at-Tazkirah: التذكرة

“And keep reminding, because reminding benefits the believers.” (51:55)

Foundation of Sufism


As-Sulami stated that Junaid al-Baghdadi (Rahmatullah Alayhi) used to say:

“We did not learn (lit. take) Sufism by discourse, rather by hunger, abandoning the world, and severing [one’s attachments to] familiar and pleasant things; since Sufism consists of purity of [one’s] relationship with Allah. It’s foundation is in turning away from the world, as Harith [al-Muhasibi] said, ‘My self (nafs) has turned away from the world; so I have spent my nights in wakefulness and my days in thirst.'”

[from al-Sulami’s “Tabaqatal-Sufiyah”]

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