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

Order by: Arabic English


Friend, The

(Al Wali). One of the Beautiful Names of Allah.

Friend of Allah

(Wali). He is a Sufi saint. He is the one whom Allah has chosen as His friend. The wali is under Allah's dome, and nobody knows him except Allah. If any among the commonality declares war upon one of Allah's friends, then does Allah declare war upon ...

Governor, The

(Al Waali). One of the Beautiful Names of Allah.


(Waqfah). Standing or pausing or holding back. Within the stillness and silence of the moment of pausing, the slave may be addressed by Allah. It depends upon the slave's preparedness and receptivity and ultimately upon the Grace of Allah to His sla...


(Waqi'a). This is a true dream or vision which derives from the essence of man. An Incident is identified with heralding visions and the 'beginnings of divine revelation'. An 'incident' may be seen in sleep, in annihilation or in wakefulness.


The present moment or 'Now'. The possessor of the moment (waqt), who is totally present in, and with, the present moment, without any awareness of past and future, has tasted the Eternal. The Moment IS Allah.


(Wara'). During the initial stages on the Journey of Return there is an increase in abstinence which is brought about through fear of Allah. Abstinence, ascetic discipline and spiritual struggle are indispensable when the murid is struggling to achi...

Inrush of knowledge

(Warid). An inrush of knowledge and awareness. Every affair which enters the heart from any Divine Name is called a warid. During the collective dhikr and spiritual audition of the Sufi gatherings the dhakir and listener may be opened to powerful inr...

Inheritor, The

(Al Waarith). One of the Beautiful Names of Allah.


(Waarith). The perfect inheritor of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). Among the friends of Allah the warith is the one who dedicates himself exclusively to Allah through the Sacred Law. Such sincere follo...


(Wasat). The middle or the intermediate. Creation is the Middle (al wasat). It is situated between Sheer Light and utter darkness. The human heart is situated in the middle between the spirit which longs for its celestial home and the downward-pulli...

Nearness to Allah

(Wasila). Al Wasila is a name given to the highest station in Paradise which is promised only to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). He is the possessor of the means to Allah's Mercy. This is the place of i...


(Wasila) indicates the means through which man can come close to Allah. "Seek the means of approach to Him" (The Qur'an 5:35). The one and only wasila is the Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustapha (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). Ther...


(Wasita). The intermediary or the mediator. The Mediator is the Holy Prophet Muhammad himself, from whose light all existence became manifest, may the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace. He is the Perfect man who stands as the isthmus between...

wasf ilahi

(Wasf ilahi) is a description of the Divinity. In being the Supreme Isthmus, the Cloud may be described by, not only a Divine description but also by an engendered description. That is, when the Cloud is seen as the 'place' of Allah before He created...