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

Return from minor sins to Love


See also: Passionate love of Allah Repentance Return from one's self to Allah
('Ishq). Intense, overflowing and passionate love of Allah. Some say that 'ishq cannot arise without actual vision of the Beloved. 'Ishq is the highest stage before absorption in Allah. It is as rare as the red sulphur. It burns away everything of the lover ('Ashiq) transforming him into the beloved. After annihilation in Allah and absorption in Allah, where all is blindness and there is no longer any vision, the lover is separated from the Beloved and his 'ishq burns afresh. Passionate love of Allah is without limit.
(Tauba). This is the turning from major sins to obedience. The Spiritual Journey of Return to Allah begins with the awakening of repentance within the self.
(Aubat). To return from one's self to Allah. This is the station of the Prophets and friends of Allah.

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