Islam is very simple religion (religion in the non-traditional meaning) and has very simple and clear believes. The problem comes when it the noble teachings of Islam is mixed with customs and traditions of the culture, and when that takes precedence over the teachings brought by the Seal of the Prophethood Muhammad ibn Abdullah (May Allah have mercy on him).
Below are the freeky pictures from the practises of some mystic (sufi) order Rifai in Jordan that I just received, where they have adopted some major body piercing as a way to celebrate the birth of the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad SAW.
1st] I am not a scholar in Islam but I know that this is clearly against the teaching of Islam!!! Islam infact condemns hurting oneself, for example hitting or beating oneself, or cutting parts of one’s own body (& others) let alone this kind of body piercing! [Oh Allah show us all guidance Ameen]
2] Sufism (Tassawwuf) has gotten a pretty bad rap because of these extremists who have twisted the simple and noble teachings of Islam. Islam never came first of all to celebrate the birth of a Prophet, it infact came to change lives towards better for those who would adopt the way of life of submission to the Will of God. Forget that, it has come down to making holes in the God given body. What justification is there for this !!!
May Allah forgive us and show us guidance, ameen.
3] Tassawuuf is for cleansing the heart and the soul of the person. The chain/linkage of majority of the sufi orders links to Hazrat Ali R.A. (the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad & the 4th Rightly Guided Caliph) or Hazrat Salman Farsi R.A. (a companion of Prophet Muhammad, Persian (Farsi) by race and a man of great intellect and wisdom). Neither of these two nor any of the Ashab (companions) nor the Noble Prophet himself, nor the Tabieen (2nd Generation of Muslims) or Taba Tabieen (3rd Generation of Muslims) committed this act of grave sin.
‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab, rahimahullaah, said:
“There is no excuse for anyone going astray thinking that he is upon guidance. Nor for abandoning guidance thinking it to be misguidance, since the affairs have been made clear, the proof established and the excuse cut off.”
That is because the Sunnah and the Jamaa’ah have consolidated and safeguarded all of the Religion. It has been made clear to the people, so it is upon the people to comply and follow.
Kitaab Sharh us-Sunnah by Al-Barbahaaree, #4.