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Suffah

In the Arcane Realm, Suffah is a major world religion in which followers called Saffas seek to find the truth of divine love and knowledge through direct personal experience of God. It consists of a variety of mystical paths that are designed to ascertain the nature of humanity and of God and to facilitate the experience of the presence of divine love and wisdom in the world.

Beliefs

Suffas have six main beliefs.

  • Belief in Ilah as the only creator God
  • Belief that angels presence remain in the world
  • Belief in the holy book, Farqah
  • Following the unnamed Prophet’s lifestyle
  • Belief in the Day of Judgement…
  • The day when the life of every sapient being will be assessed to decide whether are resurrected into paradise or cease to exist.
  • Belief in Predestination…
    • That Ilah has the knowlege of all that will happen but doesn’t stop sapient beings making free choices.

    The holy book of Suffah is the Furqah. 

    Practices

    Suffah practices are basically thosed stated in the holy book, Furqah or based on the historical lifestyle of the prophet who saved the scripture from being lost in past wars.


    The Five Pillars of Suffah are the five obligations that every Suffa must satisfy in order to live a good and responsible life.

    The Five Pillars consist of:

    • Shahadah: sincerely reciting the Suffah profession of faith
    • Salat: performing ritual prayers in the proper way five times each day
    • Zakat: paying an alms (or charity) tax to benefit the poor and the needy
    • Sawm: fasting during the month of Ramadan
    • Hajj: pilgrimage to Majinn


    Suffas generally belong to a circle or group, led by a Sheikh. Suffa circles usually belong to an order or tariqa and each has a spiritual lineage, which traces its succession back to notable Suffas of the past, and often ultimately to the prophet or one of his close associates. The turuq (plural of tariqa) are not enclosed like monastic orders; rather the members retain an outside life. Membership of a Suffa group often passes down family lines. Meetings may or may not be segregated by gender according to the prevailing custom of the wider society.

    Suffah practice in these orders includes

    • Dhikr, or remembrance (of God), which often takes the form of rhythmic chanting and breathing exercises.
    • Sama, which takes the form of music and dance — the whirling dance is a form well known beyond Jinnistan.
    • Muraqaba or meditation.
    • Visiting holy places, particularly the tombs of Suffa saints, in order to remember death and the greatness of those who have passed.



    Suffah generally is accepting of magic that used to understand natural law and used to do good. Suffah is merciful to those who use magic to defend themselves or someone else but forbids against using it to harm or violate life. Basically that means Suffas avoid using curses, hexes, divination, or necromagy.

      The aims of Suffah include: the experience of ecstatic states, purification of the heart, overcoming the lower self, extinction of the individual personality, communion with God, and higher knowledge. 


      History

      Suffah is first large religion of the Djinn since they arrived on the planet. The vast majority of djinn were Suffa and their society followed rules based in their holy book. Classical Suffas were characterized by their asceticism, especially by their attachment to dhikr, the practice of repeating the names of Ilah, often performed after prayers. Suffah was primarily thought of as the belief of the djinn, although there were followers of other races as well.

      Near the end of the Ghulat Wars, a prophet whose named was lost to time was revealed by God’s angel that the Shaytan would invade the capital of Jinnistan. While many ignored his claims, those clans that followed his advice fled just before the attack. The prophet was able to retrieve as much scripture as he could. With the rise of other civilizations generations later, the scattered Suffah followers and converts followed these recovered scriptures, creating the various orders which connected to each with the globalization of the world.

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