sufism - Ian Francis Islam: Fact and Fiction 3-4-2009...

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Ian Francis Islam: Fact and Fiction 3-4-2009 Sufism Many of the aspects of Sufism fascinated me. It is a very unique and interesting religious sect. The first thing I noticed was how as I was reading about Sufi beliefs I was often reminded of Buddhist ideas. I frequently ran into the phrase “the way” describing Sufism’s pursuit of the Divine. This idea is mirrored closely in Buddhism’s pursuit of enlightenment. In both philosophies the achievement of spiritual fulfillment through introspection is central. An article on Sufism cited a quote from the Prophet Mohammed that illustrates this idea: "Whoever knows oneself, knows one's Lord." This unity is another commonality between Sufism and Buddhism. Unity seems to be a central idea in Sufism. From my research it seems as if the ultimate goal is to achieve consciousness of ones unity with the Divine. The fact that the goal was consciousness means this unity already exists however it is obscured by something. In Sufism it is obscured by humanity’s “impurity of nafs and the limitations of the material and physical tools that mankind possesses.” This is my favorite theme of Sufism that I found. I think the first idea of unity is a very powerful and beautiful
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2009 for the course WRT 102 taught by Professor Frost during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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