Category: Sufism

Theologically Sufism is a sect of Islam, but Sufis consider their mystical movement to be the heart of Islam.

Sufism rejects the concept of jihad and promotes spiritual enlightenment through music and prayer.

Muslim suicide bombers target heart of liberal Islam in Pakistan

Islamic suicide bombings Muslim suicide bombers attacked the heart of liberal Islam yesterday with two deadly blasts at Pakistan’s most revered Sufi shrine, killing 41 people and injuring 175 more in an attack that appeared designed to inflame sectarian tensions.

Lahore is a sort of mecca for Sufism, the liberal, mystical arm of Islam that rejects the concept of jihad and promotes spiritual enlightenment through music and prayer.

Sufis also taken in by Bernard Madoff

Sufis scammed A number of Sufis, who practice a mystical form of Islam, and Sufi groups on both US coasts entrusted millions of dollars to a California lawyer, Richard M. Glantz, who is a member of the Sufi community.

Sufi Order International, North America was invested in one of Glantz’s funds, which had a large portion of its estimated $17 million with Madoff.

Sufism as youth culture in Morocco; under attack in Iran; counterpart of Islamic extremism

Sufism Sufism is widely seen as a ‘kinder, gentler version’ of Islam, and is increasingly viewed as a possible way to combat the hard-line Islam of intolerant, hate-filled Muslim extremists.

Here’s a look at Sufism in Morocco, Iran, and Pakinstan.

Sufis are the power that has made Islam the world’s second-largest religion, with perhaps 1.2 billion adherents, writes Philip Jenkins, stating that “these dedicated defenders and evangelists of mystical Islam — are potentially vital allies for the nations of the West.”

In Saudi Arabia, a Resurgence of Sufism

Mystical Sect of Islam Finds Its Voice in More Tolerant Post-9/11 Era JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — A hush came over the crowd as the young man sitting cross-legged on the floor picked up the microphone and sang, a cappella, a poem about Islam‘s prophet Muhammad. His eyes shut tight, his head covered by an orange-and-white turban, he crooned with barely contained ardor of how the world rejoiced and lights filled the skies the day the prophet was born. The men attending the mawlid — a celebration of the birth and life of Muhammad — sat on colorful rugs, rocking gently

Professor delves into Muslim mystical sect

Before a group of about 50 students, professor religious studies Carl Ernst discussed Sufism, which is relatively unknown in the Western world, but can be somewhat controversial. In a 45 minute lecture to kick off Islam Awareness Week at Penn the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill professor described Sufism as a spiritual approach to Islam that he termed “controversial in some Muslim circles” today. He described Sufis as “devoted to … Muha-mmed as a spiritual figure in every way.” Sufism has its origins in the founding years of Islam and evolved over time into “communities of knowledge

Sufis allege forced conversion in Muslim town

Clerics of a Sufi sect of Islam in Kattankudy, a large Muslim town near Batticaloa riven by religious clashes which started four days ago, said Wednesday that more than six hundred of their followers were forcibly converted to orthodoxy under threat of violence and death. Sri Lanka army troops were also deployed in the troubled town along with special riot Police to prevent further violence. More than two hundred Muslim families that belong to the Sufi sect led by the cleric Abdur Rauf Mowlavi sought refuge in Araiyampathy, a Tamil village next to Kattankudy Tuesday night, fearing violent attacks by

Pir Vilayat Inayat-Khan, 87, Sect Leader, Dies

PARIS, June 21 – Pir Vilayat Inayat-Khan, who headed an international order of Sufis, members of a mystical offshoot of Islam, and wrote books about it, died on Thursday at his home in Suresnes, a suburb of Paris. He was 87. His death was announced by Donald Graham, an official of the Sufi Order International. A teacher and lecturer, Pir Vilayat was the son of Hazrat Inayat Khan, who helped bring Sufism to the West and created the Sufi order. He allowed followers to keep practicing their own religions as they explored Sufi mysticism, though traditional Sufism is a form