Where the term Sufism comes from



People have differed in the original meaning of the term “Sufism” many westerners who are Sufis claim that this term has nothing to do with Islam rather it existed way before Islam, neglecting the linguistic structure of the term “Sufim” which is related to the Arabic language without any shadow of a doubt. Others however acknowledged its relation to the Arabic language but insist its existant predate Islam. Obviously the opinion which is closer to the real meaning of Sufism in terms of language which is the main point of this short essay. Looking at both opinions we see both sides share the same term but differ in origin. We conclude from this reality that there is some kind of confusion of the true nature of Sufism and its relationship to its term. In other words they seem to deal with it as an ideology classified by the term…

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