Tuesday, June 26, 2007

On the Malaamatiyya

Faqr is not the same as Tasawwuf, its end is its beginning, and likewise asceticism is not the same as faqr; and for [the Sufis] faqr is not just poverty and destitution, but the praiseworthy faqr is trust in Allah Most High and contentment with His apportionment.

And the Sufi is not the Malamati, for the Malamati is he who does not show good and does not hide evil*, and the Sufi is he who is not occupied with creation and does not pay attention to their acceptance or rejection [of him].

- Abul Najib al-Suhrawardi, Aadaab al-Mureedeen.

* i.e. The malamati is afraid of being accepted by people and therefore becoming egotistical so he does not show any of his good acts to people, and does not hide his evil from them. The Sufi on the other hand does not put people's view of him into consideration or base his actions around them.

See also Hakim al-Tirmidhi's criticism of the Malamati method here.