Who are Sufi Muslims and List of Indian Sufis greats

The Qur'an says, in Surat Maryam, 
"Surely We have revealed the Remembrance, and surely We shall preserve it" (Qur'an 15:9), 

Then He says, 
"And those who believe are greater in love for Allah" (Qur'an 2:165), 

"(And all who obey Allah and the Apostle) are in the company of those on whom is the grace of Allah: of the prophets, the sincere lovers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous; Ah! what a beautiful fellowship." (an-Nisa', 69,70)

Hadith of Jibraeel in Sahih Bukhari and Muslim Shareef say......

.................he said, "Now tell me about the perfection of faith (Ihsan)," and the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) answered: "It is to worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you see Him not, He nevertheless sees you." .............(Sahih Muslim, 1.37: hadith 8).................................

Many more Ayats and Ahadith are there for different aspect of Tasawwuf/Tazkia /Ihsan.


Tasawwuf is the science dedicated towards improving the state of heart to such an extent that nothing other than love for Allah,love for his commands,love for path shown by prophets exists in the heart.

When a person has managed to expel all other than Allah from the heart, and has implanted the perpetual zikr of Allah in the heart, then the iklhaas and the acceptability of his deeds reaches a different level altogether. 

At that stage the barakah that emanates from his actions will be unmatched by others who have not been able to reach the same degree of ikhlaas, love for, and perpetual zikr of Allah.
One only has to look at the training undergone by the recent Mujaddids whose work has touched and transformed millions of people, e.g in India such as Mujaddid Alf Thani,Shah Waliullah, Maulana Ilyas Khandlawi, to understand the reason why Allah placed so much Barakah in every action they took. 

Their hearts attained such a stage of purity that everything they touched turned to gold. 
This is a science to attain it.If someone has doubt why it was 
A word on objective Principles and Practices of Tasawwuf 
  Hazrat Maulana Ilyas has described and clarified this. He said:

"The particular objective of 'tareeqat' (Ihsan,Sulook,Tasawwuf) is that the love for Allah's commands and the dislike for what Allah has forbiddenbecome part of one's nature. (This means producing such a state of mind that delight and pleasure is felt in obeying Allah's
commands, while pain and shock is felt in going near to the
forbidden actions.)

 This is the objective of tareeqat. 

As for the methods specifically introduced for zikr and spiritual exercises of particular nature, these are the means of attaining this objective. 

However, many people have started considering
these means themselves to be the objective of tareeqat, while
some of these means are actually innovations' [in the religion].
Anyhow, since the status of these methods is that they are only
means, and are not desired [from the acts of worships] in
themselves, therefore with change in conditions and needs they
must be reviewed and modified. As regards the things which
are apparent and clearly defined in the shari'at, their practice
will remain the same and necessary for all time."

(Taken from book word and reflection of maulana Ilyas PAGE NO 30)
Every principle and Practice in Tasawwuf should be according to Quran and Sunnah. Anything away/other than Islamic shariah and sunnat of beloved prophet is not Tasawwuf.

Their is no Tareeqat out of boundary of shariat.If someone say/practice It will be cheating themselves and others on the name of Soofism.

Actual Soofis were very strict on this formula........For detail refer to writing of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani Rahimullah of Baghdad and Malfoozat of Maulana Ilyas Rahimullah,Makatib of Sheikh Ahmad Sarhindi (Mujaddid Alfasani of India) Rahimullah which has recently published in Urdu. 
1. It is known to all that on the name of Sufism so many bad people has entered and spreade Innovation on Graves and so many rituals. No one is supporting those deviated people on the name of Sufism. 

2. And Ulmae Haq and good Sufis themselves has always come up agaist innovations on the name of Tasawwuf.  

4. Mujaddid Alfasani R.A ,Syed Ahmad Shaheed, Syed Ismaeel Shaheed R.A also were Sufis but strived against wrong practices on the name of Tasawwuf, and made it pure and according to Quran and Sunnah. )

These things are core of Islam. Quran and Hadith is full of these things.

Some of them are.

