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The Sufi's knowledge of God comes from the Qur'an directly. And in spite of the Sufi's
proximity to God, the undisputed basis of their direct experience of God has always been the Qur'an. The Qur'an contains instructions suitable to man with varying levels of spirituality. It satisfies those who are content with merely exoteric practices, but also contains the deepest and most profound esoteric meaning for those who desire a closer, more mystical relationship with God. The Qur'anic verses which are the favourites of the Sufis include: "We [God] are closer to him [man] than his jugular vein." "Say, surely we belong to God and to Him do we return." "He is the First and the Last and the Manifest and the Hidden." "God is the light of the heavens and the earth."Such verses are limitless in their depth, scope and meaning, and man may draw from them as much mystical meaning as he has the capacity to understand. God says in the Qur'an that God sent His Prophet Muhammad first and foremost as a Mercy unto all peoples. And men of different levels of spiritual understanding may avail themselves of this Mercy according to their various capacities. One of Prophet Muhammad ‘s sayings was "Poverty is my pride,"and this saying came to be quoted in every manual of Sufi doctrine, making the rule of poverty a basic characteristic of Sufi life. Sufis could be described as devout Muslims; prayingfive times a day, giving to charity, fastingetc, they adhere strictly to the outward observance of Islam. But they are distinctive in nurturing theirs and others' spiritual dimension. They are aware that one of the names of the Prophet was Dhikr Allah(Remembrance of God). Dhikras practised by Sufis is the invocation of Allah's divine names, verses from the Qur'an, or sayings of the Prophet in order to glorify Allah. Dhikr is encouraged either individually or in groups and is a source of tranquillity for Sufis....hearts become tranquil through the remembrance of AllahQur'an 13:28Many Sufis have used the metaphor of lovers to describe the state Dhikr leaves them in. Sufis say adherence to the Sharia manifests in the limbs and Dhikr manifests in the heart with the result that the outward is sober, the inner is drunk on divine love. The goal of a Sufi is none other than God Himself. There are signs of God everywhere in the universe and in man himself. Sufis Serving Love :-One of the traditional roles of the dervish lodge was as community kitchen and hostel, providing food and shelter for the poor and for travelers. Many early Sufis were "sons of the road," wandering during the warm season, and relying on the grace of God and the spontaneous generosity of fellow Sufis for shelter and sustenance. Followers of other faiths also could count on such generosity, with no questions asked about their religion.