The Jihad between Sufi Tariqa & Sufi Fanaticism

“O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth.” (Qur’an 4:157)

Though this particular text was directed towards the Jewish and Christianity community it applies to the Muslim community as well.  This is the case simply because it has nothing to do with the application of law but a general admonition that applies to all times.

 

“But as for those who strive hard in Our cause -We shall most certainly guide them onto OUR PATHS that lead unto Us: for, behold, Allah is true with the doers of good.” (Qur’an 29:69)

 

I also want to say that from the outset Sufism and the teachings of Sufism have been an integral part of Islam from the very beginning. Sufism has been transformative in the lives of many people. Just as Islam has a branch of science for creed, so that we have purified thoughts about our creator and a branch of science for the law, so that we have interactions with fellow human beings are of a purified nature, it has a branch of science for the purification of the heart.

 

However, just as Muslims have clashed over the various narratives on regards to what is the correct creed and what is the correct understanding of the law so to have we clashed over which methodology for the purification of the heart is best.

 

I am posting this because all too often there is a ‘Public Relations‘ game that is being done with people who know little to nothing about Islam.

It is the case of rival siblings trying to get the parent to punish the other.   Beyond the many rivalries and divisions among the Muslims, there probably is none more fierce than the internal conflicts among our brothers from the ‘Ahl Sunnah‘.  Especially when it comes to the issues of creed.

 

Even more fierce than the bloodshed over issues of creed is the fealty given to Sufi Shaykhs and allegiance to their various competing Tariqa’s.

Today the west is being told that the ‘innocent‘ Muslims aka ‘Sufis‘ are in a struggle with the ‘Wahhabi‘ or extreme Muslims.  Thus, the hope is that the western powers, intelligence apparatus, and so forth will listen to these cries of ‘wolf, wolf‘ and bring their might down to bare upon their rivals.

Sufism is being touted as the ‘non-violent‘  ‘apolitical’ version of Islam. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Truth be told the various rival Sufi factions do not have the political or financial influence they once did.  Although certain groups are making cozy with certain political powers.

The Ottoman Empire, for example, was certainly not ‘Wahhabi

This should be an eye-opener for many.   Timothy Winter or  ‘Abdal-Hakim Murad is certainly no friend of ‘Wahhabism

and we find the following statement: http://masud.co.uk/ISLAM/ahm/AHM-Ottoman_spirituality.htm

This Sufi vision cherished by simple cavalrymen gave the Turks a military prowess whose achievements in some ways recalled the early conquests of Islam. The first Ottoman sultans were urged to continue the fight for the faith by spiritual guides whose fame and sanctity had brought them into the intimate circle of the ruler, thereby adding to his charisma. The most prominent example was Ak Semseddin (d.1459), the physician, mystic poet and Sufi instructor (“seyh) who encouraged Mehmed II to conquer Constantinople, and who preached the first Friday sermon at the former cathedral of Aya Sofya. [ii] The power of his spiritual impact, as well as the Islamic sophistication of the ruler, are evident in much of Mehmed’s poetry, as in a lyric poem where the sultan uses the classical Sufi metaphors of spiritual drunkenness to affirm his dependence on his preceptor:”

So now we turn our attention to the Sufi, Ibn Tumart.  Ibn Tumart traveled to Baghdad where he met with contemporaries of Imam Al Ghazali as well as his students. This interaction ignited a flame, a passion within Ibn Tumart who came back to the Maghrib (North Africa) and virtually slaughtered all those who did not accept the Ashari’ theological creed.

 

Here is an interesting extract:

“It is nothing but bigotry and small-mindedness, if not political, Indeed, in Morocco, when Al-Mahdi b.Toumart returned from his travels seeking knowledge in the East, meeting many great Ash’ari scholars like Al-Kiya Al-Harrasi, he proceeded to disseminate the school throughout Morocco, When he claimed to disseminate the school throughout Morocco. When he claimed to be the Mahdi, and established the Almohad state, he obliged the population to adhere to the school, and fought against the school of the early Muslims, dismissing the previous Almoravid state as “anthropomorphists”,  when they actually were upon the way of the early Muslims in their beliefs. He called his own dynasty  Muwahhidun (“Monotheist”). He also opposed the Maliki school and the scholars of Morocco and Andalusia who adhered to it. In this way, enmity developed between the two groups; and the inherent cause was political.”  

