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The Sufic Path

The Sufic Path

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Published by: Saleem Andrew McGroarty on Feb 14, 2010
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The Sufic Path
The Sufic Path is the path of the messenger Muhammad,Blessings and peace be upon him.
THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM ARE:1.
 
Affirmation
[
shahadah
] - that there is no plurality of Divinity but that TheDivinity is singular and that Muhammd is the Messenger of The Divinity.
2.
 
Prostration
[
salat
] - ritually performed five times a day, from dawn tonight.
3.
 
Abstention
[
sawm
] - To fast throughout the month of Ramadan each year,from dawn to sunset.
4.
 
Benefaction
[
zakat
]
 
- a donation of 2% of one's possessions and earningsthroughout the year, to the needy.
5.
 
Expedition
[
hajj
]
 
- the pilgrimage to the purified places of standing andcircling and going between Safa and Marwa, in the ritual acts of ancientpractice as performed by the Prophet MuhammadThis is not an 'orthodox view' - for that is not the language of Islam. This is notoutward legalism, although it is structural. If you like, these obligatorypractices are the skeleton of the body and tasawwuf (or sufisrn) is the bloodthat keeps the body alive. One without the other means death. The person of the sufic path - the
mutasawwif 
affirms the need for form and orientationwhile in the world of phenomena and duality, otherwise we separate the worldfrom the truth. It is not that the obligatory rites are some 'outward' practicesand the sufic practice is some inner esotericism. This is the view of the peopleof duality. Rather, the people of the sufic path are lovers of Allah, so they dowhat is pleasing to Allah - and this path is derived from the Blessing of Creation, Muhammad, may Allah bless him and give him peace. There can beno authentic spiritual path that does not come from the Source of Life itself,Allah, may He be exalted. Thus any authentic spiritual tradition traces back toa Prophet, be it Krishna, Buddha, or Muhammad. This is the Qur'anic guidance.All the Shaykhs of Sufism affirm the Unity and the submission to the practice(
sunna
) of the Prophet and have lived life in full accordance with the IslamicSharia. The Venerable Master Muhammad ibn al-Habib, may Allah cover him in
 
mercy, says in the Introduction to his blessed Diwan:
'We praise Allah, theGlorious and Exalted, for the mysteries with which He has entrusted us, and  for the knowledge, gnosis, and illumination He has bestowed on us. We render thanks to Him, may His Majesty be exalted, and bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone, without partner, for this is the testimony of those of the people of Annihilation in the Unity (Tawhid) who have drawn close to Him. And we testify that our Lord Muhammad is His slave and Messenger whom Allah sent as a mercy to the whole of creation.' 
The Path of Islam is a Way that brings together and unifies and harmonizes allthe disparate and discordant elements of the human experience. Crucial to it,and central, and essential is the alchemical practice of the ritual prostrationsthat replace man in his true position among the stars by the movement of theSun, and the Fast and Hajj which focus for him his place within the changingcycles of the lunar fasting and pilgrimage MARK the man, year. These acts of prostration, alter him, sculpt him, unfold his true nature with the samesimplicity that washing and sitting and purring reveal the nature of the cat.Rumi, the great Master of Eastern Sufism has said that if a man truly theobligatory prostration he would stand in this world and performed bow into thenext. In learning, all sciences radiate out from the primary obligatory scienceof 'knowing how to behave towards the Creator and the creatures.'
"THE DEEN* OF ISLAM IS NOTHING BUT CORRECT BEHAVIOR."
* (exchange, orthe debt - between man and his Creator, commonly mis-translated as religion)
 
To be a complete human being you must learn behavior too from the source,i.e. from the Creator Himself who asks through the medium of the Prophetwhat is expected of mankind. Correct social behavior begins on the prayer mat- for there you take upon yourself the act of orienting your being andsubmitting it to harmony and pattern, and awe of the Creator. Society as it isat present structured, or rather as it at present is slowly imploding - for itsoutward rigidity is marked by an inward collapse - is, according to theprofoundest doctrines of Sufic teaching and Islam, based "on fantasy andsustained by fantasy". "Truly man is at a loss" says Allah, may He be exalted, inHis Qur'an [103;1-3]. The very foundation of what is taught to children in thepresent situation is an illusion about existence. The nature of man's innerexperiences, be they simply in his sleep or in his waking perceptions, isrendered meaningless in a world view that gives primacy to the material andsolid world of phenomena, and reduces all inner experience to the realm of something called 'subjective'. This comes near the nub of the whole affair, forit is essentially the nature of matter - of stuff, of forms, of creation itself thatis the illusion.Our psychology, our economic theory, our politics, our anthropology and ourmedicine - have all been based on a dualistic Cartesian view of reality, splitdown the middle - like poor modern man himself. The autistic child is the

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