A way, a path of love, devotion, found in stories, poetry, art, rituals, dance
movements, and prayer
Aim of Sufism is the elimination of all veils between the individual and God.
Mystical core of Islam.
According to many Sufism, the essential Truths of Sufism exist in all religions (love
for the Absolute)
3 Great Blessings Given to those who love God:
Islam (surrender to God)
Ihsan (awareness of God, to act beautifully – to worship God as if you see Him
4 Stages of Sufism
Shariah (religious law) – external practices of religion
Tariqah (the mystical path) – inner practices of Sufism, making the inner life clean and
Haqiqah (Truth) – inner meaning of religious practices and guidance, direct
experience of God’s presence within
Marifah (Gnosis) – ongoing state of attunement with God, knowledge of Reality,
attained by very few (station of Messengers, prophets, saints.
– a continually expanding capacity that culminates in certainty. Sufis channel energy
into loving God and receive a response of being loved in return.
– act of constantly striving to open the heart, be mindful of God, through
chanting God’s names, etc.
Living in the World –
Love and Service
(2 requirements of every Sufi – to remember God and
to serve God’s creation)
Transforming the Self
– goal of mysticism is to cleanse the heart, to educate or transform the
self and find God.
THEMES: unity with God, God’s absoluteness, mystical path, value of service or
prayer, embracing God’s will.