Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Q&A What is the difference among Sunni Sufi Salafi and Shia?

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem
Allahumma Swalli Ala Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Ala Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim (Peeace and Blessings of Allah be up on Prophet Muhammad and his family)

Question: What is the difference Among Sunni Sufi Salafi and Shia? Which group really is the correct creed?

 The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “The Jews split into 71 groups; 1 group will enter Paradise and 70 will enter Hell. The Christians split into 72 groups; 1 group will enter Paradise and 71 will enter Hell. By Him in Whose Power is the life of Muhammad, without doubt, my Ummah will be divided into 73 groups. Only one will enter Paradise and 72 will enter Hell.”
When asked about which group will be on the right path, the Beloved Messenger of Allah replied, “The main body (Jamaat) of the Muslims.”
[Ibn Majah’s Kitab al-Fitan; Hafiz ibn Kathir’s Signs before Day of Judgment, page 14]
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “There was disagreement amongst Jews and they split into 72 groups. In exactly the same way, there will be disagreement and divisions in my Ummah. It will split into 73 groups. Except for one of these groups, all the remaining will be thrown into Hell.”
When asked about which group will be on the right path, the Beloved Messenger of Allah replied, “The group on the right path, which will enter Paradise, will be the group which follows my Sunnah and this will be the largest group of Muslims.
[Tirmidhi; Imam Ahmad; Abu Dawud; Mishkat]
The  Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah beupon him, said, “Without doubt, my Ummah will never be gathered in misguidance. Whenever you see disagreement, hold fast to the greater majority.”
[Ibn Majah]

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “”Follow the way of the largest group of Muslims! For he who deviates from this group will be thrown into Hell!”
[Ibne Majah]

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “The devil continually pursues human as a wolf pursues sheep. The wolf only dares to attack those sheep which have separated from the rest of the flock and are standing alone. And so, my followers and my devotees! Save yourselves from being caught in the traps of misguidance and firmly remain with the largest and most well-known group of Muslims!”
[Imam Ahmad]

The  Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “Allah will never allow my Ummah to unite upon misguidance and incorrect beliefs. Allah’s mercy, blessings and protection are with the largest group of Muslims. And he who deviates from the largest group of Muslims will be thrown into Hell.”

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah beupon him, said, “He who deviates himself from the largest group of Muslims, even as much as a hand span, has himself cut off his connection with Islam.”[Abu Dawud; Imam Ahmed]

The  Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “The Jews divided into 71 sects, 1 will enter Paradise and 70 will enter Hell. The Christians were divided into 72 sects. By the One whose Hand my soul is in, my Ummah will be divided into 73 sects, 72 of which will enter Hell.”
The Companions asked, “Which is the saved sect?” The Holy Prophet replied, “al-Jamaah.”
[Ibn Majah’s Kitaab Al Fitan, Hadith no. 3982]

Who are Al-Jamaah?:
Quran 4:69 All who obey Allah and the messenger are in the company of those on whom is the Grace of Allah,- of the prophets (who teach), the sincere (lovers of Truth), the witnesses (who testify), and the Righteous (who do good): Ah! what a beautiful fellowship!

That fellowship (Jamath) is mentioned here in Hadith as the group of greater majority of Muslims and their Imams!.

In Hadith-Sahih Muslim Book 020, Hadith Number 4553.
Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman said, “People used to ask the Prophet, peace be upon him, about good things, but I used to ask him about bad things because I was afraid that they might overtake me. I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, we were lost in ignorance (jahiliyyah) and evil, then Allah brought this good (i.e. Islam). Will some evil come after this good thing?’ He said, ‘Yes’ I asked, ‘And will some good come after that evil?’ He said, ‘Yes, but it will be tainted with some evil’ I asked, ‘How will it be tainted?’ He said, ‘There will be some people who will lead others on a path different from mine. You will see good and bad in them.’ I asked, ‘Will some evil come after that good?’ He said, ‘Some people will be standing and calling at the gates of Hell; whoever responds to their call, they will throw him into the Fire.’ I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, describe them for us. He said, ‘They will be from our own people, and will speak our language. I asked, ‘What do you advise me to do if I should live to see that?’ He said, ‘Stick to the main body (jama’ah) of the Muslims and their leader (imam).’ I asked, What if there is no main body and no leader?’ He said, ‘Isolate yourself from all of these sects, even if you have to eat the roots of trees until death overcomes you while you are in that state.’ 


