Definition of Sufi in English:



  • A Muslim ascetic and mystic.

    • ‘Others who consider themselves Muslim, such as Druze, Ahmadis, some Sufis, and members of sectarian movements, are often not accepted as such by mainstream Muslims.’
    • ‘True Salafis, for example, are as committed to their understanding of Islam as the Sufis are to theirs.’
    • ‘It would be natural to infer from the steady association of Sufis with Islamic state formation that Muslim empires had a pronounced religious dimension.’
    • ‘Among his 1300 disciples were people from all walks of life; rulers, judges, historians, Sufis, poets, and scholars of Qur'an, Hadith, and Fiqh.’
    • ‘Islam has had a long and chequered history in Bengal, having first been introduced by Arab traders and then followed by Sufis and Muslim armies in the thirteenth century.’
    • ‘Muslims are now divided into Sunnis, several types of Shi'ites (including Ismaeli), and Sufis.’
    • ‘In a desire to atone, Halevi returns to Gaza to join Muslim Sufis in dance.’
    • ‘The rest of the writings are of Hindu Bhaktas and Muslim Sufis.’
    • ‘The Sufis substantiate their view from the above mentioned Hadith of Sayyidna Ali, Radi-Allahu anhu, and other narrations.’
    • ‘However the quotation has been very influential among some Muslims, particularly Sufis.’
    • ‘The folk epics and romances, Sikh sacred literature, and poetic compositions of the Sufis are all part of a literary tradition that continues today.’
    • ‘The thirteen Sufis whose poems have been included in this slim volume are not only authentic representatives of that era, they are among the brightest lights of the Islamic mystic tradition.’
    • ‘On Tuesday, January 11, 1938, he made his way to Basel and knocked at the door of the house where the group of Sufis met.’
    • ‘The spread of Islam in most of south India, in contrast to much of the north was not accompanied by Muslim political expansion, being instead mainly the result of the peaceful missionary efforts of Sufis and traders.’
    • ‘I think there is a lot we can learn from the example of the true Sufis of the past, who never attacked followers of other religions, but, instead, worked to bring all people together in a spirit of love and service.’
    • ‘Most Kashmiri Muslims held the Sufis in deep reverence, and Hamid could not imagine that God would ever send his own people to hell for their love of the gentle mystics of Islam.’
    • ‘A few Sufis, Mystics and Muslim intelligentsia have come out with interpretations of some verses of the Quran supporting the evolution in life.’
    • ‘The Jews have Hasidim and various mystical traditions, the Muslims have their Sufis.’
    • ‘Some trace it to the mathematical discoveries of the Greeks at the time of Pythagoras, others to the Sufis and Islamic mystics.’
    • ‘In contrast to the extremists, when moderate Muslims, and especially the Sufis, read the Qur'an, they understand that the accounts of the prophets are not just historical.’
    abstainer, recluse, hermit, solitary, anchorite, anchoress, desert saint, celibate, puritan, nun, monk
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Mid 17th century: from Arabic ṣūfī, perhaps from ṣūf ‘wool’ (referring to the woollen garment worn).