Sufism has produced a large body of poetry in Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Kurdish, Urdu, Punjabi and Sindhi.
Sufism as a whole is primarily concerned with direct personal experience, and as such may be compared to other forms of religious mysticism.
Other theories have been suggested for the origins of Sufism, which link it to outside non-Muslim influences.
Building on these notions, Sufism developed several key doctrines including Wahdat (meaning "Unity"), which affirms the Oneness of Allah (tawhid), and Tawakkal (meaning "absolute trust in God").
Junayd was among the first theorist of Sufism; he concerned himself with ‘fanaa’ and ‘baqaa’, the state of annihilating the self in the presence of the divine, accompanied by clarity concerning worldly phenomena.
Later, there were some scholars who considered some aspects of Sufism heresy.
Sufism is said to have originated during the time of Prophet Mohammad (seventh century C.E.).
Some examples are Universal Sufism movement, the Mevlevi Order of America, the Golden Sufi Center, the Sufi Foundation of America, and Sufism Reoriented.
Sufism was traditionally considered the systematization of the spiritual component of Islam.
The relationship between orthodox Islam and Sufism is complicated due to the variety of Sufi orders and their histories.
Zakhor serves the same purpose in Kabbalah as Dhikr serves in Sufism.
According to the followers of Sufism, early scholars of Islam had positive attitudes towards Sufism.
From 1200-1500 C.E., Sufism experienced an era of increased activity in various parts of the Islamic world.
Sufism (from Arabic (???), Suf meaning "wool") is a mystical tradition of Islam dedicated to experiencing Allah/God as the epitome of divine Love.
Sufis do not define Sufism as a school of legal jurisprudence (or Madhab).
Sufism takes “doing the beautiful” as its especial domain, which is based on submission and faith (Chittick, 2000).
At this time, many of the major figures in the history of Sufism were alive and writing their monumental classics of Sufi literature and poetry.