Source: -The Hadith Scholar, Professor ‘Abdullah Guenon Al-Hasani, President of the Morrocan League of Scholars and Member of the Islamic World League, Mecca’  taken from page 326 (Notions that Must Be Corrected by Shaykh Muhammad b ‘Alawi Al-Maliki Al Hasani)

 

I would encourage you to read an account of Ibn Tumart’s slaughter of Muslims who opposed his Sufi Sunni Ashari vision of Islam.

 

The Rivalry between the Sufis factions.

The rivalry between various Sufi /Sunni factions is unreal.

Here are some articles from Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad  (himself a follower of the Shafi madhab of the Ahl Sunnah, a believer in Ashari school of creed and follower of the Naqshabandi Sufi Tariqa.

He acts on the permission of his Shaykh the late Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani. * (Surely we are Allah’s and unto Allah is the return of us all.)

Thus he fired off some refutations of the followers of a rival Sufi order. The followers of this Sufi order follow the Shafi madhab of the Ahl Sunnah, they believe in the Ashari school of creed and follow the Rif’ai Sufi Tariqa.

You can see the following refutations of them here:

http://www.sunnah.org/fiqh/refuting_the_habashis.htm

As well as this one: http://www.livingislam.org/o/murb_e.html

 

*Note  I want to say that may Allah (swt) bless Shaykh Nazim (raheemullah) and my condolences to his family.  (Verily we belong to Allah (swt) and to Allah (swt) is our return.)

Though I obviously disagree with much that they stand for there can be no doubt in my heart and my mind that they have brought many from the tipping point of darkness into illuminating light.    So with that, I also want to say all the best to the new “Khilafa” of the Tariqah, the honourable Shaykh Mehmet as well as Shaykh Adnan and Shaykh Hisham (May Allah swt bless them all and put the unity in their hearts!)

 

In the above article, there are also some harsh words for fellow Sunni Muslims. This time those who follow the Maliki madhab of the Ahl Sunnah, believe in the Ashari school of creed and follow the Darqawi Sufi Tariqa.

Yet you can see the refutations of those who follow the Naqshabandi Sufi Tariqa from the followers of the Darqawi Sufi Tariqah here: http://asadullahali.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/esoteric-deviiation-in-islam.pdf

 

Most likely the following statement was not very well appreciated by the Naqshabandi Haqqani Sufi Tariqa:

“There is a man associated with Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani who holds a belief of this nature. He wrote: “As with many things that need changing, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it probably won’t happen until Sayiddina Mahdi, alayhi wa Salam, reveals his presence. Until then, I do not consider my participation in the paper-money system any kind of sin whatsoever.” The question of paper-money is irrelevant here, what is evident is that the coming of the Mahdi could somehow exonerate some, or indeed any, wrongdoing. Later this statement was tacitly endorsed by Dr. Fouad Haddad (who would appear to be the qaddem/representative of Shaykh Nazim) in a new statement: “Waiting on the Mahdi is part of the Sunna,” written immediately after the aforementioned statement was issued. In addition, they seem to support the well known Shi’a story of the ‘occultation’ of the Mahdi. I shall provide more details later. One of his students confided to us that Shaykh Nazim often refers to the coming of the Mahdi in his speeches.”

Source: (pg 103 Esoteric Deviation In Islam by Shaykh Umar Vadillo)

 

Then another refutation of the Naqshabani Haqqani Tariqa, by fellow followers of the Ahl Sunnah, who follow the Hanafi and Shaf’i schools of jurisprudence and follow the Ashari and Maturdi schools of theology; and follow the Rifa’i Sufi Tariqa.

http://www.aicp.org/index.php/islamic-information/text-pdf/english/42-the-irrefutable-proof-that-nazim-alqubrusi-negates-islam  

The above refutation was done by Shaykh Samir Kadi who says that he is ‘An Ashari in creed, a Shaf’i in jurisprudence and a Rifa’i in Tariqa.

 

 

Sharif Abu-al-‘Abbas Lakhdar Sidi Ahmed El Idrissi Tamacini of the Tijani Sufi Tariqa was involved in a long and protracted conflict with another faction of the Tijani Sufi Tariqa over rather a prayer entitled “The Pearl of Perfection” should be said 11 or 12 times.  Tijani Sufi killed Tijani Sufi.

