What is Sufism?  |  Discourses

For more than fifty years, Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, Master of the Nimatullahi Order, has written and edited numerous books on Sufism, elucidating its theory and practice. A number of years ago, Dr. Nurbakhsh for the first time began to deliver a series of discourses on Sufism directly to a group of his disciples in London. The purpose of these speeches was to present the basic practices and principles of Sufism in such simple language and such a straightforward manner that all sufis, no matter what their background, would be able to follow and understand them.

Taped at the time of their delivery, the speeches were made available at first solely to sufis of the Nimatullahi Order around the world to be played at their weekly majles meetings. Eventually, many of the speeches were published in the quarterly journal SUFI.

In these speeches, the meaning of numerous key sufi terms are explained succinctly and powerfully, as well as key questions answered providing a source of guidance and inspiration for anyone who is involved in a spiritual path.

  • The Message of Sufism

    The essential message of Sufism, a message holding true for all sufis, is this; to remember God and serve others.
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  • Who is a Sufi?

    The sufi is a lover of God, and like any other lover, he proves his love by constant remembrance of his Beloved. This constant attention to God has two effects: One outward and the other inward.
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  • Sufism Today

    In view of the common misunderstandings that exist today regarding Sufism, Dr. Javad Nirbakhsh decided it would be appropriate to provide some clarification of certain fundamental points. People should be aware that Sufism today differs considerably from that of a thousand years ago.
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  • Sincerity

    The capital of the Path is, in truth, nothing other than sincerity. Sincerity has been defined as 'showing yourself as you really are' and 'being inwardly what you show yourself to be'.
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  • Love

    All human beings during their lives experience love and friendship to some extent. Human love can be classified into three basic categories according to its intensity, quality and limitations.
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