What is Sufism?

The substance of Sufism is the Truth and the meaning of Sufism is the selfless experiencing and actualization of the Truth. The practice of Sufism is the intention to go towards the Truth, by means of love and devotion. This is called the tarigat, the spiritual path or way towards God. 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.

  • Sufism Defined

    Sufism is a school for the actualization of divine ethics. It involves an enlightened inner being, not intellectual proof; revelation and witnessing, not logic. By divine ethics, we are referring to ethics that transcend mere social convention, a way of being that is the actualization of the attributes of God.
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  • Poetry

    These poems communicate through symbolic expressions the depth of sufi spirituality, the inner states of mystical love, and the Unity of Being. They reveal aspects of Sufism and of traveling the sufi path that are not accessible in prose writings.
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  • Discourses

    For more than fifty years, Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, Master of the Nimatullahi Order, has written and edited numerous books on Sufism, elucidating its theory and practice. A number of years ago, Dr. Nurbakhsh for the first time began to deliver a series of discourses on Sufism directly to a group of his disciples in London.
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  • Articles

    This statement has been made repeatedly by sufi masters over the centuries to caution their disciples about he dangers of an intellectual approach to Sufism. What such masters have been repudiating is the belief that one may become a sufi merely through reading or rational discourse.
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