1.Having strong faith on Allah,Only he to be considered as Rab,all type of worship only for Allah.No khauf and ummed from anyone/anymaterial (Money position power)

2.You have to follow Full Shariah and sunnah that is path of Hazarat Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam Wasallam in words action and sprit.There is no scape from it even after attaing highest degree of closeness to Allah (Read the biography of Abdul Qadir jeelani and Junaid Bughdadi Rahimullah)

3.Seeking Ilm e Nafae. Knowledge that bring closer to Allah.
4.Remembering Allah all the Time with tongue heart and action.
5.To fulfill obligation of Allah Makhlooq/creation.
6.Sincerity of Intention.All act only for Allah
7.Calling Mankind towards Allah 

 e.g India Pakistan Bangladesh is very good example of Work done by Soofia Karam.

Dont be confused that Islam in India is because of Muslim Rulers.......No ..please correct your history knowledge (Read Savior of Islamic Sprit vol 3&4 for detail history)...

Islam spreaded in India Pakistan Bangladesh it is because of these Sufia Karam........
The list of Sufi of Indian Subcontinent include.

1.Mujaddid Alfasanai Rahimullah,
2.Hazrat Minuddeen chishti Rahimullah, 
3.Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Rahimullah,
4.Hazrat Bakhtiyar Kaki,
5.Hazrat sharfuddin yahaya Maneri Rahimullah 
6.Hazrat Shah Waliullah Rahimullah
7.Hazrat Syed Ahmad Shaheed Rahimullah
8.In Kashmeer Sheikh Hamdan Rahimullah.........They all were Soofi and having all above mentioned Qualities. 
and their are thousands others.......Insha Allah will add names later on......

So Allah accepted them and some approx 50 crore Muslims are result of these Sufia Karam. 

Imam Ibn Taymiyya (661 - 728 AH) views on Tasawwuf/Sufism

1. "Tasawwuf has realities and states of experience which they talk about in their science. Some of it is that the Sufi is that one who purifies himself from anything which distracts him from the remembrance of Allah and who will be so filled up with knowledge of the heart and knowledge of the mind to the point that the value of gold and stones will be the same to him. And Tasawwuf is safeguarding the precious meanings and leaving behind the call to fame and vanity in order to reach the state of Truthfulness, because the best of humans after the prophets are the Siddiqeen, as Allah mentioned them in the verse:
"(And all who obey Allah and the Apostle) are in the company of those on whom is the grace of Allah: of the prophets, the sincere lovers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous; Ah! what a beautiful fellowship." (an-Nisa', 69,70)
"...some people criticised Sufiyya and Tasawwuf and they said they were innovators, out of the Sunnah, but the truth is they are striving in Allah's obedience [mujtahidin fi ta'at-illahi], as others of Allah's People strove in Allah's obedience. So from them you will find the Foremost in Nearness by virtue of his striving [as-saabiq ul-muqarrab bi hasab ijtihadihi]. And some of them are from the People of the Right hand [Ahl al-Yameen mentioned in Qur'an in Sura Waqi'ah], but slower in their progress.... And this is the origin of Tasawwuf. And after that origin, it has been spread and [tasha'abat wa tanawa'at] has its main line and its branches.  [Majmu'a Fatawa Ibn Taymiyya al-Kubra, Vol. 11, Book of Tasawwuf, p. 497].
2. "The miracles of saints are absolutely true and correct, by the acceptance of all Muslim scholars. And the Qur'an has pointed to it in different places, and the Hadith of the Prophet (s) has mentioned it, and whoever denies the miraculous power of saints are only people who are innovators and their followers." [al-Mukhtasar al-Fatawa, page 603]. 3. Ibn Taymiyya says, "what is considered as a miracle for a saint is that sometimes the saint might hear something that others do not hear and they might see something that others do not see, while not in a sleeping state, but in a wakened state of vision. And he can know something that others cannot know, through revelation or inspiration." [Majmu'a Fatawi Ibn Taymiyya, Vol. 11, p. 314].

Ibn Qayyim (Student of Ibne Tamiyya) views on Tasawwuf/Sufism (691 - 751 AH.)

1."We can witness the greatness of the People of Sufism, in the eyes of the earliest generations of Muslims by what has been mentioned by Sufyan ath-Thawri (d. 161 AH), one of the greatest imams of the second century and one of the foremost legal scholars. He said, "If it had not been for Abu Hisham as-Sufi (d. 115) I would never have perceived the action of the subtlest forms of hypocrisy in the self... Among the best of people is the Sufi learned in jurisprudence." [Manazil as-Sa'ireen.]