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A short description
The substance and definition of Sufism:
the substance of Sufism is the Truth and the definition of Sufism is the selfless experiencing and
actualization of the Truth.
The practice of Sufism:
the practice of Sufism is the intention to go towards the Truth, by means of love and devotion. This is called the
Tariqat, the Spiritual Path or way towards God.
The definition of the sufi:
the sufi is one who is a lover of Truth, who by means of love and devotion moves towards the Truth, towards the Perfection
which all are truly seeking. As necessitated by Love's jealousy, the sufi
is taken away from all except the Truth-Reality. For this reason, in Sufism
it is said that,
"Those who are inclined towards the hereafter can not pay
attention to the material world.Likewise, those who are involved in the
material world can not concern themselves with the hereafter. But the sufi
is unable to attend to either of these worlds".
Concerning this same idea,Shebli has said,
"One who dies for the love of the material world, dies a
hypocrite. One who dies for the love of the hereafter, dies an ascetic.
But one who dies for the love of the Truth, dies a sufi".