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

ana'l haqq
I am the Truth

(Ana'l Haqq). This is the famous ecstatic utterance of a great Sufi martyr. He was condemned by the scholars who considered his words to be heretical and he was condemned by the Sufis who considered that he had revealed that which should never be revealed. "If the reality of the Sufi was to be unveiled he would be worshipped".

See also: Bad Manners Ecstatic utterance Making claims Negligent Tongue of the state
(Su al adab). Blatant discourtesy or bad manners. Su al adab is the discourtesy towards any thing or moment or circumstance, which in reality is discourtesy towards Allah. Discourtesy is the bitter fruit of ignorance. Increase in Knowledge of Allah brings with it an increase in courtesy (adab) towards Allah.
(Shath). An ecstatic utterance is spoken while the ecstatic is in a state of spiritual intoxication. To the outsider his utterance may appear to contradict the Sacred Law, to be pretentious, thoughtless and even verging on associating partners with Allah. The perfect knower is inwardly intoxicated and outwardly sober. He keeps hidden those secrets which should never be divulged, for 'If the reality of the Sufi was to be unveiled he would be worshipped'. His servitude preserves his courtesy towards Allah.
(Da'wa). This is a Divine Attribute, not a human attribute. Therefore when a man makes claims it is an illness. It is blatant discourtesy. Only the slave whose heart has prostrated to Allah is free of making claims.
(Ghaflah). To be negligent or heedless or unconscious of Allah. From the viewpoint of the higher teaching, al ghaflah indicates a state which, at times, may overcome some of the lesser knowers. In this state they succumb to such a state of heedlessness as to utter phrases which should be kept concealed. Perfect spiritual courtesy (adab) towards Allah is preserved when the knower keeps His secret within himself.

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