Know thyself. - Socrates
Forget thyself. - Plato
Realize thyself. - Aristotle
Renounce thyself. - Manu (of Hinduism)
Annihilate thyself. - Buddha
Dissolve thyself. - Mahavira (of Jainism)
Liberate thyself. - Moses
Redeem thyself. - Jesus
Actualize thyself. - Al-Qur'an
Sufism is denial of ones self. Unity is a way of saying you are not real, an illusion and to get anywhere you have to merge with Allah. This involves denying the reality you exist in, deny any form or otherness, the rights of others, social responsibility,; it becomes all about living in a mental cave state! Here are some more concepts that come to mind to describe this mentally drug induced state of intoxication, khumr haram, that sufi mysticism wants us to achieve:
Israaf = Wasting resources or one’s own ‘self’ = Crossing limits = Moving away from moderation = Committing excesses in any aspect of life including Religion = Defying Moral Values given in the Qur’an = Using intoxicants that waste the human ‘self’.
Sadd = Barring oneself or others from the path of God = Putting forward human thoughts above the Divine revelation = Hindering immigration from the domain of evil = Antagonizing the Word of God = Presenting falsehood as truth = Misleading people with conjecture = Hindering the way to the Divinely ordained System of Life.
4:48 God does not forgive that divinity be ascribed to other than Him. But He may forgive anything else, to whom He wills. Whoever associates partners with God, has thus, devised a tremendous drag on his own person. [Ithm = A dragging violation. Shirk = Ascribing divinity to other than God, associating partners to Him. Included in this category of committing Shirk are those who worship their own desires (45:23), those who indulge in human worship and in sectarianism (30:31, 42:21), those who follow manmade books in lieu of the Book of God (6:122, 6:137), and those who claim or believe in revelation after the Qur’an, in any form, including claims of attaining Divine knowledge through mystical experience (6:62, 7:173, 7:191). And those who uphold Trinity (4:171, 5:72-73), those who claim that God has a son, and those who follow their religious leaders (9:31). Such people fall from the high station of humanity. Worshiping any entity other than God, sinks the human ‘self’ down to subhuman levels (22:31). But even most of those who claim belief (and call themselves Muslims), indulge in Shirk. (12:106)]
4:49 Have you not seen those who claim that they have purified their souls? Purification or development of the ‘self’ can only be achieved according to the laws of God, by service of humanity and not through rituals or mysticism. In the Court of God, men and women shall find full
recompense for their doings without the least injustice. [2:177, 13:17]
4:50 See, how the claimants to spiritual purity deceive people by inventing lies against God. That is sufficient to flagrantly drag them down in humanity.
4:51 Are you not aware of those who, after receiving their share of the magic, future-telling, astrology, clairvoyance, evil eye, good and bad omens, amulets, dreams and prophecies, palm-reading, soothsaying, superstitions of all kind, jinn or demon-possession of people, exorcism, blowing verses and senseless words on people or in food and drink, counting names on rosaries). And they believe in Taaghoot (the evil
humans who try to play god with their tyranny or with their religious exploitation as priests and monks, Mullahs and Sufis of any religion)? And then they claim that they, the deniers (of the Qur’an) are better guided than the believers in the Book!
4:52 It is those whom God has rejected, and there is no one to help him whom God rejects.
57:1 All things in the heavens and earth are working relentlessly to fulfill the Divine Plan. He is the Almighty, the Wise.
57:2 Unto Him belongs the Dominion of the heavens and earth. His are the laws of life and death and He has Power over all things.
57:3 He has no beginning and He has no ending. He is the Evident and the Hidden. And He is the Knower of all things. [He is Evident through His attributes and Hidden to the eyes]
57:4 He is the One Who has created the heavens and earth in six stages, and is established on the Throne of His Almightiness of Supreme Control. He knows all that enters the earth and all that comes out of it, and all that descends from the sky, and all that ascends therein. And He is with you wherever you may be. God is Seer of what you do. [Six Stages or Eras: 7:54, 10:3, 11:7, 25:59, 50:38, 57:4, 41:10]
57:5 Unto Him belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and earth and to God return all affairs. [All things find their Source in Him and His laws determine the final end of all actions]
57:6 He merges the night into the day, and merges the day into the night. He is Knower of all that is in the hearts.
57:7 Believe in God and His Messenger. And spend on others of what
He has made you trustees of (your wealth and persons). Those of you who believe and spend on fellow humans, theirs will be a Great reward.
[Nafaq = Keeping open = Spending on others = Not hoarding]
57:8 And what is amiss with you that keeps you from having conviction in God? And the Messenger invites you to believe in your Sustainer and he has taken your pledge, if you are believers. [5:7]
57:9 He is the One Who sends down clear messages to His servant, to
bring you out from the depths of darkness to the splendorous light. For you, God is Compassionate, Merciful.