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Zensunni is a syncretic religious belief combining principles of Zen Buddhism and Sunni Islam.
Zensunni: followers of a schismatic sect that broke away from the teachings of Maometh (the so-called ‘Third Muhammed’) about 2192 the Zensunni religion is noted chiefly for its emphasis on the mystical and a reversion to ‘the ways of the fathers’. Most scholars name Ali Ben Ohashi as leader of the original schism but there is some evidence that Ohashi may have been merely the male spokesman for his second wife, Nisai.
A Zen-Sunni master speaks to a student:
“Ever sift sand through a screen?” she asked.
The tangential slash of her question shocked his mind into a higher awareness: Sand through a screen, he nodded.
“We Zen-Sunni sift people to find those that are sapient.”
This is a Zen kōan, or a story, dialogue, question, or statement ‘that sounds like gibberish, but also like it might be incredibly profound, provided you think about it long enough’. A kōan generally contains aspects that are inaccessible to rational understanding, yet may be accessible to intuition. Zen masters developed this trick to ‘open up’ the mind of their students without filling it with their own opinions.
AULIYA: In the Zensunni Wanderers’ religion, the female at the left hand of God; God’s handmaiden.
FIQH: Knowledge, religious law; one of the half-legendary origins of the Zensunni Wanderers’ religion.
ILM: Theology; science of religious tradition; one of the half-legendary origins of the Zensunni Wanderers’ faith.
MISR: The historical Zensunni term for themselves: ‘The People’.
SHAH-NAMA: The half-legendary First Book of the Zensunni Wanderers.
ULEMA: A Zensunni doctor of theology.
These concepts are all more or less identifiable with Islamic concepts: Auliya (Arabic: أولياء) is the Arabic word for saints, Fiqh (Arabic: فقه) is Islamic jurisprudence, `Ilm (Arabic:علم) is the Arabic word for knowledge, especially secular science; Miṣr (Arabic: مصر) the Arabic word for a settlement and also the Arabic name for the nation of Egypt (providing a play on the ‘gypsies’ who were thought incorrectly by Europeans to have come from Egypt); the Shahnameh, or Book of Kings, is a Persian epic account of the Persian Shahs through the twelfth century; and Ulema (Arabic: علماء) are Muslim religious scholars.
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