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Allah Allah He was hobby minister Nebuchadnezzar Medina
operates due to a lot of me a lot of Peace and blessings and his last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day,
as is written on the board, this is
a part of the course,
Ed 120 terrorists theology
and what we'll be covering in this session basically is Sufism, you know, amongst the various different sects, which have broken off from mainstream Islam in one way or another, this
represents a major group which is present until today, which we should be aware of,
as I mentioned before,
in studying various theoretical sex,
the purpose was to understand
the factors or the ideas
which caused these groups to work straight in order that we may ourselves protect ourselves from such deviations
not just merely gathering facts, intellectual ideas, that we may you know, discuss in the evening around t over t, but
concepts which would help us in clarifying for ourselves our own Islam and in clarifying his father's
oftentimes written this way,
I particularly have written into the double oriental your pair that is in Sufism as opposed to Sufism,
from the Arabic word
and this is what is what they call entomology right, or etymology, going back to where the word comes from
the Arabic term for it is called Passover.
So, as you can see from it,
from its structure, you can see the sidewall showing that this is the origin, the basic
charge inform, which again,
means in English,
denotes the practice of wearing the woolen robe
denotes the practice of wearing a woman role.
Arabic called loves to sue.
And from this act, you know the act of wearing
wool in the world.
This game to represent the act of devoting oneself
to the mystic life
may be called
law I prefer to use
the other term
used to refer to mysticism is esotericism
and eco terrorism actually means the inner
eco terrorism, the outer, national terrorism, the inner.
And as you're going to come to see
the concepts of
Sufism has to do with the inner, the inner meaning,
the the inner thoughts,
the inner understandings, etc, etc.
before actually going into
the how this evolves within the Islamic concept, it's important for us to understand what is mysticism?
Where does this come from?
is defined as
an experience of union with God
and experience of union with God,
becoming one with God.
And we believe that man's main goal lies in seeking that union.
And we believe that man's main goal lies in seeking that union union with God.
the term mysticism it comes from the Greek Mystique,
the Greek word nifty misdeeds, which means one initiated into the mystery.
One who has been initiated into the mystery,
remember is what we looked at before, is my
professor Ansari presented
talk on his smile ism, and how they have the initiation rites and you know, the secrets that are revealed and this type of thing.
One point I'd meant to mention at that time is that
some scholars even believe that
masonry came from is my early
process and practice
masonry because if you look at the process of becoming a mason the different degrees that you have to go through, it's quite similar. scribes a similar structure.
And masonry wasn't really known in the West, until after the crusades, the Crusades and the great the Crusaders go they went into
Jerusalem into that area they're in contact with Syria and Iraq, which is where is my reason for it is not far fetched. To think that in fact, masonry actually came out of contact with the Smiley's
or whatever. Anyway.
So terrace came from
mysticism comes from the Greek word mysteries, meaning one initiated into the mysteries.
And the term is derived from the Greek mystery religion whose initiate more than name mysteries,
the Greek mystery religions, chat secret,
same idea secret initiation rites and secret teachings and understanding the sutra. Those who were
new members, they are given the title of this tea.
This is where mysticism comes from. Now.
In terms of the
you find the concepts of mysticism. Well,
if you read back in Plato's symposium,
he speaks of various ladders.
Have a sense,
composed of deep and hard steps, whereby a union of the soul with God is finally attained.
In the writings of Plato,
Plato, you know, you had certain Greek philosophers who didn't
believe that their belief was in the, the typical mythology of wheat, but others who rejected that mythology, some of them denied really even the existence of God, then you had a few among them who believed in that one, brought in on the day interpreted in different ways. Plato spoke of this
process of man ascending spiritually until he links up
with God. Now, this concept of union with God can also be found in Hinduism,
where the human soul,
is believed to link up with the divine soul.
at the end of the cycles of rebirth,
see, that's the end of the cycles of rebirth when person knows reincarnated, you know, growing up and up and up gradually, if he is good in each life, he goes up
until in the last level, when he dies, he does not is not reborn again. But he links up with the world soul.
what you found is that Greek mystic thought
blossomed in the Gnostic Christian movement
like that of volunteers, in 140, sees very early
period of time, 140 years after the time of Christ,
and it reached its peak in the second century.
were combined in the third century with platonism
by the tiptoe Roman philosopher known as Latinos,
he lives during the period of 205
to 270, of the Christian era
and he presented a new religious philosophy which came to be known as neo platonism.
And what you're gonna find this term neo platonism
as you go to study the various groups of the, the botanist or the these esoteric groups, Smiley's, etc, you find that the basis of their philosophy comes out of neoplatonism.
And the Christian hermits of the third century
began the monastic tradition in Christendom
by withdrawing into the Egyptian desert. Those were the most nasty quarters practice of monasticism began.
