Friday, July 22, 2005

Sufism: Spiritual Experience & Wahdat al-Wujud

One thing I've noticed in the University is the common lack of understanding the heart of Sufism because the initial exposure to it is always sensationalized with stories of figures like Hallaj and Co...and then people accusing or implying that Sufism is pantheistic or panantheistic. The Shaykh al-Akbar, Ibn 'Arabi is also commonly accused of this, that, and the other due to misunderstanding of his explanation of Wahdat al-Wujud. Ustadha Umm Sahl (Sh. Nuh Ha Mim Keller's wife), explains...

Abd al-Ghani al-Nablusi by Ustadha Umm Sahl

I wish she'd write more often, may Allah preserve her.

Also, A Reader on Islamic Spirituality (Sufism)

Contains many good pieces depending on your interest.

The works of Nasr, Chittick, Murata, and Schimmel are among the better books I've read, even though I may not agree with them entirely on all issues (but how often do we agree with anyone on all issues?).

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