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


(Burhan). Proof or demonstration. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) is the possessor of the proof (Sahib al Burhan). He is the Ultimate Proof who demonstrates the Supreme Reality through his very being. The slaves who love and follow him witness this proof with the eye of their hearts. Yet, the Essence Itself (Dhat) is beyond demonstration and proof.

See also: Argument Reality of Muhammad
(Dalala). Argument or proof or denotation or evidence. This term is applied to the World of Imagination which is the closest thing to a denotation or proof of the Real. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) is a crystal clear proof of Allah. This proof is absolute for the ones who love Allah and His Beloved more than anything. Their hearts perpetually bear witness to the perfect proof of the Prophet. They see him in their visions within the Imaginal Realm.
(Al Haqiqat al Muhammadiyya). This is 'The Reality of realities'. It is the first descent of Being from the Beyond of the Beyond. It is the Station of True Love and the stage of 'Or Nearer'. Just as man is unable to look directly into the physical sun because its brilliance would burn away his sight, so too is he unable to look at the Divine Sun because Its Pure Radiance would burn away his very existence. And just as the sun can only be viewed through a thin covering of cloud, so too the Divine Sun can only be seen through the Greatest Veil which is the Reality of Muhammad. The heart which has been infused with knowledge of The Reality of Muhammad soars to Allah Almighty. It takes the lover on the wings of overwhelming love ('Ishq) and longing (Shawq) to the Divine Presence. When Prophet Noah saw the condition of the flood and he was afraid of the sinking of the ark, he used the intercession of Allah for the safety of the Ark (al Wasila). Allah told him to write on the mast the mixing of the Name of Allah and Muhammad (Alif Mim Lam)

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