|They accept the
Mohammed had experience of God as His Prophet, but consider that it is heresy and
arrogance for others to attempt to gain such experiences. They often regard the Sufis not
as true Muslims but as proponents of pre-or non-Islamic, and therefore heretical
traditions like Vedanta. Sufis have been frequently attacked or even massacred under
Islamic regimes from Morocco to India, including in this century.
Sufis are oppressed in fundamentalist Islamic countries today and
are in danger of losing their lives should they openly proclaim what they are doing.
Sufism is illegal in Saudi Arabia, and if there are any in Iran, they are in hiding. Even
in India the Sufis were sometimes killed by Islamic rulers.
Aurangzeb, the fundamentalist Islamic Mogul ruler of the
seventeenth century included among those he killed his own brother Dara, who was a Sufi,
and the Sufi Sarmad, who sought peace with the Hindus and honored yogic spirituality.