• Sufism

    To carry one hundred camel loads on one's head from the Orient to the Occident (Nur ad-Din Jami)

    The mystical dimension of Islam is generally called Sufism. The term derives from suf, the Arabic word for wool, the material from which the garments of the first Muslim ascetics were made. The Sufi “Path of Knowledge”, the tariqa, is open to everyone. Usually the seeker entrusts himself to a teacher who accompanies him through the different stages of the tariqa.

    The aim of all Sufi practice is the struggle against the self (nafs) and its desires, and annihilation
    in God (“fana”). The absolute love of God plays a central role in this. It taught the mystics to see
    with the heart, it refreshed them and inspired them to write the most beautiful poems.

    The foundations of Sufism are the Koran, the Sunnah and the Hadith, in which the life and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad are collected. Over time Sufism also adopted religious and philosophical ideas from other cultures. From the 9th century onwards, mystics integrated ideas from Hellenic philosophy. In the 13th century some Sufi orders adopted Buddhist and Hindu influences.   

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