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

Bestowals or Divine gifts

(Mawahib). The spiritual states (ahwal) are referred to as bestowals . They are gifts from Allah to His slave and are given without any asking, effort or desire on the part of the slave. These gifts are connected to the Beautiful Name of Allah Al Wahhab, The Bestower.

See also: Spiritual Station
(Maqam). A spiritual station is acquired and earned through the effort and sincerity of the traveller, but such an acquisition is ultimately through the Grace of Allah. A station is a 'fixed' quality of the self, in contrast to the fleeting nature of a spiritual state (hal). When the traveller ascends to a higher maqam he does not 'leave' the lower one but rather he travels with it. Once the noble qualities pertaining to a specific station are acquired they become firmly fixed and remain with him in his endless ascent.

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