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The Importance Of Sufism In Islam

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Introduction
Sufism is one of the most amazing, thought-provoking but equally controversial aspects of the Islamic religion. It is a part of Islam; whose beliefs vary from that of traditional Muslims but is derived from a more philosophical and social standpoint with a focus on closeness to God and attaining the truth of divine love and knowledge. The term “Sufism” represents a school of thought rooted in the Islamic mystical philosophy and theology, whose beliefs and principles exerted significant influences across various aspects of Islamic politics and culture across the world. Their practices of complete/literal absorption in other to have a physical feeling of closeness to God along with their other beliefs leaves them with the famed title of Islamic mysticism (Miller).
Sufi Mysticism has always been criticized by Muslim scholars mainly because they share many things in common with mystics of other religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Zoroastrianism among others. Although its origins are not completely from Islam nor does it agree with all of Islam’s doctrines, Sufism has still been widely accepted by the Muslim community (Smith, 2005). The depth of the Sufis beliefs and principles begs to question the different theologies that shaped the formation of this fascinating religion and how it went on to influence the Islamic world and its cultural/artistic derivatives.

Descriptions of Sufism
The beliefs, principles, and rituals of the Sufi movement holds a great
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