A few months ago, everyone was talking about how great of a Muslim I was. They put on me upon a pedestal that I did not truly deserve. I am no better than the Muslims who go to the night clubs and stuff because Allah could have put in a night club just as easily as he put in a mosque. Everything I have good is from Allah and all my deficiencies and transgressions are from myself. That is a different story. The point is, less people are saying these such things about me. It makes little difference as to whether or not I am praised because everyone is dead so they don’t matter. What changed was that people heard that I started to talk about Sufism and for this some people began to see me as some sort of deviant. This bothers me for two reasons.
One is that this shows the lack of knowledge in this community. Sufism is a science within Islam and has existed alongside other sciences in Islam such as fiqh (jurisprudence), tajweed (Quraan recitation), and aqida (theology) from very early on. The great scholars of Islam have always praised the true Sufis and Sufism. Great scholars such as Imam Ghazali and Imam Nawawi wrote treatises on Sufism and praised it. Sufism is not a sect or anything like that. The great Sufis such as Imam Taj-ul-Deen ibn ‘Ata-illah and Sheikh Ahmed Zarruq were Sunnis who followed mathhabs.
Two, it suggests that all the scholars who practiced Sufism, including the scholars mentioned above, were also deviants. This cannot be further from the truth. The scholars of Damascus acknowledge them as great scholars and their sayings on Sufism to be correct. Furthermore, many scholars in Damascus are Sufis themselves. I use Damascus because I have a book about half an inch thick that is a compilation of hadiths on how great the Muslims and scholars of Greater Syria, particularly Damascus, are. I’m only listening to the scholars of Damascus because the Prophet said to.
For those of you who believe that Sufis are devients, I ask you to consider the results of Sufism. The following is a list of likely awliya that are Sufis:
Sheikh Abdul-Rahamn Shaghouri (May Allah have mercy upon him)*, al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz*, Habib Ali al-Jafri*, Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, and Sheikh Abdul-Razaq al-Halabi. The asterisk signifies that they are in a tariqa. This list does not include scholars that are possibly awliya. No one is sure who the awliya are but many people have a strong guesses. This list is very far from exhaustive. I can go on naming them all night.
I challenge any of you who believe Sufis to be deviants to name a single wali that does not follow a mathhab or is opposed to Sufism and may Allah guide you towards the True Path.
For those who do not believe I am a deviant, be sure to help me on the day of judgement and catch me if fall off the Sirat. Be sure to constantly guide me. If I am seen making an error, do not hesitate to correct me. I am in desperate need of this.
May Allah guide us an increase us in knowledge of the Deen. May Allah protect us all from the torment of the Fire and Wayl and permit us to quench our thirsts on the Day of Judgement from the Hawd of our believed Prophet