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WHAT
IS
SUFISM?
by
MARTIN LINGS
(Abu Bakr
Siraj-ud-DTn)
S~LACADEMYLAHORE
PAKISTAN
 
Copyright
©
Martin Lings
1975,1983, 2005
All
rights reserved
.
No
part
of
this publication
may
be
reproduced
in
whole or
in
part,
Of
stored
in
a retrieval system, or transmitted
in
any
form
or
by
any means, electronic or mechanical; includingphotocopying
and
recording or otherwise,without written permission
of
the
publisher.Published
in
Pakistan with
the
permission
of
the
copyright ownerPrinted
at
the Carvan Press, Darbar Market, Lahore
for
Muhammad
Aslam
SuhailProduced
and
distributed
by
Suhail Academy, Chowk
Urdu
Bazar, Lahore, PakistanFirst published
in
1983
Second Impression
1999
Third Impression
2005
Cataloguing
in
Publication
Data:
1.
Martin Lings
2.
What
is
Sufism?
3.
Islam
4.
Sufism
5.
Sufism-
Doctrines
4.
Islamic Spirituality
Pp.
134,
Size,
cm
22.5
x
14.5
ISBN
969-519-084-7
 
Author's Preface
The title
of
this book
is
a question; and that question,
as
far
as
the Western world
is
concerned, has been given somedubious and suspect answers in recent years. Moreover therapidly expanding interest in
Sufism
increases still furtherthe need for a reliable introductory
book-introductory
inthe sense that it requires no special knowledge, and reliablein that it
is
not written any more simply than truth will allow.But though such a book may presuppose no special know-ledge, it necessarily presupposes a deep and searching interestin spiritual things. More particularly, it presupposes at leastan inkling
of
the possibility
of
direct inward
perception
an inkling that may become a
seed
of
aspiration.
Or
at thevery least, it presupposes that the soul shall not be closed tothis possibility. Nearly
1000
years ago a great
Sufi
definedSufism
as
'taste', because its aim and its end could be summedup
as
direct knowledge
of
transcendent truths, such knowledgebeing, insofar
as
its directness
is
concerned, more comparableto the experiences
of
the senses than to mental knowledge.Most Western readers
of
this book will have heard quiteearly in life that 'the Kingdom
of
Heaven is within you'.They will also have heard the words.:'Seek and ye shall find;knock and it shall be opened unto you'. But how many
of
them have ever received any instruction in the way
of
seekingor the art
of
knocking? And even
as
these last four wordswere being written down, it
came
to mind that they are, in thisgiven context, an answer to the very question put by our title.Enough has now been said to make it clear that although oursubject may be treated
summarily-a
book
of
this
size,
for
so
vast a theme,
is
bound to be
summary-it
cannot be treated

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