Key Concepts In The Practice Of Sufism, Emerald Hills Of The Heart 2 By M Fethullah Gulen
KEY CONCEPTS IN THE PRACTICE OF SUFISM
All of these definitions can be summarized as follows: Sufism is the path followed by an individual who, having been able to free himself or herself from human vices and weaknesses in order to acquire angelic qualities and conduct pleasing to God, lives in accordance with the requirements of God’s knowledge and love, and in the resulting spiritual delight that ensues.
Sufism is based on observing even the most “trivial” rules of the Shari‘a’ in order to penetrate their inner meaning.
An initiate or traveler on the path (salik) never separates the outer observance of the Shari’a from its inner dimension, and therefore observes all of the requirements of both the outer and the inner dimensions of Islam.
Through such observance, the traveler heads toward the goal in utmost humility and submission.
sufism, a demanding path that leads to knowledge of God, has no room for negligence or frivolity. It requires the initiate to strive continuously, like a honeybee flying from hive to flowers and from flowers to hive, to acquire this knowledge.
The initiate should purify his or her heart from all other attachments; resist all carnal inclinations, desires, and appetites; and live in a manner reflecting the knowledge with which God has revived and illumined his or her heart, always ready to receive divine blessing and inspiration; as well as in strict observance of the Prophet Muhammad’s example.
Convinced that attachment and adherence to God is the greatest ment and honor, the initiate should renounce his or her own desires for the demands of God, the Truth.