Islam and Sufism are different from each other is evident from the fact that ever since the Sufis came in contact with the Muslims they have been waging a war against Islam. For instance, Afifuddin al-Tilimsani explicitly said that the whole Quran is polytheism. And the great Persian Sufi, Abu Sa'id Ibn Abil-Khayr declared:
It is to be noted that in the opinion of Baba Garibh Shah the annual pilgrimage or the world conference of the Muslims at Mecca is not Hajj, it is the urs of Adam, the first Sufi. Says he, "The Sufis go to Mecca to participate in the annual urs of Pir-o-Murshid Adam. He is buried in the Kaaba. We go there for ziyarat and not to perform Hajj."
Not only this, the entire Sufi ideology, is different from the Muslim theology. If it is not wholly anti- or un-Islamic.
Still, the Sufis claim to have inherited their doctrines directly from the teachings of the last Messenger, Muhammad, who, strictly speaking has given no dogmatic or mystical theology.
Sufism has often been described as Islamic mysticism, Shahid A. Chaudhary, challenges this definition of Sufism. He explores both Islam and Sufism (nay mysticism) in the light of the Quran and says that Sufism and Islam are two entirely different thoughts and this fact should be accepted as such.
Chaudhary has beautifully punctuated his fascinating, authoritative and informative wok with the Sufis style of propagation their doctrine. This insightful and comprehensive book, written in easy to understand style is an indispensable reference for not only those who want to understand Sufism, Islam and mysticism, but for the inquisitive mind...and for people who expect Dargahs, Sufis, Babas, Sadhus and other mystics to work miracles for them. The work is an essential addition to any bookshelf.
About the Author :
Shahid A. Chaudhary is a young journalist who has made a name for himself with his trenchant, no-nonsense, well-researched and thought-provoking writings. He is considered an authority on comparative religion. At present he is engaged in the research on the personal laws of the minorities.
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