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

Divine Thrall

(Ma'luh). The divine thrall. The ma'luh is the object in respect of which a god is a god. Allah, as Divinity, demands the existence of the divine thrall. This is the same correlation as that which exists between the Powerful (al Qadir) and the object of the power (maqdur) and the Knower (al 'Alim) and the object of knowledge (ma'lum) etc.

See also: Correlation Divinity god Slave
(Ilahiyyah). Allah has two Aspects or Faces. One is His Unknowable and Hidden Aspect which is the Essence Itself. This Face of the Absolute is turned away from His creation. The other Aspect is His being the Divinity. This Face is turned towards His creation. The term ilahiyyah indicates every Divine Name that is related to Allah's creation.
(Ilah). God or Deity. This word indicates 'god', with a small 'g', as compared with the only true God Who is Allah. But, in Reality "there is no god other than Allah" (La ilaha il Allah).
('Abd). The slave (and worshipper) is the one who is in a state of total and utter submission to the Will of Allah. After having been annihilated in Allah where all duality vanished and distinctions were erased, he returns to creation with perfect courtesy and with the Truth of Certainty that 'the Lord is the Lord and the slave is the slave'. When 'abd is translated as 'servant' it carries the implication that the servant can leave the service of his Master, if he so desires. However, the 'slave' is in total bondage, being utterly dependent upon his Master. All buying and selling transactions have been terminated. The slave belongs to Allah, completely, perfectly and unconditionally.

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