Well some would say Sufism came before Islam, it certainly has its roots prior to Mohammed.

Sufis of course are entrenched in Islam. No real serious Sufi would renounce Islam, its tenets or burn the Qur’an.

Islam of course often finds problems with Sufism and accuses it of not being monotheistic enough and of course Sufis have supposedly often dealt with the Djinn.

SO what we have here is the usual esoteric and exoteric struggle.

The exoteric (for the many) denies the esoteric (for the few)

We find this in Christianity, mainstream Christians often run screaming from any form of Mysticism and contemplation. Christianity of course has a long standing history of this

Judaism has oral torah or Kabbalah as it is often known. This esoteric path of unification with the divine has been seen as blasphemy, occultic and full of naughty things that more exoteric religious and non religious Jews run screaming from. Of course stories such as the Golem do not help the esoteric “cause”

So we find in Islam exactly the same dilemma.

Of course then we also find people that embrace the esoteric but think they need to distance themselves from the exoteric. With investigation one will find that the esoteric is entrenched and a part of the exoteric. The two are inseparable and are one living body. The esoteric thus becomes a deeper part or deeper understanding of the exoteric, kind of like what is below the surface on an ice berg.

Thus the exoteric often denies the esoteric. The esoteric really has no need to do this. Mainly as it approaches the ultimate truth, and understanding that God transcends any religion… and that Islam, Christianity and Judaism are meaningless words.

So IS Sufism a part of Islam?

Yes

“I believe in the religion
Of Love
Whatever direction its caravans may take,
For love is my religion and my faith.”

–Ibn ‘Arabi

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