25+ Best Sufism Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Sufism, also known as Tasawwuf, variously defined as “Islamic mysticism”, “the inward dimension of Islam” or “the phenomenon of mysticism within Islam”, is mysticism in Islam, “characterized … [by particular] values, ritual practices, doctrines and institutions” which began very early in Islamic history and represents “the main manifestation and the most important and central crystallization of” mystical practice in Islam. Profoundly inspirational sufism quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Sufism Quotes

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? — Rumi

Everything in life is speaking in spite of it’s apparent silence. — Hazrat Inayat Khan

Gamble everything for love, if you’re a true human being. — Rumi

Amongst the friends of Allah (Awliya), the Qur’an is considered as a love letter from Allah, which inevitably is read continuously to remind them of their Beloved. — Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri

Reason is powerless in the expression of Love. — Rumi

People who were also traders were also men of Sufism, as we see around Java, people who were outwardly trading but were also men of very high spiritual character. Otherwise no trader would be able to convert a person from one religion to another. It was because they were men of spiritual character. — Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Tear down the mosque, the temple, everything in sight. But don’t break a human heart. For that is where God resides. — Bulleh Shah

I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God. — Rumi

If anybody asks what Sufism is, what kind of religion is it, the answer is that Sufism is the religion of the heart, the religion in which the thing of primary importance is to seek God in the heart of mankind. — Hazrat Inayat Khan

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished? — Rumi

I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while. — Naguib Mahfouz

Without Sufism, Islam would not have spread into two thirds of what we call the Islamic world. — Seyyed Hossein Nasr

The thing we tell of can never be found be seeking, yet only seekers find it. — Bayazid Bastami

Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love. — Rumi

If someone remarks What an excellent man you are! and this pleases you more than his saying, What a bad man you are! know that you are still a bad man. — Sufyan al-Thawri

True Sufism is resistance: spiritual, intellectual, social, cultural, political and economic resistance. It cannot be, for sure, supporting dictators. — Tariq Ramadan

If I repent now will God forgive me? No, but if God forgives you, you will repent. — Rabia Basri

My god how gentle you are with me in spite of my great ignorance and how merciful You are with me in spite of my ugly deeds — Ibn Ata Allah

Anyone who genuinely and consistently with both hands look for something, will find it. — Rumi

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. — Rumi

The secret of Sufism is that it has no secret at all’. — Idries Shah

Sufism is not a religion or a philosophy, it is neither deism nor atheism, nor is it a moral, nor a special kind of mysticism, being free from the usual religious sectarianism. If ever it could be called a religion, it would only be as a religion of love, harmony, and beauty. — Hazrat Inayat Khan

I reject any path which rejects life, but I can’t help loving Sufism because it sounds so beautiful. It gives relief in the midst of battle. — Naguib Mahfouz

Sufism and yoga are one and the same thing. They are just words, in wisdom there is no difference. All the teachings are absolutely the same. They are only different paths to the One. — Irina Tweedie

I smile like a flower not only with my lips but with my whole being. — Rumi

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