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Sufism has no connection with Hinduism a response to Mr. Madanmohan.

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Submitted by Mahmood Hussain (United States), Mar 7, 2013 at 03:47

dear Madanmohan,

greetings, in response to your comment on the sanyasi and sufism, I wish to attach one paragraph written by a great sufi of 11th century (Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhs), the name of his book is "Kashful Mahjub" translated in English named Revelation of Mystery by R. Nicholsan.

" In which category, the learned scholars of the Orientalists are also a part, are of the opinion that treasure house (in the sense of origin or source) of the Tasavvwuf is the Mythology of Hindu religion,

(!) and they gleefully relate in their research theses that like the practices of Hindu sages, the practices like ChiIla exaction, constancy in adoption of certain verbal rituals and practical modes of physical concentration(commonly known as Riyazat in Tasa-wwtcf Terminology) and the like rehearsals among the Hindu jogies and sadhus all have been borrowed from Hindu sources and introduced in the Tasawwuf creed among Muslim Mystics! The spearhead of this group of Hindu admirers is the well known orientalist named Horton and his co-thinkers Blochet and Massignon. They are authors of voluminous books and are considered among the great research scholars of Oriental Literatures of Islam and other religions. There seems to be no apparent reason for their intrusion in this specific religious theme of Taswavvivuf which basically had no charm and utility for them or their venture of enquiry in this almost exclusive religious practical creed as against the academic fascination which other non-practical materialistic institutions provide for their comfortable easy-chair fields of enquiry. The result is that their findings prove none other than exercise in futility.

Are not these research scholars aware that the greatest leader and emancipator of mankind who was also the greatest religious teacher of all times Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa Sallel Laho Alaihe Wa sallam had himself chosen this special spiritual exercise known as "Chillah Kashi" in the cave of Hira before his Prophet hood, it can be defined as the period or time spent in retirement in some cell either in a hill cave or Khanqah (monastery) etc. for spiritual specialization, incomplete and uninterrupted seclusion. There are numerous verses in the Holy Quran and the Ahadis which inspire and encourage the Muslim seekers of peace of heart among whom the Soofis are in the vanguard willingly subjecting themselves (as they still do) to this arduous spiritual exercise and attain peace and purity of heart and mind. His special spiritual Movement of Tasawwuf with all its glory was in the knowledge of the concerned sectors of the Arab Peninsula entirely through their own endeavors without the least involvement of Hindu Wedant (A philosophical land theological system of the Hindus).

The Arabs of that time had no glimpse of the Hindu culture and its intricate complex system. Therefore the insinuation of the Islamic Tasawwuf as having been influenced or emulated by Hindu Theology is as ridiculous as it is baseless and unfounded The Hinduistic spiritual exercises and those under the Islamic Tasawwuf are poles apart with practically nothing common inin which category, the learned scholars of the Orientalists are also a part, are of the opinion that treasure house (in the sense of origin or source) of the Tasavvwuf is the Mythology of Hindu religion,

(!) and they gleefully relate in their research theses that like the practices of Hindu sages, the practices like ChiIla exaction, constancy in adoption of certain verbal rituals and practical modes of physical concentration(commonly known as Riyazat in Tasa-wwtcf Terminology) and the like rehearsals among the Hindu jogies and sadhus all have been borrowed from Hindu sources and introduced in the Tasawwuf creed among Muslim Mystics! The spearhead of this group of Hindu admirers is the well known orientalist named Horton and his co-thinkers Blochet and Massignon. They are authors of voluminous books and are considered among the great research scholars of Oriental Literatures of Islam and other religions. There seems to be no apparent reason for their intrusion in this specific religious theme of Taswavvivuf which basically had no charm and utility for them or their venture of enquiry in this almost exclusive religious practical creed as against the academic fascination which other non-practical materialistic institutions provide for their comfortable easy-chair fields of enquiry. The result is that their findings prove none other than exercise in futility.

Are not these research scholars aware that the greatest leader and emancipator of mankind who was also the greatest religious teacher of all times Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa Sallel Laho Alaihe Wa sallam had himself chosen this special spiritual exercise known as "Chillah Kashi" in the cave of Hira before his Prophet hood, it can be defined as the period or time spent in retirement in some cell either in a hill cave or Khanqah (monastery) etc. for spiritual specialization, incomplete and uninterrupted seclusion. There are numerous verses in the Holy Quran and the Ahadis which inspire and encourage the Muslim seekers of peace of heart among whom the Soofis are in the vanguard willingly subjecting themselves (as they still do) to this arduous spiritual exercise and attain peace and purity of heart and mind. His special spiritual Movement of Tasawwuf with all its glory was in the knowledge of the concerned sectors of the Arab Peninsula entirely through their own endeavors without the least involvement of Hindu Wedant (A philosophical land theological system of the Hindus).

The Arabs of that time had no glimpse of the Hindu culture and its intricate complex system. Therefore the insinuation of the Islamic Tasawwuf as having been influenced or emulated by Hindu Theology is as ridiculous as it is baseless and unfounded The Hinduistic spiritual exercises and those under the Islamic Tasawwuf are poles apart with practically nothing common in."

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