Wakademic Fantasy Productions: "Sufi movements speak the language of peace, hope, and reconciliation, and condemn extremism"

* Usually, when wakademic ‘experts’ are trying to beautify Islam, it is simply a matter of following the money:  all too often one finds invitations to Islamic countries, prizes for this and that,  for being ‘a friend of such and such organization’,  we find earlier, colorful reports on how wonderful, how hospitable and how progressive this or that Moslem country is, and always, invariably, the “Islam cannot be blamed for terrorism”  apologies that stick to these wakademics like the odious ‘right wing’ label the media attaches to anyone who opposes the Islamic scourge.

Here we have a professor Philip Jenkins who shamelessly  puts lipstick on Sufism, something he obviously knows very little about. Instead of “speaking the language of peace, hope, and reconciliation and condemning terrorism”, there is nothing in Sufism that makes it different from mainstream Islam. The Sufi Koran is not peaceful and neither is their history. The Sufi’s support the jihad the same way the Sunni’s or the Shiites support the jihad, because that is the first and foremost obligation of the believers, as we can see here: Iraqi Sufis donate to Hamas, boast of jihad activity in Iraq

Sufi rising

For years, the Islamic revival has seemed to be a story of ever-growing fundamentalism and political extremism, but around the world, Sufi orders are rapidly gaining strength — in Turkey and Syria, Uzbekistan and Indonesia. Sufism is also growing quickly in Iran, as younger Muslims seek a liberal and liberating kind of spirituality utterly different from anything the ayatollahs can provide. In 1979, Iran had 100,000 Sufis; today, there may be 5 million.

Globally, the movement represents a close parallel to the explosive worldwide growth of charismatic and Pentecostal styles within Christianity. Both practice a passionate style of religion, and both have demography on their side. The Sufi revival is most obvious in the African and Asian lands that have some of the world’s highest birth rates. Although the Sufi revival has its impact in many Muslim countries, the North African story is particularly important for Europe and the West because of the influence of migrants. As Morocco and Senegal spawn new forms of Sufi devotion, for example, these spread to African communities in Europe, and find expression in youth culture and hip hop, even in Sufi rap.

Always, these movements speak the language of peace, hope, and reconciliation, and condemn extremism. These are the Muslim voices that can compete with the calls to jihad and terror.

Philip Jenkins 

3 thoughts on “Wakademic Fantasy Productions: "Sufi movements speak the language of peace, hope, and reconciliation, and condemn extremism"”

  1. Islamania, like rat poison, comes in different brand names. The end result is always the same.

  2. so, sufis like idries shah would be said to desire destruction?
    im not pro islam, but xianity had its problems with protestants
    and catholics, with resulting bloodshed. not all xians were the same
    and are not the same now. some are kooks that mix ufo cults with
    revelation and get a rapture thing going.
    is this not the same thing with islam? dont they have a bunch of
    schisms are are also confused? they are about 500 years behind
    xians, but they are going thru similar trials arent they? what kind of
    a dumb idiot are you with your heavyhanded narrowminded
    stupid comments?

  3. Sonyrachet,
    Agreed – there is about a 500 development period for what ever reasons – however the damage that they can do is now far greater than what was possible 100 or 200 years ago. Hence the heavy handed critic – there is a good reason for it – whether yuo see this or not.

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