Watch the BBC documentary "The Retreat". Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=2kYyTOJ-mqI
Answer the following questions:
1) What are the appealing elements of Sufism in the documentary?
2) What do some Muslims find objectionable about certain Sufi practices?
3) Why is Sufism so hard to define?
Answer to the question.
-Sufism is characterized by ritual practices, doctrines, and institutions.
-Sufism is variously defined as islamic mysticism.
-Sufism followers try to get closer to God seeking spiritual learning known as Tariq.
-Sufism shuns materialism.
-Muslims believe that only a fundamentalist form of Sunni Islam is valid.
-Muslim see Sufism as a threat and it's adherents as heretics or apostates.
-Muslims see Sufis Shrines as living Idols.
-Muslim see Sufism existence and their worship violates the main principle of Islam.
-Muslim view Sufis as heretical, terrorists network.
-Because it's a practice that that emphasizes the inward search of God and shuns Materialism.
-The myths people have about Sufis are analogous to the myths people have about Muslims.
-Sufism is claimed to be Islam but it focuses on meditation, chanting sessions.