Sufi Islam: Fana Al Fana

The mystic parallels of Abrahamic Orthodoxy were lucid in their elaborations. And sneered at, slandered, slaughtered, for their insolence.


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The Qabballah of the Jews; the Taṣawwuf [Sufism] of the Muslims; the Gnostic Texts of Christianity. Key mystic terms like the Jewish Aleph and the Islamic Fana originate here.

Of them it was the Sufi Tradition that had the longest and closest association with Hinduism, both traditions generously borrowing and giving to the other.

The final stage of practice in high Sufism is termed Fana al-Fana, the ‘Annihilation of Annihilation itself’. A Self-Negating Expression, naturally, necessarily.

Nowadays Sufism, like the mystical Jewish Kabbalah, and the parallel Hindu Bhakthi Tradition, avoids confronting the Self-Loop, settling instead to a praise of God, Goodwill and Universal Love.


But then in counterpoint to the mystic eloquence of the Sufi are the literal and puritanical persuasions of the Indian Deobandis, Egyptian Salafists and Saudi Wahabists, political and tribal groupings more than philosophical explorers.

The expression of Namelessness isn’t always in the restrained language of the learned scribe.

The dynamiting of the 1,500 year old Buddha carvings at Bamian [March, 2001], the largest in the world, by no-less than Abdul Wali, the Taliban Minister for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

The demented enforcement of the decree of Namelessness, of ‘No-re-presentation’, in Literal Islam.