Miracles of Sufis?
I was thinking of not turning this blog into a broken record of constant banter about Sufism, instead I could try to seriously evaluate Sufism and some of its key concepts. One of the things which I could never get my head around is the idea of Sufis performing miracles (karamat), flying carpets, destroying armies, healing the sick, eating a chicken and then bringing it back to life by joining the bones and so on. I dismiss all of that due to lack of authenticity behind these reports as they are reported in form of folklore and tales rather than traditional Islamic method with verifiable Isnaad. These stories also contradict reality and before I am accused of heresy I would like to add that to believe in Sufis performing miracles is not part of Islamic belief (Imaan)… so rejecting these have no grave danger attached or at least not as much as believing in them.
However the question is, if they really did perform miracles what does that mean to us? It means nothing. There is some deep inner esoteric knowledge of the world which people of all religions and non-religious people are able to access allowing them to perform illusions and other paranormal acts against the universal law, which no doubt involves deception and trickery in some form or the other. I am not accusing our pious Sufis of the past of this, some of them are attributed sainthood (Wilaaya) and did great service to the Islamic cause but those who deviated from the path of Islam, neglected the Shariah and were responsible for introducing heretical practices and condemnable innovations.
As we see Sufism today promoting itself with full financial backings of various governments, we see generations being raised with a selective understanding of Islam. The great Awliya and Sufia who struggled to protect Islam as statesmen, theologians, politicians, economists, social scientists, jurists, historians and warriors are mentioned in these circles as mere Sufis with tales of their miracles and spiritual discourses glorified and turning blind eye to their great works of real significance to us.