The first disagreement in Islam was after the passing away of Prophet Muhammad (alaihiswalathu wa salam). It was about the political succession of Islamic Khilafat. Major group of Muslims of that time agreed that Abu Bakar (R.A) must be the khalifa and successor of Prophet (s.a.w), and since then main body of Muslims agreed up on the succession of Umar (R.A) and Usman (R.A) and then Imam Ali (A.S) respectively.
But those group who disagree with this , they formed a political group called "Shia" and disagreed with rest of the Muslims.

So,in the time of Abu Bakar (R.A) the Muslims split into two groups, the major group known as "Sunni" and minor group who disgreed with the ruler of Abu Bakar and Umar known as "Shia"

That was the first division in Muslim nation, in the mean time, there were small rebellious groups like false prophets , kharijs (rebellious sinners) etc who were defeated by the four Caliphs (Abu Bakar, Umar, Usman and Ali, Peace be up on them)

Imam Ali (A.S) who is infallible according to shia belief as well as traditional sunni beliefs, never rebelled against Abu Bakar (R.A) Umar (R.A) or Usman (R.A), but he gave allegiance to Abu Bakar(R.A) and Umar (R.A) as well as his sons (Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain, peace be up on them)
So here, with clear logic and truth, when you follow Imam Ali (A.S) you follow him wholeheartedly.

The Sunni creed held the flag of Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be up on him) and ruled Islamic world for more than 1300 years since Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam)
The Abbassids, Ottomans all were traditional Sunni Muslims (Hanafi School of Jurisprudence) and they were loving and respecting Mystical Muslims (Sufis)
All learned Muslim scholars agrees that all traditional Sunni Muslims scholars were Sufis.
More than 90% of the Muslims are Sunni Muslims who follow the schools of Hanafi,Shafi,Maliki or Hanbali Imams.


In the early 18th century a scholar who came from the traditional Muslim family in Arabia (Najd) claimed that all Muslims are doing shirk and only he knows the correct Tawhid (Islamic monotheism) .

So Muhammad Ibn abdul Wahhhab Najdi, deviated from the beliefs (Aqeedha) of the Main body of Muslims and established a movement callled "Salafi movement, Wahhabi movement, Ahle hadis" also known in different regions in different names.

Since then most fundamentalist and terrorist movements originated from the salafi creed, which paved the way for West to invade Muslim countries due to growing terrorist movements influenced by Wahhabi/Salafi doctrine.

Even today it is raining as great affliction over Muslims especially in Indian Sub-continent , Middle east and North Africa.

Due to immigration and funding from Arab countries Wahhabism is growing in western countries and causing neo-Fascist movements to attack peaceful Muslims.

The Hadiths mentioned in the above Hadith make it clear that, deviating from main body of Muslims and their Imams is deception!
The face of Wahhabi Islam

Why Wahhabism is not the correct creed?:

