Another privilege of our during the trip was when we were given the opportunity to meet female shaikh and profoundly influential spiritual leader, Cemalnur Sargut, in her own home. As our class found their seats I took mine on the floor in-front of and below Cemalnur. She introduced herself in a soft and caring tone after making sure that we were comfortable and had been served our tea. Sporting an infectious smile, she proceeded to recite pieces of her life’s story and the impact Tasawwuf has had on her. She recounted the pain of death and the journey to emerge from its sickness. She spoke of the nafs, ilm, haqiqa, and Tariq, or, the ego, knowledge of God, the truth of His divine nature and the path meant to reach this nature.
She told us that to see the whole universe and everything in our world as a manifestation of Allah is to experience the Haqq and to see the divine light. From here, seeing all as God, there is no room left for anything but love. By renouncing the ego and surrendering the self to the supervision of Allah and to His service, one begins a life of awareness and cannot see anything but Allah. Thus, acting towards everything and everyone with love becomes natural and reflex. This includes towards the self. Cemalnur emphasized her own realization that we as individuals have a choice to accept the good and do away with the bad. She explained with this the natural ebb and flow of life and said that when we are cast into the fire it is our own duty to make it a rose garden. Controlling heavy emotions and ego drives is a practice she said, but through love of God, happiness can be achieved.
Tasawwuf is, in Cemalnur’s words:
is the consideration of the whole existence as Haqq… in which one considers the Haqq as public. The real Sufi believes that human beings should renounce and relinquish every single craving of their inner self and make every kind of sacrifice in the service of Haqq because the real Sufi is fully capable of realizing the light of wahdat (unity) the everlasting pouring of the universal whole in parts (juz’) on human consciousness.
Kaura, Ajīta, Nūr Z̤ahīr, and Refaqat Ali Khan. “Tasawwuf (Sufism).” Sufism: A Celebration of Love. India: FOSWAL, 2012. N. pag. Print.