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

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al 'abd

('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 co...

al 'abd al-kulli
Universal Slave

(Al 'Abd al kulli). The Universal slave is the man who is slave ('Abd) to every (kulli) Divine Name.

Spiritual courtesy

(Adab) is spiritual courtesy and gracious behaviour of the Path and perfect refinement of words and deeds. Adab is giving each thing and each moment its proper due. The science of the higher teaching is based upon adab, which encompasses all of human...

adab al-shari'a
Spiritual courtesy of the Sacred Law

(Adab al sharia'). This is the Divine courtesy which Allah has taught by revelation and inspiration. Through the spiritual courtesy of the sacred law He formed the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) who then fo...

adab al-suhba
Spiritual courtesy of companionship

(Adab al suhba). This is the mutual respect and gracious behaviour which exists between the Murshid and his murid. The murid needs the Murshid who needs the murid! The Murshid's adab towards the murid springs from his own intrinsic need of Allah. The...


('Ada) - or practice or habit. This term implies something which returns. It is said that a miracle is a 'breaking of habit'.

Sayings of the Holy Prophet

(Ahadith). These are the sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). The Science of the higher teaching springs from the Pure Source of the Word of Allah as contained in The Qur'an and from the Teachings...

ahadiyyat al-jam'
Unity of All-Comprehensiveness

(Ahadiyyat al Jam'). This is the stage of 'Or Nearer'. It is Union. It is Annihilation and Disappearance in Allah. Ahadiyyat al jam' is the final stage in the ascension to Allah, coming after the stage of 'Two Bows' Length'. This station belongs excl...

ahadiyyat al-kalima
Unity of the Word

(Ahadiyyat al Kalima). This is the Divine Word which descends from Allah. This Word contains the Sacred Law within which is all knowledge. The 'place' of this Unity of the Word is His Throne. Beneath the Throne is His Footstool where the Word becomes...

ahadiyyat al-kulliyah
Unity of the Universal

(Ahadiyyat al Kulliyah).

ahadiyyat al-musamma
Unity of the Named

(Ahadiyyat al Musamma). The Unity of the Named (and the Named is Allah).


(Ahkam). Orders or determinations or laws or rulings. Allah has set down these ahkam in His Sacred Law. Certain gnostic sciences are contained within these rulings but they are not unveiled unless the rulings are put into practice. This is due to His...


(Ahl). People or relations. These are the descendants of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). The entire creation are his descendants through his light which is from the Light of Allah. The term 'ahl' specif...

ahl'l Bayt
People of the household

(Ahl al Bayt). The people of the Household of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace).

ahl as-sama'
People of hearing

(Ahl as-sama'). The people of hearing who hear only Allah within the creatures and the creation. When they listen to the 'spiritual concert', (be it within the sama' or within each moment of existence) it is Allah who they are hearing. They hear Alla...