Fixed Ritualistic practice under some Peer (spiritual leader) and cutting off from other duties of Islam, related with Amr bil M’aruf and Nahi ‘Anil Munkar (Advocating good and forbidding evil), is a mode of life alien to Islam, and indeed an innovation. Striving for spiritual ascension and purification is something that goes side by side with our other duties.
How many a time has someone narrated to you story of a Sufi who lives in a distant town, and who shows strange miracles. The Sufi can tell you whatever you ask him. And he tells everyone to read a specific Zikr or name of Allah, certain number of times every day. So, this is all you require: Some invented miracles, some generic statements to answer people’s question, a trade-mark set of wird (repeated short azkaar) and a group of motivated individuals with advertising capabilities, and you are equipped to run a Sufism business.
“Over 3,00,000 people see Hazrat Baba Jani Sarkar in their dreams every day and they come to him tell him”, says the official website of Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Baba Jani Sarkar Allah Walay . At times he claims to be the Son of Prophet Muhammad and claims to meet him in dream very often. At times he calls his followers as ‘Sahaba Karaam’ (Respected Companions) . The website also claims that: “Over 20 Thousand saw Hazrat Baba Jani Sarkar with Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) in their dreams”.
The numeric values and absurdity of the claims is itself enough proof that the character is fake. But, people pay very little heed. He can hardly recite an Ayah of Qur’an without making Lahn e Jali (clear error) . Yet, he claims to be the most important person on the face of the Globe these days. A little glance at his website can make it clear that he’s promoting himself and some ‘self-invented’ Wird (repeated short azkaar).In many videos he can be seen narrating virtues of certain azkaar or recitation for particular number of times which are not found in any hadith. In many videos, people are praising him with statements that certainly constitute Shirk and Extremism, but he sits quietly and enjoys it . He also claims to have read his name in Lauh e Mehfuz, and he saw it to be Baba Jani, said one of his Mureed. He also informs whether the dead ones are in Jannah or Jahannum. Perhaps the ‘greatest’ Karamah (miracle) ‘given’ to Baba Jani is that the name Muhammad, Allah and sometimes the Green Dome (Gunbad e Khazra) appears on his forehead . The miracle is hardly visible and it requires pre-faith and microscope to observe it. And even when you observe it, it doesn’t look really shocking. If Allah wanted to give a sign to Baba Jani, why did Allah keep it so microscopic and inconspicuous? Why did Allah weaken his eye sight, because the Glasses become a hurdle to witness the Karamah?
Having said all this, the easiest way to filter out a Fake Sufi is his way of life and what he preaches. Is he bringing people back to complete Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad or is he just promoting and exaggerating a particular practice of Islam out of proportion? Is he promoting activists mode of life which involves D’awah and Jihad or is he just focusing on personal purification? Is he promoting himself or is he promoting Prophet Muhammad and Qur’an? Is he participating actively in some D’awah activity? Is he working for the establishment of rule of Allah? Is his life-style or the life-style he promotes, coincides with the life-style of Prophet Muhammad and his rightly guided companions?
Even the word Sufism is new and alien to Islam! This word was invented 2 centuries after the death of Prophet Muhammad, and even to date the origin of the word is disputed. The terminology of Qur’an and Hadith for those who actively strive to work for spiritual purification and ascension is Muhsin, somebody who has the characteristic of Ihsaan. Striving to achieve Ihsaan is something that every Muslim is supposed to strive for. In the famous hadith of Jibreel عليه السلام Ihsaan is defined as “Worship Allah as you see Him, and if you don’t see him then (surely) He sees You”. The drastic mistake of not adopting the Qur’anic terminology gave room to new mode of life which has nothing to do with Islam. Fixed Ritualistic practice under some Peer (spiritual leader) and cutting off from other duties of Islam, related with Amr bil M’aruf and Nahi ‘Anil Munkar (Advocating good and forbidding evil), is a mode of life alien to Islam, and indeed an innovation. Striving for spiritual ascension and purification is something that goes side by side with our other duties. The Sufi concept prevalent today, makes you totally forget the last two perquisites of Success in Surah al-‘Asr and leaves you in state of Khusr (loss).
Have you ever wondered why almost all the famous novelist of Pakistan promoted strange Sufi ideologies? Why are their stories revolving around some Baba Jee, disconnected from the world in some village, who has ‘super’ insight into world news? Why do American Officials visit the tombs that are hubs of grave worship? Your enemies have a special affinity for this Sufi mode of life, isn’t that enough to prove you that there’s something wrong with it?
RAND Muslim Corporation in US which is actively working to cut-off the activist roots of Islam (which they call as fundamentalist) have presented a solution to fight fundamentalism, and that bulleted solution had several propositions including promoting Sufism. Cheryl Benard, a senior scientist at RAND in her solutions to fight fundamentalism says: “Encourage the popularity and acceptance of Sufism, a traditionalist form of Islamic mysticism that represents an open, intellectual interpretation of Islam.” 
An interesting story appeared in U.S. News and World Report of April 25, 2005 :
“A practicing Sufi, Mirahmadi has advised U.S. officials on how best to proceed.” The goal is to preserve things that are the ideological antithesis of radical Islam," she says. Among the tactics: using U.S. aid to restore Sufi shrines overseas, to preserve and translate its classic medieval manuscripts, and to push governments to encourage a Sufi renaissance in their own countries. The idea has already caught on with King Mohammed VI of Morocco, who has quietly brought together local Sufi leaders there and offered millions of dollars in aid to use as a bulwark against radical fundamentalism.”
And how are they promoting Sufism? Through their Sufi agents:
“The conflict has caught the attention of U.S. policymakers, who, while they can't endorse Sufism directly, are pushing to strengthen those associated with it. “
They try to defame Islamic Activists who are striving to Implement Islam in their own lands. They try to label them as extremist and fundamentalists. They promote scholars who speak against these activists. They try to link them to conspiracy theories. And yes, they are promoting an ideological antithesis to Islamic activist mode of life, and that is: Sufism.
Author: Muhammad Awais Tahir
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