Sufis shun materialism and use prayer, music, and occasionally dance in their quest to get closer to Allah. Despite their dedication to divine love and peace, Sufis have increasingly become targets of extremist Islamist movements who view their practices as being incompatible with “true Islam.”
Sufism, also referred to as tasawwuf in the Muslim world, is a mystical form of Islam. Its adherents use acts of devotion and contemplation to achieve a deeper understanding, knowledge, and closeness to Allah.
In the West, many people erroneously view Sufism as a sect of Islam, but it is really considered more of “‘an interiorization and intensification of Islamic faith and practice’” and “a broader style of worship that transcends sects.”
The history of Sufism
The rise of puritanical Islam