  • All Hadiths quoted above is pointed towards following the greater majority of Muslims and their leaders.
  • All Hadiths quoted above warns us not to follow the rebellious sects!
  • Salafis do not follow Imams, but Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) states "follow the main body of Muslims and their Imams"
  • Salafis claim they are followers of Quran and Hadith (Ahle Hadith), it does not make any logic whether following Quran and Hadith means only reading it or making it practice in life?.
    if following Quran and Hadith means to practice it rather than learning and preaching, then one must accept religion completely.
    When Quran says: "Obey those who are in authority among you (Quran chapter 4:59) and the hadiths pointing to follow the Imams of the times, salafism does not make any sense to an intelligent person, when salafi doctrine says: We do not follow any Imams but follow only quran and sunnah!
  • Salafis denies the power of Saints (Awliya Allah), on the contrary they believe Imam Mahdi (A.S) is an Imam and they have to follow that saintly Imam, who is coming with miracles and great powers!
    So you must ask Salafi whether they believe Imam Mahdi as a prophet, since they believe miracles of Prophet and not saints!
    Or if they have a salafi saint like in Sufi schools, tell them to bring their saint, let's see his glory!
  • Just like Shia sect, Salafis never been the main body of Islam, even though salafis lead the holy makkah and madinah, they could never establish the Islamic state or Caliphate nor never held the flag of Islam,, the Khilafat of Islam for 1000 years was with Hanafi Sunnis (Abbasids and Ottomans)
Salafis even though they claim they follow salafs (first three generations of Islam) , they never take Islam from the Imams of the salafs (Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Malik, Imam Shafi, Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal , May Allah sanctify their souls), but salafis take their knowledge from Ibn Taymiyya a scholar who lived 300-400 years (approximately) after the time of salafs and his students., then salafis refer to the teachings of Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab Najdi a 17th century CE scholar and the scholars of 19th and 20th century.
Today salafis widely take their knowledge and religious verdict from Saudi-Islamic clerics leaving behind the chain of scholarship (Sanad) and refer to only books of Hadith (i.e Imam Bukhari's Imam Muslim's etc) , on the other hand, Imam Bukhari, Imam Muslims, Imam Tirmidi and the rest of the hadith narrators were followers of Sunni schools (Shafi/Hanafi/Maliki/Hanbali Mazhabs)

Shia Islam, who say we follow Imam Ali (A.S) and love ahlul Bayt have not found it's benefits even with the best shia.
According to my point of view, those who really followed Imam Ali (A.S), Imam Hassan (A.S) and Imam Hussain (A.S), then the best among shia would have been granted Wilayah (Sainthood) from the lineage of Imams of ahlul bayt.

So tell me, if there is a Wali of Allah (Awliya Allah,Saints) among Shia, we would have surely known them.
Since shia'ism was rebellious political movement against the main body of Muslims, they have lost the blessings of Allah and the Sainthood (Wilayah)

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “Allah will never allow my Ummah to unite upon misguidance and incorrect beliefs. Allah’s mercy, blessings and protection are with the largest group of Muslims. And he who deviates from the largest group of Muslims will be thrown into Hell.”

When a Shia believe Imam Ali (A.S) is infallible,then why they don't accept abu Bakar (R.A) and Umar (R.A) as caliphs of Islam?
When Imam Ali (A.S) made oath of allegiance to with Abu Bakar (R.A) and Umar (R.A), isn't it making logical in you why shia have hatred to Abu Bakar (R.A) and Umar (R.A)

Abu Bakar (R.A) is mentioned in Quran  by Infallible Almighty Allah as the companion of Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) "When the unbelievers drove him out, he had no more than one companion. The two were in the Cave, and he said to his companion, Fear not, for Allah is with us." [At-Tawbah: 40]

So when a Muslim believe infallibility of Allah and Quran, then how can he say abu Bakar became enemy of Prophet and Allah, we could not find even a single hadith which Prophet says Abu Bakar will betray Islam!

So if Abu Bakar became enemy of Allah and Prophet, then how shia would take quran as infallible and unchanged word of God?

But Allah Subhana Wa Ta'la says: Quran is preserved until last day whether the disbelievers like it or not!

This is the reason we are not Shia, but we love and follow ahlul bayt and Imams and keep them high respected in our life.


Sunni Muslim (ahlu sunna wal Jamah) means Muslims who follow one of the four Madhabs (school of jurisprudence), named after four Imams from the time of Salafs (Hanafi, Shafi, Maliki and Hanbali)
Nearly 90% of the Muslims follow Sunni Islam. 

Sunni Muslim also mean those who follow the schools of theology drawn by two Imams, Imam Abdul Hassan Ash'ari and Imam Abu Mansur Mathuridi 

Tarditional Sunni Islam also mean to follow one of the schools of purification (Tasawwuf) or Sufism.

