Taroudant, Morocco - Through fiction and fantasy, the human mind perpetuates and flies high to reach and embrace the clouds which draw dreams that may not be realized or require decades to become reality.
Taroudant, Morocco – Through fiction and fantasy, the human mind perpetuates and flies high to reach and embrace the clouds which draw dreams that may not be realized or require decades to become reality.
Every one of us has experienced this fanciful daydreaming at a certain time in our life. We resort to this fabulous faculty every now and then in an attempt to escape harsh realities or to depict an exotic imaginary life as psychological comfort and a delusive response to the urgent desires of the deprived self.
This is the human mind, but sometimes in pertinent stark separation from the real world. Yet, when this process has become a life style, a mode of thinking and an approach towards one’s life, we start to think about extreme Sufism.
In our talk about Sufism, I don’t mean that branch which promotes individual discipline as a route to reach God through diligence in worship and self-purification of the heart of bad attitudes, avoiding forbidden things and keeping good moral character.
I have to draw the dividing line between Sufism as a religious practice and as a thinking pattern that has to do more with escapism, and irrational thinking evoking defeatism and moral decadence.
In this regard, I mean specifically the people who whenever they feel discomfort or lack sufficient tools to change their conditions, resort to dreams and fantasies under the pretext of asceticism and mysticism.
Those people, with their imagination that is in most cases beyond general standards of the rational and proper reflection, live in ivory towers being aloof from the real world. They immerse into a world of their own perception and phantasms, which is subject to abstract laws that have nothing to do with common sense.
Some of these illusionists claim to have established physical contact with the divine as in the case of Sheikh Sidi Mohammed Ben Ali Elzimrani who is buried in Bab Ftouh in the city of Fez. Through their religious journey in the pursuit of God and true practices, they believe to have had the secrets of the globe revealed to them and were foretold the keys of the unseen metaphysical world.
Some of them believe to have intermingled with the “self” of God and belong to His kingdom after a long process of self-cleansing. However, their claims are much ado about nothing, since they can’t provide a practical way by which other people may undergo the same experiences. This is crystal clear evidence that those manifestations happen only in their mere dreams and are far from reality.
These attempts to transcend common sense and human understanding are explained as a total defeat and deficit to participate in the process of change and an inability to function positively in society. Here lies the crisis of intellects who fail to cope with the changes taking place in all the facets of contemporary life.
Instead of integrating into society and contributing to its progress, they prefer to turn to their dreams and myths that are a far cry from their real existence. This chasm between the imaginary and real world is highly manifested through their thwarting of the concrete world in which they physically belong and by their mythical ideas.
Edited by Benjamin Villanti
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