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Islam vs Sufism

Islam is the youngest and the second largest world religion which is on the fast track of growth. The total global population of Muslims could be calculated to be approximately one billion worldwide and seven million in United States alone. In this planet Earth about twenty one percentage of the world population is following Islam.

The historians believe that Islam was founded by Muhammad, a Prophet in 600 BC. According to the records available it is understood that Islam as a religion was born in Mecca. This happened when angel Jibril, Gabriel in English gave the first set of revelation to the Prophet Muhammad. The revelation later was complied as Quran, the holy book. The people who follow the teachings of Prophet are called as Muslims and believe that Allah is the only god.

In Islam 6 cardinal beliefs are considered to be the foundation of Islamic faith.

· Allah is referred as God. It is believed that there is only one God and he is invisible to our eyes.

· Since the holy book Quran was a revelation through an angel, Islam believes in the presence of angels as a guiding force.

· Belief in divine scriptures including the early scriptures on revelations including Torah, Psalm and Bible.

· On judgment day everyone on this earth will be judged based on their deeds.

· God is the only supreme power.

In 8 and 9 A.D., a new belief began to mushroom within the Islamic religion. These new emphases roused in reaction to the nature of Islamic religion. This set of people had a search for deeper spiritual meaning, leading into the formation of Sufism also called as tasawwuf. Sufism has been a challenge to Islam for centuries now.

Sufism with its doctrine helps in adding more value to the spirituality void created in Islam. It has grown out of weaknesses found in the belief and Islamic practices. These developments only helped in bringing a new dimension to the Islamic religion, which was getting diversified.

Baba Garibh Shah, the famous Sufi Master of Piran-e-Kaliyar once said that, Islamic law is devoid of reality. And one cannot even understand the real meaning of oneness of God. It is the Sufism which explains that apart from God nothing exists.

Sufism also believes that the annual hajj pilgrimage at Mecca by all Muslims is not Hajj. According to them, the huge gathering at Mecca is to honor the annual Urs of Pir-o-Murshid Adam, who is buried at Kaaba.

In spite of the differences, Sufism is claimed to derive the doctrines from the teachings of Muhammad. Sufism is often called as mysticism of Islam. Both Islam and Sufism advocate two different thoughts with respect to the Quran. Hence it would be ideal to accept both as such.


· Sufism is a response to the lack of spiritualism in the wake of materialistic life lead by many in Islam.

· In Islamic system, a Muslim could believe in the fundamental framework of religion and still step through them to please their materialistic desires.

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  1. Who wrote this, a Sufi?
    Islam is the surrender to Allah the rest is His doing, and all the mysticism will only strengthen the false ego!
    Mystics fail in the end because their only human, and their desire for specialness leads them from the straight path.

  2. This was definitely not written by a Sufi! I don’t even think it was written by a Muslim!
    Almost every other sentence has an error in regards to Islam, it outercore, the Shariah, and its innercore, tassawuf. If someone here is a serious learner, I recommend reading “The Heart of Islam” by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University.

  3. First sentence alone has a really sad error. Islam is not the youngest religion, nor youngest world religion.

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