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


(Taqsir). One of the rituals of the Piglrimage, shaving of the head or cutting of the hair is an indication to cleansing the mind of negative thoughts and a reminder not to seek leadership in the human domain (by ‘getting ahead’). Like washing of the hands when making wudhu, cutting of the nails is an indication to the awareness of your actions – the fingernails are the most highly concentrated part of your hands. This action of clipping the nails is an indication to witnessing the manifestations of Allah’s actions through your hands. Shortening or reduction in size is also an indication to those who have not reached the state of scrutiny, which is the station of the people of nearness.

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