This topic is included on Wikiislam.ca for academic purposes only. No assumption should be made in support for or against the positions mentioned.Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: Avoid suspicion, for suspicion is the gravest lie in talk and do not be inquisitive about one another and do not spy upon one another and do not feel envy with the other, and nurse no malice, and nurse no aversion and hostility against one another. And be fellow-brothers and servants of Allah.
Sufism, or Taṣawwuf (Arabic: الْتَّصَوُّف; personal noun: صُوفِيّ ṣūfiyy / ṣūfī, مُتَصَوّف mutaṣawwuf). Practitioners of Sufism have been referred to as “Sufis” (Arabic plurals: صُوفِيَّة ṣūfiyyah; صُوفِيُّون ṣūfiyyūn; مُتَصَوُّفََة mutaṣawwufah; مُتَصَوُّفُون mutaṣawwufūn).
The True Meaning of Sufi
The definition and meaning of the word Sufi has been hotly debated and continues to be heavily discussed in both the muslim and non muslim world. Some have claimed the word came into usage about 150 years after the passing of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).
The most common explanation is that Sufi comes from the Arabic Suf (meaning wool), after the “hair shirt”, simple woollen robe (jama suf) made from wool and sometimes mixed with horse or camel hair that was adopted by early mystics in imitation of Christian monks and hermits. A favoured garment worn against the skin by ascetics.