Sufism in Spain

Sufism is a fundamental part of Islam in Spain. Naqshbandi Sufi order is the most followed Sufi order. The greatest Sufi is in Orgiva. The assisted-largest Sufi Muslim neighborhood of Spain is in Villanueva de la Vera, in the western region of Cáceres led by Abdul Wahid. About 1.21 million Muslims reside in Spain, which introduces the greatest estimate of Sufis in Europe and is regarded as the most distinguished places of Sufism in the past. Sufis hold the largest of Muslims in Europe. The other sufi order followed in Spain are Tijaniyya and Muridiya Tarikqa. Mausoleum in the honour of Grand Shaykh Abdullah is created in Villanueva de la Vera.

What contributed to the acceptance of Sufism in Spain

Sufism's style of living, instructions of tolerance, deep understanding, unequivocal love of humanity and absolute repudiation of cruelty performed me convert. We focus on the modesty of life, respecting the divine over the material.

Lifestyle of Sufi Muslims in Spain

Sufi farmers cultivate olives in the cliffs that surround Órgiva. The living style of the Sufi farmers is modest, but not separated from the world. On every Thursdays evening the members gather in the dargah, a Sufi mausoleum around three kilometers outside Órgiva to do the dhikr, or the oration of the names of Allah, along with the Hadra, a meditational process that comprises chants in honor of Almighty led by rhythmic swing and percussion. The most common type of zikr done by sufis in spain is Allah, Allah, Allah. On Fridays, Sufis do Friday prayers, and thus the public sits to dine together. The sources of Islamic education of Sufis in Spain are related conversations with other, wiser, brothers, and from the Shaykh’s sermons.

Traditional Sufi man in Spain wears traditional Naqshbandi ring along with a waistcoat and floppy pants, and a green turban. Sufi women bear ample, baggy dress, along with a headscarf,

Beliefs and Practices 

Sufi in Spain think Sufism is respect and love between God’s critters. There is no disagreement, because Sufi Muslim appreciate Prophet Jesus Christ as the worshipper of almighty Allah. Spanish Sufi believe in the saints, they visit Sufi tombs as a source of blessings. They believe Sufism obliges them to do self accountability and ask to check what man in the actual world. One Can get only by looking for Allah in own hearts. And to do, Sufis follow the precepts of Islam, and then try to transcend them. Sufism is an integral and ancient part of Islam, and the studies suggest it even predates Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).  Sufis say that while their religion is embedded within Islam, its purpose is the same as the great monotheistic faiths: union with Almighty. The only way to achieve this is through unconditional love for every creation of the lord of the day of judgement.

Notable Sufi Personalities of Spain

Abu ‘Abd Allah Muhammad b. ‘Abd Allah b. Masarra b. Najih al-Jabali and Abu al-Abbas Ahmad ibn Mohammed Ibn Musa Ibn Ata Allah al-Mariyyi al-Sanhaji, also known as Al-Urruf (1088–1141), who founded a Sufi Madrasa (school) bears his name. Sufism gained its summit by Sheikh Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī ibn Muhammad ibnʿArabī, who was born in Murcia in 1165 and merged with Allah in 1240 in Damascus. Philosopher IbnʿArabī has many adherents, consisting of intellectual Abd el-Hakh Ibn Sab’in and poetal-Shatri, whose Sufi arts signed in to the Arab tradition because of the Moroccan culture. Also polymath poet and theorist Lisan ad-Din ibn al-Khatib was an Arab Andalusian pioneer in Sufism.


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