And they had adopted in their own philosophy or in their own Theosophy.
They believe that the goal of man was that union of the human soul with a divine soul
and this was expressed in neoplatonic
what is the significance of that was
one of the first places
where Islam spread when it left Arabia was
you know, where monasticism spread from,
where the concept of mysticism was firmly founded.
So, it is not surprising then to find some of these ideas arising amongst Muslims, you know, as time passed.
the first time that the term Sufi as a surname as Sufi shows up in
Record historical records amongst Muslims is in the second half of the eighth century. In Kufa it appears that the
is appears in as the surname of this individual called john deere
EE is known in western terms
He shows up in western lighting, he was also a scientist.
they distorted the names of people in our people.
You know, he didn't see that becomes aven center and in a variety of these discussions took place after rose from
Java became became cheaper.
The point though, interesting point is that Java was a shy.
Jabir was a shy This is why a number of Muslim researchers consider Sufism to be a product of
Furthermore, I in this job he had his own kind of philosophy that he developed. However, to be honest, though there are there were other individuals. You know this is in Kufa.
Again in the air is the Iraq
file is in came Mrs. Cooper and Jabari died in 776.
This is the latter part of the eighth century.
You also had an individual Abu Hashim
who also died same period
he was attached really to the
and he was also known as a Sufi.
So, this is why in my scheme of things,
I put it as being a product of both coming as a split splinter from both Chisholm and Sufism.
In fact, the term Sophia,
which is a plural for Sufi,
the plural of Sufi,
Sophia, a collective noun really.
It was first used to describe a semi Shiite School of Muslim mysticism, originating in Kufa.
this term first used sufia Those were the term actually Sufi ism comes from Sophia.
It was first used to describe a group of Shiite
a school actually I thought to see Rob there, and who was last known leader
died in Baghdad in age 25. And his name was
your slave or your worship.
we can see then Ufa
Meaning, the place where this
term the terminology is appearing. And of course, this terminology is not
without some kind of concepts there, it's not just appearing in or out of the blue,
it is appearing,
some people adopting this practice, Christian, monks, Christian mystics, of this period of time before before the spirit, they began to wear, wool,
rough world well known, because the concept that they held was that, you have to modify the body to free the soul, right, you beat the body, because the body is what is stopping you from reaching the soul from uniting with God. So, therefore, you have to torture the body, you know, so, that the soul could be released to be united God and they went into many many different exercises that they did, you know, they developed for it, you had well known
mystics, Christian mystics, one enemy needed well known, he lived at the bottom of a wealth right for umpteen years, without coming out of this well, you know, area which is many mosquitoes not to be just bitten to pieces
like this, and many others that had many a variety of other things, but the wearing of wolves rough wool what happens in the wolf is that rough wolf itchy
as you put it on is always itching, scratching. So, now you have to fight this right, you're torturing your body and your your your mind is overcoming this this is this is their concept of you know, building your your your
spiritual power as you're able to overcome this pain which is coming from the wolf. Now. So, this is the practice amongst the, the, the Sufi
the Christian and actually as early as 719.
You know, see, we find
wearing it following this practice of wearing wool and scholars of the time
one particular individual reported his name as
somebody who was a student of Haffner bursary.
He was reprimanded by Eben CD was a well known
as we call it pseudo Jama of that period of time. He wrote, you know, he reprimanded this individual for taking on this practice, you know, pointing out that
he preferred even serene was saying that he prefers to follow the example of a lump, who closed himself in cotton.
within 50 years time, of the appearance of this name, and this practice of starting to wear
the term Sufi.
Notice all of the mystics of Iraq,
this became the term within 60 years after this time, meaning we're talking about the mid eighth century. It means by the beginning
of the ninth century,
it became the title given to mistakes of Iraq. And this was also used to distinguish themselves from the mistakes of
the Persian era.
were following another trend in mysticism. Their trend led to a particular movement known as the
they their principal
Was that the true worship of God
is his best fooled by the contempt in which with which the devotees is held by Solomon
is to work
can be measured by the degree to which people hold him in contempt.
