Sufis

Friday, July 22, 2022

Sufis are Muslim mystics who strive to abandon the world and its pleasures to find God. They seek to be absorbed into God. They worship, pray and fast to reach that goal. Some Sufis’ ultimate goal is to become God. Of course, this was Satan’s sin (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:2).

Here are some Sufi statements:

I am the truth … the only person under my hat is God… the only one inside my clothes is God.[1]

Glory be to me! How great is my majesty![2]

To achieve a rapturous, ecstatic state, Sufis use several techniques and movements, swinging, recitations and repetitive words. Some engage in sex orgies and use drugs to attain a desired euphoria.[3]

Prayer

Lord God, the only true God, our hearts ache for Sufis. They think they are devoted to God but have very distorted ideas about him and his love.

Only you can lead them to the cross of Jesus and save them. Only you can help them to be truly godly. Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit, convict Sufis of their sin. Save them by the blood of your Holy Son. Bring them into true fellowship with you. May they humble themselves, submit to you, worship Christ and accept his Word.

Help me to befriend a Sufi. Give me patience to know how to bring him or her to Jesus, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

In the midst of their darkness, shine upon their hearts with the light of Christ. Make many of them ministers of the Gospel to bring others to you. Amen.

Promise

I will pour out water to the thirsty, and streams on the dry ground. I will pour out my Spirit on your children, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in the fields, like willows on a riverbank (Isaiah 44:3-4, SAB).

Footnotes

[1] al-Hallaj, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mansur_Al-Hallaj, in Arabic: أنا الحق… ما تحت عمتي غير الله… ما تحت جبتي إلا الله
[2] al-Bastami, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayazid_Bastami
[3] Khalil Abdul-Karim, “The Problem of Sectarianism.” In Where Is Sectarianism Taking Us? Cairo, Egypt: p. 107.

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