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

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God. The Principle insofar as It includes all of its possible aspects. The mystery of Divinity. This is the Supreme Name. The Name 'Allah' indicates both the Face of the Divinity which is turned towards His creation and the Face of the Unknowable Ess...

I-ness, partial

(Ananiyyah). Partial 'I-ness'. This is egoism. It is saying 'I' while seeing duality.


(Hajj). Pilgrimage to the Sacred Mosque, the House of Allah, at the Centre of Mecca. Hajj is the Ultimate Journey to Knowledge of Allah Who dwells in the secret centre of the human heart. Here the treasury of spiritual realities is to be discovered. ...


(Halak). There is a waystation (Manzil) of destruction which is connected to the whims and caprices of the ego. This halak is caused by reflecting upon and delving into certain forms of knowledge which should not be investigated. It is a place of dan...


(Ikhlaas). Sincerity and purity of intention. Without this noble quality man is unable to advance towards his Lord or live in harmony with the creation. With it he is able to traverse great distances and attain to great heights of knowledge. The core...

khassat al-khassa (khusus al-khusus)
Elect of the Elect

(Khassat al Khassa/Khusus al Khusus). The elect of the elect or the elite of the elite. These are the Great Sufis, the Verifiers. These great ones form the highest category of friends of Allah. They follow no one's authority because in themselves the...

Incoming Thought

(Khatir). Every divine command descends to the creation. As the thoughts descend, they gather all of the emanations of that which they pass through. Each thought penetrates all of the Celestial bodies and affects them in every movement according t...

Incoming Thoughts

(Khawatir). Incoming thoughts, which are either praiseworthy or blameworthy, i.e. divine, spiritual, egocentric or satanic. The Spiritual Master possesses the science of khawatir, and therefore knows the source of his murid's incoming thoughts. He su...

makr nafsi
Deception of the ego

(Makr Nafsi). The deception of the ego. This deception is one of the greatest of barriers on the Path to Perfection. The downward-pulling tendencies of the lower-self (nafs) ceaselessly endeavour to exercise their power over the slave. The self is ma...


(Al Muhaqqiqun). These great ones form the highest category of friends of Allah. They follow no one's authority because in themselves they have verified and realized [through unveiling and finding], the truth and reality of all things which is Allah,...


(Munafiq). The hypocrite manifests the form of a man of faith in his outward practice, but his inner dimension is devoid of belief and faith. Hypocrisy is making the form manifest without the meaning. It is the work of the lower self. The Murshid di...

mura'at al-qalb
Contemplation of the heart

(Mura'at al Qalb). Internal contemplation. This is the guarding of the heart against egoistic or satanic intruders. It is part of the spiritual warrior's struggle in the greater holy war. His weapon is the remembrance of Allah and his guardian is h...


(Nafs). The ego or the self or the soul. The nafs is that dimension of man which stands between the spirit which is light, and the physical body which is darkness. The spiritual struggle or combat is waged against the downward-pulling tendencies of t...


(Nafsani). This term is applied to the egocentric tendencies. For example, there are four kinds of 'incoming thoughts' which reach the heart divine, spiritual, egocentric and satanic.

Ascetic discipline

(Riyada). Throughout the initial stages of the Journey of Return to Allah, when the traveller is in a condition of disequilibrium, he is required to exert himself in spiritual struggle and ascetic discipline (riyada). By applying himself to the disci...