It is a misunderstanding, as – for instance – the book Zia al Qulub (among many others) emphasizes, to think that a mystic either desires, or can achieve, identification with God in the sense of acquiring divine attributes or powers. Such a concept belongs to magical, not mystical, thinking.
In common parlance, as well as in the minds of many who should know better, ‘mystical’ is bracketed with mystery and mystification in the senses of something confusing or difficult to understand. These secondary meanings, of course, are only due to ‘unconscious illiteracy’.
Sufis require the reduction of the effects of ‘material attributes’, those things which stand in the way of higher understanding. Many things which repetitious or oversimplified religion presents as spiritual are, when examined, found to be simply aspects of materiality. One example is emotionalism.
Sufi Thought and Action
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