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What is Sufism?

Print edition : November 28, 2014

Evening prayers 'tarawih' marking the eve of the holy fasting month of Ramzan at the shrine of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer on June 30. Photo: PTI

Egyptian dance performance at "Ruhaniyat", the 12th All India Sufi and Mystic Music Festival, in Bangalore on December 17, 2012. Mountebanks and tradesmen make Sufism a form of entertainment. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Jalaluddin Rumi , the greatest mystical poet of Islam.

Rooted in the Quran, Sufism is the quest for the Divine within man. There is a rich record of interaction between Sufis and Hindus, a large number of whom believe in Advaita (non-duality).
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