Sufism is a collective term for movements in Islam marked by ascetic tendencies and spiritual orientation, which can most commonly be referred to as mysticism. A follower of Sufism is called a Sufist, a practitioner Sufi or Dervish.
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The famous dance of the Sufis or Dervishes is a performance which translates the Qur’an verse ‘Wherever you turn, there is the face of God’. The Sufis perform a whirling dance, and this whirling symbolizes, firstly, the view of the world, and also the attempt to look beyond its material manifestations. It is finally the eternal attempt to connect with the divine.
Sufism is criticized mainly by followers of the Muslim Orthodox faith because their dogmatic rigorism (Sharia) is rejected by the Sufis, as Sufism believes the Sharia is merely the beginning of the further spiritual path. Moreover, criticism also comes from those who oppose the use of music for religious ceremony. They believe it is not in accordance with Islamic doctrines. Above all, dance – and, therefore, forms of Dhikr similar to dance – are considered to be of pagan origin and thus a reprehensible new trend within the religion. Sufis, on the other hand, argue that the Prophet Mohammed is said to have been greeted by the people of Medina with music upon his arrival. And when asked whether the music should be stopped, the Prophet is said to have replied that the people shall celebrate times of joy with music. For the Sufis, music is the expression of joy in the presence of God and is, therefore, not reprehensible. (translation of : wiki)
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