Ruling on sitting with Sufi orders making Thikr while swaying

Question: Praise be to Allaah, I like to follow the example of the Messenger (peace be upon him) and the Salaf (the pious predecessors). I attended some Sufi sessions just to know what is happening there and I was astonished by the movements and the dances which are not in conformity with human reverence, shyness and dignity, to say the least. They interpret static things and focus their worship around torturing themselves by several means. Most of their worship depends on Thikr.

They frequently mention the names of the pious people and believe in them more than they believe in Allaah and His Messenger. They have some views, most of which attack the pious Salaf who adhere to the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

However, they have some views which are in conformity with the Sunnah as understood by the Salaf. I sat with them more than once trying to figure out the secrets of this world. Most of the people are of the first social class; professors, doctors, engineers, employees, ordinary people and a lot of youth.

Am I committing a sin by sitting with them despite what I have mentioned? I wish you could clarify the matter of Sufi Orders and their dogmas, specially now that they’ve became organized in bodies and organizations recognized by the state.

Answer: It is well known about all Sufi orders and sects that they mention Allaah through Bid`ah (innovation in religion). They mention, dance, sway and totter right and left, up and down. They call Allaah during their Thikr with names unlike the names He set for Himself or set by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) such as “Hee, Hee, Hee”, “Ah, Ah” or mention Him by name such as “Allaah, Allaah, Allaah, Allaah”. They call Him by “Mentioning by the heart” Naqshabandi Order does… read more here.

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