The True Sufis
Dear brothers in Islam, our topic for today is about Sufism. Sufism is not just to wear the Jubbah (cloak) or the ^imamah (the turban which shaykhs put on their heads), or even to praise Allah a lot, while leaving out the obligations which include learning the knowledge of the Religion. Rather, Sufism is a combination of both knowledge and implementation. How many of the people today consider themselves as Sufis, and yet have not learnt the knowledge of the Religion? Such people will never reach the rank of Righteousness without acquiring the knowledge of the Religion.
A Sufi is the one who embraced the Belief of the Oneness of Allah and is fulfilling the obligations and is not attached to the worldly pleasures. A Sufi is a humble person who subjugates himself to Allah, is reliant on Allah and is sincere in his acts of obedience to Allah.
The master of the Sufis, Imam Al-Junayd Al-Baghdadiyy, may Allah have mercy on him said: “We did not seek Sufism through talking and chit-chatting, rather, we sought it by feeling hungry, staying awake at night as much as we can and abstaining from all what is desirable and favourite to one’s self amongst the worldly pleasures”. This means that the true Sufi is the one who stays awake at night as much as he can to perform a lot of optional rewardable acts of obedience and does not indulge in following his appetite and desires.
This is the path of our master Abu Bakr, ^Umar, ^Uthman, ^Aliyy and those who righteously followed them in adhering to the methodology of our Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. In the past and until present times, the earth has never been empty from the true followers of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him who are identified as the true Sufis. They are the ones whose hearts are sincere and free of corruption.
This is the path of the prophets, peace and blessings be upon them, and this is the path of our Master Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
Indeed, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is the role model for all pious Muslims and those who detached themselves from the worldly pleasures. Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, used to eat the cheap barley bread although he used to give (in charity) abundantly without fearing poverty.
My dear brothers in Islam, the true Sufis are the ones who follow the Methodology of Prophet Muhammad and are keen to imitate the Prophet, peace be upon him.
So anyone who goes against the rules conveyed by our Master Muhammad is not a Sufi.
Anyone who holds a belief other than the belief of our Prophet Muhammad is not a Sufi.
Anyone who is ignorant about the Religion of our Prophet Muhammad is not a Sufi.
And anyone who does not follow the orders of our great Master Muhammad, is indeed not a Sufi.
Imam Ahmad Ar-Rifa^iyy may Allah raise his rank said: “Our path is based on acquiring the knowledge of the Religion and implementing it”.
Dear brothers in Islam, unfortunately, there are some who have claimed to be Sufis while contravening the Shari^ah and leaving out the practices that were conveyed by the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him. How many of those who present themselves as Sufis have been seen perverting the Religion of Allah? Some falsely believe that Allah dwells in his creations or that He has unified with this whole universe and that the elements of this universe have become parts of Him. All these beliefs are blasphemous.
The ignorant people are far from true Sufism. They try to cover their defects by saying to people statements such as “We are the people of the inwardly spiritual practices and you are the people of the outwardly actions”. Our response to them is that a Sufi is the one who has worked very hard to rectify himself inwardly and outwardly in accordance with the Religion of Allah.
We ask Allah to end our lives as righteous Muslims and to make us amongst those true Sufis who follow the teachings of the Prophet in its entirety. Ameen.