This is why you will find, you know, as you go reading into different Sufi, because this was a particular movement and, and it became sort of overwhelmed in one sense, in another sense, the ideas remain that became a part of Sufism. So, you'll find in many places, where when you initially join the Sufi order, and I'm jumping ahead, right, just to give you some kind of relationship, the Sufi already will ask you, for example, to wear your socks on your head,
you know, put your shirt on backwards, you know, and, you know,
maybe wear a women's dress or something, you know, something which makes you totally this in the back of the ridicule of the whole society. Right, and he was walking down the street, like, people look at you and laughing their heads off, you know, you're, again, building your self concept, right? You're building yourself spiritually, by being able to just ward off these, these attitudes of people, it doesn't bother you, because you know, you're connecting with God, right? Of course,
was this led to, you know, eventually the really terrible movement in the initial phase may sound like something sort of good, you know, is the person really is not concerned with people is more concerned with God. But really what it led to is that these guys when this, when Sufism went into major decay, these people following this trend, they went off into this practice of neglecting Islamic rituals, you know, and
just by the time for prayer, calm, still refused to go and pray. You know, on one case, a well known leader of this trend of foster Sufism, he was invited by by the scholars of his area, just forcing him to go and pray with them in Jamaica. So he went and made to do with with fizzy water, you know,
he was I suffered a lie.
This is a kind of attitude, and what it led some of the others to
some of the most outrageous sins would be done publicly. Just in the lack of time, when you get off into like the 14th and 15th century, you're actually found individuals would practice beast reality openly on the road sites.
They know as believing the same idea that for people to to look at them and you know, in horror and disgust, this raises them spiritually.
ideas, but if our bodies of people don't.
as you said, By the beginning of the ninth century, the term Sufi, and Sufism or Sofia, became the label given to all of the mystics of Iraq
and within 200 years,
time 200 years after that, meaning by the end of the 11th century, beginning of the 12th century,
it became the title for all mystics.
we found them is that the early schools of of school Sufi thought it began here in Kufa.
And the other center
in Iraq also was not the
as the other major center of Sufism.
And, of course, the most famous
of the Sufi representatives was also an Islamic scholar. You know, his name was at that time happen.
And once you get into reading assessor, you'll find his name is spread quite
as mentioned quite often.
Later, you know, by by the time you get down actually to the ninth century,
what you start to find is that
The center became Baghdad,
because the center of the Muslim Empire become Baghdad. And this is where from the middle of the ninth century onwards, you had the first meeting places for religious discussions were set up Holocaust circles, for remembrance of a law for open. And the first public debates on mysticism,
took place within the masjid cetera.
And it is also in the spirit of time when they're, the domestics now ran into conflict with
the theologians. And you'll find certain individuals like renouned, and misery,
Murray and above Abu Hamza, and alarge, these people were brought to trial. And some of them were executed for different deviations and extremists, concepts which they promoted.
are the concepts
brief history bringing us to the conflict that develop now between Sufism and
regular we could call funny thoughts.
We mentioned the week origin, the concepts of this union of the human soul with God.
And I discussed with you earlier,
in the in 119,
those who promoted this idea,
it was supported by Islamic texts, in which they tried to argue that the human soul was divine. Remember, we discussed that before.
They quoted certain verses from the Quran, when a law states that he created Adam, and blue into Adam
from his spirits, and then went on to explain to you in detail, you know, what that actually meant, and how it has to be looked within the context of the whole of the Quran, solid explanation given by Allah, Allah ultimately, what it actually meant was that the angel
blew the spirits into Adam.
However, a lot of calls, it's his boy,
to give special place of honor to the act of creation of Adam and amongst men, as in the case of Jesus, having a miraculous birth, a law so refers to that blowing again as being his lawyer. And furthermore, we pointed out that the human spirit is created, that it is by the command of a law B, and it was, the human spirit is not uncreated.
And actually, from Islamic point of view, we do not attribute to God a spirit, or we do not say that God is a spirit. This is Christian theology, you know, this is what they hold that God is a spirit, but for us, no.
God is not like anything of his creation. The spirit is a creative being.
And God refers to it as his spirits, not meaning that it is his meaning, that it is part of his essence. But God refers to certain things as being his, like, his house in reference to the mosques, being placed of worship, because these are honored and elevated amongst the houses of the earth. So Allah calls them his, he his name is mentioned there, the spirit, the human spirits, in the context of all of the spirits, the spirits of the of the animals, and the trees, etc, etc. You know, the human spirits is elevated, above all else. This is why the gin is such a work required to bow before
the angels and Satan were required to bow before Adam, in recognition of the superiority of Adam over the rest of creation, human beings fundamentally, being the highest
creature of law
the beliefs of Sufism
beyond this concept of,
of union with a law and what happened was that people developed a series of exercises
by which one could attain the union with a lot. And I could just read for you briefly the description,
you know of one of the
examples in which a
an exercise was explained you can find it in the valleys
Luma Dean also write similar descriptions, but this person says that this is a particular Chair
of the noxa Bandy, Sufi order.
He stated that
if one wants to achieve this, you know, oneness with a law.
He has 11 preparatory exercises that he has to do.
First he performs ritual ablution.
He prays to God,
when he faces Mecca in a deserted place,
squats upon folded legs, as
he asked the forgiveness of all sins
while picturing all of one's misdeeds, as if they're simultaneously assembled before judgments by God.
