The word Sufi somes from Arabic and means pure, as in pure from differences and distinctions. In Persian sufi means wool, hence the supposition that Sufis were named by their woolen garments. Al-Rudhabari combined the two meanings defining the Sufi as 'one who wears wool on top of purity'. The Sufi path rises above the I, me, he or she, and as such it is also above gender issues.

"What is a Sufi?
One who does not separate himself
from others by opinion or dogma;
and who realizes the heart as the Shrine of God.
What does the Sufi desire?
To remove the false self and discover God within.

What does the Sufi teach?
What does the Sufi seek?

What does the Sufi see?
What does the Sufi give?
Love to all created things.

What does the Sufi get?
A greater power of love.
What does the Sufi find?

And lose?

Hazrat Inayat Khan

According to the traditional Sufi view, Sufism (or tasawwuf) and its teachings were passed on from teacher to student through the centuries, since Muhammad. Some call Sufism the inner mystical dimension of Islam. It aims to repair the heart and help it on its journey to the divine. Someone practitioning the tradition of Sufism is called a Sufi or Dervish.

Sufi Teachings & Beliefs

  1. To overcome beliefs and disbeliefs by self realization;
  2. Never to be enslaved to principles;
  3. Best moral is love and praiseworthy is beauty;
  4. To be pure from distinctions and differences by merging in the One;
  5. Wisdom is the true religion;
  6. Harmony is in justice, justice being in reciprocity;
  7. Music is food of the soul and source of all perfection.

Sufi Practices

Common spiritual or mystical practices include Sufi Whirling (or Sema), Dhikr (Chanting), Muraqaba (Meditation) and Qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music.

"There are as many paths to God as there are souls on Earth."

old Sufi proverb