riyada in arabic means "training" or "discipline". It was used by the arabs in relation to horse taming. Sufis refer to their discipline as "riyadat an-nafs": disciplining the soul / training the ego. Today, the word riyada has come to mean "sports". There is an Arabic proverb that says: "The purpose of sports (riyada) is not to win cups, but to discipline the soul". This blog is here to help me discipline my soul and train my body.

Friday, February 02, 2007


I have added a section at the end of "Glimpses into Early Wahhabi Thought" that discusses the influence of the Tariqa Muhammadiyya reforms on the thought and ideas of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, showing that not only were the early wahhabis not opposed to Sufism, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab's teachers and colleagues were Sufi reformers that shared many of the beliefs of the Wahhabi movement. It is more than probable that he got a lot of his teachings and the inspiration for his reforms from them. I added a link to it in the "tariqa muhammadiyya series" group of links on the sidebar to the right, calling the link "Wahhabism and the Tariqa Muhammadiyya" (especially since it already discusses Ahmad ibn Idris to a large extent).

Many of the figures mentioned briefly in this article (such as al-Qushashi and Samman) will be discussed in more detail in later articles on the tariqa muhammadiyya.


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