The person should then recite Fatiha wanton
and surah live class
and then he should offer them to the spirits of Muhammad.
And the spirits of all of the shifts of that Sufi order the Naqshbandi Sufi order,
close your eyes.
Keep the lips tightly sealed.
Trust the tone against the roof of the mouth,
to make your humility, perfect. And to exclude all visual disturbance.
You then perform the grave exercise. That is you imagine that you're dead, you know your body has been washed, you're wrapped up in your coffin, you know, and you've been laid in the tomb, and they've left you all alone to face judgment, then you perform the guided exercise
where your heart must come in contact to the heart of your ship. Because when you join these orders, you you submit yourself to the leadership of a ship.
And you're supposed to keep his image in your mind. Right.
And you seek your blessing from him.
Then, number 10 you concentrate all your bodily senses,
expel all preoccupations
and wayward impulses of the hearts and direct your perception towards God alone. Then say, oh God, Thou art my quest and by pleasure is my desire
then you concentrate on the name of the essence
within the hearts recalling the goddess presence watching an encompassing you
then you await the visitation
that is a spiritual phenomenon you know after your remembrance is finished.
Okay, this is just the preparation
started to do the exercise.
Now the exercise is based on a physical description they've described certain body parts that say that your heart right this is the spiritual heart is two fingers below the left nipple towards the side
and it is shaped like a pine cone and it is under the religious control of Adam
and it's life is yellow.
knowledge you can find this in any Quran or Sunday under
stands for you must go through the shift of anything. And
the Spirit is two fingers below the right nipple
towards the breasts
and it is under the foot or the control of Prophet Noah and Prophet Abraham. And this light is read
and it goes on describing you know certain other spiritual body parts right? And then you are told to make the vicar right this remembrance of the law.
And how is it?
It says, You meditate on the formula La Ilaha Illa LA, okay. No, we have no problem with La la la la la. Because this is a Shonda.
However, how do you do that now, you keep the tongue fixed firmly to the roof of the mouth.
After drawing a deep breath, you should hold it and make a beginning with the word.
Imagine that you're taking it from below the label.
Let it extend towards and along the organs of the heart rule and all these different spiritual organs.
And finally bring it to the rational soul, which is in the first lobe of the brain.
Following this, you take up the Hamza of him
in a coma, going out to Isla de la begins with Hamza, right.
This is all in the imagination from the brain.
Then let it descend until it finishes at the right shoulder brace,
right shoulder blade,
then dry it down to the wall.
Now imagine that you're taking the hands of
the shoulder blade and let it slide down the edge of the middle of the breast back to the finishes at the column.
Which may be imagined at this point is beating to the words of majesty.
And it goes on
this is exercise. This is a spiritual
It's madness really.
And if you go into I'm sure you know any of you who are very big in associated with any of these groups, you'll find that there's just one version, you know, some groups like this group, the next one is there may be certain certain vicars, they're very quiet about it's all done in the side of your head. Some of them they involve, you know, swinging you go to some parts of the country, you see them swinging back and forth and some of them will be dancing and spinning out what I call the Whirling Dervishes, you know, from Turkey, you know, all a variety of different you know, forms, such as all of these spiritual exercises, you know, geared towards freeing the spirits, so it can
unite with God, of course, this is going to run right in, in, in, in conflict with basic Islam. Because the scholars of Islam are asking is where did you get this stuff from?
Where did this come from? Where in the Quran do we find that we're in the sooner that we find this nowhere?
So this is this must be false knowledge. This is where the the conflict began.
Now, what happened, of course, is that you found
who managed to cover up some of these practices,
some fabricated traditions, trying to attribute some of the practices back to
your body, even the wearing of wool
fabricated habits or statements in a word we're appearing at this time to support the practice of wearing justification trying to find justification.
as I mentioned, there were some people I mean, this concept of union with God led them to make open statements. People like aloha large.
You know, he was well known
to have made the statements
that he was God's
he called himself he said his statement Well, last statement is
The embodiment of truth.
So he says Aloha.
In one of his books, you know, in case somebody with a lot of people are misinterpreting what he's trying to say. He says, If you do not recognize God, at least recognize his sign, I am the creative tools.
Because through the truth, I am eternal.
once they started to go into this concept of becoming one with God,
and this led to another concept of
creation and God's being one of the same.
People started to claim even Hobbes the famous one
who claim that everything is a law analyze everything.
Therefore, the idea of bowing down
to God outside of yourself becomes
objectionable. So, allows Google to say, my friends and teachers our beliefs and fears.
This friend, the teacher,
he believes was threatened with hellfire. Allah threatened him with Hellfire for not bowing.
