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Sufism and the Perennial Conflict of Good and Evil

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Sufism and the Perennial Conflict of Good and Evil
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Evil has been a problem for mankind since the advent of the first humans on earth. Cain killed his own brother, Abel, so that his ritual sacrifice might seem more worthy in the eyes of Allah — proof that the outward forms of religiosity are not sufficient to check the negative traits of the lower self. More is required to purify the self from these evil impulses. Abel had developed this quality, as evidenced by his refusal to harm his brother even when faced with the threat of death. His was the state of purified spiritual character. That character is not developed in a vacuum, but requires a focused discipline to achieve. It is a discipline that was developed and refined by subsequent generations into a systematic path of self-analysis and self-correction that became known as the “Science of the Self,” or Sufism.

Sufi discipline has always played an essential role in the life of human beings. It builds upon the teachings of scholars and spiritual scientists imbued with wisdom, sagacity and the courage to stand for what is right. Such teachers were intellectually adept, able to appeal not only to the masses but to academics and people of import.

Psychologically, Sufism works to neutralize the caustic character of negative personality traits, just as a base in a chemical reaction counters the properties of an acid. The wise men and women who have mastered this path are able purify themselves in this life are able to neutralize the axes of evil that so often seek to dominate human discourse.