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

Order by: Arabic English


No thing
la shay'

(La Shay). The slave who has 'returned' to Allah has arrived at the place of nonexistence, the place of "Allah is, and nothing is with Him". The slave has returned to his own nothingness within the Knowledge of Allah. Such a slave is destitute (Mufli...


(Nuh). The Prophet Noah (Peace be upon him) through whose Word descended the Wisdom of the All-Glorified.


(Sharif). The Most Noble One is the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). He is the Noble Sacred Sanctuary (Haram ash-Sharif).

Noble and Blessed Mantle
khirqa-i sharif (burda)

(Khirqa i Sharif (Burda)).The Noble and Blessed Mantle of the Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustapha (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) is so greatly honoured, respected and guarded that it has never been photographed and, according to i...

Noble character traits
makarim al-akhlaq

(Makarim al Akhlaq). The Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) was sent to mankind with the noble character traits in their complete and perfect form. The spiritual work of the higher teaching involves the alchem...

Noble Friends of Allah

(Al Kurama). Allah has befriended these men and women through their 'nobility' of soul. They do not listen to idle talk. They do not look upon that which Allah has condemned looking upon. They are not defiled by any of this. It has no effect upon th...

Noble Hymn
na't-i sharif

(Na't as Sharif). Noble hymn in honour of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

Noble Protection
tahsin ash-Sharif

(Tahsin as Sharif). The Noble Fortification or Stronghold. This Noble Fortification has a strong Foundation, upon which is built an Impenetrable Fortress to which there is a Door and a Key. Within this Noble Fortification the slave of Allah is Eterna...

Noble Sacred Sanctuary
Haram ash-Sharif

(Haram ash-Sharif ). The Noble Sacred Sanctuary is the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). He is the Sacred sanctuary to which all of the lovers of Allah turn for protection. They are drowned in his Realit and ...


(Nujaba). Within the Sufi hierarchy these are the Forty Nobles who are occupied with carrying the weight of Creation. They are not free to act except on behalf of the 'other-than-Allah'.


('Adam-i muhidh). Pure non-existence.

Non-existence or non-being
al 'adam

('Adam/'udum). The state of non-existence or non-being. Al 'adam is the absence or nothingness. In its positive sense it indicates the state of non-manifestation within the Knowledge of Allah (that state to which the perfect slave retires). In its ne...


(Ma'dum). This is an ambiguous term because, even though a thing is as yet non-existent in the cosmos it is nonetheless existent within the Knowledge of Allah. He has not yet given the Divine Command, "Be!" ("Kun!") through which the non-existent is ...

Non-Manifest, The
Al Batin

Al Batin - see 'The Inward'.

Non-manifested realities
umur 'adamiyya

(Umur 'adamiyya). Such realities, though non-existent within the cosmos, are nevertheless existent within the Knowledge of Allah. Through the Divine Command they become manifest. But it is their own yearning for such manifestation which turns Allah's...