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

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(Asas). A house will not stand firm without a solid foundation. Starting from the foundation the murid methodically reconstructs his entire being. The building process starts with his first spiritual practices (awrad). If these are approached and fu...

Fountain of Camphor
'Ayn al-Kafur

(Ayn al Kafur). The Fountain of Camphor in Paradise from which the slaves of Allah drink directly. Camphor overwhelms and whoever enters into it becomes totally absorbed and one with the camphor. 'The Fountain of Camphor is the 'place' of annihilatio...

Free choice

(Ikhtiyar). Free choice or spontaneity (as opposed to compulsion). The angels are servants of Allah only by compulsion. They have no choice. Man is a servant of Allah by compulsion through his obligatory works and he is a servant of Allah by free cho...

Free disposal

(Tasarruf). Free disposal or dispensing. The Perfect Man governs the affairs of the world and controls them by means of the Divine Names. He exercises free disposal throughout the world. This free disposal (tasarruf) is the knower's power of bringin...

Free Gift

(Imtinaan). A free gift or a gratuitous kindness. The Divine Mercy is an essential mercy in that it is a free gift to every existent thing. Nothing is excluded from this gift of His Infinite Mercy.This comes under the Name Al Manaan (The Giver of al...


(Hurriyyah). This is the ultimate freedom of being a slave of Allah. Such a slave is the noble soul who is emancipated from his lower self. In finding himself to be a slave he discovers his own essential non-existence and is therefore free. But, the...

Frequented House
al-baytu'l ma'mur

(Al Bayt al Ma'mur).The Celestial Archetype of the Ka'aba. This is the heart which is filled with the Divine Attributes. Just as the muslims circle around the Ka'aba in Holy Mecca, so do the spiritual realities circle around this heart.

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 ...

Friend, The

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

Friends of Allah

(Awliya). The friends of Allah. These are His Saints. Their knowledge is not derived from reflection. Allah has purified them of that type of knowledge. They possess the opening of unveiling through Allah, the Real, Himself. The awliya are those with...


(Khalal) Close friendship. This is the station of the Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon him) who, through being thoroughly permeated with Love of Allah, became the friend of Allah, Khalil Allah.

Frivolities of the ego
al-ru'unat al-nafsiyya

(Ru'unat al Nafsiyya). It is said that the murids of a Murshid who is a Malamatiyya undergo constant fluctuations within the stations of Manliness, whereas all other murids undergo constant fluctuations within the frivolities of the ego (al Ru'unat a...


(Ru'una). Frivolity or attachment to this world. Love of the material world, and attachment (ru'una) to it, form great barriers on the Journey of Return to Allah. Both indicate a certain contentment and satisfaction with that which is 'other-than-All...

Full of Loving Care
Al Janaan

(Al Janaan). Full of Loving care. One of the beautiful Names of Allah.