And he did not recant. And is when he was told to both either he refused. So he is there going back and I was saying that if this was right, you should not about Adam because Adam is bound to other than God.
he was threatened with being drowned by the sea.
And he didn't give up.
He said, and I
am killed and crucified. Though my hands and feet are cut off. I do not. I do not give up.
said, he is just one among many examples.
When you go into the different Sufi schools will find him
at the top of the list of things to whom they pray.
What came along with this? Of course, as I mentioned, were fabricated tradition.
traditions to try to beat down this wave, but it became so widespread that you know even today you will find a number of traditions which continues to keep the ideas of Sufism a life false ideas Now
the idea of being one with God and said this was objectionable, obviously objectionable, large Edwards cabal for it, I refuse to recap. So are the Sufi is when they saw this reaction by the main body of Islam decided to find some other channel to come through. So they invented
the Mohammed and light
came out because they couldn't instead of what they tried to say, now they did because they couldn't openly say we become one with God to say Well,
the first thing that split off from God from the light of God was this normal
light. And this is what passed down through the
through the prophets and for the Shiites. They took it as going through the amounts, right. And this is a part of the Divine. So what they then thought in their writings and the things was to become one with the Mohammed light.
And this was a substitute.
And they also claimed
that there are a fixed number of saints upon whom the whole world exists. They're called regional they
the hidden men
are the hidden first sight.
They claim that these
were a number of sets and they had different levels.
That one group is called the RTR and there are 300
literally from halal means good.
Then there are 40 known as the Abdallah
And there are seven known as the abrar, or the righteous
and four called the
three crawls in nakaba, the watchmen and one called or the pole
also known as the host, or the mediator, right. And he becomes the equivalent of what in Christian theology is known as local
the intermediary between man and God.
you know, they get attributed to them all kinds of
abilities like the total disbelief, they believe that he can actually take on some of the sins of men.
And all of the laws blessings have come down to earth they come down through him, and it's distributed from him over the rest of
and each of you know the different groups each of the outside for example, the four pegs
is entrusted with
The supervision and the care of one of the four quarters of heaven.
And in defense of these heavens, they have a dwelling place.
to these people the ability to be in the heavens to be in the earth to me in multiple places at one time.
They also have
as a goal,
the status of what is called
The one was achieved union with God is called that which means
factors that they strive for in silence
is one who has realized
his essential oneness with God.
That is to say,
No, because the idea of becoming one with God was so obviously heretical and people were executed for it decided to say that, not that we were seeking to become one with God, but since God and the creation are all one.
There's nowhere they use the rest of the crime in any way you turn, you find God's face justification.
But everything will pass away, except for the face of God has mentioned forgotten.
Anything that is real, the real God that doesn't say well, okay, what really the goal is, is not necessarily to become one with God, because we are already one with God.
It is the realization that one is one with God. So that is the insan Carmen is one who has achieved that realization, of knowing that he and God are one.
Further description given by the anatomy, right? When he described this idea of the perfect man, man says in and out of the united in itself, both the form of God
and the form of the universe,
he alone manifest the divine essence,
together with all its names and attributes,
he is the mirror by which God is revealed to himself.
And therefore the final cause of creation.
we ourselves are the attributes by which we describe God.
Our existence is merely an objectification of his existence.
While God is necessary to us in order that we may exist, we are necessary to him, in order that he made the manifested Himself.
So, you found one of the very famous fabricated tradition
is that God was
desired to be known.
God like a lost treasure, desire to be known.
So He created man,
that he may be no, this is a false fixture
by these individuals.
One of the concepts also mentioned going back to neoplatonism
Very common in the Sufi philosophies act of faith,
which literally means emanation.
for tennis was the one who proposed this idea of,
you know, of creation, not taking place by God directly,
God has to say in reflecting on himself, whatever, you know the sub surplus thought or surplus, goodness of itself, created a world soul.
And this surplus world soul reflecting on God, you know, created a
world mind and, and there's a series of levels of creation, until all in the end you end up with the creation of man and the world without
dealing with God directly. And this was because
a philosophical problem which existed of explaining how multiplicity comes from singularity,
how can something which is one
a multiplicity, when it is one,
what should come from one is one,
this is a philosophical problem, which was alleviated by floatiness producing this concept of the faith. Now, what you find is that the leading
philosophers amongst Muslim
people like farabi
especially been seen on farabi you know, they are now presented, you know, when you look at books of Muslim or Islamic philosophy, you know, these are big figures, big names, but these individuals are classically called the Muslim philosophers, these people were heretical
way outside the bounds of Islam.
think that there are some other terminologies that
I was going to
mention to you, but actually, it's enough to know the sources. We have material for those of you that want to read in more detail, you know, on these, we have one collection which I which I call Miss Islamic sects, which is available collection from different Islamic encyclopedias
For su wisdom, there's also a book, which we have three copies of, it's called Sufism
by a Jay harbury
you can get a copy of that to read, you know, more deeply on the subject.
