What is Sufism? A Formal Explanation Part 11: The Fifth Principle Continued (The Spiritual Shaykh)
Atheism and How to Deal with Questions about Islam | Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf
“The one who wishes to follow the ways of someone then he should do so with those who have already passed away…” (Razeen)
Continuing the discussion of the fifth principle the speaker here mentions signs of a potential Shaykh as mentioned by Imaam Dardir, and how the way is to follow the path of the devout worshippers, those also knowledgeable of the Islamic Law. The people meant here are the early first generation (Salaf us Saliheen) and then of those who followed them in excellence.
The earlier generation were masters in Aqeedah, Ilm and Amal (practises) the likes of Hasan al Basri. The later generation were people who became exclusively known for a particular field. Imaam Dardir categorises the latter generation into 3, each being a notable group of this ummah: those who exerted themselves to provide details of the practical aspect of the Deen, the Fuqaha (the Jurists); the Theologians; and the third group those who exerted themselves in amal and mujahadah, the Sufis.
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