On Fake Sufis

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Sirri Saqthi (q.s.) was the shaykh of Imam Junayd al-Baghdadi (q.s.).

Imam Junayd al-Baghdadi (q.s.) said, “The fake Sufi steals the words of the real Sufis and present them as their own; they trick people with these beautiful teachings which they are merely imitators of.  They do not have true knowledge of that which they speak of.  Many of the great Sufi shuyukh speak of the deceptions of false Sufis.  These people take the title ‘Sufi’ because it gives them a certain amount of prestige and power, and they take advantage of those who cannot tell false Sufism from the real.  There are many who are ‘‘Abdullah’ in this world, but the true and sincere ‘‘Abdullah’ is he, who is ‘'Abd al-Musthafa’.  If it is not so, then he is surely an ‘‘Abd ash-Shaythan’.

Shaykh Sirri Saqthi (q.s.) said, “May Allah first Make you a muhaddits, then a Sufi and not first a Sufi, then a muhaddits.”


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