Thanks be to God.
I’ve shared time with Sufis. Sufism is normally ascribed to Islam.
Sufism’s fundamental aversion to rigid adherences lead (present tense) to it being unwelcome in some Islamic circles.
That same aversion can sometimes be found in traditions other than Islam,
and those that share that aversion are welcome within Sufism.
Or so is my impression. My exposure to Sufism was at two summer retreats of a particular Mevlevi (referring to Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi) sufi group, held on rented facilities at Burke Mountain Academy (in Burke, VT), close to the home my wife Bonnie and I found and bought soon after. Group headed by Kabir and Camille Helminski.
The word came to me to add to the end of a message I was writing to the director of a retreat center associated with a (nearby – Barnet, VT – close to the above-mentioned home) Buddhist community about participating in an upcoming retreat. Wanting to end the message expressing my past connections with a Hindu tradition, I used the words Namaste and Shanti. The word Alhamdulillah came to mind. Wanting to make sure that it in fact was saying something I wanted to say in this instance, I looked up its meaning.
“… Alhamdulillah: in theory, it is to be said with a profound sense of love, adoration, and awe of the power, glory, and mercy of God. …”
Yes, the word was just fine at the end of my note. The traditions with which I have my closest connections include divine presence – as expressed with the Muslim phrase used in the title of this post. Buddhism, from what I understand, does not recognize a supreme deity.