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Dossier October 2017

Sufi Orders (turuq).

The need to be organised in groups in following their teachings is common to all the traditional religions. It was especially during the VI-VII/XII-XIII centuries that the Sufi orders or ways saw their greatest flowering. Many believers had, in fact, developed the need to have a sure and experienced guide (shaykh) for their mystical journey.…

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Sufism: The Spiritual Side Of Islam.

God is the direction (qibla) of the intention (niyya), the intention is the direction of the heart (qalb), the heart is the direction of the body (jism), the body is the direction of the members, the members are the direction of the created universe (kawn). This saying, attributed to Sahl al-Tustarî (m. 283/896), expresses well…

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The History Of Sufism.

The ascetic movement (I-II/VII-VIII). – Sufism emerges in early Islamic times as an ascetic movement, a reaction against the life of luxury and corruption at the courts of the Moslem Caliphs and princes enriched by recent Islamic conquests. It was also a fidelity protest calling for a return to the original Koranic message, against the…

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The “Perfect Man”.

In the sea of divine manifestations (VI-VII/XII-XIII) – Starting from the III/IX century, many currents in philosophical and religious thinking such as Platonism, Gnosticism and Hermetism had become part of Islamic thinking. Especially during the VI-VII/XII-XIII centuries, their influence is seen more clearly in Sufi thought. Sufism was increasingly the character of a sort of…

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Advocacy

Feeding people during the Covid-19 emergency.

With the declaration of the health emergency in Ecuador, all activities and services taking care of poor people were suspended. The experience of Caritas’ dining…

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Baobab

The Herons and the Tortoise.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful lake, near a big mountain. There lived many animals in the water and on the banks of the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People lead the protest against racism, discrimination and social…

More and more young people are joining protests around the world and are playing an increasingly important role to protest against racism, discrimination and social inequality. Is…

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