origin of Tasawuf can be traced back to the beginning of Islam
to a select group of individuals who gathered on the platform
of the Prophet's Mosque in Medina. They formed the Prophet's inner
circle and were called Ahl-e-Suffa. They were from many nationalities
and cultures. Their practices were founded upon the principles
of piety, virtue, and purification - the principles that followed
both the teachings and the personal example of the Prophet.
allows individuals to uncover their true meaning, a dignity and
honor that elevates the human being to the level of the creator,
as "whoever knows oneself, knows one's Lord." (A saying
of the Prophet, salute to him.) Thus, all the manifestations of
creation represent divine mercy, all are to be honored and respected,
all have the right to a peaceful and tranquil life.
is a school embracing humanity - past, present and future - regardless
of diverse cultural backgrounds and apparent differences. Sufis
believe in the inner calling to understand the essence of being
and discover the puzzle and mystery of the self. The more the
puzzle of the individual self becomes known, the more we will
recognize it's importance in the cycles of Being. Unless the value
of humanity is understood, morality and true human civilization
will not be honored.
The pursuit of knowledge and the quest for the Divine are essentially
identical in Sufism. The vital link between knowledge and practice
is to be found within, in the attainment of inner knowledge of
the heart. Through the perfection of such understanding, the individual
comes to know not only one's self, but also the Divine.
has always been open to all and has been truly multi-national
for the past millennium. Truth is universal and belongs to no
one nation or culture, but to all humanity. In present times,
Sufism spreads from the borders of Australia to West Africa, from
India to the shores of America.
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