The word sufi is derived from the arabic word suf which means wool and which refers to the coarse woolen robes that were worn by the prophet muhammad pbuh and by his close companions. There are signs of god everywhere in the universe and in man himself. Islamic mysticism had several stages of growth, including 1 the appearance of early asceticism, 2 the development of a classical mysticism of divine love, and 3 the rise and proliferation of fraternal orders of mystics. Tasawuf or sufism is a popular form of islamic mysticism since 3rd hijri century. There are thousands of books written on this genre. Sufism download books, sacred, spiritual texts and pdf e. Books on sufism beginner, intermediate and advanced designations were determined by dr. The sufism of the rubaiyat or the secret of the great paradox by norton f. On the basis of this document, dukchi ishan made an appeal for ghazavat. Pdf the origin and evolution of sufism researchgate. Sufism has come under successive attacks and has gradually been objectified as. History of sufism sufism has been a prominent movement within islam throughout most of its history.
Mysticism is concerned with the nature of reality, the individuals struggle to attain a clear vision of reality, and the transformation of consciousness that accompanies such vision. The forty rules of love by elif shafak, the conference of the birds by attar of nishapur, the essential rumi by rumi, the sufis. In the vast historical process of the ideologization of islam. Ive selected quotations from a number of islamic works which i feel illustrate these issues. Historical beginnings of sufism llewellyn vaughanlee.
Despite these general stages, however, the history of islamic mysticism is largely a history of individual mystic experience. However, the past and present history of sufism has witnessed. Download masnavi rumi, saadi, hafiz, khayam, attar in pdf format. It grew out of an early ascetic movement within islam, which sought to counteract the worldliness that came with the rapid expansion of the muslim community. Flowers skip to main content this banner text can have markup. It is often considered a dreadful way of life by many due to the practice of an extreme form of asceticism by its adherents. Pdf an analytical study of rise and development of sufism. From the introductory series on sufism, the sufi path of love and the secrets of mystical oneness with llewellyn vaughanlee.805 1393 1421 1386 327 686 1119 505 1663 224 551 1589 757 1054 1625 665 1113 417 674 920 697 912 1471 712 1048 364 407 802 787 242 359 558 45 686 1019 725 601 1111