Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Purpose Beautiful Conduct To Be a Beautiful Person
The Way to Live means Faith Belief methods Sincerity Service
Characteristics or Attributes Justice Compassion Generosity Virtue Fellowship
Divine Understandings State of Divinity State of Exaltedness State of Mastery through Truth State of Truth State of Creatorship State of Humanity
The five Characteristics are established on the basis of the six Divine Understandings. Without establishing these characteristics, which are the essence of Islam and Sufism, one’s actions will lack foundation. The power to create these Characteristics is brought together in the Means and Methods of The Way to Live. “A person receives only that for which he strives.” (Quran: An-Najm, 53:39) Surely the Creator will give to one who works a recompense in direct relation to his effort. The principles outlined above contain the essence and totality of the spiritual path.
Hu, Dost! This is my way of saying thank you for all of the gifts that my teacher, Sherif Baba, has given all of us.
I love the Ahl-ul Beyt, but I am not Shi'a, at least not in the usual sense. I love the Alevi way, but I am a mainstream practicing Muslim (or, at least, trying to be one). I love Mevlana, but I'm not a Mevlevi. I love some teachers who may or may not be very shari'ah adherent, but can open hearts. Several that I love most are practicing Muslims, but not all of their students are. I've even seen one or two Salafis who are dripping with the Nur of Allah. As a Bektashi Baba once said, if we find something useful, we embrace it. I'm a liberal, but practicing Muslim, and I believe that anyone who is showing us Compassion and Mercy is showing us the way of Islam.
May we all become beautiful human beings, insha'Allah! ;)
This is really putting up some things I put together for myself about my shaykh and our path-- a friend suggested that it might be helpful for some other people as well. I thought while I was at it, I might as well add some music links along the way. Because this began for my own personal use, I have no idea where some of these pictures and quotes came from, so I apologize for putting them up without citation. I make no claim that all of this is my own. I'm simply trying to share a beautiful vision of God and humanity that I have learned about from Sherif Baba and also some inspirations from the Alevi/Bektashi tradition of Turkey, with whom Rifa'i Marufi shares many principles. Let me make it clear that I am not myself a Bektashi, though I love their path. My connection is to the Rifa'i. I hope you enjoy this offering and that these things will inspire you as much as they have inspired me.