Famous Quotes About Sufis

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1. "The feeling cannot be described in words, it's mystical; I am changing. Perhaps the soul needed silence so that it can shout to hear the echo from the walls of my heart. It did heard something, Sufism!"
Author: Dr. S.U.A.H Syed
2. "My interest in Sufism began when I was a college student. At the time, I was a rebellious young woman who liked to wrap several shawls of ‘-isms' around her shoulders: I was a leftist, feminist, nihilist, environmentalist, anarcho-pacifist…I wasn't interested in any religion and the difference between ‘religiosity' and ‘spirituality' was lost to me. Having spent some time of my childhood with a loving grandmother with many superstitions and beliefs, I had a sense the world was not composed of solely material things and there was more to life than I could see. But the truth is, I wasn't interested in understanding the world. I only wanted to change it."
Author: Elif Shafak
3. "Les cinq degrés de l'amour****** Les Sufis sont les grands maîtres de l'art d'aimer de la civilisation musulmane. Selon Ad-Daylami, l'amour est une fulgurante source de lumière et " celui qui aime est éclairé dans son génie et illuminé dans sa nature". Cependant, tot amour n'est pas équivalent: " L'amour dont s'aiment entre eux les humains est de cinq espèces pour cinq catégories différentes [ d'hommes]:- Un amour divin pour ceux qui sont parvenus à l'unité.- Un amour intellectuel pour ceux qui possèdent la connaissance.- Un amour spirituel pour l'élite des hommes.- Un amour naturel pour la masse des humains.- Un amour bestial pour les natures abjectes"."
Author: Fatema Mernissi
4. "Love is the divine Mother's arms; when those arms are spread, every soul falls into them.The Sufis of all ages have been known for their beautiful personality. It does not mean that among them there have not been people with great powers, wonderful powers and wisdom. But beyond all that, what is most known of the Sufis is the human side of their nature: that tact which attuned them to wise and foolish, to poor and rich, to strong and weak -- to all. They met everyone on his own plane, they spoke to everyone in his own language. What did Jesus teach when he said to the fishermen, 'Come hither, I will make you fishers of men?' It did not mean, 'I will teach you ways by which you get the best of man.' It only meant: your tact, your sympathy will spread its arms before every soul who comes, as mother's arms are spread out for her little ones."
Author: Hazrat Inayat Khan
5. "The Sufis are unanimous that a Guide (Sheikh) is absolutely essential, though never available on demand: 'the Sufis are not merchants'."
Author: Idries Shah
6. "The would-be students wish to transcend books.But, ask yourselves: if someone says that books do not contain wisdom, and yet he writes books; books do not contain Sufism, and yet he continues to publish books on Sufism, what is really happening? It really is your duty, and not mine, to ask and to find the answer to that question, if you are interested enough."
Author: Idries Shah
7. "El sufismo es experiencial. Las capacidades, incluso aquellas necesarias para aprender más allá de cierto punto, son provocadas por los Sufis, por los propios esfuerzos y lo que resulta de ellos, y por un elemento al cual los Sufis se refieren como lo Divino."
Author: Idries Shah
8. "Sufism is experiential. Capacities, even those for learning beyond a certain point, are provoked by Sufis, by one's own efforts and what results from them, and by an element of what is referred to by Sufis as the Divine."
Author: Idries Shah
9. "The Seeking of the Master. Musa Najib was asked why he charged a fee from those who came to his sessions; and why he often did not even address his audience. He said: 'I charge for this object lesson: people believe that knowledge must be given freely, and consequently mistake everything which is free for knowledge. I do not always lecture because, among Sufis, "The Master finds the pupil." The pupil has to be physically present: but he may be absent in every other sense. When I discern that a pupil is "present" then I "find" him, for then his inner call is audible to me, even if it is silent to him.' 'Seek and you will be found."
Author: Idries Shah
10. "La búsqueda del maestro. A Musá Najib le preguntaron por qué cobraba honorarios a aquellos que asistían a sus sesiones y por qué a menudo ni siquiera se dirigía a su público. Dijo: "Cobro por esta lección objetiva: la gente cree que el conocimiento debe darse gratis y, por lo tanto, confunde todo lo que es gratis por conocimiento. No siempre doy conferencias, porque, entre los Sufis 'el maestro encuentra al discípulo'. El discípulo debe estar físicamente presente, pero puede estar ausente en cualquier otro sentido. Cuando percibo que un discípulo está 'presente', entonces lo 'encuentro', porque su llamado interior es oído por mí, aunque sea silencioso para él." "Busca y serás hallado."
Author: Idries Shah
11. "It is the message, not the man, which is important to the Sufis."
Author: Idries Shah
12. "The sufis believe that they can experience something more complete."
Author: Idries Shah
13. "The union of the mind and intuition which brings about illumination, and the development which the Sufis seek, is based upon love."
Author: Idries Shah
14. "It is a Sufi contention that truth is not discovered or maintained by the mere repetition of teachings. It can only be kept understood by the perpetual experience of it. And it is in the experience of truth that the Sufis have always reposed their trust. Sufism is therefore not 'Do as I say and not as I do', or even 'Do as I do', but 'Experience it and you will know'."
Author: Idries Shah
15. "Scholars of the East and West have heroically consecrated their whole working lives to making available, by means of their own disciplines, Sufi literary and philosophical material to the world at large. In many cases they have faithfully recorded the Sufis' own reiteration that the Way of the Sufis cannot be understood by means of the intellect or by ordinary book learning."
Author: Idries Shah
16. "Sufism is therefore not 'Do as I say and not as I do', or even 'Do as I do', but 'Experience and you will know'."
