[quote=“Titan, post:3, topic:3869”]Holy shit man, quite a backstory to the topic. Thank you, it was quite informative! So, Sufism, isnt at all about worshipping “God”, its just connecting with him,in order to raise ones consciousness, i guess you could say?
When i came across it, i tried to do some research, but it didnt make sense to me because it is in fact a mystical practice,yet,with the biblical God? haha. That’s what threw me off.
Do you by any chance know the practices Frater?
Thank you for the insight!
A lot of people assume this to be a veil for many mystical practices. There were an incredible number of groups that roamed Al Sham including the Nabataens to some degree in antiquity. This is a subject that occupies a couple rare books. In addition to that you should study a good deal of Islam, and other faiths around the same period and most definitely in the same region.
Your request really depends on whether you want to understand their history, culture, or their systems of belief and mysticism, or about how to practice aforementioned systems. Because I see them as all being related.
I jokingly use the term Al-Sham because we can only really describe it by a strange amalgamation of parts of middle eastern countries and the Mediterranean. The current Syrian Civil War, this ancient issue has returned, many people who possess pre Islamic, and Pre-Christian faith exist in the world, many of them have managed to make it thus far, with the aid of Secular governments who (SMARTLY) did not like sharing power with Islam. Part of some of these ancient religions were stolen, bastardized, and then used to persecute the original religious groups who founded these ideas as heretics.
The Yizidis living in the “Levant” (Another term of dubious boundaries) and Northern Iraq who are now fleeing that area have lived there for approximately 4,000 years during that time and the genocides they have gone through make the Holocaust pale in comparison.
Elements of this faith, as well as several others (I.E. Zoroastrianism) in the area were stolen and meshed into a hybrid belief system that the world refers to as “Modern Christianity”.
Islam is a faith that stole parts of Christianity and Judaism, and Mohammed re-wrote history and basically said small things that piss Muslims off when you remind them that they are not entirely correct. Like “The Abraham of the bible was a Muslim” Sura 3:67, “Jesus was a MUSLIM prophet who’s SOLE PURPOSE was to foretell the coming of Mohammed, just as all prophets before Mohammed” Sura 2:136 and Sura 61:6 also goes as far as to say people’s response to Jesus and his message was that “This is clear evidence of sorcery”. All the way to basically repeatedly saying Jews and Christians have had their scriptures corrupted and they currently practice all manner of witchcraft and sorcery, and are blinded and Cursed by Allah because they are non believers. Sura 6:20 Sura 2:75 & 2:79 Sura 4:51-52
Hope this helps.