There are so many factions of Sunni Islam today, who does not follow present Sufi Schools/Sufi Shaykhs directly. But they love and respect past Sufi Shaykhs and Sufi Orders, but keep a distance from Sufi schools due to various socio-political agenda!

The illuminating faces of traditional Sunni-Sufi Islam

Imam Abu Hanifa (81-150 H./700-767 CE)
Imam Abu Hanifa (r) (85 H.-150 H) said, “If it were not for two years, I would have perished. For two years I accompanied Sayyidina Jacfar as-Sadiq and I acquired the spiritual knowledge that made me a knower in the Way.”
The book Ad-Durr al-Mukhtar, vol 1. p. 43, mentions that Ibn cAbidin said, “Abi Ali Dakkak, one of the sufi saints, received his path from Abul Qassim an-Nasarabadi, who received it from ash-Shibli, who received it from Sariyy as-Saqati who received it from Macruf al-Karkhi, who received it from Dawud at-Ta’i, who received the knowledge, both the external and the internal, from the Imam Abu Hanifa (r), who was supporting the Sufi Spiritual Path.” The Imam said before he died: lawla sanatan lahalaka Nucman, “Were it not for a certain two years, Nucman [i.e. myself] would have perished.” There were the last two years of his life, when he began accompanying Jacfar as-Sadiq (q).
Imam Malik (94-179 H./716-795 CE)
Imam Malik (r) said, “Whoever studies jurisprudence (fiqh) and didn’t study Sufism (tasawwuf) will be corrupted; and whoever studied tasawwuf and didn’t study jurisprudence will become a heretic; and whoever combined both will be reach the Truth.” This saying is mentioned and explained in the book of the scholar ‘Ali al-Adawi with the explanation of Imam Abil-Hassan, a scholar of jurisprudence, vol. 2, p. 195.
Imam Shafici (150-205 H./767-820 CE)
Imam Shafici said, “I accompanied the Sufi people and I received from them three knowledges:
  1. they taught me how to speak
  2. they taught me how to treat people with leniency and a soft heart.
  3. they guided me in the ways of Sufism.”
This is mentioned in the books, Kashf al-Khafa and Muzid al-Albas, by Imam ‘Ajluni, vol. 1, p. 341.
Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal (164-241 H./780-855 CE)
Imam Ahmad (r) said, advising his son, “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.” This is explained in the book Tanwir al-Qulub, p. 405, by Shaikh Amin al-Kurdi.
Imam Ahmad said about the Sufis, as mentioned in the book Ghiza al-Albab, vol. 1, p. 120, “I don’t know any people better than them.”
Imam al-Muhasibi (d. 243 H./857 CE)
Imam al-Muhasibi reported that the Prophet (s) said, “My Nation is going to split into 73 divisions and only one of them will be the Group of Salvation.” And Allah knows best that the Group is the people of Tasawwuf. He went deeply into the explanation of that subject, in the book Kitab al-Wasiya p. 27-32.
Imam al-Qushayri (d. 465 H./1072 CE)
Imam al-Qushayri said about Sufism, “Allah made this group the best of His saints and He honored them above all of His Servants after His Messengers and Prophets, and He made their hearts the secrets of His Divine Presence and He chose them from among the Nation to receive His Lights. They are the means of humanity. He cleaned them from all connnections to this world, and He lifted them to the highest states of vision. And He unveiled to them the Realities of His Unique Oneness. He made them to observe His Will operating in them. He made them to shine in His Existence and to appear as Lights of His Lights.” [ar-Risalat al-Qushayriyya, p. 2]
Imam Ghazali (450-505 H./1058-1111 CE)
Imam Ghazali,  Hujjat ul-Islam, the Proof of Islam, said about Sufism, “I knew to be true that the Sufis are the seekers in Allah’s Way, and that 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 min ad-Dalal, p. 131].
Imam Nawawi (620-676 H./1223-1278 CE)
Imam Nawawi said, in his Letters, al-Maqasid, “The specifications of the Way of the Sufis are five:
  1. To keep the Presence of Allah in your heart in public and in private;
  2. To follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (s) by actions and speech;
  3. To keep away from dependence on people;
  4. To be happy with what Allah gives you, even if it is little;
  5. To always refer your matters to Allah, Almighty and Exalted.” [Maqasid at-Tawhid, p. 20]
Imam Fakhr ad-Din ar-Razi (544-606 H./1149-1209 CE)
Imam Fakhr ad-Din ar-Razi said, “The way the Sufis seek Knowledge is to disconnect themselves from this worldly life, and keep themselves constantly busy in their mind and in their heart, with Dhikrullah, during all their actions and behaviors.” [Ictiqadat Firaq al-Muslimin, p. 72, 73]
Ibn Khaldun (733-808 H./1332-1406 CE)
Ibn Khaldun said, “The way of the Sufis is the way of the Salaf, the Scholars among the Sahahba, Tabicin, and Tabic at-Tabicin. Its origin is to worship Allah and to leave the ornaments of this world and its pleasures.” [Muqaddimat ibn Khaldun, p. 328]
Tajuddin as-Subki