Al-Hajj ‘Umar b Sa’id Tall himself a leading Tijani Sufi shaykh, waged ruthless wars against members of the Mukhtariyya Qadiriyya Sufi Tariqa.

 

What is the fruit of all this killing of Muslims by Muslims?

Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib master of the Darqawi Sufi order is said to have commented about a Tijani aspirant who visited him

“A Tijani faqir came to Shaykh Ibn al-Habib once while we sat with him. He informed the Shaykh that in the Tijani tariqa they did not have a Shaykh and that they did not consider one necessary. It was enough to follow the guidance of Sidi Ahmad Tijani. Our Master was silent for a while before he spoke. Then he raised his eyes and looked at the young man. ‘A dead midwife,’ he told him, ‘cannot deliver a live child.’ the faqir turned pale and then buried his head in his hands and wept from the depth of his being.”

Source: (https://bewley.virtualave.net/diwanpre.html)

 

The Tijani Sufi Tariqa has made some very interesting claims about their Shaykh. You can see that here:

https://ismaheelbakare.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/12-defending-tijaniyyah.pdf

 

I would direct the reader to page ’19’ of the text; where their Shaykh is called “Khatam al-Wilayah al-Muhammadiyyah

You can contrast this with the following:

http://nurmuhammad.com/NaqshbandiSecrets/qutbanniyya.htm

 

Please see the section with the title:

THE RANK OF SULTAN UL AULIYA

“Everything that you know of is under the spiritual control of the Sultan ul Auliya. He is the one who is in charge of all mankind in this universe. He is also in charge of all the world of Jinn’s and Angels as the Sultan of Mankind is also in charge of all the Jinn and of all Malaika (Angels). This Maqam (station) of Sultan ul Auliya is a Maqam related to the hearts. Not even a thought can be comprehended of the greatness of this Maqam. This Maqam in this time is related to Moulana Sheik Nazim.”

“Moulana has been given the power to be in every heart of every human being in this universe. He also has the immense power of being able to make the Divine Light of Allah Almighty and all the 124,000 Prophets to enter into the hearts and bodies of all humanity in just one moment.

Also not very interesting is that both the Naqashabandi Sufi and their rivals the Tijani Sufi have said that ‘Imam Mahdi‘ will come from their ranks!

So watch as these and other rival Sufi groups rumble over this issue in the future.  (May Allah s.w.t protect us and safeguard the unity of Muslims!)

When Imam Abdul Latif Finch was in Singapore some years back he made the comment that “When I was a Shadhili I was hardly receiving any openings but the moment I became a Tijani I received so many openings.

I was having a light moment with a friend of mine and I said to him. “I could guarantee you that somewhere on this planet there is someone saying “I was a Tijani and I hardly received any openings but the moment I became a Shadhili I received so many openings.”

Conclusion:

When you look at the kind of loyalty and even blind fanaticism and sycophants that surround these Shaykhs and various competing Sufi Tariqah’s it could make for some very tragic situations in the future.

Realize this dear brothers and sisters.  Allah (swt) has not given all of his blessings to any single creature.  The proof of this is that even his most noble creation, Muhammed (saw) was not given the blessing to read and to write.

If anyone thinks that this is speaking in an irreverent manner than the question needs to be put to them.  “Is Allah (swt) in need of Muhammed (saw) or is Muhammed (saw) in need of Allah (swt)?”

Only is Allah (swt) the Self Sufficient.

Allah (swt) reminds us concerning those who elevated the station of Christ Jesus son of Mary (alayhi salam) to an extreme.

“The Messiah, son of Mary, was no other than a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) had passed away before him. And his mother was a saintly woman. And they both used to eat food. See how We make the revelations clear for them, and see how they are turned away!” (Qur’an 5:75)

As well as the following statement in the Qur’an:

“Blessed is He who, if He willed, could have made for you [something] better than that – gardens beneath which rivers flow – and could make for you palaces.” (Qur’an 25:10)

Whatever station, whatever claim, ever baraka or blessing that anyone ever makes know that Allah (swt) is capable of doing more than that!

