The root of Tassawuf is knowledge, piety and uprightness. And when scholars talk about the virtue of Tassawuf and its fellows, they mean those whose hearts have overlooked (all kinds of worldly matters and any act of blasphemy for fame or fortune), and they do not mean those who are parasiting on the table of high level Tassawuf, who have mishandled or mistreated Tassawuf with their ignorance and their wider distance from the true sharia (Qur’an & Sunnah). And those we see a lot in this our time.
Tassawuf is not ignorance or myths or charm or voodoo (magic, sorcery or boka (as it is called in hausa language)).
Tassawuf is not just ritual. The root of Tassawuf is love, piety, cleansing of the heart and refining it. So do not judge Tassawuf based on the actions of some ignorant (people).
Imamu Malik bin Anas may Allab be pleased with him said:
He who pursued a path of Tassawuf without learning about fiqh or Islamic Jurisprudence (and applying it) he has gravitated towards the path of disbelieve(athiesm)
And he who has learnt the knowledge of fiqh and has not pursed the path of Tassawuf he has gravitated towards the path of debauchery(corruption).
So listen to these short expressions on the definition of Tassawuf by Sheikh Muhammad Mutawwali Al-Sha’rawi(a renowned Egyptian scholar below) may Allah grant him mercy, which was culled and complied for you by Sheikh Abubakari Musah Baribari, Tamale- Ghana.
Translated By: Husseini Yushau BabalWaiz, New York.