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Old 01-11-2016, 11:25 PM
Location: Not-a-Theist
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For anyone interested in this aspect of Islam.

Mystics of Islam
by Reynold Nicholson
The Mystics of Islam

INTRODUCTION . . . . . 1

I. THE PATH . . . . . 28


III. THE GNOSIS . . . . . 68

IV. DIVINE LOVE . . . . . 102



The mainspring of Moslem religious life during the eighth century was
  1. fear--fear of God,
  2. fear of Hell,
  3. fear of death,
  4. fear of sin
--but the opposite motive had already begun to make its influence felt, and produced in the saintly woman Rabi‘a at least one conspicuous example of truly mystical self-abandonment.

Although his condemnationof celibacy did not remain without effect, the conquest of Persia, Syria, and Egypt by his successors brought the Moslems into contact with ideas which profoundly modified their outlook on life and religion.

European readers of the Koran cannot fail to be struck by its [Quran] author's vacillation and inconsistency in dealing with the greatest problems. He himself was not aware of these contradictions, nor were they as tumbling-block to his devout followers, whose simple faith accepted the Koran as the Word of God. But the rift was there, and soon produced far-reaching results.

The far-reaching results were the Mystics of Islam who were far more spiritual advanced than the majority and masses distance themselves from the evil laden elements of the Quran and focus on the higher spiritual elements.
Unfortunately those Mystics who seek to progress from conventional Islam are condemned as hypocrites & apostates and some are killed by the evil prone Muslims.


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Old 01-14-2016, 12:22 AM
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The loving, mystical Sufis. What respect I have for these beautiful, pondering souls. May God bless and keep the beautiful Sufi's.

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