The School of Ihsan and Tazkiyya
That school from which the Sahaba partook did not die with the passing of the Prophet (s). No, on the contrary, the methods and knowledge with which he was endowed (peace be upon him), were by turn given to his Companions, may Allah be pleased with them all, and each of them in turn was a school from which the Ummah derived its learning of these methods and knowledge. With the passing of time, these schools developed and formalized their methods and created a distinct science termed the Science of Tasawwuf. Just as the schools of Shari’ah formed in the first three centuries of Islam, so too did distinct and clearly visible schools of Tasawwuf form to pass on this knowledge and science to the succeeding generations of Muslims. And just as the Shari’ah did not develop outside the framework of Islam, the Qur’an and the Sunnah, even though it branches and knowledge encompassed many areas not mentioned verbatim in these sources, so too did Tasawwuf develop basedon the framework established by the Book and the Sunnah and never did it step out of the bounds of these parameters.
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