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Unformatted text preview: he had already attained the first part which is in essence knowledge of the theories and beliefs practiced by Sufis. The later part, he tells us, is much harder to achieve and is meant for the believer to experience that which he studies about. This latter part comes in three stages, the first of which is purity. Just as a Muslim makes himself pure before prayer, a spiritual purity must take place before a true connection with god is made. Next comes a state of revelations and visions in which the Sufi begins to see images of angels, spirits, and prophets. Finally a sort of oneness with god is achieved which is the final and sole goal of the Sufi belief. Ghazali finishes by stating that the truest way to achieve the essence of the Sufis is to immerse oneself with them and live as they live, in a constant pursuit of a divine connection....
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This essay was uploaded on 02/01/2009 for the course HIST 253 taught by Professor Powers, d during the Fall '08 term at Cornell.
- Fall '08
- POWERS, D