from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Muslim mystic.
- adj. Of or relating to the Sufis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mystic denomination in Islam; a Muslim ascetic
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A title or surname of the king of Persia.
- n. One of a certain order of religious men in Persia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Mohammedan mystic who believes that God alone exists, and that all visible and invisible beings are mere emanations from him
- n. that, as God is the real author of all acts of mankind, man is not a free agent, and there can be no real difference between good and evil
- n. that, as the soul existed before the body, and is confined within the latter as in a cage, death should be the chief object of desire, for only then does the soul return to the bosom of the divinity; and
- n. that religions are matters of indifference, though some are more advantageous than others (as, for instance, Mohammedanism), and that sufism is the only true philosophy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Muslim who represents the mystical dimension of Islam; a Muslim who seeks direct experience of Allah; mainly in Iran
- adj. of or relating to the Sufis or to Sufism
The literature of Sufism that began to be produced in the tenth century CE employed the term Sufi in a deliberate and self-conscious fashion to orchestrate the ethical and mystical goals of the growing movement in a prescriptive fashion.
Thursday night is also considered holy night in Sufi traditions, traditionally reserved as a night of gathering, contemplation and reflection.
Barbara Plett reports from Lahore, a city steeped in Sufi tradition.
The word Sufi is derived from the old Arabic word for the uncomfortable woolen garments once worn by ascetic mystics.
Much of the Islamic world might veer off in Sufi directions.
The word Sufi means wisdom, but that does not mean that when pursuing the Sufi path one is necessarily wise.
But there's a kind of Sufi, which is the mystical strain of Islam in there.
Also included are selections on lives of Sufi women and the prominent role of the Qur’an in Sufi mysticism.
Lahore would be the place to start: it’s a city rich in Sufi tradition.
Rauf is a Sufi, which is Islam's most mystical and accommodating denomination.