What is Sufism?

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What is Sufism?



Don’t pretend to know something you haven’t experienced.

There’s a necessary dying,

And then Jesus is breathing again.

Very little grows on jagged rock.

Be ground.

Be crumbled,

So wildflowers will

Come up where you are.

You’ve been stony for too many years.

Try something different.





“A Necessary Autumn







Liberate yourself from the fetters of the

Ego and surrender yourself before God.


Let the Lord be your shepherd,

allow Him to attend to all your cares,

And do not allow temptations to entice you.

Aspirations of this world are the cause of all concern.

Aspire to God and obtain freedom.

Sheikh Abdul Qadier Jillani



Sufism recognizes and nurtures the spiritual nature of human beings. 

Without nurturing the soul, any religion can become hard and dogmatic. 

Islam’s long legacy has been to nurture the spiritual nature of man……..


The spiritual richness of Islam is the aspect that the fundamentalists and extremists have carefully extracted from their teachings, schools, and mosques.

This is something that has been systematically and consciously cultivated for many years. 

Now,  Islamic learning has become dangerously unbalanced

without the teachings of its saints and shaykhs.



 for the Extremist, Islam is about power.

For the Sufis, Islam is about Surrender.


Sufism teaches the importance of balance.

The whirling dervishes manifest this most eloquently in their dance. S


Sufism teaches the importance of having a spiritual guide.

The saints and shaykhs are our Tour Guides through the complexities and confusion of Life

and the understanding of the nature of man and the Divine.






About Tariqats or Sufi Orders


·        Saints and Shaykhs


·        Rumi and Whirling Dervishes

Mevlevi Order, founded by Jallalludin Rumi


·        Naqshbandi Order

founded by Maulana Bahauddin Naqshband


·        Qadiri Order

Founded by Abdul Qadir Jilani


·        Sufism's Many Paths: Dr. Alan Godlas, University of Georgia