Sufi Magic and Islamic Philosophy Roundtable Discussion

Sufi magic is a form of spirituality that derives from Islam. It includes mystical practices such as remembrance (dhikr) and worship of God that are intended to cultivate greater communion with the divine. Often seen as an alternative to the more conformed sorcery forbidden in Islam, it is a vital source of occult learning that has long been neglected in modern Islamic historiography. In a recent roundtable, experts from different fields discussed the ways in which the occult has been used to shape Islamic thought. Zadeh, who has specialized in the study of Islamic cosmology and astronomy, stressed that scholarly attention to Sufi thinking is critical for understanding the relationship between the occult and Islamic philosophy. He pointed out that there is a wide range of esoteric literature devoted to this topic and that many codicological resources have been overlooked. He noted that the 13th-century Algerian Sufi scholar Ahmad al-Buni was one of the most influential thinkers in this field. His two-volume work, Shams al-Maarif (The Sun of Knowledge), has been reinterpreted and debated throughout the Middle East for centuries. The Secrets of Sufi Magic: Unleashing Your Spiritual Potential The book is a compendium of talismans and ciphers, and it includes recipes for rituals designed to manipulate the elements, such as water and fire, and astrological signs. In addition, it explores the possibility that letters of the Quran have numerical values. According to al-Buni, the letters have hidden meanings and can be combined in a variety of ways to create new words. These words can then be recited a specified number of times, which gives the believer access to divine knowledge. It is also believed that the names of gods can be invoked to perform miracles, such as bringing people back to life or allowing the prophets to speak directly to God.