Some Aspects of Sufism

Some Aspects of Sufism : New,
'As Understood & Practised by the Malays'
*[A5] Hardback - 130 pages,
by Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas,
Published by Tadib International.


Now in Stock November 2022


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Some Aspects of Sufism : This research is divided into three separate parts – which parts must indeed form a configuration of the whole. In the first part a brief picture is presented, in historical as well as doctrinal perspective, of the origin, spread, development and culmination of Sufism (tasawwuf) in Islam concerning the central core of the Sufi doctrines which is the doctrine of the Unity of Existence (Wahdatu’l wujud), based upon that of the Unity of God (tawhid).

The second part is based upon personal conclusions drawn from readings in Malay prose and poetical works of famous Malay mystics of the 16th and 17th centuries Common Era., as they are likely to be the best representatives of theoretical and doctrinal Sufism among the Malays. The third part deals with the practical and ritual aspects of sufism based upon the author findings in existing textbooks and literature on the particular subject and on personal experiences of the ceremonies and practices of the Tariqahs and of their Shaykhs.


Prof. Shaykh Syed (Sayyid) Muhammad al Naquib bin Ali al-Attas

He was born 5 September 1931 in Indonesia. He received his early education in Sukabumi and Johor Bahru. He later studied at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England and, subsequently, at the University of Malaya, Singapore, McGill University, Canada and the University of London, England.

He is one of the few Muslim contemporary philosopher's who is thoroughly rooted in the traditional Islamic sciences and studies theology, philosophy, metaphysics, history, and literature. He pioneered the concept of Islamisation of knowledge. Al-Attas' philosophy and methodology of education have one goal: Islamisation of the mind, body and soul and its effects on the personal and collective life on Muslims as well as others, including the spiritual and physical non-human environment.

He is the author of 27 works on various aspects of Islamic thought and civilisation, particularly on Sufism, cosmology, metaphysics, philosophy and Malay language and literature.




Table of Contents


---[A]. An Introduction to Sufism :
------I. The Etymology and Significance of the Term Sufi and the Origin of Sufism,
------II. An Outline of the Phases of Development in Sufism.
---[B]. Sufism as Understood Among The Malays,
------III. Some Prominent Malay Mystics,
------IV. Sufi Orders in Malaya.

---[C]. Sufism as Practised Among The Malays,
------V. Two Famous Orders in Malaya,
------VI. Ratibs,
------VII. The Ratib Samman Ceremony,
------VIII. Exposure of a Counterfeit: The Taslim,
------IX.  Conclusion.

---Arabic text of quotations from the Qur'an.





Homepage for Sufism.
Also see Islamic Theology | Kalam,


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