What is Sufism?
Sufism is the mystical
dimension of Islam based on the esoteric, or "inner-meaning" of its
scripture, namely the Qur'an. Sufism's central doctrine is based on a
verse of the Qur'an; in which God says, "I created man and breathed My
spirit into him." This "Divine spark" placed into every individual, says
the Sufi, must be nurtured and cherished. Furthermore, each individual
"spark" or "spirit" separated from the Universal Spirit, desires to return
and reunite with the Universal spirit. This is confirmed by another verse
in the Qur'an, which says "from God we came, and to God shall we
." This "returning" is vital and central to the Sufi doctrine.
Now, the Sufi embarks on a spiritual journey known as the Sufi Path; a
path of devotion and love; which leads to none other than God Himself. I
shall have more to say [about this] later on.