In summing up
who said that
it is mysticism,
and mysticism really is foreign to Islam.
Its origin is from Greek philosophical thoughts, the idea that God
and man made me united, become one. This is not from Islamic teachings, it's all that but that man and God are totally different. Man was created by God, and man cannot unite.
movement we said had its roots in
deviancy, shy, shy, as well as amongst some Sunni
Though there is in Islam, what may be called something of asceticism, wearing already an Arabic it's called Zulu.
Which means, in a sense, absence
means really abstaining from the excesses, being satisfied with a little, you know, living a very simple life. And this is something which you can tell us.
You know, himself,
you know, he, in terms of the material things of this world, he gave up everything, he has all the wealth of kids in the game this way, he didn't try to keep any advisors to me, like a traveler in this world.
I can try to
get the script, as I'm saying, This concept is correct. You know, you stop under the shade of a tree for a moment, and you carry on
this world, the things of this world, this is not the shade of that tree.
Temporary, we should have that kind of a view. And we don't become lost in the material world.
so many other things, but most of them approached us, you know, in the way of
But at the same time, Islam also recognizes human needs.
No human desires, but it just seeks to keep it within certain bounds.
is really an abstinence is really abstinence from the point of view of moderation or going to extremes of abstinence, which led in Christianity to most monasticism, for example, giving up you know, marriage and things like this is extremes of abstinence when extremes of abstinence were put in front of problems that family rejected. one occasion, when
some men, three men came to visit his wives and asked to get knowledge about the way of public worship. They asked and then the wives explained to him, they said, No one said, You know, I will stay all night.
Because problems are felon, his sins forgiven by God.
So we need to do more with it. I will say all night in prayer.
The other one says, I will not get married.
The third was said are fast. Then
some problems are solved and came back. He was on a journey and he was informed by his rise what these people said he called them, they call the people and he said
and get up to get up. It's recommended for us to get
out of the night.
and I break my
and he said
desires a way other than my way, is not a true follower of mine.
whoever desires a way, other than my way, is not a true follower
provided us with the best way
to Islam, middle middle
students in the sense of not becoming a slave to materialism
after dinner, because, you know, worshipper of the dollar, the pestle, right? No go to those extremes, but at the same time,
if you don't have wealth, how can you be charitable,
you know, charitable to be charitable, this is a one of the noble characteristics of the human spirit.
When the human spirit gives, of what it has to others, it overcomes the desire to want to possess an old all for self,
then it grows.
zeca means growth,
the human spirit, so if you don't have anything to give, how can you wrote?
How can you you know,
so the eye exam doesn't say don't gain anything,
gain from this world, but you
can also you can grow
so there's that that balance which Islam
promotes, so, the concept of road accidents is as a part of the Sun However, these
it took it to extremes
and says you know, that it was like a reaction to the extreme materialism which had developed in the latter days of the omega and the early adopted periods, Islamic dynasties, that you know, because, you know, so much wealth was coming in and some of the practices of the other empires of setting up thrones and diamonds and jewelry and all this you know, Muslims are taking on all of this, you know, pomp and fashion and glory, this Ebro people who are leaning towards accidents, they, they reacted to it, you know, they went to an extreme to kind of try to draw people away, but once you go to an extreme, you deviate
once you go to an extremely devious,
they promoted a secret knowledge
is another thing, they promoted secret knowledge because you have to be initiated and you are told the special knowledge which cannot be found in requirements. Now when the seller said okay, we're not quite understanding what's going on here. This is
this was given by Prophet Mohammed,
ibaka. And we live in going to Medina.
They hidden the cave
when the police were trying to capture them, he said when they were together in the key
reveals some special knowledge.
And another Walker he thought of the compassion and that compassion is part of their chain. So they'll chase them a chain of of that knowledge being passed right down to their local ship.
He is on that ship.
When you do
how do you challenge this argument?
Where is the evidence
that this knowledge transfer it's
all of these chains that they tried to trace back they usually they go to Ali Baba, profit
all of these chains
fabricated because they usually go through the hassle of buffering
99.9% of them after they trace up to this one that one that one.
About three, they jumped rally. And he never met
you know he was born
after the death
Okay, so he's not from his generation.
But there's a big gap it is not an authentic chain. No authentic chain has been established to offer the secret knowledge
Anyway, we have another principle which
Allah Mahajan, basil, I have left you on a clear white
Day, it's like it's night.
Nothing hidden. The day like the night, dark, clean or nobody what's going on in the night know, the day is like the night.
Lie is evil, I'm hot in LA Holic anyone who deviates from that deviate into destruction.
