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


(Tamaththul). To become imaginalized or to appear in the image of. This refers to events such as when the Archangel Jibreel (Peace be upon him) became imaginalized as a man without fault to the Virgin Mary (Peace be upon her). The Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) said, Satan cannot become imaginalized (tamaththul) in my image. The blessed one who sees Rasulullah in a dream-vision really sees him. Without doubt, he has seen the Master al Mustapha.

See also: Dream-vision Similitude
(Mithal). Image or form or analogy or symbol. This term is synonymous with Imagination (khayal). The Mithal is the isthmus between the World of the Unseen and the Visible World and it is within this Realm of Imagination that man is given the clearest expression of the 'He, not He' mystery of existence.

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