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Sufi Islam

An Ideology Of Impurity: How Internal Divisions Within ISIS May Prove To Be Its Undoing

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.04.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Reports that Iraqi Baathists, Iranian elements, and others have played a role in the workings of ISIS do not appear to be in keeping with the principle of ideological purity on which the Islamic State says it is based.

A Different Kind of Coup? Why You Should Care About A "Reclusive" Turkish Imam in Pennsylvania

John Barton | Posted 07.23.2016 | Religion
John Barton

Fethullah Gülen may be the most influential Muslim leader in the world that you've never heard of. Or, at least, that may have been true until last w...

Find Peace Now: Advice from a Medieval Muslim Saint

Rose Deighton | Posted 03.07.2016 | Religion
Rose Deighton

The world we live in is fast and whirling. We run for work and race to get home. We sleep too little, we eat too much, and we've completely forgotten ...

Meet One of the Many Muslims Trump Wants to Ban From America

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 12.22.2015 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

Feruzan had seen on the Turkish news that a leading American politician was talking about banning all Muslims from America. She, like most Turks who heard the news, was stunned that America, could produce such a politician.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.

Sufi Muslim Group Protests Roberto Cavalli's Logo

Religion News Service | Heather Adams | Posted 07.18.2014 | Religion

(RNS) A group devoted to the mystical Sufi tradition of Islam is taking to the streets and social media as it fights for the removal of the faith’s ...

Female Sufi Mystics Of The Pankisi Gorge Keep Islam Alive Amidst Conflict

Al Jazeera America | Tara Isabella Burton | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion

In a Georgian valley with a reputation for arms smugglers and aspiring terrorists, a group of women keep the Sufi musical tradition alive....

Rumi Illuminates The Mystical Divine

Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion

The Sufi mystic poet Jalaluddin Rumi's piercing insights about the divine love and oneness of God remain just as profound in modern times as they were...

20 Mystical Love Poetry Quotes From Rumi

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafifz | Posted 02.14.2014 | Religion

When it comes to searingly passionate poetry, 13th-century Persian poet Jalaluddin Rumi has no equal. The Sufi mystic's declarations of love speak acr...

Crackdown, Misunderstanding of Uyghur Faith

Greg Fay | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
Greg Fay

Although overseas observers may have difficulty accurately interpreting Uyghurs' Islamic beliefs, there is no confusion over whether they experience religious control from China's government.

How Many Sufis Are There In World Islam?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 09.19.2011 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

As a Muslim Sufi adherent, I am troubled especially by an expression of contempt very widely cast against Sufism by Islam-hating amateur experts in the West. That is the claim of Sufi irrelevance.

The Islamic Notion of Beauty

William C. Chittick, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
William C. Chittick, Ph.D.

If God is beautiful, then there is nothing truly beautiful but God. And if God is loving, then no one truly loves but he.

Sufi Islam: Reclaiming Muslim Spirituality

Fahad Faruqui | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fahad Faruqui

The rapturous quality of Sufi poetry continues to fascinate me, but the idea of loving and seeking God while listening to radical mullahs is deeply troubling. Prostration to God devoid of spirituality is no different from doing sit-ups.

From Fes with Love: Bridging Cultural Divides with Music, Art, and Dialogue

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

What the alchemy of Fes represents is something that is at the very heart of what so many of us who speak of social justice are striving for: a willingness to listen and to hear, to understand and to learn across cultures.