In This Chapter
- The basic teachings of Sufism and its relationship to Islam
- The importance of meditation in achieving reunion with God
- Sufism as a path of love
- The practice of dhikr or remembrance
- Balancing the inner world of oneness with the outer world of multiplicity
Sufism arose out of Islam, and meditative prayer has been an integral part of Islam since the religion began with the prophet Muhammad (c. 570–632 C.E.). Over the centuries, the Sufis particularly emphasized the importance of meditative prayer, and also established various methods of introspective meditation intended to facilitate a union with God. ...