Shaykh Abu al-Hasan al-Kharqani's (q.s.) Definition of Sufism

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Abu al-Hasan al-Kharqani (q.s.) said, about being a Sufi, “The Sufi is not the one who is always carrying the prayer rug, nor the one who is wearing patched clothes, nor the one who keeps certain customs and appearances, but the Sufi is the one to whom everyone’s focus is drawn, although he is hiding himself.”

He also said, “The Sufi is the one who in the daylight does not need the sun, in the night does not need the moon.  The essence of Sufism is absolute non-existence that has no need of existence because there is no existence besides God’s Existence.”


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