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Sufi’s are Not Necessarily Peaceful

Debunking the myth; Sufi's can be terrorists

Jalaluddin Rumi said; “I looked for God. I went to a temple, and I didn’t find him there. Then I went to a church, and I didn’t find him there. And then I went to a mosque, and I didn’t find him there. And then finally I looked in my heart, and there he was.”

He again said; “A true Lover doesn’t follow any one religion, be sure of that. Since in the religion of Love, there is no irreverence or faith. When in Love, body, mind, heart and soul don’t even exist. Become this, fall in Love, and you will not be separated again.”

So we see Jalaluddin Rumi had his own philosophy. He wasn’t a Muslim. He was a secular Iranian. His philosophy wasn’t Islamic but Iranic. Mysticism, metaphysics etc are rooted in the culture of Iran since from the Achaemenid times. Bayazid Bostami was a pantheist (see Wahdatul Wajud) and he was deeply influenced by Buddhism. Some of these philosophers are intentionally plagiarized by Islam for the cause of Taqqiya. And many others claimed themselves as Muslims but in reality nothing they did was Islamic and they knew that. Like singing, dancing, writing poetry, drawing etc. So eventually they were persecuted.

Now let us come to the point. What is Sufism?

The term Sufism came into being, not by Islamic texts or Sufi's themselves but by British Orientalists who wanted to create an artificial divide between what they found attractive in Islamic civilisation (i.e. Islamic spirituality) and the negative stereotypes that were present in Britain about Islam. These British orientalists, therefore, fabricated a divide that was previously non-existent. The term Sufism has, however, persisted especially in the Western world ever since. Historically, Muslims have used the originally Arabic word taṣawwuf  to identify the practice of Sufi's.

The word Sufi is derived from Arabic word sawf which means purity as in the ‘purest’ form of Islam. They are divided into many orders and each orders set their own definition of purity based on Quran and Hadith. There are non denominational Sufi's too. The Shia practices derived from Sufism. There are Sunni Sufis. Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Egypt have a form of Islam which is predominantly Sufi and these countries claim themselves as Sunnis. We certainly know how fanatic are the Ayatollah led Twelver Shias of Iran and Levant. We know how ‘peaceful’ are Hezbollah.

Contrary to popular belief, the Sufi's do not reject violent jihad. Their towering figure, al-Ghazali (c. 1058 – 1111), taught it, and Sufi's were at the vanguard of the Chechen jihad. Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, which in turn gave birth to Hamas and Al-Qaeda, was strongly influenced by Sufism. In 2009, Iraqi Sufis meant with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and boasted of their jihad activity in Iraq. Izzat al-Douri, a Sufi leader, was instrumental in the formation of the Islamic State. The Sufi Naqshbandi order openly joined the ranks of the most notorious Muslim terrorist organization in the world; the ISIS. Nazim Qibrisi, the head of the Naqshbandi Sufi movement, gave a fiery speech in Erdogan’s presence in Germany about the coming “Sign” (The Mahdi) and how the Ottoman wound will heal and revive again to conquer once more.

In contemporary Muslim culture, Sufism introduced the old practice of Turko-Mongolian shamanism and plagiarized many practices of Zoroastrianism which were combined with elements of Sufism in order to adapt to wider Islamic society. Shamanistic Sufi Islam thus expanded deeply into Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans and shows how the Muslim shaman, like his Siberian counterpart, cultivates personal relations with spirits to supposedly help individuals through what they believe as healing and divination.

Far from Wahhabism, Sufism is the most dangerous, not only that because it teaches tremendous violence since it was the Sufi's who are the muscle and sinew of the faith advancing it to become the world’s second-largest religion. Sufi's are not simply a sect of Islam, but rather heirs of an ancient mystical tradition within both the Sunni and Shia branches of the faith combining their inward quest with war and expansion worldwide. Chechans, Muslims from Dagestan and probably surrounding areas, Muslims in Kashmir, are all Sufi's and they show same violence towards non-Muslims as their so called violent brothers. Kashmiri sufi Muslims have driven out the entire Kashmiri Hindu Pandit population from their generational homeland in Kashmir. These Pandits became refugees in their own homeland in India. The so called Sufi “saints” who came with Mughals in India did not prevent genocide and mass murder of Hindus by Muslim kings. On the contrary they probably supported the kings for converting or killing them. More than 80 million Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, other non-Muslims were systematically killed , murdered, beheaded by Muslims in last 1400 years. Of course the world wide toll is more than 300 million.

Shah Jalal, an Iranian fanatic Sufi leader brainwashed many of the local population of Bengal in 12th century by converting them to Islam and then propagated jihad against local King and Hindus. He eventually managed to kill the king and became the thug of the area. Mahmud of Ghazni, the afghan Muslim who attacked India 17 times in 11th century destroyed uncountable number of temples, massacred and raped people was a Sufi. The most brutal Mughal ruler of India, Aurangzeb was a Sufi who turned the rivers of north India red by massacring Hindus. He imprisoned his father and killed his three brothers. He killed his elder brother Dara in the most brutal way because Dara left Islam and he used to study many books including Avesta, Rigveda, Tripitaka etc to gain more knowledge. He hung the beheaded head of Dara in the center of the city so that every people could see it. Even Autagzeb’s child became very angry with his dad because he killed his favorite uncle in such a brutal manner.

I know many people wanna practice beautiful mysticism, shamanism and metaphysics and thus they get attracted to Sufism. I suggest them to study the mythology and philosophy of Ancient Greece, Iran, and Turko-Mongolia. If you really wanna follow something then follow the authentic one. Because a corrupted mishmash like Sufism can lead you to dangerous path. Sufism is an illusion, a mirage of Salafi Islam. Once you chase it, you find no way out.

By Dr Naila Hussain - more posts

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1 comment to Sufi’s are Not Necessarily Peaceful

  • Yes, folk need to wake up as the “moderate, liberal,” even nonviolent Islam that western media outlets love is not necessarily synonymous with Sufism. The Naqshbandiyya Sufi order, for example, has a militant branch that has been active in Iraq.

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