Deborah Caldwell of Beliefnet interviewed one of Muhamamd Ali’s daughters about her father and a new book co-authored by both of them. The tagline for the article is misleading and reads: “He’s given up religion in favor of spirituality and he’s embraced Sufism, says Hana Ali of her father.”
From the ignorance of the tagline, one would suppose that practicing the pillars of Islam is devoid of spirituality, which nothing could be further from the truth, and that Sufism can be separated from the religion of Islam as if it was its own religion.
Hana Yasmeen Ali like some of her other siblings describes herself as not practicing but spiritual however were she to favor any religion she says she would favor Islam.
She mentions that her father used to pray 5 times a day but when his Parkinson’s disease intensified he no longer got up to pray fajr in its proper time although he regretted not making his prayers.It was a little unclear to me from the article (and perhaps someone else can clarify) whether he still makes his salaah at at all while sitting in a chair or whether he just makes general dua.
His daughter also mentions in the interview that her father has now embraced the teachings of Inayat Khan and begun a sufistic journey.
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