WHAT IS SUFI? WHAT IS TARIKAT? WHAT IS MURSHID? WHAT IS TAWBAH?
Terms like; sufi, murshid, murid, khatme, rabıta, wird are terms of sufism.
Sufism means repentance(tawbah), dhikr collectively and to get ally against devils, helping each other for Allah (c.c) and walking in the path of Allah (c.c) together. To repent (tawbah)
and to learn about Islam is the beginning of Sufism, dhikr and contemplation are the proprieties of this way.
Sufism is a journey. From bad situation to good situation. From sin to mitzvah. From good things to better things. Place of this journey is hearth, tools of this journey are dhikr and contemplation. Dhikr and contemplation are very beneficial. The person who dhikrs, open the gates of Takva and get rid of the delusion of devil. Takva means to comply with the commandments and prohibitions of Allah (c.c) and connect to Allah (c.c) by living like Allah’s way.
Briefly sufism is Prophet Mohammed’s (s.a.v.) morality and trying to be like Him (s.a.v).
Prophet Mohammed’s (s.a.v) morality was Quran. Being like him means being a living Quran and it’s what a great happiness. (kurban burası biraz zorladı özet geçtim anlamı bozmamaya çalışarak hakkınızı helal edin.)
Thus; when people asked Hz. Aishe (r.anha) about Prophet Mohammed’s (s.a.v) morality, she answered: Don’t you read Quran? His (s.a.v) morality was Quran.
Quran explains the morality of Prophet Mohammed (s.a.v) like;
You have an excellent example in the Messenger of Allah; for anyone who seeks Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah frequently. (Ahzab/21)
WHO IS GAVSI SANİ HZ. (K.S)?
Gavsi Sani hz. (k.s) is 15th generation grandson of Prophet Mohammed (s.a.v) He lives in Menzil village in Adıyaman city and his dergah is also in Menzil village. He is a saint and murshid.
A saint person is so important for all Muslims because he is a special servant choosen by Allah (c.c). We can see the real servitude to Allah (c.c) in his life style. So a Saint is so important about proving Allah (c.c) and understanding Allah’s (c.c) orders nicely.
although all Muslims are very close to Allah (c.c) But we are talking about a different person who has many powers and authority to guide people on Allah’s way.
This is a special place and He is a spiritual mature. This maturity is being inheritor to Prophet Mohammed (s.a.v) and his instructions. That means being authorized to clean hearts from spiritual dirts and educate randy souls. As a Muslim we all
need to be friends with him (saints) and like him.
WHAT IS SUFI?
Today sufi means who accept Gavsi Sani (k.s) as murshid and became member of His spiritual way. Sufi means person who
walk on the way. So what is the name of the way?
WHAT IS TARIKAT?
In dictionary Tarikat means way. In sufism it means the way for being a spiritual mature. To follow saints way in our lives. Naqshibandiyye, Kadiriyye, Şazeliyye etc. are some of the Tarikats. And all people need a guide on this way.
WHAT IS MURSHID?
In dictionary it means old person, commander, master. In sufism it means person whose soul is mature and very close to Allah (c.c) and authorized to guide his followers in the sufism way. (tarikat) A person can read and search about Sufism
but can not be a sufi only with reading or searching. It’s necessary to became a member of a Murshid (saint) and personally
experience this mystical way. It’s impossible to walk on this way without a guide with a mature soul.
WHAT IS SADAT-I KIRAM?
Sadat-i Kiram has 3 meanings.
Firstly it means: grandsons of Prophet Mohammed (s.a.v)
Secondly means: great saints including grandsons of Prophet Mohammed (s.a.v)
Thirdly means: Naqshibandi murshids (saints) including lots of grandsons of Prophet Mohammed (s.a.v) it also known as
“The Golden Chain”
WHAT IS TAWBAH? (REPENT)
Tewbah means to regret from sins and beg forgiveness from Allah (c.c) and not to purpose to sins again.
In Quran Allah (c.c) commands: And repent to God, all of you believers, so that you may succeed. [Nur(The Light)/31]
And also Prophet Mohammed (s.a.v) commands: A person who repent is like a person clear of all sins.
Masters of this way (Sadat-i Kiram) are also incorparate tawbah (repent) in sufism and stipulate tawbah for being member
of this way. A soul gets dirty with the sins and cleans with tawbah and gets ready to walk in sufism way.
Tewbah is also the first office in Sufism.
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