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

Order by: Arabic English



(Fadl). Benevolence and bounty and gift. The cosmos itself, which is the very manifestation of engendered existence, derives from Allah's benevolence and bounty. It is a gratuitous gift of His Infinite Mercy (Rahma).


(Miskin). Poor and utterly and totally bereft. This miskin is the slave who is at the absolute extremity of need of Allah. He has been stripped of everything and exists purely to manifest the All-Comprehensive Name 'Allah'.


Muflis - see 'Destitute'.

Best of Creation
khayr al-khalq

(Khayr al Khalq). The Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) is the best of creation. Allah said, "If not for you, if not for you (Oh Muhammad), I would not have created the creation".


(Wahb). Knowledge by bestowal is a divine emanation and a light which Allah throws into the heart. It is the knowledge possessed by the friends of Allah, as distinct from knowledge which is earned through reflection. Allah's Grace and His Gifts, whi...

Bestowals or Divine gifts

(Mawahib). The spiritual states (ahwal) are referred to as bestowals . They are gifts from Allah to His slave and are given without any asking, effort or desire on the part of the slave. These gifts are connected to the Beautiful Name of Allah Al Wa...

Bestower of health, The
Al Mu'aafi

(Al Mu'aafi). The Bestower of Health. One of the beautiful Names of Allah.

Bestower, The

(Al Wahhab). The Bestower. One of the Beautiful Names of Allah.


(Hayrah). Bewilderment, perplexity or wonderment. Hayrah indicates a moment of utter perplexity, when the mind ceases to function, unable as it is to resolve or find an answer to a particular spiritual impasse. At such a blessed time, for it is by th...

Beyond description

(Mujhulun-nat). That which is beyond description. The Essence Itself.


(Fass). A bezel or the setting for a gemstone. Within the higher teaching, Al Fass refers to an individual Prophet of Allah, each one being the unique setting for his own specific gemstone, or Wisdom.


(Rabit). An interconnection or an essential binding or the establishment of a tie. The cosmos is firmly rooted through its connection and tie with Allah.


(Taqid/Taqayyad). To be bound, shackled, restricted, curbed, limited or confined. Taqayyad is also to be recorded, written down, noted.

Black Stone
Hajarat al Aswad

(Hajarat al Aswad). The Black Stone is an indication to the human essence. The darkness of the Black Stone is the corruption of the spiritual self by the earthly nature.


(Lai'm). This is a shaytanic force which attempts to lure the soul away from Divine contemplation. La'im is referred to in Arabic mystical poetry.