Tajuddin as-Subki (r) mentioned in his book Mucid an-Nacim, p. 190, under the chapter entitled Sufism, “May Allah praise them and greet them and may Allah make us to be with them in Paradise. Too many things have been said about them and too many ignorant people have said things which have no relation to them. And the truth is that they have left dunya and are busy with worship.”
He said, “They are the People of Allah, whose duca and prayers Allah accepts, and by means of whom Allah supports human beings.”
Jalaluddan as-Suyuti
He said in his book Ta’yad al-Haqiqat al-cAliyya, p. 57, “Sufism in itself is the best and most honorable knowledge. It explains how to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (s) and to leave innovation.”
Even the scholars whom Salafis admire acknowledge Sufism:
Ibn Taymiyya (661-728 H./1263-1328 CE)
In Majmaca Fatawa Ibn Taymiyya, published by Dar ar-Rahmat, Cairo, Vol, 11, page 497, Book of Tasawwuf, Ibn Taymiyya says: “You have to know that the rightly-guided shaikhs must be taken as guides and examples in the Dan, as they are following in the footsteps of the Prophets and Messengers. The Way (tariqat) of those shaikhs is to call people to Allah’s Divine Presence and obedience to the Prophet.”
Ibn Taymiyya says on page 499 of the same volume: “The shaikhs whom we need to take as guides are our examples and we have to follow them. As when on the Hajj (the pilgrimage), one needs a guide (dalil) to reach the Kacba, these shaikhs are our guide (dalil) to Allah and our Prophet (s).”
Among the shuyukh he mentioned are: Ibrahim ibn Adham, Macruf al-Karkhi, Hasan al-Basri, Rabia al-Adawiyya, Junaid ibn Muhammad, Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani, Shaikh Ahmad ar-Rafa’i, and Shaikh Bayazid al- Bistami.
Ibn Taymiyya quotes from Bayazid al-Bistami on page 510, Volume 10: “…the great Sufi shaikh, Bayazid al-Bistami, and the famous story of when he saw God in a vision (kashf) and said to Him: ‘O Allah what is the way to You?’ And Allah responded, ‘Leave yourself and come to Me.’” Ibn Taymiyya continues quoting Bayazid al-Bistami, “I shed my self as a snake sheds its skin.”
Implicit in this quotation is an indication of the need for zuhd (self-denial or abstention from the worldly life), as that was the path followed by Bayazid al-Bistami.
So we see from the above quotes, that Ibn Taymiyya was accepting many shaikhs by quoting them and urging people to follow guides to show the way to obey God and to obey the Prophet (s).
What Ibn Taymiyya Says About the Term Tasawwuf
“The crucible itself tells you, when you are strained, Whether you are gold or gold-plated copper.” Sanai.
Following is what Ibn Taymiyya said about the definition of Tasawwuf, from Volume 11, At-Tasawwuf, of Majmuca Fatawa Ibn Taymiyya al-Kubra, Dar ar-Rahmah, Cairo:
“Alhamdulillah, the use of the word tasawwuf has been thoroughly discussed. This is a term that was given to those who were dealing with that branch of knowledge (tazkiyat an-nafs and Ihsan).”
Tasawwuf is the science of realities and states of experience. The Sufi is that one who purifies himself from everything which distracts him from the remembrance of Allah and who is so filled with knowledge of the heart and knowledge of the mind that the value of gold and stones will be equal to him. Tasawwuf safeguards the precious meanings and leaves behind the call to fame and vanity to reach the state of Truthfulness. The best of humans after the prophets are the Siddiqin, as Allah mentioned them in Surat An-Nisa’, 69: “All who obey Allah and the Messenger are in the company of those on whom is the grace of Allah: the prophets, the sincere lovers of truth (siddiqin), the martyrs and the righteous; Ah! what a beautiful fellowship.’”
He continues about the Sufis, “They are striving to be obedient to Allah… So from them you will find the Foremost in Nearness by virtue of their striving. And some of them are from the People of the Right hand…”
The Sufi Cloak (khirqa)
Before proceeding to Imam Ibn Qayyim, it may be useful to say something about the wearing of the Sufi cloak. In the view of the Trustworthy, there are three categories of shaikh:
  1. The Shaikh of the Cloak
  2. The Shaikh of the Dhikr
  3. The Shaikh of Guidance
The first two categories (The Shaikh of the Cloak and The Shaikh of the Dhikr) are really deputies of a shaikh, representing the reality of the shaikh or the tariqat through the intermediary of either the cloak or the dhikr. The Shaikh of the Cloak (Khirqah) depends on the power of the cloak to act on the murid. The murid takes his support from the cloak, which a fully realized Shaikh of Guidance has imbued with his blessings.
The murid of the Shaikh of Dhikr is supported by the dhikr, not directly by the shaikh. In these two cases, the shaikh becomes the symbol, because the real support of the murid is the cloak or the dhikr.