I have not even scratched the surface on the tip of an iceberg in regard to the gravity of this situation.  I haven’t even touched the many rivalries of the Indian subcontinent; nor those of the Middle East and Turkey.   I have no doubt that a multitude of volumes could be written detailing and documenting the rival claims, rivalries, and bloodshed between the various competing Sufi Tariqas.

The issue with the various competing Sufi factions is that they show a face of peace, and cooperation and tolerance, but underneath the thin veneer is oftentimes some disquieting agenda in which the dominance of their version of Islam is just as troubling as the ‘Wahhabis‘.

 

People will claim that the Shaykh can do this and that they witnessed that.  We have seen they all make contradictory and competing claims.  I guess my question to all these Shaykhs is that when they do these miracles and have these visions and dreams,  my question is this.  “How much of that is Allah, and how much of it is you?

 

 

If Allah were to punish men for their wrong-doing, He would not leave, on the (earth), a single living creature: but He gives them respite for a stated Term: When their Term expires, they would not be able to delay (the punishment) for a single hour, just as they would not be able to anticipate it (for a single hour).” (Qur’an 16:61)

 

“But as for those who strive hard in Our cause -We shall most certainly guide them onto OUR PATHS that lead unto Us: for, behold, Allah is true with the doers of good.” (Qur’an 29:69)

“And each one hath a goal toward which he is turned; so vie with one another in good works. Wheresoever you may be, Allah will bring you all together. Lo! Allah is Able to do all things.” (Qur’an 2:148)

 

 

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  1. harun

    “Beyond the many rivalries and divisions among the Muslims there probably is none more fierce than the internal conflicts among the Sunni sect. ”

    This is probably correct (and God knows best). However, I believe if shias or ibadis were the majority of the ummah, they would have internal conflicts as fierce as our sunni conflicts. Being a minority in the ummah is welding shias and ibadis together.

    “Today the west is being told that the ‘innocent’ Muslims aka ‘Sufis‘ are in a struggle with the ‘Wahabbi’ or extreme Muslims. (…) Sufism is being touted as the ‘non violent’ ‘apolitical’ version of Islam. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Truth be told the various rival Sufi factions do not have the political or financial influence they once did.”

    I (sunni sufi myself) agree that sufism is not in itself peaceful. However, in modern times we see many violence from salafis (ISIS/Al-Nusra/Al-Shabaab), Ikhwanis (Hamas) and shias (Hizbollah), but very little from sufis. And if sufis are violent its mostly self-defense like ASWJ in Somalia. I think it is valid to say that sufism belongs to the more peaceful and tolerant branches of Islam.

    Sufis are not only peaceful when they have no political influence. In Senegal sufis hold immense political power and they still do not oppress other religions as far as I know.

    “The issue with the various competing Sufi factions is that they show a face of peace, and cooperation and tolerance, but underneath the thin veneer is some disquieting agenda in which the dominance of their version of Islam is just as troubling as the ‘Wahabbis’.”

    Well, I would argue that when the sufi ottomans were the most powerful muslim nation, the ummah was in a better situation than they are now where we see salafism spreading everywhere. I do however agree that there shouldnt be one muslim group dominating the rest since diversity of thought and practice is a blessing from our Lord.

    • Thank you for your comments. Please know that I am in the process of revamping all these articles. Insh’Allah. I am trying to improve spelling and grammar.

      I am also trying to be more reconcilitory in them as well.

      As for me personally I have attended dhikr with Naqshabandi Haqqani, Qadiri, Tariqah Al Huda, Chishti, Tijiani, Shadhili and Balawi -all in Singapore.

      Out of all of them I feel most connected to Naqshabandi Haqani. This I believe is due to their connection to Abu Bakr (r.a) whom I have great love and admiration for after the Blessed Prophet (saw).

      “This is probably correct (and God knows best). However, I believe if shias or ibadis were the majority of the ummah, they would have internal conflicts as fierce as our sunni conflicts. Being a minority in the ummah is welding shias and ibadis together.”

      I think that is a fair statement. I could agree with that.

      • harun

        BarakAllahu feek, brother. I really enjoy your work here.

      • Jazak’Allahu khayran. Please keep me in your du’a. Please make du’a for our sisters and brothers in Palestine, Kashmir, Syria, Yemen, China, Myanmar, India, every where.

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