Sufism - Sufism is a fascinating study in and of itself....

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Sufism is a fascinating study in and of itself. One of the four main systems of though in Islam, it has not always (nor yet is it in every case) been accepted as an Orthodox teaching. Sufis do, however, identify themselves as Muslims and follow closely the Five Pillars of Islam. It is generally accepted that Sufism arose out of a desire for a more spiritual experience within the framework of Islamic belief. Shar’ia law proscribes behavior, community life, but it does not address the attitudes of the heart. Sufism attempts to provide this mystical element. Another reason given for the rise of Sufism is the rampant materialism of the kingdom of Andalusia and of the Ottoman Empire, a materialism that was not directly addressed by the Qur’an. There are 8 general stages in the Sufi Experience (though these may vary in order and description from sect to sect): 1. Repentance of sins and worldly living 2. Abstinence from sinful desire 3. Patience in waiting to experience God 4. Gratitude for the existence of God
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2008 for the course ENG 323 taught by Professor Broyles during the Winter '08 term at American Public University.

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Sufism - Sufism is a fascinating study in and of itself....

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