed them in front of their mothers, the men while reading Quran and praying their Salat in mosques, women and old people whosoever came in their way. British and Russian military and economic influence in the region grew. 1608-1670 Islamic political, religious and cultural influence grew in Malaysia and Indonesia, while Dutch economic and political pressure also grew. 1641 Dutch forces conquered Malacca, a major port in Southeast Asia, which was the gateway to the China Sea and the Pacific. 1669-1774 Ottoman territories in Eastern Europe were lost to Europeans and Russians.

Nusrat: The Voice of Faith

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If that is so, the Master passes on the disciple to his Master and so on. Muslim rituals, teachings of the Koran and the Sufi way to God is discussed. Sufi orders vary in their beliefs and practices, but most have the following in common: attempts to reach God or a mystical state through dancing, music (Sema or Sama sessions) or chants of slogans, the need for an experienced spiritual guide - called a "baba" in some orders and the doctrine of the four gates that must be traversed: the Sha'aria (religious law), Tariqa (the spiritual path), Ma'rifa (true knowledge) and Haqiqah (reality).

Straight to Freedom

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Saints of Islam have depreciated such deviations as Bida'h. Prominent among mystical writers was the Spanish-born Ibn Arabi, author of the Journey to the Lord of Power, the first important manual of Islamic mysticism. Surrendering one�s soul to the care of the inviolability of religion; Tasawwuf is the path of faith and affirmation of unity; this is the incorruptible religion. Patriarchal Christianity in the early Middle Ages condemned women as inferior and the cause of sin, and enforced the most repressive rules ever.

The biography of Hadrat Qutub-UL Hind Hyderabad

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The believer is rewarded for (every good action), even for the morsel he raises to his wife's mouth. References (1) Akhbar-ul- Ahlehadith, Amritsar, India, Page 11, 1st Feb.,1946. (2) The Memoirs of British Spy Humphery: These fell in the hands of Germans in the II World War who published them in instalments in the German magazine Spiegel. A great sufi master Bayazid al-Bistami said, "A single atom of God's love in one's heart is worth more than a hundred thousand paradises."

The Persian Mystics

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For them, the difference between virtue and vice is determined on the basis of intent, not appearances. Sufi practices, such as the famous whirling of the Mevlevi dervishes in Turkey, first practiced by Rumi himself, employ music, dance and spiritual recitation to awaken the God who Sufis say is asleep in the human heart. O bird of the morning, learn love from the moth These pretenders are ignorantly in search of Him, Because he who obtained knowledge has not returned.