BIOGRAPHY Muzaffer Ozak Hz. was born in Istanbul in 1916. (d.1985) He was educated by a succession of wise and learned who instructed him in all branches of the Islamic tradition. He became Muezzin and eventually Imam to many of the mosques of Istanbul. He later retired from the office of Imam and preached the […]
Sufism has played an important role in my life. Here in this page, I am going to share with you all some interesting quotes on Sufism. In Sufism it is said he who tastes knows. See if you can feel the sweetness in the following quotes. I will be adding to this collection slowly over time.
The Sufi is absent from himself and present with God.
The Sufis do not abandon this world, nor do they hold that human appetites must be done away with; they only discipline those desires that are in discordance with their religious life and the dictates of sound reason.
The do not throw away all the things of this world, nor do they go after them with a vengeance. Rather they know the true value and function of everything upon the earth. They save as much as is necessary. They eat as much as they need to stay healthy
They nourish their bodies and simultaneously set their hearts free. The Beloved becomes the focal point towards which their whole being leans. God becomes the object of their continual adoration and contemplation.
The perfect mystic is neither an ecstatic devotee lost in contemplation of Oneness nor a saintly recluse shunning all commerce with mankind. The true saint goes in and out among the people, eats and sleeps with them, buys and sells in the market, marries and takes part in social intercourse, and never forgets God for a single moment.
Abu Sa’id : Biography
Abu Sa’id ibn Abi’l-Khayr (d. 440/1049), was an early Sufi shaykh who at different stages of his life was an ascetic, an antinomian ecstatic, and a spiritual guide. He received a Sufi transmission from Abu al-Fadl al-Hasan (or ibn al-Hasan) al-Sarakhsi, whom Abu Sa’id called his “pir” (a Persian word refering to a spiritual guide and often equivalent to “shaykh”). After the death of Abu al-Fadl, Abu Sa’id looked to Abu ‘Abbas al-Qassab (the butcher), whom Abu Sa’id called “shaykh,” for spiritual guidance. The hagiography Asrar al-tawhid is one of the two major sources for what we know of his life and teachings. It has been translated as The Secrets of God’s Mystical Oneness.
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