Tasawwuf: The Real Fundamentalism

Sidi Ahsan Irfan writes a beautiful piece on what true tasawwuf (sufism) is:

I recall, quite vividly, that before my re-reversion, I was a staunch enemy of Tasawwuf. The Salafiyyah Manhaj had misguided me regarding this great aspect of Islam, that many misunderstand. And by many, I mean Muslims as well as non-Muslims.

It would be useful first to define Tasawwuf. For laypeople, Tasawwuf is Sufism. The word ‘Sufism’ is really a misnomer. This term stems from the West’s need to twist everything, and derive new meanings from it, meanings that previously do not exist. The word Sufism has different connotations for different people. For the most part, pro-Sufi Muslims tend to look at it in terms of ’saints and shrines’ and that this aspect of Islam is what is going to help them be better Muslims. For anti-Sufi Muslims, Sufism is ‘kufr, shirk, bid’a’. For the Orientalist, Sufism is the more ‘tolerant’ face of Islam. For a layman, Sufism is mysticism, in its real sense of the word.

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5 Replies to “Tasawwuf: The Real Fundamentalism”

  1. as salam `alaykum

    Zuhd is to be avid what benefits one and t avoid that which harms one.

    And for a Muslim, ideally (and Tasawwuf is adherence to ideals), it lasts forever. So for example, we can consider the quality that we call “israaf,” or “extravagance.” A Muslim avoids spending a lot of money needlessly. That’s zuhd.

    I could site more examples, but I think this should suffice.


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