The highest of the three categories is the Shaikh of Guidance. He is the one who supports the murid without any intermediary, directly from himself to the murid. He is the real shaikh because, without any means, he supports and directs the murid directly through his heart. That is why Sayyidina Ahmad al-Faruqi said, “In our tariqat the shaikh guides the murid directly, unlike other tariqats which use the cloak and other means to lift up their murids.”
In the Naqshbandi Tariqat only one shaikh, the Shaikh of Guidance, is therefore accepted as possessing real authority. When that shaikh passes away, the murids must renew their initiation with his successor, to whom he has transmitted all his secrets and his inheritance from the Prophet (s) and all his predecessors in the Golden Chain.
Imam Ibn Qayyim (d. 751 H./1350 CE)
Imam Ibn Qayyim stated that, “We can witness the greatness of the people of tasawwuf in the eyes of the Salaf by what has been mentioned by Sufyan ath-Thawri (d. 161 H./777 CE). One of the greatest imams in the 2nd century and one of the foremost mujtahids, he said: “If not for Abu Hisham as-Sufi (d. 115 H./733 CE) I would never have perceived the action of the subtlest forms of hypocrisy (riya’) in the self.” (Manazil as-Sa’ireen)
Ibn Qayyim continues: “Among the best of people is the Sufi learned in fiqh.”
Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn cAbdul Wahhab (1115-1201 H./1703-1787 CE)
Following is a quotation from Muhammad Man ar Nucmani’s book (p. 85), Ad-Dia’at al-Mukaththafa Didd ash-Shaikh Muhammad ibn cAbdul Wahhab: “Shaikh Abdullah, the son of shaikh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, said about Tasawwuf: “My father and I don’t deny or criticize the Science of Sufism, but on the contrary we support it because it cleans the external and the internal of the hidden sins which are related to the heart and the outward form. Even though the individual might externally be on the right way, internally he might be on the wrong way; and for its correction tasawwufis necessary.”
In the fifth volume of the collection of letters by Muhammad ibn cAbdul Wahhab entitled ar-Rasa’il ash-Shakhsiyya, page 11, and again on pages 12, 61, and 64, he states: “I never accused of unbelief Ibn cArabi or Ibn al-Farid for their Sufi interpretations.”
Maulana Abul Hasan Ali an-Nadwi
Maulana Abul Hasan cAli an-Nadwi is a member of the Islamic-Arabic Society of India and Muslim countries. He said in his book, Muslims in India, written some years ago, p. 140-146, “These Sufis initiate people in Oneness and sincerity in following the Sunnah of the Prophet (s) and in repentence from their sins and in avoidance of every disobedience to Allah, Almighty and Exalted. Their guides encourage them to move in the way of perfect Love of Allah.”
“In Calcutta, India, everyday more than 1000 people are taking initiation into Sufism.”
“Thanks to the influence of Sufi people, thousands and hundreds of thousands in India found their Lord and reached a state of Perfection through the Islamic religion.”
Abul Ala Mawdudi
He said in his book Mabadi’ al-Islam (p. 17), “Sufism is a reality whose signs are the love of Allah and the love of the Prophet (s), where one absents oneself for their sake, and one is annihilated from anything other than them. It instructs how to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet (s).”
Tasawwuf searched for sincerity of heart, purity of intention, and trustworthiness of obedience in all of an individual’s actions.”
“Sharicah and Sufism: what is the similitude of the two? They are like the body and the soul. The body is the external shari’ah knowledge and the spirit is the internal knowledge.”
In sum, Sufism, in the present as in the past, is the effective means for spreading the reality of Islam, extending the knowledge and understanding of spirituality, and fostering happiness and peace. With it man can find himself and, in so doing, find his Lord. With it man can improve, transform, and elevate himself, and find salvation from the ignorance of this world and its misguided pursuit of some materialistic fantasy. And Allah knows best what he intends for his servants.
Qadiyani movement emerged from Indian Subcontinent (greater Punjab of British India) claimed their leader Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani is the promised Messiah and Mahdi, a concept like trinity of Christianity where God Himself make up three persons, Mirza Ahmed Qadiyani make up Mahdi and Messiah at the same time,i.e 2 in 1 .
But none of the prophecies mentioned in Quran and Hadith did not happen in the life of the leader of the ahmadiyya movement.
So if anyone need further article on this matter, you may  contact me.
Quranists and Modernists
Quranists claim they follow Quran only! But they reject hadiths and the group of main body of Muslims. But it does contradict the command of Quran
"Obey Allah Obey the Messenger and Obey those who are in authority among you"
Do we really need to say more about Quranists

