December 8th, 2010
10:43 AM ET

Sufi's mark annual ritual in Egypt

A mystical branch of Islam called "Sufism" performs an annual ritual of the "Siyaha" festival in Egypt's Western Desert.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Holidays • Islam • Muslim

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  1. Shyama Deo

    I absolutely appreciate all the demanding effort you have devoted to
    keeping this blog here for everyone. I absolutely hope this
    sticks around for a long time.

    August 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  2. Reality


    "Mystical movement within Islam that seeks to find divine love and knowledge through direct personal experience of God. It consists of a variety of mystical paths that are designed to as-certain the nature of mankind and God and to facilitate the experience of divine love and wisdom in the world. Sufism arose as an organized movement after the death of Muhammad (AD 632), among different groups who found orthodox Islam to be spiritually sti-fling. The practices of contemporary Sufi orders and suborders vary, but most include the rec-itation of the name of God or of certain phrases from the Qu'ran as a way to loosen the bonds of the lower self, enabling the soul to experience the higher reality toward which it naturally aspires. Though Sufi practi-tioners have often been at odds with the mainstream of Islamic theology and law, the importance of Sufism in the history of Islam is incalculable. Sufi literature, especially love poetry, represents a golden age in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu languages. "

    As with all forms of Islam, there is a quick and harmless way to save Sufis:

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic/Sufi ways!!!!

    December 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
    • Peace2All


      *Neuron Cleansing*... I love it... Priceless...! 🙂


      December 9, 2010 at 2:34 am |
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    December 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
    • testing


      December 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
    • Sumerian Dude

      I have added "sh-@t" to the list of banned letters/words....but as you can see, shat can be printed with ease.
      I did not miss the filter while I was gone, to put it mildly.....!

      Please update your list. 😛

      December 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
    • Reality

      Sum Dude,

      Your updating is sufficient as I still sometimes cannot find the offending fragments and therefore resort to wholesale "hyphenating".

      December 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
    • Sumerian Dude


      Ha ha ha ha ha! Yo-u mu-st l-ike wr-iti-ng li-ke th-is, the-n.... 😛

      No, I was talking about that super-old copy you dredged up from somewhere. If you are going to post the list, you should keep your copy of it updated. I would have thought it easy for an old copy-and-paster like you.
      Have a happy hyphenated winter holiday sea-son! ha ha ha! 😀

      December 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  4. Reality

    Once a day WARNING for new commentators:

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    Sum Dude routinely updates the list of forbidden words/fragments.

    December 8, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  5. aiie

    what an amazing lack of information.

    December 8, 2010 at 11:58 am |
    • HotAirAce

      I didn't see anything wrong with the video. What information should or could have been conveyed?

      December 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
    • Tickedofferonga

      How about a transcript for those of us with security settings? I see no video

      December 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
    • HotAirAce


      Sorry, not time for a transcript... Off the top of my head, without viewing the video again, it's just a story about a mulsim sect that annually spends 3-4 days in the desert, chanting to their supernatural tribal being, with an emphasis on repairing relationships with their neigbours.

      December 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
    • Sumerian Dude

      Sounds like they need a UFO to come down and take them away. Or maybe just probe them to death. Either one. I'm not picky.

      December 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
    • Let Us Prey

      Didn't CNN post an article a couple of months ago about how peaceful Sufi Muslims were and what a fine example they were of the Islamic faith? Odd that now they're being portrayed as "mystical" oddballs. Just wondering... no 'Sufi expert' I.

      December 8, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
    • civilioutside

      Well, it seems to me that it's perfectly possible to be a "mystical oddball" and a "fine representative of [any] faith." No contradiction here.

      December 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
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