Questions regarding Sufism

Apr 2015
52
UK
#1
1) What is Sufism?


2) Why does Sufism and Sufi groups seem to have had a major influence over the Muslim world in the past?


3) Does Sufism still exist and if so how many people are modern day Sufis?
 

M.S. Islam

Ad Honorem
Jul 2012
2,734
Dhaka
#2
1) What is Sufism?
Sufism to Islam is what Gnosticism is to Christianity.


2) Why does Sufism and Sufi groups seem to have had a major influence over the Muslim world in the past?
Sufism never had major influence on Muslims, except where Islam spread thru Sufi preachers, e.g. Indian subcontinent. Never more than a fringe group, they originally were considered heretics.


3) Does Sufism still exist and if so how many people are modern day Sufis?
Classical Sufism, as propagated by the likes of al-Ghazzali, doesn't exist anymore. What we have today are nothing more than punks masquerading as sufis.
 

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