Ruling on following Sufi Tariqahs spreading in our times

Question: What is the opinion of your Eminence on the current widespread Tareeqahs (Sufi orders) like Al-Naqshabandiyyah, Al-Qaadiriyyah. In our land in the Far Maghrib, Sufi orders like Al-Jilaniyyah Al-Tijaniyyah, Al-Harqawiyyah, Al-Wazzaniyyah, Al-Dilaaniyyah, Al-Nasiriyyah, Al-`Alawiyyah, Al-Kattaniyyah, and many others exist. They recite almost the same Wird (practice of repeating the Name of Allaah, and a set of invocations assigned to the Mureed by his shaykh or deputy as a liturgy of communion).

In the morning and evening Wird, they recite prayers of forgiveness a hundred times and invoke Allah’s peace and blessings upon the Prophet a hundred times using any formula of Thikr. They also recite ‘laa Ilaaha Illaa Alalah’ (there is no god in truth but Allaah) a hundred times. They perform Salaah (Prayer) on time as it is an essential requirement for reception of Wird. Some Scholars of Al-Ikhwaan Al-Muslimoon (the Muslim Brotherhood) say: “Any one who follows any of the Sufi orders is a Mubtadi’ (one who introduces a rejected innovation in religion) and a Mushrik (polytheist) as no Sufi orders existed during the time of the Prophet and his Sahaabah (Companions).

Please, give an elaborate answer on this issue, for ascribing people to polytheism is seriously dangerous; polytheists are denied Paradise and consigned to hell-fire.

Answer: The Shuyookh of Sufi Tareeqahs (orders) are well-known for their ascetic practices and devoutness. However, superstitions and Bid`ahs (innovations in religion) creep into their rituals and ceremonial practices like the Bid`ah of repeated mentioning of the proper Name of Allaah and His Attributes saying… read more here.

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