Answers to Sufism





1. People like MansoorHallaj, HasanBasri and Attar, etc are being advertised by the media for many years, would youexplain what theywere like?


R: These people have been pawns of the Sufism sect, and it is well known that MansurHallajused to maketheblasphemousstatement of “There is nothing under my cloak but God” and it has been narrated that Imam Zaman (A.S) has damned him.


2. Please define pantheism and say, is the pantheism meant by mystics and philosophers the same as the one meant by grand Fiqh experts, or they are different?

R: Pantheismishierarchical,and whatisnot justifiable is that the Almighty God is the very existence, and none of the Fiqh experts believe nothing like that, and what is acceptable is thefactthatGodand other creaturesare the same in the roots of their beings, but they are in different stages, and we can say that in fact this statement is the same as the plurality of entities, as it has been mentioned in the prayers: “You are the creator and I am the creature, you are the Lord and I am the servant…”


3. What is the the verdict of (look at second meaning of verdict in the Longman) the promotionanddissemination of the beliefs of various sects of Sufism in any form?

R: The Sufism beliefs have indeed originated from the non-Islamic sources, and have no Islamic basis and are genuinely invalid. Great Islamicscholarssuch asAllamaMajlisi, Sheikh HorrAmeli, Moqaddas Ardabili, MirzaQomi etc.have clearly statedthis fact, and this group has stood against the Hujjat-s of Godfor acquiring official positions and achieving mundanebenefits and has turned ordinary people away from the right way during the Imams (peace be upon them) era. Thus the promotion and dissemination of the beliefs of Sufism from every sect is not permissible.


4. Is it permissible or not to mention the miracles and greatness of the Sufism and dervishes (in any form) in books and the press and other media?

R: Much of the greatness of the heads of Sufism, which is mentioned in the books and various publications or in the public media, are false and fraudulent, and if other parts of it has truly happened, it has been through illegal methods and assisted by Satan. In some cases nothing has happened at all and they mislead people by deception. Therefore considering their false way and the grave danger from them which threatens the basis of the religion, narrating and disseminating anything which strengthens their place in the people’s hearts is not permissible.


5. Is it permissible or not to describe holy concepts using humble words and obscene meanings such as describing God as companion and lovely mistress, describing masjid as bar, and describing prayer as dance and many other such descriptions?

R: The holy names of God are exclusive and we cannot address God using arbitrary names, and also the names of the prophets and guiding Imams (peace be upon them) are limited to the ones mentioned in the narrations and the hadith-s, and therefore we see that the holy Quran has strongly condemned those who address the angels using feminine names (Surah Najm, verse 22-23). Thus everysingle description that weakens the position and greatness of the God or the position of the prophets, Imams, angels, masjids and Islamic education is not permissible.


6. Can dreams and revelations be taken as proofs and be used for reasoning in Islam? What is the verdict of mentioning revelations and greatness of people who are not so trustworthy, in order to promote their place in the public opinion by saying that dreams are their only proof?

R: The dreams of the prophets is of course divine revelation, and the dream of the pious strengthens them in some cases, but the dreams of a non-infallible person is never taken as a proof, and they cannot be interpreted as axioms, and dreamsof some people in some cases are evil persuasions, as it has been mentioned in some historical resources, that the Satan appeared to Ali Muhammad Baabseveral times and finally persuaded him tothe false claim, there has been strange dreams happening to devout people and they were influenced by evil temptations for years, but by having recourse to the assistance of the immaculate Imams (peace be upon them), they managed to save themselves from the Satan.

Therefore, the basis of truthfulness of no school of thought or religion or faith can be proven by dream and revelation, and narrating and dissemination of these dreams and revelations, which weakens the truth or spreads the false, is not permissible. 







1. The best religious practice

Question: What is the best religious practice, in your eminence opinion?

Answer: As it has been narrated in some Hadith-s, saying prayer is the best practice after gaining knowledge of God.


2. The Ibtidai Jihad

Question: Is the Ibtidai Jihad (A kind of Jihad to promulgate the religion of Islam through countries which are not enemies of Islamic countries) permissible?

Answer: Its not permissible, in our opinion.


3. The Mu'ataati marriage

Question: Is the Mu'ataati marriage (a kind of unofficial marriage that the Sigheh is not verbally approved by the parties) recognizable?

Answer: Marriage needs to be approved verbally and the Mu'ataati one is not recognizable.


4. Revealing a secret

Question: Please say about permissible cases for revealing secrets?

Answer: Revealing other's secret is Haraam unless something important involves. For example, if the secret is not revealed, the life of a believer will be put in danger.


5. Saying prayer in Karbala

Question: What is your opinion about whether saying daily prayers completely or incompletely in the holy city of Karbala, or around the holy shrine, or in Koufa Masjid?

Answer: The traveler needs to say prayer incomplete in the holy city of Karbala, but around the holy shrine of his holiness Imam Hussein (A) (within two and half meters from the holy enshrine) and the whole Koufa Masjid the traveler is at liberty to say prayer complete or incomplete.


6. Wozu (performing ablutions before saying prayer) with the remnant of pen on skin

Question: Do the remnants of pen on hands’ skin invalidate the Wozu?

Answer: No, it doesn’t unless they prevent the water from reaching to body's skin.