That's the bottom line, no hidden, no hidden teaching, Islam is Islam problems I fell in love with the Miss message openly to the oma and they carried it on openly, nothing is no of course, there may be depth of understanding, people may grasp, you know, understanding of things which others do not, you know, this is this is real.
However, when a person of knowledge explain something to you, which you did not understand,
he is not going to bring you something which the human mind cannot logically put together.
To see, when you deal with these people, these individuals who get off into the Sufi ideas, mystic type of ideas,
where they will say, for example,
when a lot told Moses to throw down his staff,
and brother explained this already in the
beginning of last year,
when the Lord told Moses to slow down his staff.
That's what was meant here was for Moses to throw away the material world.
What do you do with your right hand? What do you do with this, I use it to guide my sheep and shake the branches of the tree you know, get some fruit or whatever, this is a material object, this material needs from it. So it turns the source away to pass away the material.
Where did you get this interpretation from?
these compilers say this where where did you get
being motivated by their, you know, accepted view of spiritual wisdom that has led them to to interpret the open and clear meanings of the Christ I mean, other things.
Everybody else understood that when a lot of Moses wrote on this topic was the staff.
The staff was turned into a snake to show Moses the miracle which you would take to Pharaoh in order to convince him that he was a prophet of Allah, and that Pharaoh was not God, that he should worship the God of
the story everybody knows, but they put another meaning.
She has do the same. They tell you what a lot says in the client manager.
When the two C's come together,
there comes from them. The pros and the cons of
the two seas, the freshwater and the saltwater.
They come in contact with different parts of the world. The rivers meet the seas actually in Arabic When they use sea. It includes rivers,
bodies of water, fresh bodies and the salt body. From these bodies of water come to pearl and McConnell we know the
whole inside of the common the corals.
They said the two seas
because, for them, it is the first of the month.
They worship praise.
And Fatima is the daughter of prophet
what comes from them
this is a deviant, going to the extreme looking for inner meanings, which cannot logically be
deduced from the obvious text that you see in front of you.
That's why always the shift or in the case of the shear the mom that's why the similarity between Shia Islam and Sufism is quite
similar, because the saints of Sufism, they're like the moms of the Shiites,
they're given powers we talked about these guys are able to take off sin from you, the system is able to take off, take off your sins absolve you of sin, that the sustenance of the world comes through them, they control the heavens and
they are like saints of the Sufi, or like the moms have
the knowledge which is special knowledge reveal on the to the must get in a chain that disconnected them to get this knowledge. Same thing with your mom, as they claim that mom chopper was supposed to have said Java SE because whoever dies without knowing the mom of his time, dies a disbeliever
Is this a whoever does not wish to share his sheet on
a counter movement
within the body of mainstream Islam,
produced in part by people going to extremes and abstinence. Also it was produced by those
Persia and India when they were translated in the early parts of the unboxing period, in the place known as Darren Heckman.
Darren Heckman played a very major role in terms of bringing the sciences
the sciences of India
and Greece etc.
made it available to Muslims, but it was translated. But they went beyond that. They're the translators, most of them are many of them. The major translators were not Muslim.
And they spent much of their time translating the philosophical.
And these philosophical works, once they were translated, and those people were going off into this extreme, they found a fertile ground for developing and supporting their ideas. they first started using the Greek open Greek terminology, then when they were rejected by the mass of the Muslims, they switch to Islamic terminology, which meant those same returns, they covered it in Islamic terminology.
And the ideas, you know, continued to extreme the said, believing that a law and the creation is what they call it monism
is really the end, no money,
no distinction between God and His creation.
That is the extreme end.
Before that, there was pollun ideas of that God becomes
present in man.
Comparing the idea of Jesus,
Christian concept of Jesus with their concepts
from that it went to he had
cancer he had men becoming one with God. And then ultimately, it went on into this was called, what would you call an Arabic
That is that there is only one existence
the danger which came from
taking people into a completely distorted concept of who God was,
and, and encouraging them into, you know, what we call mediation.
Having mediators between men and God, right, and so
much of what they're involved in was mediation as a frame.
So this is openshift. They've been drawn by Satan and
also as I mentioned, whenever the individual reach
The level of being the common, the perfect man, when it was no longer necessary for him to do the outs or acts of worship that the masses of Muslims had to do, because he's not one with God is realized.
Perfect God is the God worship the gods
saw it, it promoted the concept of people being justified in giving up Islamic religious practices. Because of this artificial state of professional course, one argues
for the other stage higher than public,
as I said, in naked stages, later years, not in 15th and 16th century, we find a corruption and decay of the stock to the point where this these kind of practices of the mallamma Tia were leading.
