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

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(Hawa). A caprice or passion or whim (of the lower self). Hawa is the self-centred and ignorant willfulness of those who blindly follow their individual desires, taking them as gods.


(Wasi). In general usage, this word is similar to the executor of a will' or 'bequest'. In Tariqa, this title is given as a direct appointment by the Shaykh to one who is responsible for looking after the affairs of the Zawiyya and endeavouring to b...


Sajjadah - see 'Prayer Carpet'.

Carriers of the Qur'an
hamalat al-Qur'an

(Hamalat al Qur'an). The lovers of Allah are called 'Carriers of the Qur'an'. Through following the beautiful model (Uswa Hasana) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, whose "character was the Qur'an", these lovers have gathered within themselves all the Di...


(Al Mulqiyat). The term 'the Casters' refers to those angels who cast the knowledge of unseen realities into the hearts of the knowers and lovers of Allah.

Caused things

(Musabbabat). The caused things. The word 'cause' (Sabab), whose literal meaning is 'a rope or a cord', indicates connecting things. The caused things (Al Musabbabat) are a connection or a means with which man can ascend to the Causer of the secondar...

Causer of the Secondary Causes
musabbib al-asbab

(Musabbib al Asbab). Allah.


Asbab - see 'Secondary Causes'.


(Yaqin). . Allah Almighty says in The Qur'an, "and worship thy Lord until certainty comes" (Qur'an 15:99). Man does not come to Certainty. Certainty comes to man. Man must actively seek Allah, but he must passively receive whatever Allah Wills to sen...

Changed Ones

(Abdal). Within the Sufi hierarchy there are seven (or forty) men (or women) called The changed ones.

Changer of forms, The
Al Mubaddil

(Al Mubaddil). The Changer of forms. One of the beautiful Names of Allah.


(Khuluq). The character of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) was as the Qur'an. He is the beautiful model, therefore those who are his truly devoted followers endeavour to model themselves on his beautifu...

Character traits

(Akhlaq). Character traits or moral traits. The Science of the higher teaching is based upon assuming the beautiful and noble character traits which were perfected by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace).

Charismatic gifts

Karamat - see 'Miracles'.


(Sadaqa). A gift which is given purely in the Way of Allah. Such a gift is free from any taint of expected reward or thanks. The greatest gift which a man can give is his own existence through total and unconditional love and surrender to Allah.