The Language of the Future
Sufi Terminology
by Murshid F.A. Ali ElSenossi

Order by: Arabic English


Constitution, Human
Al mizaj/Al mizaj al mustaqim

Al mizaj/Al mizaj al mustaqim - see 'Human Constitution' and 'Harmonious Human Constitution'.


(Mahsur). Constrained and limited. Man always constrains and limits Allah in accordance with his own individual limitations. Once the slave-lover-knower has entered that Limitless Ocean which is Allah, seeing only Allah always and everywhere, all con...


(Tharf). Through the Breath of the All Merciful the Hidden Treasure is breathed out and made manifest. The visible things, the existent entities, are exhaled on this Divine Breath. Each existent entity, within the Visible Realm, is a container (thar...

Contemplation of the heart
mura'at al-qalb

(Mura'at al Qalb). Internal contemplation. This is the guarding of the heart against egoistic or satanic intruders. It is part of the spiritual warrior's struggle in the greater holy war. His weapon is the remembrance of Allah and his guardian is h...


Afkar - see 'Meditations'.


(Rida'). Contentment and satisfaction and sincere acceptance of the Divine decree. In this station the lover is always content with what is done by the Beloved. However, the true man is only ever satisfied and content with Allah Himself. The one who ...

Continual change

(Tabaddul). The heart, and everything else within creation, undergoes continual change in each moment. Through keeping watch over his heart the knower comes to the knowledge of continual change (tabaddul) and this knowledge takes him to Knowledge of...


(Qabd) is the spiritual state of contraction in which the heart is firmly gripped and compressed by Allah, through terror of punishment and blame. It is an intense fear in, and the sharpest experience of, the present moment. Whenever contraction (qab...

Contractor, The

(Al Qabid). He Who Contracts. One of the Beautiful Names of Allah.

Contradictory things

(Naqidayn). The Name 'Allah' cannot be described because it brings together contradictory things (al naqidayn). This is indicated in Allah's Words, 'Nothing is like Unto Him' (The Qur'an 42:11). Knowledge of Allah can be unveiled through the bringing...


(Taqabul). Contrariness or opposition. The Name 'Allah' is the totality of the contrary Names and Knowledge of Allah is gained through the very fact that He brings opposites together.

Contrary Names
Asma al Mutaqabila

(Asma al Mutaqabila). This includes such opposing Names as The One who Contracts and The One who Expands, The Life-giver and The Slayer. All of the contrary Names are gathered together in the Name 'Allah', which is the totality of the contrary Names...


(Muhadathah). Conversation or address. Muhadathah is an address from Allah to one of His knowers. This address occurs in the visible world, as with the Prophet Musa (Peace be upon him) and the Burning Bush.


(Qurrah). The freshness, repose and coolness given to the Holy Prophet Muhammad in the prayer (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). He is the beautiful model and it is through endeavouring to follow in his footsteps, by emulating his ...


(Naz). When the lover begs and petitions the Beloved for just one glance at him, the Beloved responds with perfect coquetry.