Detailed Section - Information about Tasawwuf

An introduction - Tasawwuf

There are many misconceptions prevalent in our society about tasawwuf, however, due to its redundantness from our popular culture with the passage of time, the misconceptions about it have taken over its real concept thereby reducing its significance. In plain words, there are two types of deeds (aamals) including manifested (zahiri) as well as hidden (batini). Manifested are noticeable and includes Namaz, rooza, and zakat but hidden are rooh (spirit) related, known to person himself / herself and are observed by Allah سبحا ن ؤ تعا لئ only. The beauty of manifested deeds is dependent on hidden deeds but hidden deeds (batani aamals) have their reflection in manifested deeds (zahiri aamals) and if hidden deeds (batini aamals) are not performed with true spirit, the manifested deeds (zahiri aamals) fail to achieve Allah سبحا ن ؤ تعا لئ ’s pleasure (endorsement). It can be inferred from the above narration that manifested deeds (zahiri aamals) are in fact dependent on hidden deeds (batini aamals) and thus training of one’s batin to enable it to draw desired results is utmost important. The training system to mould batin to act within the dictates of Shariah is called Tasawwuf. Tasawwuf could also be termed as Fiqa-ul-batin as fiqh is the branch of knowledge that interprets Islamic shariah.