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THE SUFI TRADITION IN TORONTO

By: Siddiq Osman Noormuhammad

Shariah and Tariqah in Toronto

The sufis of Toronto are obviously in the Ahl al-Sunnah wa'l Jama'ah tradition--that is, they follow Shari'ah (sacred Muslim law) according to the Qur'an and the Sunnah, following any one of the four madhahib (schools of sacred Muslim law), codified by Imam ul A'zam Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Shafi'i, Imam Malik and Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal Rahmatullahi 'alaihim ajma'een. They follow the Aqeeda (Muslim Creed) as given in the Qur'an Kareem and Hadith Shareef and as expounded by Imam Abu'l Hasan al-Ash'ari and Imam Maturidi. They follow tariqah (sacred spiritual path leading to Allah Ta'ala) established by Gauth al A'zam Sayyidi wa Imami Shaykh 'Abdul Qadir Jilani, Sayyidi wa Imami al-Faqih al-Muqaddam Muhammad ibn 'Ali BaAlawi, Sayyid Ahmad Rifa'i Kabeer, Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, Imam Bahauddin Naqshbandi, and Hadrat Pir Sayyid Muhammad Nuruddin al-Jerrahi, may Allah Ta'ala continue to let us benefit from their baraka (blessings), Aameen. The respective tariqas are Qadiriyyah, 'Alawiyyah, Rifa'iyyah, Chishtiyyah, Naqshbandiyyah and Jerrahiyyah, these being the more well-established tariqas in Toronto so far.

Muslims in other parts of the world will surely be very happy to learn that in a predominantly non-Muslim country such as Canada where neo-liberalism has almost destroyed Christianity, Muslims are exerting themselves to establish the sufi lifestyle of our beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam and his ashaab-us-Suffa, Rady Allahu 'Anhum.

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