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One of those 72 deviant sects that lead to the hellfire is Tasawwuf (“Soofism” in English), so beware – may Allaah safeguard you.
The people who adhere to this deviant way are called Soofiyyah (“Soofees”, in English), who in some lands such as here in America invite to their deviant sect – their bid’ah – under the guise of “Zuhd.”
Know – may Allaah safeguard you – that true Zuhd (abstinence from worldly affairs) can be practiced without leaving the correct Islam, without leaving Siratul Mustaqeem (the Straight Path), and without exposing yourself to the hellfire, for Zuhd is already part of the religion that Allaah revealed. Ponder that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was the best of those who practiced Zuhd and – of course – he didn’t leave what Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’aala) revealed to him to do so.
Imaam Abul Faraj Ibnul Jawzee (rahimahullah) said in his Talbees Iblees, “Tasawwuf (Soofism) is a way that is well known for exceeding in abstinence of worldly luxuries (zuhd). What shows the difference between them (and real zuhd) is that no one ever condemned abstinence (zuhd), whereas Soofism is condemned because of what we will mention later.”
Building upon their initial deceit of calling to “Zuhd,” these Soofees will attempt to lure the ignorant with lies such as “Tasawwuf is Zuhd.” By Allaah, they have lured many Muslims in this treacherous way; when in fact, Tassawuf does not mean Zuhd and is in reality far from it!
Tasawwuf (Soofism) is a shameful deception that begins with Dhikr and ends with Kufr. Its outward manifestation appears to be piety, but its inward reality forsakes the Commandments of Allaah.
As you will soon read via abundant proofs, Tassawuf opposes Tawheed and is a direct link to Shirk, such that ‘ulemma have said,
“Soofism and Shirk are spouses.”
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) said:
“The greatest danger that faces the Ummah of Islaam is their being far away from the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), and replacing them with man-made laws and deviated ideologies. Likewise, the greatest danger that faces the Ummah of Islaam is the misguidance and deviation concerning the ‘aqeedah and the infiltration of concepts of kufr, shirk, and bid’ah into it – from the grave-worshippers and the Soofees… The cure for this is to return back to the Book and the Sunnah, learning them, teaching them, judging by them between people, and adopting what they require of morals, manners and character.”
[Muntaqaa min Fataawaa (I/417; no. 249)]
Ibn Muflih (rahimahullah) recorded in his Aadaab ash-Sharee’ah (1/235) that Ibn ‘Aqeel (rahimahullah) said:
“There is nothing more harmful to the Sharee’ah than the Mutakallimeen (those involved in theological rhetoric) and the practitioners of Soofism.” In truth, the scholars have defined Zuhd thusly: To abstain from that which will not benefit you on the Day of Judgment. And know – may Allaah save you from all deviance – that shirk and bid’ah and dancing and trances and complete submission (directing worship) to Soofee leaders will NOT benefit on the Day of Judgment. Do not be deceived O Muslim brothers and sisters!
The best of this Ummah to practice Zuhd was the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) – such that he used to sleep on date palm leaves that left an imprint on his back – and obviously he was not a Soofee. The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was the best Zaahid (ascetic) of this Ummah, yet he didn’t forsake Allaah’s commands – period – nor oppose them, nor contradict them in any way. Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’aala) says about His Prophet:
Click on the link to read further: [PDF] Beware of Sufism, and Those Who Call to Sufism under the Guise of “Zuhd” or Anything Else! (Salafyinkt.com) or
Beware of Sufism, and Those Who Call to Sufism under the Guise of “Zuhd” or Anything Else! (Sabeelalmumineen.wordpress.com)