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Islam and Sufism by Imam Malik
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Imâm Mâlik ibn Anas, one of the most eminent scholars of the second century after the Hijrah, delivered the following aphorism on the relationship between Islamic law and Sufism (tasawwuf):

man tafaqqaha wa-lam yatasawwafa fa-qad tafassaq

'He who learns jurisprudence and neglects Sufism becomes a reprobate;'

wa-man tasawwafa wa-lam yatafaqqaha fa-qad tazandaq

'he who learns Sufism and neglects jurisprudence becomes an apostate;'

wa-man jama`a baynahumâ fa-qad tahaqqaq

'and he who combines both attains the realization of the Truth.'

To which I have appended my own corollary:

wa-man taraka kilayhimâ fa-qad tahammaq

'...and he who neglects both falls into imbecility.'



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