Myths and Rituals in Sufism

Muhammad Shah Noorur Rahman
North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong

Sufism emerged as a protestant and a liberalizing force in Islamic religious traditions. The Sufis began to appear in Islam within a century of Prophet’s death. They were most loveable men and women of God. The Prophet’s teaching inspired them for God-ward direction and service to humanity. Sufism is Islamic mysticism. It was born in the bosom of Islam outside India. The Quran and the Hadith supplied its basic frame work.

Sufism was spread all over the world and the Sufis were devoted to God and engaged to the service of human irrespective caste creed and religion. It came to India in course of time and was influenced by Indian religious and social elements and vice- versa and also became Indian in spirit. An attempt has been made in this paper to focus the rituals of Sufism in their social and religious practices in India. It will also throw light on the miracles of the Sufis. Finally the paper will try to discuss the syncretistic practices of Sufism.