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

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'alim rabbani
Divinely Inspired Master

('Alim rabbani). A divinely inspired master. He is the one who has returned to the creations to guide and perfect the imperfect ones. His knowledge from Allah is spontaneous.

al-haqa'iq al-rabbaniyya
Lordly Realities

(Al Haqaiq al Rabbaniyya). These are the Most Beautiful Names. Every existent thing is connected to Al Haqaiq al Rabbaniyya (the Lordly Realities) and is therefore in the grasp of the Divine Reality.


(Mukhalafa). Opposition or incompatibility. Man has within him the possibility of setting himself up in opposition to Allah. The prescriptive command brings this possibility into existence. On a low level this opposition is in the form of a refusal t...


(Rabbani). The man who stands for, and upholds justice, that is, the man who stands for Truth, is called 'haqqani'. Such a man is then transformed in a manner through which he is blessed with Divine Attributes. He becomes 'rabbani' (lordly). The div...


(Rabbaniyya). In the perfection of manliness there is a hint of lordliness, but in the essential perfection of slavehood there is no lordliness whatsoever.

al-sifat al-rabbaniyya
Attributes of Lordliness

(Sifat ar Rabbaniyya). When man assumes the Divine character traits he gains the attributes which are associated with Lordship These lordly attributes (al sifat ar rabbaniyya) may then become manifest within certain people of the Path who make a dis...

suwar al-rabbaniyya
Forms of Lordliness

(Suwar al Rabbaniyya). This term is synonymous with the Divine Names.

Sayyidi Abdu-s-Salam ibn Basheesh
Sayyidi Abdu-s-Salam ibn Basheesh (1140CE to 622AH/1227CE)

Sayyidi Abdu-s-Salam ibn Basheesh was born in the region of Bani 'Urus, near Tangier, in the year 1140 CE. He was descended from the Holy Prophet (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). Very little is recorded of the early life of ...