The Sufi artists became well known for some of the worst
acts of corruption, open corruption, beastie alley, rape, all kinds of stuff, which is not even shouldn't even be spoken about.
But all of it justified by their practices of dismay into the feelings of men
with a goal supposedly, of spiritual elevation. But in fact,
the more outrageous a person could be, the more spiritually attractive he became,
for the worst of men became honored and raised as the best.
And what you found actually is that the latter Sufi artists, many of them, they were some supporters of the colonialist movement, like the tijjani and others, they openly
professed that followers should obey the colonial authority.
So, they became a tool of colonialism to suppress and to control the Muslim man.
You find, as you read more into these effects that I mentioned to you, you'll find that there are many examples of that. Similarly, you find in Latter Day
boots on the Shiites like the the highs,
comedies you find that they were also tools of colonialism, that were supported and protected by colonial leaders receive orders of the British Empire, you know, they they encourage people that Jihad has been cancelled, no Jihad anymore.
No fighting is the New World Order and jihad is just fighting against yourself, you know, your your desires, and we should accept the ruler whenever the ruler is we accepted work within that framework.
Okay. So, I think that basically covers the whole picture. One of the points as you mentioned, you know, as a professor and sorry, was developing in the early stages that the whole deviation and the most extreme route they all evolved out of.
And, as we see here, Sufism came from that same source.
In a nice kind of deviation. Traditionally, when we look at any of the other sects, they never came from, where the centers of Islam were Mecca, Medina, etc. In order to deploy they always came from the outer province
where people had accepted or come into Islam with these deviant ideas, and we said that the the essence of deviation was caused by two main factors.
One factor was that of ignorance.
And the other factor was that
ignorance in that people came into Islam.
without removing all of the previous beliefs, when they come into some, they don't automatically drop every single thing that they believed in before
they'll drop certain aspects and accept Islam.
If they were near the centers of Islam in the early generation, then they had a chance to hear more about slaving away more and more of the cobwebs and sauces.
But the farther they got away from the sources of Islam, the less they had a chance of purifying their beliefs.
So you find them coming in and bringing in some of these beliefs with them. So this may have led to part of a deviation
rather than deliberate destruction. This is the enemies of Islam knows who are realizing that they could not oppose Islam, militarily, they were defeated there in Persia, Roman, etc. They were defeated militarily, they couldn't oppose Islam. They fought them to destroy it from within
their intention. So they pretended to be Muslims. And they promoted ideas which were anti Islamic.
These were the fabricators of Hadith. Many of them, some fabricators who also found amongst ignorance,
consider that they were doing a favor by making up stories, which would cause people to want to worship more or
the vast majority came from this other.
at this point now, if you have any
the concept of
the Jamaat I think this question was asked before,
and we did adjust it in the previous session.
The movement itself
has the Islamic aspects.
However, there are some errors in
the idea of
leaving one area and going to invite others to Islam.
under all conditions,
under what conditions does one lead one family?
Not just believe one family in a state of abject poverty, you leave them when you go away for four months or whatever.
30 days whatever. No,
this is wrong this.
One would also question why 40 days?
Why four months?
You know, why is it something which you know, you, you're not considered to have completed unless you've done your 40 years.
Why, why Why be so rigid? Why these numbers when.
And then as I mentioned, for the most part,
these groups that go out, are the blind leading the blind.
You're going out with other ignorant moves.
Sitting in circles reading books, which, you know, contain many stories which are extraneous
stories which are you know, unbelievable. Like the comedian is proud when you read about when they have to say about the righteous, they talk about people you know, like, as I mentioned before, people who would pray the the celestial fudger
of Asia for 20 or 30 years, this is something to be desired,
extremes on the masses, he stayed awake all night, because you can go to sleep, he was living within
30 years you stay awake all night.
We do our mission.
In a lot of cases,
the lead up with the blind leading the blind, you're
tracking, you know, stories, sending stories, reading some books,
containing a lot of apocryphal material.
the person who was away from Islam you go out with them. It gives you a kind of a sense of you know, knowing some of at least the basic etiquette.
Once you get past those basic etiquette, you need to leave and
seek knowledge elsewhere. Because you end up in a very close circle,
where you are not going any farther.
as is completed that body of knowledge, you'll find that you're discouraged from gaining other knowledge.
You may find that you're openly discouraged. I know myself traveling with them. I was openly discouraged from going to do
seek knowledge in Mecca or Medina.
as I said, it has good aspects to it.
And that it may teach you some of the basic etiquette of Islam.
You're in a group of other Muslim
these are all good things.
one needs to know and be clear that
is power law, Allah.
Allah said, and the Messenger of
God authentic tradition recognizes a fella and this is the source. So we need to get hitched up with a program which is going to give us more and more of that information.
This is where we need to be