On the “Path of Love” Towards the Divine

SJ78-OnThePathofLoveA Journey with Muslim Mystics

by Omid Safi



Always traversing the world


Tell me:

What benefit has come of it?



Which you are seeking

Is with you;

And you seek

Elsewhere? (‘Ayn al-Qozat)

Consistent with seeking the Divine inside their own being, the Sufis of the Path of Love consistently valued spiritual experience  over theoretical knowledge.  It is important to point out that they did not wish to abolish theoretical knowledge; indeed, they themselves have left some of the richest theoretical works in all of Islamic history.  Rather, they wished to emphasize that ultimately it is personal experience that will lead one down the path, not theoretical knowledge.

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