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

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Imprisonment by the gaze
Habs Nadhr

(Habs Nadhr). Holding or imprisonment of a creation of Allah by the spiritual power of the gaze.


(Kadar) is one of the characteristics of human nature,and is the opposite of purity. The word sufi derives from safa which means purity. The Sufi has realized the Divine Nature within his human nature. He is the Pure One who has left impurity behind.

In the Name of Allah

(Basmallah). This is the sacred formula of Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim (In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate). The recitation of the 'basmallah' sanctifies all of man's words and deeds and thoughts, and in so doing it keeps satani...

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate
Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

(Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem)

In the way of Allah
fi sabilillah

(Fi Sabilillah). As the traveller ascends on his Journey he gains an ever-increasing awareness of the significance of each of his thoughts, words and actions. The more refined and purified these thoughts, words and actions become, then the greater is...


('Izza) indicates Allah as the "Lord of inaccessibility above what they describe" (The Qur'an 37:180). No laudation on the part of the creattions can attain to Allah.




(Hulul). This word implies the indwelling of the Divine in man, which is the entering of one thing into another. Incarnation (Hulul) and unification are considered to be heretical doctrines. They have been condemned by the Men of Allah; those who kno...


(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.

Incoming Thought

(Khatir). Every divine command descends to the creation. As the thoughts descend, they gather all of the emanations of that which they pass through. Each thought penetrates all of the Celestial bodies and affects them in every movement according t...

Incoming Thoughts

(Khawatir). Incoming thoughts, which are either praiseworthy or blameworthy, i.e. divine, spiritual, egocentric or satanic. The Spiritual Master possesses the science of khawatir, and therefore knows the source of his murid's incoming thoughts. He su...


(Tanzih). Incomparability or Transcendence or Unknowableness or Remoteness. Tanzih is to declare that Allah transcends every quality or attribute possessed by His creatures. The word tanzih derives from the word nazzaha, which means to keep something...

Increase the greatness of the Chosen One, May the salutations of Allah be upon Him, and Peace
Ziyadatan fi sharafi-l Mustafa, Salla-llahu 'alaihi wa sallam

Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) is the final Prophet and Messenger and is known as the Seal of the Prophets (khatm al-anbiya). He (May the Salutations of Allah be u...


(Ghina). Independence, wealth and in need of nothing. Allah, as the Essence, is perfectly Independent and in need of nothing. He knows Himself and we know nothing of Allah in His Essence. The essential attribute of creation is poverty (faqr) which is...

Independent and Rich beyond Need, The

(Al Ghani). The Independent and Rich Beyond Need. One of the Beautiful Names of Allah.