Modernists say that we can adopt new life style which is contrary to traditional Islam. But Quran says: "Say, if you love Allah, then follow me". In fact modernists think they can make a new outlook of Islam by accepting that is forbidden in religion.
For example a modernist may wear a miniskirt and pray, they tend to accept gay and lesbians, praying without needing to make ablution (Wudu)

Modernists are secular and non-practicing people.

But remember, Islam is perfected 1400 years ago by the beloved Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam, and it's morals manners ethics laws and commandments are taught clearly and elaborately. And that same Islam is for whole nation until last day, you do not need to moderate it.

Obey Alllah Obey the Messenger and Obey those who are in authority among you.

Sufism as mentioned earlier, it  is to follow Quran and sunnah completely, it is the middle path which is mentioned in Quran, said in hadiths and taught by all traditional sunni Imams.

All Traditional Muslim scholars were Madhab following (Sunni-Sufis) Muslims.  Sufism is the science of purification. Following an Imam of the time, remembering Allah in every breath and every moment of time.
Sufism is to preach love of Allah Love of Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) and love of Awliya Allah (friends of Allah), love of Ahlul bayt (the holy progeny of Prophet and the pious Imams and scholars of ahlul bayt of the main group of Muslims)

Sufism is to love Abu Bakar Siddiq (R.A) and Imam Ali (A.S) and all other companions of Prophets and ahlul bayt.

Sufism is to purify the heart from all impurities, Sufism is to love all and hate none.
Sufism is tn be patient , patience is in reality is with God Almighty, because everything that happen in life is with the permission and Will of Allah Almighty Who is Sovereign (Al Qahhar)

Sufism is to follow the Path of those whom Allah have bestowed His Mercy, they are Awliya Allah and Ahlul Bayt.

