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


(Tarjuman). As the lover ascends towards Allah he may be blessed with profoundly beautiful and awesome spiritual experiences and visions, tastings and unveilings. To give verbal expression to these Graces from Allah, and to interpret the mysteries which have been unfolded for him, is to be blessed with yet a further gift of the Divine Grace. To be able to communicate some of this sweetness, even if only the tiniest drop, to another yearning heart is of inestimable value to both the interpreter and the one who hears his interpretation. It may happen that after the Murshid has transmitted the Teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustapha (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) to certain murids, they then, in time, interpret the Wisdom of the Truth for others. Each member of a Tariqa has his or her specific part to play in the Divine Plan.

See also: Affinity Indications Path Sesame seed Spiritual Companionship Verbal expression
(Munasaba) is the mutual attraction, affection and love which exists between Allah and His lover. Of necessity this affinity must be reflected in the sacred relationship between the Murshid and his murid. Without a strong affinity, the progress on the Spiritual Path will be impeded.
(Isharah). Symbolic allusions (or hints). The Sufis express themselves through these symbolic allusions thereby communicating with those men who have 'tasted' and recognize their message. Isharah exists in the state of nearness to Allah when the heart is present with Allah, and also when one is distanced from Allah, because in knowing one's distance, one is brought nearer!
(Simsimah) indicates a spiritual realization of such subtlety and delicacy that it is beyond verbal expression. It can only be understood, through heart to heart communication, by the one who also has realized that Truth.
('Ibarah). Many of the Great Masters of the higher teaching have been given the gift called 'Opening of Expression' through which they are able to express highly mystical concepts, visions and seemingly inexpressible spiritual experiences. In some cases it is the murid who gives verbal expression to the subtle allusions through which his own Murshid transmitted the Teaching.

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