Shaykh Abd Allaah Bin Muhammad Bin Abd Al-Wahhaab: We Do Not Reject the Sufi Tariqah in Purifying the Soul|
Posted by Abu.Iyaad on Monday, August, 22 2011 and filed under General
Shaykh Abd Allaah bin Muhammad bin Abd al-Wahhaab stated in a treatise he wrote after 1218H as occurs in al-Durar al-Saniyyah (1/241):
And we do not reject the Sufi tariqah (way) and purifying the inner-self (the soul) from the impurities of disobedience which are connected to the heart and limbs, so long as its adherent is steadfast upon the Shariah law and the upright, compliant methodology, except that we do not start making explanations (ta'weels) for his speech and his actions. And we do not depend, seek aid, seek support, and rely, in all of our affairs, except upon Allaah, the Exalted. For He is sufficient for us, an excellent disposer of affairs, an excellent master and an excellent aider, and prayers and salutations be upon Muhammad, his family and his companions.
Sufism started initially in Basrah amongst the Tabi'een as an exaggeration in the fear of Allaah, and it was disapproved of by the likes of Imaam Ahmad in his time (when it appeared in al-Haarith al-Muhasibee annd those like him) due to his insight and perspicacity in knowing where it may lead to. But even in that period, it had not reached the great misguidance it was to ultimately end in. This is because the original Sufism (simple exaggeration in fear of Allaah and in matters of piety and awe of Allaah) developed further by being poisoned with kalaam and falsafah (philosophy) and the esoteric mysticism and gnostic illuminism (higher knowledge through spiritual practice) which in reality came from the direction of Greek philosophy which had been entered into Islaam through the Baatiniyyah. Thus, by the time al-Ghazali came along and wrote works not free of the poison of the Baatiniyyah and Falaasifah whose books he had been delving into, tasawwuf meant something completely different to what it was in Basrah at the turn of the first century hijrah which was excessive fear of Allaah without departing from anything in the Shariah or traversing upon innovated doctrines, or practices, and claiming to receive "higher illumination" through them.