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Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri (The Thoughtful Guide to Islam) regards the development of Sufism as natural and progressive, rather than being founded at a particular time or place. Hasan al-Basri was regarded as one of the early Sufis, without necessarily having been named as such during his life. By the early eighth century, an increasing number of people had chosen a way of life based on ascetism, meditative and other ritualistic practices, such as chanting the name of God as a means of enhancing remembrance of Allah and maintaining self-awareness. By the ninth century, a large body of teachings from the traditions and Sunnah emphasised the importance of gaining knowledge of the self in order for higher and more subtle knowledge to become accessible. By the twelfth century, tasawwuf, or knowledge of self, was a recognised part of religious life and came to be taught in many madrasahs and many Sufi Orders became established.
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What is Sufism?

Answer 1 Surfism is an Islamic concept which the followers are seeking fordivine truth and love though a direct encounter with the God. Thisarose in the mid-18th and 19th cen

What is Sufism all about?

Sufismis not something different from Islam. It is all about seeking thethe Goodwill and Pleasure of Almighty Allah. In fact, it is puttingthe teachings of Islam into practice

How did Sufism start Why did it become separate from mainstream Islam How did tariqahs start Explain the idea of a path?

Sufism started with Islam, as it is at the core of Islamic teachings ie. peace, love, spirituality and closeness with God. It never became separate from mainstream Islam, b

What is the order of Sufism?

follow sunna and hadith of Prophet Muhammad - you can't pick and choose what you want to follow and what you don't. just try to follow the way of our beloved Prophet, love him

What are the principles of the Sufism?

In "The Way of Illumination", Inayat Khan writes of ten principle Sufi thoughts that are the fundamentals of Universal Sufism: "1. There is One God, the Eternal, the Only Bei

What are the sources of sufism?

Sufism or Tasawwuf is a vast subject that can have differering meanings to different people. Sufism in it's pure form is against what many people consider sufism today ie. tw
In Sufism

What is the purpose of Sufism?

The purpose of Sufism is to reach a personal experience and closeness to Allah. That is the goal of a Sufi, to pursue the love of Allah.
In Sufism

What was Sufism?

Sufismnot something different from Islam. In fact, it is putting theteachings of Islam into practice with extreme devotion. The Sufisteach to be kind, helpful and charitable t
In Islam

How is sufism practised?

Sufism is not something different from Shariah. A Sufi seeks purityof heart and mind. A Sufi must practice Islam in its true andoriginal sense. A Sufi strives to please Almigh