I was heartbroken to come across this question a top query in Google trends----Has the demonisation of sufism by wahhabi/salafi petrodollar-funded preachers reached such dangerous levels that Muslims are asking Google if Islamic mysticism indeed originated from Islam and believing that Sufism is NOT Islam!!!
Often this comes in the form of ideological struggle but open violence has broken out as well. Sudan’s Islamist government attacks the black Sufi population of Darfur; in Iraq, suicide bombers target Sufi shrines in Pakistan.
Sufis have literally everything to lose from the continued advance of the Islamist extremists. They want to deprive us of the faith of our fathers, our sheikhs and ustadhs.
They want to cut us off from 1400 years of sufi culture and they have to audacity to bomb the shrines of the saints who spread Islam in this region. They want to rob us of our customs and traditions and arabise us.
Wherever the orders flourish, popular Islamic religion focuses on the tombs of saints and sheikhs, who believers venerate with song and ritual dance. People organize processions, they seek healing miracles, and women are welcome among the crowds.
The Islamic Mysticism has little of the uncompromising intolerance that characterizes the fundamentalists. They have no fear of music, poetry, and other artistic forms — these are central to their sense of the faith’s beauty — and the brotherhoods cherish intellectual exploration. Progressive Sufi thinkers are quite open to modern knowledge and science.
Wahabbis believe in a more temporal form of Islam, which no doubt has been to a degree politically influenced by Saudi political affairs.The Wahhabis prohibit other Muslims from praying the way they want to in Mecca and Medina. In these two cities, they have destroyed numerous monuments associated with the Prophet, his family, and his companions, as if they are the owners of these places. They want to destroy the whole 1400-year-old Muslim tradition itself.
The alliance between the mullahs of the Wahhabi Al-e Shaikh and the rulers of Saudi Arabia, the Al-e Saud, is like the oppressive nexus between the Christian Church and the monarchy in medieval Europe. It is proving to be a curse for Muslims. Wahabi’s say that only they are Allah's chosen ones that only they are walking along the true path. And everyone else is their enemy. The worst thing about Talibanisation is the fact that it seeks to divide us according to our faith.
Yet Sufism is branded hearsay and delegitimised!
The philosophy and rituals which can heal sectarian fault lines within Islam are now considered kabbalist propaganda and a Jewish conspiracy to corrupt Islam.
In contrast to the Wahhabism, We are not combative.
We don't go out and preach and demand that other Muslims accept our way of understanding Islam, which is what the Wahhabis do.
We are moderate and believe in moderation, not in aggressively converting others to their way of thinking.
We don't brand other Muslims as apostates and condemn them as wrong.
We just let you be the way you are.
This is because they believe that it is for God to guide people if He wills.
It is the connection to humanity and a chance to belong to something far greater than yourself.
Islamic State version can never match that!