CATEGORIES OF AHLUS SAFA (PEOPLE OF PURITY)


�People of Purity�, also known as �Ahlus Safa�, are characterised as follows:-

1. SUFI: Sufi is that person who has overcome his self-ego as well as all human weaknesses, whilst at the same time being aware of the reality of all existence. Truth is the hallmark of his life. The term Sufi refers to an established and completely realised Wali Allah (Friend of Almighty Allah). In �Kashful Mahjoob� a Sheikh is quoted as saying �one who is emerged in the friendship of Almighty Allah and has freed himself from all other than Almighty Allah, is a Sufi�. (Kashful Mahjoob, pg.97)

Ghausul A�zam, Hadrat Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (alaihir rahmah) explains that until a person has not reached the rank where he is graced by the vision of Nabi Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in his dream and is given commands and prohibitions, he cannot be regarded as a Sufi. If this fortunate incident does occur, then his heart gains promotion and his innermost being is cleansed and he attains the proximity of Almighty Allah while his hands are in the hands of Nabi Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). (Al Fath-ur-Rabbani, pg. 389)

2. MUTASAWWIF: One who is striving to attain the status of a Sufi through Mujahidah (Continuous struggle against evil desires). He follows the examples of the Sufis to better himself.

3. MUSTASWIF: One who impersonates a Sufi for monetary gain, power, and worldly honour. He does not have any of the qualities of the Sufi or Mustasawwif. (Kashful Mahjoob, pg. 98)

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