Deadline: Monday, October 8, 2012 by 08:00

Sufism is a branch of Islam. It is a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality. A follower of this tradition is generally known as a Sufi. Sufis believe they are practicing Ihsan, or perfection of worship, which was revealed to the archangel Gabriel to Muhammad.

Sufism gained followers among a number of Muslims as a reaction against the worldliness of the early Umayyad Caliphate (661-750 AD). Today there are approximately 10 million Sufi adherents in Turkey alone.

The Sufis have been using carefully constructed stories for teaching purposes for thousands of years. Read the story below and answer the questions that follow for the blog.

Trust in God, but tie up your camel.

There was once a man who was on his way back home from market with his camel and, as he had had a good day, he decided to stop at a mosque along the road and offer his thanks to God.

He left his camel outside and went in with his prayer mat and spent several hours offering thanks to Allah, praying and promising that he’d be a good Muslim in the future, help the poor and be an upstanding pillar of his community.

When he emerged it was already dark and lo and behold – his camel was gone!

He immediately flew into a violent temper and shook his fist at the sky, yelling: “You traitor, Allah! How could you do this to me? I put all my trust in you and then you go and stab me in the back like this!”

A passing Sufi dervish heard the man yelling and chuckled to himself.

“Listen,” he said, “Trust God but, you know, tie up your camel.”

Answer the following questions:

  • 1. What do you think is the meaning behind this Sufi story?
  • 2. Define the following boldfaced words in your own words for your post:
                prayer mat:
            upstanding pillar:

            Sufi dervish:

Nacho Paramio
2/10/2012 04:30:26

1. Don´t put blame on god for something you did.
2. Mosque: Church for musulms.
3. Prayer mat: Carpet
4. Allah: Is a god
5. Musilm: Religion
6. Upstanding pillar: It´s a good person
7. Tritor: One person speck he´s secret and you speck he´s secret
8. Sufi dervish: Is a inteligent man

4/10/2012 03:34:27

1.It is important you trust but the most important is that you take care with your life.
mosque:A mosque is a place of worship for followers of Islam
prayer mat: is a piece of fabric used by Muslims.
Allah:is a word for God.
Muslim:is an adherent of Islam.
upstanding pillar:
traitor:is the crime that covers some of the more extreme acts against one's sovereign or nation.
Sufi dervish:
is defined by its adherents as the inner.

5/10/2012 18:31:39

This story meaning I think bad luck and take care of others.
That why Allah says take care of others.

julia triska
6/10/2012 17:57:32

1. I think that you should not always blame God, you should also think what you do by your self and not just to think it was sombodys elses fault.

Mosque: it is a church for Muslims.
Prayer mat: it is a type of mat that Muslims use for praying, instead of a yoga mat.
Allah: he was the God of Islam and people say that there is only one God and that is Allah.
Muslim: it is a type of religion
Upstanding pillar: it is somebody who people can trust and count on
Traitor: somebody who has tricked you
Sufi dervish: a play that represents Sufi

julia triska
6/10/2012 19:13:11

Sufi dervish:a poor Sufi worshipper.

6/10/2012 18:47:29

1. Trust god but take reasonable precautions in your own affairs.

2. Mosque: A place of worship for Muslims.
Prayer mat: A small rug used by Muslims during their devotions.
Allah: The name Muslims give to god.
Muslim: A person who follows the teaching of Muhammed.
Upstanding Pillar: Someone who always does the right the and whom people respect.
Traitor: A person who betrays someone or society.
Sufi Dervish: A person who lives a life of strict adherence to the Muslim relegion.

Fifa 2
7/10/2012 02:27:51

1)In this story man saed not good words to ALLAH,because ALLAH is it god of Islam religion and if you say something bad to ALLAH it will be bad.
2)Mosque-place where Muslims praying
Prayer mat-is it mat where each Muslim man must to pray
ALLAH-God of Islam religion
Muslim-It is type of religion
Traitor-somebody who tricked you
Sufi Dervish-who live with Muslims rules
Upstanding Pillar-man who helping to all people's and they respect him


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