Tassawuf, or Sufism as it is called, is the third science of Islam after Aqeedah (creed) and Fiqh (jurisprudence). It is the path towards spiritual enlightenment and the purification of the soul, it is the sword against desires, it is the Sheila against corruption, and it is the army against disbelief. Imam Malik ibn Anas raheema’Allah ta’alaa once said,
“Whoever studies Jurisprudence (tafaqaha) and didn’t study Sufism (tasawwaf) will be corrupted; and whoever studied Sufism and didn’t study Jurisprudence will become a heretic; and whoever combined both will reach the Truth.” [‘Ali al-Adawi , vol. 2]
Imam ash-Shafi’i raheema’Allah ta’alaa also once said,
“I accompanied the Sufi people and I received from them three knowledges: …how to speak; how to treat people with leniency and a soft heart… and they… guided me in the ways of Sufism.” [Kashf al-Khafa, ‘Ajluni, vol. 1]
Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal raheema’Allah ta’alaa also once said,
“O my son, you have to sit with the People of Sufism, because they are like a fountain of knowledge and they keep the Remembrance of Allah in their hearts. they are the ascetics and they have the most spiritual power.” [Tanwir al-Qulub]
Finally, Imam al-Ghazali once said,
“I knew verily that Sufis are the seekers in Allah’s Way, and their conduct is the best conduct, and their way is the best way, and their manners are the most sanctified. They have cleaned their hearts from other than Allah and they have made them as pathways for rivers to run receiving knowledge of the Divine Presence.” [al-Munqidh]
The Early Scholars On Tassawuf
A small collection of quotes, sayings, and statements from the early scholars of Islam on the practice of Tassawuf (Sufism).
The Murid and Suluk
Written & Compiled by our spiritual master, Abuna Shaykh Abdul Qadir al Jayli (hf). ‘The Murid and Suluk’ is a short but detailed explaination of the role between student and master in the pursuit of purification of ones heart according to Al Qur’an and Sunnah.