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Ersatz
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    Posted: 16 November 2006 at 9:16am
Omar Khayyam (1048-1131 C.E) was a Persian poet, astronomer and mathematician. He calculated the length of a year to 365.24219858156 days, which is astonishingly accurate (only a few decimals wrong I think).

He is one of my favorite poets, here is a piece from his Rubaiyat:

"Heaven is incomplete without a heavenly romance

Let a glass of wine be my present circumstance

Take what is here now, let go of a promised chance

A drumbeat is best heard from a distance."

This piece of poetry is encouraging people to enjoy the life here and now and does not sound entirely Islamic in philosophy.
Was he a Sufi?
What is the difference between Sufi and other mainstream Islamic belief?
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"Donít be so humble - you ain't that great."
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He wasn't a Sufi, and Tawasuf is just an extra branch of practising Islam, it's not a separate sect nor do most of those who practice it hold any different beliefs to mainstream Islam.

And enjoying 'the life here and now' isn't alien to Islamic philosophy, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)'s teachings were concerned with both the present life and the next life. His example showed how to best enjoy the present life and attain Paradise in the hereafter.
 
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But we're still not supposed to drink. =ř
 
And when did he live? He spoke English? o.0
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 Sis Misbah, how did u find this site, it belongs to a sufis close to our group, though i havent read all of the details in it.
 
Ersatz, this site will help u InshaALLAh >> www.livingislam.org


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Rating: 0 of 0 votes Quote Ersatz Replybullet Posted: 17 November 2006 at 3:35am
Originally posted by Kadaveri

He wasn't a Sufi, and Tawasuf is just an extra branch of practising Islam, it's not a separate sect nor do most of those who practice it hold any different beliefs to mainstream Islam.

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The first French translation, of 464 quatrains in prose, was made by J.B. Nicolas, chief interpreter at the French Embassy in Persia in 1867;Nicolas took the view that Khayyam himself clearly was a Sufi.
I do agree with you that there are many opinions about him.

Thanks for the links Misbah and WhirlingEcstasy
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