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  1. Introduction
  2. The annihilation of ego
  3. Distinguishing between dualistic misperception and unitized understanding of God
  4. The Sufi metaphor for God
  5. The Sufi poet Jami and God's mystery
  6. Conclusion

The practical and esoteric dimensions of Islam intertwine in the Sufi tradition to forge a non-dual relationship between the worshipper and God. Sufis augment their adherence to the Q'uranic doctrine of submission to God (Islam) with a passionate love for ?doing the beautiful? (ihsan), exemplified by the practices of dhikr and sama'. By remembering (dhikr) and reciting and hearing (sama') the various attributes of God, Sufis seek to understand their Beloved and remove the veils that stand between Creator and created. As written by the Sufi poet Rumi, ?Worship is to offer love. The goal is to be restless in that Beauty and to seek It, nothing more (Chittick, 107).

[...] Whoever hears it through the Real finds the road to the Real, and whoever hears it through the self falls into heresy Here again it is shown that the act of beauty must be done under submission to God, or else there can be no attainment of union with the Real. When a Sufi has been absorbed into the Real itself, and mystical union has taken place, the veil between God and servant has been lifted. Rumi's father, Baha Walad, guided Sufis to attain this vision through the assiduous practice of dhikr. [...]


[...] Sufi Love: Submission to the Beautiful The practical and esoteric dimensions of Islam intertwine in the Sufi tradition to forge a non-dual relationship between the worshipper and God. Sufis augment their adherence to the Q'uranic doctrine of submission to God (Islam) with a passionate love for ?doing the beautiful? (ihsan), exemplified by the practices of dhikr and sama'. By remembering (dhikr) and reciting and hearing (sama') the various attributes of God, Sufis seek to understand their Beloved and remove the veils that stand between Creator and created. [...]

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