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Author: Hadi Abu-Ghazalah

What is Sufism?

What is Sufism?

Traditionally, sufism is one of the established Islamic sciences that deals with self-development and development of better character.

The major approach to achieve that purpose is based on observing three levels:

  1. Body: Commitment to the basic principles of Islam.
  2. Heart: Commitment to clean the heart from impurities such as:
    • envy,
    • hatred,
    • selfishness,
    • forgetfulness.
  3. Spirit: Commitment to have a pure recognition of God?[Dhikr] and achieve ultimate human perfection on the example of our Most Beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings upon him).

Masters of this science include among others:

  1. Imam Abul-Qasim Al-Junaid
  2. Imam Abu-Hamid Al-Ghazali
  3. Imam Abu- Abdulrahman Al-Sulami

 

What is a Prophet?

What is a Prophet?

The concept of Prophet in Islam is very specific.

A prophet is someone who has been formally commissioned by God to pass on a message to people.

  • It is a very honourable title given only by God. No one can acquire prophethood, no matter how good he can be. It is something granted by God alone beyond any doubt.
  • Prophets are usually supported with miracles.
  • Prophets are perfect?role models.
  • Prophets are human.?They eat, drink, go shopping, marry, have children.
  • Prophets are protected from committing sins.
  • Prophets must:
    • be truthful,
    • be trustworthy,
    • be intelligent, and
    • have conveyed their message in full to people the way it was revealed to them by God.
  • The Quran mentioned 25 of them, such as:
    • Noah,
    • Ibrahim,
    • Moses,
    • Jesus Christ, and
    • Mohammad (Peace and blessings be upon them all).
What Makes You A Muslim?

What Makes You A Muslim?

To be a Muslim, it takes up to 5 steps:

  1. TESTIMONY: Say:

I witness that there is no god but God,

and that?Muhammad is the Messenger of God

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2. PRAYERS: Perform the 5 daily Prayers: at Dawn, Noon, Afternoon, Sunset, and Night.

3. CHARITY: Pay Charity to the poor at the rate of 2.5% if you have money more than the value of 85 grams of gold for over a year.

4. FASTING: Fast the Lunar month of Ramdan every year, from dawn to sunset.

5. PILGRIMAGE: Do pilgrimage to the House of God in Mecca once in a lifetime, if you can afford

The Reality of Death

The Reality of Death

In Abrahamic faith, presented in its last version of Islam, it is believed that:

Principle Arabic Tradition
Application
  • Every single one is perishing. No one can stay alive.
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Agent of Death
  • An angel of death is assigned by God to claim the souls of those whom ages came due.
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Sudden Death
  • Anyone who dies ‘by accident’, or is killed, must have consumed ALL their prescribed age.
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Volume of Ultimate?Death
  • Everyone shall ultimately perish at the end of the world with the First Blow of the Horn. No one will be left alive.
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Manners of Speech

Manners of Speech

Following are principles for speech of spiritual people, as guided in the Abrahamic Faith:

Principle ?Tradition
Speed
  • Do not talk hastily.
  • Utter words clearly without mumbling.
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Conciseness
  • Talk in discrete countable words.
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?Depth
  • Talk heart to heart, and make sure people understand what you say.
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Content
  • Do not engage in gossip or ?nonsense chatting.
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Repetition
  • Repeat important statements three times, until clearly understood.
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Greeting
  • Repeat greeting three times if not properly heard
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Language
  • Talk the same language of those you address.
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Pedagogy

  • Do not be overly formal in your speech.
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