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

Secondary Causes

(Asbab). These were established as a means by which man can come to know Allah, yet for the majority of mankind the secondary causes act as veils over Reality.

See also: Lord of all lords Lords
(Rabb al Arbab). Each thing has its own lord. Those who are misguided are approved of by their own lord but condemned by Allah, Who is Lord of all lords. Each thing's lord is the particular Face that Allah has turned towards it. The majority of mankind look upon the secondary causes as their lords and in so doing they do not find the Lord of all lords, Allah.
(Arbab). Lords. 'He who knows his own self, truly, does know his Lord' (Man 'arafa nafsahu 'arafa Rabbah) but because the majority of mankind take the secondary causes as their lords they do not come to know their Lord.

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