Sufism pertains to the inner-sense devolvement and experiencing mystical traditions of Islam. A follower of Islamic mystical traditions is generally known as a Sufi - one who believes in practicing pure worship of Almighty for unification with Him. A true Sufi seeks to discover and find the truth of divine love through direct personal spiritual experience of God.
Many proponents of Sufism consider the mystical traditions of realizing divine love as the pure and original form of Islam. Therefore, Sufis believe strongly in the principles of tolerance, peace and compassion. Authors like Ahmed Zarruq, Zaineb Istrabadi and Hamza Yusuf Hanson, in their book "The Principles of Sufism’, view Sufism as ‘a science whose objective is the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God’ for which a person requires to 'purify one's inner self'. Thus, a Sufi Thus, Sufism is one of a variety of mystical and existential paths that are designed to ascertain the nature of humanity and God to facilitate the experience of the presence of divine love and wisdom in the world. A Sufi generally lives like a poor and is called a fakir and dervish.
Sufism demands an individual’s progress in the spiritual life as a journey by a seeker after God as a destination and to attain the desired goal of union with God called ‘fana f'il-haqeeqat’ or absorption in Ultimate Reality.
The current wave of Sufism has grown out of asceticism that developed as a counterweight to the increasing worldliness and materialism among Muslim communities. Sufism is trying to deepen the spiritual concerns of the Muslims and Islam.
Here is my ABC verse on Sufism:
A: Assumption is that God is the ground of all being and there is nothing except Him
B: Beauty-Absolute is God and He is Divine Love of which earthly beauty, whether it be of form, or thought, or action, is but a dim reflection is made
C: Creation of humans is in God’s image and requires to acquire virtuous traits
D: Doctrine of annihilation of the self through pure worship into God is fundamental truth
E: Element of divine love as Islamic asceticism and mysticism
Here is my cinquain (French style pattern poetry) describing Sufism.
Islamic esoterism, mystical Islam
Practicing ihsan or pure worship; purifying one's inner self; realizing the presence of the Divine within and without
Sufism is a science through which one can know how to travel into the presence of the Divine, purify one's inner self from filth, and beautify it with a variety of praiseworthy traits. ~ Ahmad ibn Ajiba, Darqawi Sufi teacher