The present study examines the Al-Qasemi Al-Khulwati comprehensive sufi
Order in Palestine in the era between 1300 and 1435 AH, namely, its development
and social and educational role. I have chosen this subject for two main reasons.
Firstly, no independent academic study exists on the Al-Qasemi Al-Khulwati
Comprehensive sufi sect and the relation between the sufi sect in Palestine and the
Palestinian Islamic and national movements and parties as well as the relation of the
Sufi Orders with the governing regimes in Palestine and the region. Second, many
Palestinians are not informed about Sufism and its existence in Palestine as well as
its role in the Palestinian society. In fact, some of those who are informed about
Sufism have distorted information, and based I heir judqment on non-scientific
The significance of this study lies in the fact that it aims to introducethe Al-
Qasemi Al-Khulwati Comprehensive Sufi Order and its social and educational role
in the Palestinian society.
The study aims to investigate the significant social and educational role of
the Al-Qasemi Al-Khulwati Comprehensive sect in Palestine and its relation with
the Palestinian political and civil parties and movements in addition to its relation
with the Palestinian National Authority. The study followed an integrative method
thus benefited from the historical, induction and statistical methods. It shows that
the Al-Qasemi Al-Khulwati Comprehensive sect is based on the Holy Quran and
Sunnah. It has no deviations from the Holy Quran and Sunnah, which would have
made it incorrect and put it in clash with Islamic parties and movements.
Nonetheless, this Order goes far away in consolidating the relationship between the
student and his Sufi Sheikh in which the student shows unequivocal submission to
his Sheikh as long as it does not contradict the Holy Quran and Sunnah.
This sect is the most changeable order regarding its name since it was found
at the end of the third century of Hijrah and until today. In addition, it is usually
named after its Sheikhs.
Finally, the study makes two main recommendations. Firstly, it calls upon
researchers to conduct academic studies on other Sufi sect in Palestine and to
compare between them as well as to compare between these sect and the non-Sufi
Islamic movements. Secondly, it calls upon the Sheikhs of the Sufi Orders to
establish a coordinating Sufi assembly.