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History and Significance of Sufism

Sufism, often referred to as Islamic mysticism, represents a spiritual dimension of Islam. Its origins are typically traced back to the early days of Islam, with roots going as far back as the Prophet Muhammad's time. Sufism has evolved over the centuries, embracing a diverse range of beliefs, practices, and orders (tariqas). It is characterized by a deep and personal pursuit of direct experience with the divine, emphasizing inner purification, love, and devotion.

Sufis have contributed significantly to Islamic and world culture, particularly in the realms of poetry, art, and philosophy. Notable figures include Rumi, Hafez, and Ibn Arabi, whose works have had a profound influence beyond the Islamic world.

Aspects of Sufism

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