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1 Sahil Badruddin = ""What is Sufism? It is the love of Majnun for Layla. It is “numberless waves, lapping and momentarily reflecting the sun—all from the same sea,” according to the Sufi master Halki. It is the practice of “adopting every higher quality and leaving every lower quality,” in the words of the Patriarch of Sufism, Ibn Junayd (d. 910). The Sufi is “not Christian or Jew or Muslim,” Rumi wrote. He is not of “any religion or cultural system . . . not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all . . . not an entity of this world or the next.” He is, in Ishan Kaiser’s description, “the actual temple of the fire worshipper; the priest of the Magian; the inner reality of the crossed-legged Brahmin meditating; the brush and the color of the artist.” Drunk without wine, sated without food, a king beneath a humble cloak, a treasure within a ruin, Sufism is to Islam what the heart is to the human being: its vital center, the seat of its essence. It is, in Majnun’s words, “the pearl hidden in the shell, the face beneath the veil.” Sufism is the secret, subtle reality concealed at the very depths of the Muslim faith, and only by mining those depths can one gain any understanding of this enigmatic sect."-No god but God, Reza Aslan "