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What do sufi practitioner seek in understanding Allah

Discussion in 'Seekers Circle' started by Conscious thoughts, Oct 25, 2021.

  1. Conscious thoughts

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    A Sufi call God “Allah” because there is no gender implied in this Arabic appellation. Allah can have no gender because that would be a limiting factor, and Allah can have no limits. We believe that God is omniscient, omnipotent, and is the uncaused Cause of all creation. Allah is without limit in every dimension, infinitely and eternally, the formless Creator of all forms. Allah is neither created nor can He be destroyed.

    The one thing in the universe we know of that cannot be created or destroyed is energy. Energy can be understood as the capacity to do work, as the force that is behind all action, and as action itself. We know energy as a kind of light/force, as that which radiates and that which is radiated. It is both substance and movement. Sufis believe that Allah is the fundamental energy which has existed before all time, because Allah is both uncreated and the Creator. We understand Allah as the conscious energy of the universe, the One who contains infinite knowledge and power to act in whatever way He wills.

    Allah defines Himself in the Holy Quran as “…the Light of the heavens and the earth” (24:35). Just as we understand that light is energy, we conceive of Allah as energy. Allah as pure energy is formless, but contains the potential to create all forms. Allah’s power is at once the energy used to create all forms, and the energy/substance of forms. For Sufis, Allah’s inherent quality of awareness, His comprehensive and eternal consciousness, is another aspect of the “Light” by which He describes Himself. There can be no god but Allah, because the existence of any other power would limit God, Who is without any limit whatsoever.
     
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    SalixIncendium अहं ब्रह्मास्मि
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    You state that Allah is without gender, yet you refer to Allah as "He." Why is that?
     
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    Only a way of speech. Allah has no gender, most people see God as male for some reason. But Allah is not a being of form.
     
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    Sirona Hindu Wannabe

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    The way you sell it it sounds like an ad for the Jedi religion, and not a 1400+ years old tribal deity from the Middle East who has a personality, has clear ideas people/things he loves and hates and seems not to dislike it when some of his followers become violent. o_O
     
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    That may be due to that Sufism is an inward path (esoteric) and not an outward path (exoteric) sufism has nothing to do with changing others, only to disove the self (ego)
     
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    Secret Chief Meghalayan Ape

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    You could use "they" rather than gender-specific. If you felt the urge.
     
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    Could have :) was no urge
     
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    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    Hindus use 'it' for Brahman.
     
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