10 Principle Investigations in Tasawwuf (Sufism)

Islamic Studies

The Basics of Tasawwuf

by Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

1- Definition: Purification of the heart.
True devotion to Allah in the ways He likes by the means He likes.
… Acting upon knowledge;
Acquiring the good characters and getting rid of the bad. 

2- Subject: Allah, as how He can be known; or hearts & souls, as how to purify them.

3- Fruit: The purification of the heart and knowing the Master of the worlds and attaining the Station of ihsân.

4- Merit: Tasawwuf is of high merit. Its nobility stems from its subject. Ihsân is one of the three levels of this deen and the highest.

5- Relation to other disciplines: It is the base of the Sharia; without it acts of worship become imperfect. It isthe core of Quran and Sunnah and the tissue of Muslims spiritual life.

6- Name: The word “tasawwuf” is derrived from souf (wool). Tasawwuf has been known…

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