Sufism And Orthodoxy

This is another article in the chapter Sufism from the classical manual on Sharia called Reliance of the Traveller. The articles are posted one by one in the order they are given in the book.

SUFISM AND ORTHODOXY

w9.11 (‘ Abd al-Qahir Baghdadi:) The book Tarikh al-Sufiyya [The history of the Sufis] by Abu ‘Abd ai-Rahman Sulami, comprises the biographies of nearly a thousand sheikhs of the Sufis, none of whom belonged to heretical sects and all of whom were of the Sunni community, with the exception of only three of them: Abu Hilman of Damascus, who pretended to be of the Sufis but actually believed in incarnationism (hulul, def: w7.1); Husayn ibn Mansur al-HaUaj, whose case remains problematic, though Ibn ‘ Ata’, Ibn Khafif, and Abul Qasim al-Nasrabadhi approved of him; and al-Qannad, whom the Sufis accused of being a Mu’tazilite (def: w6.4) and rejected, for the good does not accept the wicked (Usul ai-din (y23),315-16).

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