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Sufi View Middle Way Of Khalifas?

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Maybe the sufi position was the most non bias of all positions. With Abu Bakr r.a. being the political sucessor and Imam Ali a.s. being the spiritual successor. If Imam Ali a.s. would have taken the political sucessorship from the start there could of been complete break up at that time between jealousy of the banu hashim and those tribes whose great warriors fell at the hands of imam ali a.s. Why should a political successor-ship be so important if the spiritual is more important than politics? Now this has nothing to do with the traitor muwaiya or his sons etc. 

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Except that the caliphs themselves didn't necessarily see it that way (i.e. them being only political successors while Imam `Ali عليه السلام was the spiritual successor). Plus, this tendency to divide the succession across these rigid lines of politics, religion, and social spheres is clearly a later doctrinal development. Did the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله consider himself simply a statesman or a military commander or even a gnostic? He was a Divinely-appointed leader with authority over the entire ummah (that means all affairs that concern the Muslims and even non-Muslims). Breaking down his succession across these lines is quite anachronistic and really just a way for the Sufis to do their thing while keeping it cool with the mainstream Sunnis (God forbid you ever expose their leaders as the usurpers they really were).

 

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