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Rejecters of Sufism (Tasawwuf)
Hadith Qudsi 25
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
"Allah (mighty and sublime be He) said:
Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him."
Sufism (Tasawwuf) is rejected under various pretexts. The favorite ground is that it is a heresy or an innovation.
In principle, those who reject Sufism (Tasawwuf) are neither the Mujtahid having exalted genius, deep learning and remarkable sharpness of intellect (that their rejection is taken as an authority) nor have they any supremacy over true theologians and erudite Sufis (that their opinion is accorded any weightage). According to Maulana Ahmed Ali Lahori (d. 1964 CE.) the rejecters of Sufism (Tasawwuf) are the thieves and bandits who wish to divorce from Faith one of its vital parts. It is indeed sane to brand them as heretics rather than stigmatize millions of pious soul’s right from Imam Hasan Basri down the ages. Such rejecters grope in mere ignorance. The Holy Quran declares about such prejudice-ridden folk:—
"Nay, they have belied the knowledge whereof they could not comprehend and what has not yet been fulfilled. Thus those before them did belie. Then see what was the end of the wrongdoers!" 10:39
They would have never dared reject this reality, had they heeded the following Divine Commandment :—
“"And follow not that of which you have no knowledge. Verily, the hearing, and the sight, and the heart of each of those ones will be questioned (by Allah).) 17:36
On the nature of Tasawwuf and true nature of Ahl at Tasawwuf Hadhrat Ali Hujwiri Rahmatullah alaih writes:
Murta'ish (Abu Muhammad Murta'ish Rahmatullah alaihi says: " At Tasawwuf Husn al Khulq,"' Tasawwuf (the path of the suluk) is good nature." This is of three sorts: firstly, towards Allah, by fulfilling His Commandments without hypocrisy; secondly towards men, by paying respect to one’s superiors and behaving with kindness to one's inferiors and with justice to one’s equals, and by not seeking recompense (revenge) and justice from men in general; (for personal attacks or slanders of others) and thirdly towards one’s self by not following the flesh and the Shaytaan. Whoever makes himself right in these three matters is a good-natured man.
This, which I have mentioned agrees with a story, told of Hadhrat A'isha Siddiqah Rathi Allahu ta ala anha. She was asked concerning the nature of the Rasul Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim.-
"Read from the Qur'an,” she replied. - For Allah has given information in the place where He says: " And if you call them to guidance, they hear not and you will see them looking at you, yet they see not.'' (Holy Qur'an 7:198)."
Allama Abdul Wahhaab Sha'raani Rahmatullah Alaihi commenting on the path of the Sufis says:
“The path of the Sufis is built upon the Qur'an and Sunnah, and is based upon living according to the Morals of the Prophets Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam and purified ones. It may not be blamed unless it violates an explicit statement from Qur’an, Sunnah or scholarly consensus (Ijma’) exclusively. If it does not contravene one of these, the very most one may say of it is that it is an understanding a Muslim man has been given, so let whoever wishes, act upon it and whoever does not refrain. This being as true of works as of understanding, so no pretext remains for condemning it except one's own low opinion of others, or interpreting what they do as ostentation (for worldly fame and glory), which is unlawful...To summarize, no one denies the states of the Sufis except one ignorant of the way they are.”