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What is Sufism and how does it compare to other traditions like Kabbalah?

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  1. Sufism is a deviated cult that has altered many of the original Islamic teachings of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Throughout Islamic history, the scholars of the religion have warned against the Sufis for they practice mysticism and monasticism which have no basis in authentic Islamic teachings.

    The famous Scholar Sheikh Abu Bakr Al-Jaza’iri stated:
    “Sufism is a shameful deception… Its outward manifestation appears to be piety, but its inward reality forsakes the Commandments of Allah.”
    Ash-Sheikh Muhammad ibn Rabee’ ibn Haadee Al-Madkhalee, a well known teacher at the Islamic University of Madinah and the son of a well known scholar, brings in his book “Haqeeqatus Soofiyyah Fee Dau’il Kitaabi Was Sunnah”, the following:
    “Concerning the practice of the Sufiyyah in wearing woolen clothing as a sign of (abstemiousness/disassociation from the wordly life) and in their attempt to mirror the Prophet Jesus:
    Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) mentions in Al-Fataawaa (11/7) from Muhammad ibn Seereen (a famous Tabi’ee who died in 110H) that it reached him that a certain people had taken to wearing woolen clothes in order to resemble ‘Isa ibn Maryam (Jesus, son of Mary), so he said: ‘There are a people (Sufis) who have chosen and preferred the wearing of woolen clothes, claiming that they want to resemble Al-Maseeh ibn Maryam. But the way of our Prophet (peace be upon him) is more beloved to us, and the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to wear cotton and other garments.”
    Sheikh Al-Madkhalee goes o­n:
    “As regards the first appearance of Sufism, then the word “Sufism” was not known in the time of the Companions (of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him) indeed it was not well-known in the first three and best centuries. Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyah, mentions that the first appearance of Sufism was in Basrah in ‘Iraaq, where some people went to extremes in worship and in avoiding the worldly life, such as was not seen in other lands. [Al-Fataawaa (11/6)].”
    Commenting o­n the reaction of the early Sufis while hearing Qur’an being recited (it was their practice to fall out and act dumb-struck), Ibn Taymiyah says:
    “This was not found to occur amongst the Companions, so when it appeared a group of the Companions and the Tabi’een such as Asmaa bint Abi Bakr and ‘Abd Allah Az-Zubair and Muhammad ibn Seereen criticized that since they saw that it was an innovation and contrary to what they knew from the manners of the Companions.” [Al-Fataawaa (11/6)].
    Concerning the spread of Sufism, Ibn Al-Jawzy said: “Sufism is a way whose beginning was complete avoidance of the affairs of worldly life, then those who attached themselves to it became lax in allowing singing and dancing. Therefore, the seekers of the Hereafter from the common people became attracted to them due to the avoidance of the worldly life which they manifested, and the seekers after this world were also attracted to them due to the life of ease and frivolity which they were seen to live.” [Talbees Iblis].
    Shaikh Abu Zahrah (R) said concerning the reason for the appearance of Sufism and the sources from which it sprung:
    1. The first source: Some worshipers amongst the Muslims turned all their attention to avoidance of the worldly life and to cutting themselves off in order to worship. This first began in the lifetime of the Prophet (peace be upon him) when some of the Companions decided to spend the night striving in Prayer and abandon sleep. Others decided to fast every day without fail. Others decided to cease having marital relations with women. So when that reached the Prophet (peace be upon him) he said: “What is wrong with a people who say such and such? But rather I fast and I refrain from fasting, I pray and I sleep, and I marry women. So whoever turns away from my Sunnah, then he is not from me” (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim). Furthermore, the innovation of living like monks (monasticism) is forbidden in the Qur’an. He said:
    “…the Monasticism which they invented for themselves…” [57:27].
    However, when the Prophet (peace be upon him) passed o­n to join the company of the highest angels, and many people entered into Islam from the previous religions then the number of those who went to extremes in avoidance of worldly life and its blessings grew and Sufism found a place in the hearts of these people since it had come across a fertile planting ground.

  2. Imaam Abul Faraj ibnul Jawzee said in his Talbees Iblees:
    والتصوف كان ابتداؤها الزهد الكلي ثم ترخص المنتسبون اليها بالسماع والرقص فمال اليهم طلاب الآخرة من العوام لما يظهرونه من التزهد، وما اليهم طلاب الدنيا لما يرون عندهم من الراحة واللعب
    ((Tasawwuf (Soofism) is a way whose beginning was complete avoidance of the affairs of worldly life (Zuhd), then those who attached themselves to it became lax in allowing singing and dancing. Therefore, the seekers of the Hereafter from the common people became attracted to them due to the avoidance of the worldly life which they manifested, and the seekers after this world were also attracted to them due to the life of ease and frivolity which they were seen to live))
    http://abulhaarith.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/the-position-of-ahlus-sunnah-towards-the-soofees/

  3. Hey whats up. Sufism as I’ve been told has some similarities with the Kabbalah but there is still a clear difference. I came across some links of info that could help clear things up for you as far as Kabbalah is concerned among various beliefs such as Sufism and other traditions. Wish you well on your path…peace..Mr.Unstoppable
    http://www.kabbalah.info/engkab/kabbalah-video-clips/kabbalah-revealed-the-difference-between-kabbalah-and-religion
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwn71ENroz0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTzYDiZKET4

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