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How does Sufism define God?

Lisa Oz
Health Education

Sufism, the mystical branch of the Muslim faith, was popularized by the thirteenth-century poet, Rumi who focused on falling in love with the divine. This idea of God as the "beloved" was a new concept for me. I'd always thought I "loved" God, but it was definitely from a respectful distance. It was sort of like the relationship you had with your high school principal. You admired her, you had affection for her, and you were a little bit afraid of her. It was not the sort of adoration that Rumi spoke of.

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