Author: Idries Shah
17. "There is a succession of experiences which together constitute the educational and developmental ripening of the learner, according to the Sufis. People who think that each gain is the goal itself will freeze at any such stage, and cannot learn through successive and superseding lessons."
Author: Idries Shah
18. "Sufism, the "secret tradition," is not available on the basis of assumptions which belong to another world, the world of intellect."
Author: Idries Shah
19. "Existe la afirmación Sufi de que la verdad no se descubre o mantiene por la mera repetición de enseñanzas. Su comprensión sólo puede mantenerse mediante la continua experiencia de ella. Y es en la experiencia de la verdad donde los Sufis siempre han depositado su confianza. Por tanto el sufismo no es "Haz como digo y no como hago", o incluso "Haz como hago", sino "Experiméntalo y conocerás"."
Author: Idries Shah
20. "Eruditos de Oriente y Occidente consagraron heroicamente sus existencias profesionales a poner a disposición del público el material literario y filosófico sufi, utilizando para ello sus propias disciplinas. En muchos casos hicieron referencia a la insistencia de los propios sufis en que el camino de los sufis no puede ser comprendido valiéndose del intelecto o mediante el común aprendizaje a través de libros."
Author: Idries Shah
21. "No es una casualidad que los Sufis piensen que pueden conectarse de forma más constructiva con personas que están bien integradas en el mundo, además de tener objetivos superiores, y que aquellas que adoptan una actitud razonable hacia la vida y la sociedad tal como la conocemos pueden por lo general absorber muy bien las enseñanzas Sufis"
Author: Idries Shah
22. "De acuerdo con los sufis, existe una sucesión de experiencias, que en conjunto constituyen la maduración educativa y evolutiva del estudiante. La gente que piensa que cada logro es la meta misma se congelará en cualquiera de tales etapas, y no podrá aprender por medio de lecciones sucesivas y sustitutivas."
Author: Idries Shah
23. "These lecture provide material for the consideration of common factors, in theory and in development, from the viewpoint of the idea of surrender to the Divine Will, reviewing some aspects of the interplay between Christians and Moslems, and introducing material from and about Sufis."
Author: Idries Shah
24. "El sufismo o "tradición secreta" no se encuentra disponible sobre una base de suposiciones que pertenecen a otro mundo, el del intelecto."
Author: Idries Shah
25. "Islam and Christianity promise eternal paradise to the faithful. And that is a powerful opiate, certainly, the hope of a better life to come. But there's a Sufi story that challenges the notion that people believe only because they need an opiate. Rabe'a al-Adiwiyah, a great woman saint of Sufism, was seem running through the streets of her hometown, Basra, carrying a torch in one hand and a bucket of water in the other. When someone asked her what she was doing, she answered, 'I am going to take this bucket of water and pour it on the flames of hell, and then I am going to use this torch to burn down the gates of paradise so that people will not love God for want of heaven of fear of hell, but because He is God."
Author: John Green
26. "I remembered the malangs of Shah Jamal, the dirty, shirtless renouncers with ratty beards and dreads and bare chests covered in necklaces of prayer beads, throwing around their arms in Charlie Manson dances and whipping out their old ID cards to say look, I used to be someone and now I'm no one, I'm so lost in Allah that I've thrown away the whole world. Would that qualify them as Sufis? I didin't know how to measure it. Whether the malangs were Sufi saints or just drugged-out bums didn't really matter. The lesson I took from them was that you're never disqualified from loving Allah, never. And I could see again that what I went through was nothing new, not even anything special in the history of Islam, not a clashing of East and West; it was always there. And that made me feel more Muslim than ever, because fuck it all, CNN, this is Islam too."
Author: Michael Muhammad Knight
27. "Sufis are keys to open up hearts."
Author: Muhammad Tahir Ul Qadri
28. "I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while."
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
29. "I reject any path which rejects life, but I can't help loving Sufism because it sounds so beautiful. It gives relief in the midst of battle."
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
30. "Love is the true God—not the God of theologians, but the God of Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, the God of the Sufis."
Author: Osho
31. "Even the Quran, which Sufis respect as the direct speech of God, lacks the capacity to shed light upon God's essence. As one Sufi master has argued, why spend time reading a love letter (by which he means the Quran) in the presence of the Beloved who wrote it?"
Author: Reza Aslan
32. "Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl"
Author: Rumi
33. "I've learned much from the land of many gods and many ways to worship. From Buddhism the power to begin to manage my mind, from Jainism the desire to make peace in all aspects of life, while Islam has taught me to desire goodness and to let go of that which cannot be controlled. I thank Judaism for teaching me the power of transcendence in rituals and the Sufis for affirming my ability to find answers within and reconnecting me with the power of music. Here's to the Parsis for teaching me that nature must be touched lightly, and the Sikhs for the importance of spiritual strength....And most of all, I thank Hinduism for showing me that there are millions of paths to the divine."
Author: Sarah Macdonald
34. "From it genesis twelve hundred years ago to today, Islamic philosophy (al-hikmah; al-falsafah) has been one of the major intellectual traditions within the Islamic world, and it has influenced and been influenced by many other intellectual perspectives, including Scholastic theology (kalam) and doctrinal Sufism (al-ma'rifah or al-tasawwuf al-'ilmi) and theoretical gnosis ('irfan-i nazari)."
Author: Seyyed Hossein Nasr
35. "Politics is the application of Sufism to earthlife...To refuse to act politically is to starve your children, destroy civilization."
Author: Shamcher Bryn Beorse
36. "Islam and Sufism are one. Teaching that to understand Islam one must be a lover, how can one understand Islam when the heart is empty of love."
Author: Zarina Bibi

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