Q: What was/is the relationship between the Sufi masters, and the Nazarenes (Essenes, Essenoi, or “Those who wear white”)
in the times of Yeshua and now? May Peace be be unto you, and your loved ones. Blessings in Christ
A: Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, in his book, “Elements of Sufism,” writes: “I regard the Sufi movement as a parallel to the prophethood of Jesus, whose message was not to destroy the Law of Moses, but to revive the spirit of the Law in order to rebalance it. As a result, we do not find Jesus changing the already existing Mosaic Law, but confirming it, while showing its true application and meaning. It was a later convert, Paul, and others, who brought about what is called Christianity. In the same way, it was during this period, in which many of the Muslims had lost sight of the true application and meaning of Islam, that major Sufi writings on spiritual and moral disciplines appeared in order to guide the people who desired balance, purity, self-knowledge and inner illumination.” Learn more about Sufism at http://nuradeen.com/.
Joachim: It’s an interesting question. There may be all sorts of interrelations. Greek-speaking Judeans of Alexandria called a Torah-sage a sophos, while sophists had a recognized legal status in the late Roman Empire. Iosephos discusses three sects of Second Temple Judaism, but how and whether they developed into various Judean and Judeo-Christian sects in the 3rd century is unclear. You might want to take a look at a my homily on the relationship between Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
You can find it at: http://eaazi.blogspot.com/2007/04/linguistics-islam-and-beatitudes.html
Karin: Sufism is the Way described by Jesus, a Muslim who submitted to God’s will. A Sufi is a wise person who has extinguished his ego. They become like a light to guide those who seek spiritual knowledge. Master Yeshua during his lifetime was a Sufi Master, for he attained the goal of Sufism – the death of the self. He was so at One with Allah that when prayed to Allah for someone to be healed, Allah’s healing would flow through him and into the person. When he spoke, he became the Word of Allah. A Sufi is a conduit of Allah’s mercy. They have no ego to obstruct the flow of the healing light of love. The emphasis of Sufism is on passionately loving God, nurturing the feeling of nearness to Him, as Jesus did when he meditated and prayed on the mountainside. The Sufi way is about letting go of the sense of self, giving up all that is not the Eternal in the service of Truth.
May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be on you and your family.