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Commonality Among Faiths - Sufism

2020-04-20 10:20 AM | Stephanie

SUFISM – A Bridge Between Religions

  A Mystical Path branching from Islam

MAJOR TENENTS OF SUFISM

COMPARATIVE PASSAGES FROM                                                             THE URANTIA BOOK

Sufism (in Arabic Tasawwuf) often defined as “Islamic mysticism” or the Inward dimension of Islam” – identifies the practice of Sufism.

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The important contribution of the Sufi movement to religious thought is that God is an inner experience.

“Doing the will of God… willingness to share your inner life with God.” (Paper 111.5.1). “Although the approach to the Paradise presence of the Father must await your attainment of the highest finite levels of spirit progression, you should rejoice in the recognition of the ever-present possibility of immediate communion with the bestowal spirit of the Father so intimately associated with your inner soul and your spiritualizing self.” (Paper 5.13 - God’s Relation to the Individual).

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“The creature not only exists in God, but God also lives in the creature. “We know we dwell in him because he lives in us; he has given us his spirit. This gift from the Paradise Father is man’s inseparable companion.” “He is the ever-present and all-pervading God.” “The spirit of the everlasting Father is concealed in the mind of every mortal child.” “Man goes forth searching for a friend while that very friend lives within his own heart.” “The true God is not afar off; he is a part of us; his spirit speaks from within us.” “The Father lives in the child. God is always with us. He is the guiding spirit of eternal destiny. 

(Paper 3.1.4 – The Attributes of God).

Sufis characterized by their practice of “dhikr”, the practice of the remembrance of God, often performed after prayers.

Remembering to listen to God’s response after praying. “Jesus taught his followers that, when they had made their prayers to the Father, they should remain for a time in silent receptivity to afford the indwelling spirit the better opportunity to speak.” 

(Paper 146:2.17- First Preaching Tour of Galilee).

Sufis strive for “ihsan” (or perfection of Worship), as detailed in a “hadith”. “Ihsan is to worship Allah as you see Him: if you can’t see him, surely He sees you.”

Worship and prayer: “Although the approach to the Paradise presence of the Father must await your attainment of the highest finite levels of spirit progression, you should rejoice in the recognition of the ever-present possibility of immediate communion with the bestowal spirit of the Father so intimately associated with your inner soul and your spiritualizing self. (Paper 5:1.3). ... the greatest evidence of the goodness of God and the supreme reason for loving him is the indwelling gift of the Father—the Adjuster who so patiently awaits the hour when you both shall be eternally made one. Though you cannot find God by searching, if you will submit to the leading of the indwelling spirit, you will be unerringly guided, step by step, life by life, through universe upon universe, and age by age, until you finally stand in the presence of the Paradise personality of the Universal Father.”(Paper 2:5.5 -The Nature and Love of God).

Sufism has been described as the “interiorization and intensification of Islamic faith and practice.”

“Those who have received and recognized the indwelling of God have been born of the Spirit. ‘You are the temple of God,

and the spirit of God dwells in you.’ It is not enough that this spirit be poured out upon you; the divine Spirit must dominate

and control every phase of human experience. It is the presence of the divine Spirit…” (Paper 34.6 – The Spirit in Man).

Sufi monastic practice emphasizes discipline, poverty, abstinence, and sometimes celibacy. The practices of the “whirling dervish” is worship to “The One.”

“Prayer, when indited by the spirit, leads to co-operative spiritual progress. The ideal prayer is a form of spiritual communion which leads to intelligent worship. True praying is the sincere attitude of reaching heavenward for the attainment of your ideals.” (Paper 144.2.2 – The Discourse on Prayer).

Comments

  • 2020-04-20 10:59 AM | Cristina (Administrator)
    This is so cool Stevie. How did you figure this all out?
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    • 2020-04-20 1:39 PM | Stephanie
      Thank you Cristina - First of all I love experiencing various faith groups and focusing on commonalities, as well as experiencing a 5 month Sufi Intensive retreat, and many wonderful years of attending "Sufi dancing" - universal dances of peace once weekly at the Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu. Most importantly was study and reality testing these concepts by dialoguing with other religionists that practice Sufism and Islam!!!! And the interfaith committee of the fellowship has been very supportive - please see the history of the Commonalities of Faith project also posted on this interfaith interface blog!!! Love, Stevie
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