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Religion and Theology
Pages 9 (2259 words)
Running Head: SUFISM: THE WHIRLING DERVISH AND THE DIVINE 1 Sufism: The Whirling Dervish and the Divine Name Class Date Word Count: 3033 Sufism: The Whirling Dervish and the Divine Why art thou slumber bound Like clay the Earth caressing? In movement shall be found The key to every blessing (Friedlander & Uzel, 1992) Introduction Sufism is the dimension of Islamic worship in which mysticism is practiced.
Mysticism is the part of a religion that touches on the supernatural and allows the worshiper to divide themselves from their mortal existence and reach into the divine in order to commune with God. The ability for the human being to separate themselves from the human plane and touch into something of the divine defies explanation and is part of what helps to construct the idea of faith. The following paper will examine the nature of Sufism and the way in which the practice of the Whirling Dervish provides a solemn, yet celebratory experience in which the initiate is able to transcend themselves and commune with God. The paper will discuss Sufism and its origins and then explain the experience of the Whirling Dervish as the initiate and the audience participate in a ceremony of dance, music, and poetry, as well as readings from the Qu’ran that complete an experience of immense spiritual transcendence. Through the discussion of the meaning of communion with God and the capacity for reaching beyond what is mortal and human, an understanding of mysticism and the way in which it contributes to religious experience will help to define and explore the nature of human and divine connectivity. ...
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