Sufi schools are established by the Imams of Ahlul Bayt and Shaykhs from the progeny of Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam.

The reference to which can be found on hadith:

On the authority of Tamim Al-Dari (R.A) that the Prophet (S.A.W) said:
Religion is sincerity”. We said: “To whom?” He said: “To Allah and His Book, and His messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk”. narrated by Muslim (40 Hadith Qudusi, Imam Nawawi Radiyallahu Anhu

1:6 Show us the straight way,
1:7The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray.

Hadith jami at-Tirmidi ,Darussalam Publications (Wahhabi publications) -Hadith Number 3788: The Messenger of Allah (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: "Indeed, I am leaving among you, that which if you hold fast to them, you shall not be misguided after me, one of them is greater than the other:The Book of Allah is a rope extended from the sky to the earth, and my family -the people of my house-and they shall not split until they meet me at Hawd, so look at how you deal with them after me" (Sahih)
Tabarani narrates from Abu Dhar, who said: I heard the Prophet SallAllaho Alaihi wa ala Aalihi wa Sahbihi wa Baaraka wa Sallam say:مثل أهل بيتي فيكم كمثل سفينة نوح في قوم نوح من ركبها نجا ومن تخلف عنها هلك ومثل باب حطة في بني اسرائيل
‘The example of my Ahl al-Bait within you is the example of the Ark of Nuh within the nation of Nuh; whoever boarded it was saved and whoever stayed behind was destroyed. It is also the example of the ‘Hitha’ of the Bani Isra’eel.’ [Tabarani in Al-Awsat, Vol. 4, Page 283, Hadith 3506 | Mustadrak al-Hakim, Vol. 2, Page 427, Hadith 3312]

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1 comment:

  1. All the 12 Imams are the Sultan al Awliya of their time and Imam Mahdi is the Crown Jewel of this lineage.
    All the 12 imams mentioned by Sheikh Ahmad al Sirhindi are the same 12 Imams of the Shias .
    The Imams were the undisputed Spiritual beacons . So if the Shia follow the 12 Imams , how can they be wrong ?
    About Abu Bakr read the following.
    Taken from sunniforum
    These guys are pukka Sunnis , they hate Wahhabis and Salafis
    There are several scholars who analyse and refute dodgy stuff and clear the confusion

    Another gem
    "3. Kabbani cites as evidence the hadith: "Whatever God poured into my heart I poured into the heart of Abu Bakr." (ibid, p.33, referenced to: Maybudi, Razi, 'Ajluni, Qari, Suyuti)

    Al-Shawkani lists it in his compendium of spurious hadith, al-Fawa'id al-Majmu'a (#1055), and says: "Recorded by the author of al-Khalasa who said: 'A fabrication'." Ibn al-Qayyim records it in al-Manar al-Munif (#240, notes by Abdul Fattah Abu Ghudda) under the heading of hadith fabricated in favour of the excellence of Abu Bakr al-Sidiq (r).

    4. Kabbani cites as evidence the hadith: "Abu Bakr does not surpass you for fasting or praying more but because of a secret that took root in his heart." (ibid, referenced to: Ghazzali, Hakim)

    Whilst Kabbani references the hadith to Hakim [al-Tirmidhi], the very same work records it as a statement of Bakr ibn 'Abdullah al-Muzani (d.108H) yet Kabbani insists that the Prophet (s) said it. (Cf. al-Asrar al-Marfu'a, #415). Al-'Iraqi said: "Recorded by at-Tirmidhi al-Hakim in al-Nawadir as a saying of Bakr ibn 'Abdullah al-Muzani. I do not find it as marfu' [traced back to the Prophet (s)]." (Takhrij al-Ihya, #73). Again, ibn al-Qayyim lists it under the heading of hadith fabricated in favour of the excellence of Abu Bakr (r) with the wording "Abu Bakr does not precede you..." (al-Manar al-Munif, #246)"