SHAFAQNA -Â Prominent Muslim scholar and academic, Tariq Ramadan, addressed â€œmanipulated Sufismâ€ in a strongly worded Facebook post yesterday.
Ramadan, who is the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, posted the following statement yesterday on Facebook:
â€œThe authentic Sufi path is an elevation towards the liberation of the self, empowerment, inner peace and the word of goodness and justice. It can never be this false speech, manipulated, which speaks about the heartâ€™s greatness, claims to be apolitical and supports the worst regimes and dictators who condemn their opponents to death, torture and imprisonment under the worst conditions .
These â€œSÃ»fÃ®â€, â€œShuyÃ»kh,â€ â€œâ€˜ulamÃ¢â€™, like those we found leading theâ€Â World Union of Sufi Scholarsâ€™, such as â€˜Shaykhâ€™ Ali Gumâ€™a (former Mufti of Egypt who endorsed the killing of civilians) to his student â€œshaykhâ€ Usama (personal advisor to the despot al-Sisi) via the soft mystical Habib â€˜Ali al-Jifri (â€œSÃ»fÃ®â€ spokesperson for the UAEâ€™s political delusions) â€¦ all of them instrumentalize both Islam and Sufism for political ends and personal interest, while claiming they do not involve in politics and are free.
There is Sufism, and then thereâ€™s their Sufism, a Sufism of traitors and sold out individuals.
It would be good for those who follow them to eventually wake up. Unless they want to engage in a blinded spiritual education which would be a kind of â€œmystic of betrayal.â€
They should remember though, and fear, the prayers of the jailed innocent people, the oppressed in Palestine and throughout the worldâ€¦ as â€œbetween the prayer of (women and men) unfairly treated and God, there is no veil (which prevents this prayer from reaching God)â€.