Question 442: In some Masjids (mosques) here, people gather and continue repeating Allaah’s Name around a piece of white cloth. What is the importance of the white cloth in Islaam?
Answer: Placing a piece of cloth in the Masjid and gathering around it to repeat the Name of Allaah is a misleading act of Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) undertaken by some Sufis who deviate from the course of the Messenger (peace be upon him). Therefore, it is not permissible to do orattend. This should also be prohibited and disavowed. Masjids should be protected from such acts of Bid`ah... read more here.
Question 441: What is Sufism? Does it pose a danger to one’s Islaam? What is the ruling on keeping company with Sufis?
Answer: In general, Sufism as it exists at the present time refers to a misguided group, which adopts a Manhaj (methodology) in `Ibaadah (worship) that opposes the Sunnah. The followers of Sufism receive their teachings from their leaders and shaykhs of Tareeqah (Sufi order) whom they believe can bring benefit and cause harm besides Allaah. Therefore, it is not permissible to keep company with or befriend them except to call them to Allaah and help them to correctly understand the Sunnah... read more here.
Question 440: What is the ruling on giving the title of Qutb (Sufi title denoting a “Perfect Master”) or Ghawth (Source of Succor) to some Awliyaa’ (pious people)? Is this permissible?
Answer: The two titles Qutb and Ghawth do not have any basis in Allaah’s Purified Shar` (Law). These terms are invented by some extremist Sufis. Accordingly, giving these titles to some Awliyaa’ (pious people) is not permissible. Some misguided people understand such terms to mean that such a Qutb or Ghawth can run the affairs of the universe and fulfill people’s needs. This is Kufr (disbelief) that contradicts Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah/ monotheism) because Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) revealed the Scriptures, and sent the Messengers to worship Him Alone without partners or associates. He (Exalted be He) commanded all creatures to resort and supplicate to Him Alone to bestow upon them all good and ward off harm. Allaah (Exalted be He) says... read more here.
Question 439: What is the ruling of Islaam on the pledge that we make to the shaykh of a Tareeqah (Sufi order)? Will we be considered disobeying the Qur’aan and the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) if we break it?
Answer: It is not permissible to make a pledge of allegiance to anyone except to a Muslim ruler. It is not permissible to make it to the shaykh of a Sufi order or any other person, for this has not been authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him). Every Muslim should worship Allaah according to the way He prescribed without committing oneself to a certain person, for this is the attitude of the Christians toward their priests and bishops, a thing that does not exist in Islaam... read more here.