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

Order by: Arabic English


(Hakawi). Literally - a 'jaw wagger'. The one whose Murshid has passed away before his training was completed (or the one who has separated himself from the teaching). His lower self will not allow him to move any further. Instead of seeking a Shayk...

Ghayr mashhoud
Not Witnessed

(Ghayr mashhoud)


(Muttaka). A support, cushion - something that you rest upon. At a certain stage, the Sacred Law becomes a muttaka.

Garment of the Pilgrim

(Ihram). Putting on of the white garments. Entering the state of ihram is an indication to not seeing the creation, but seeing the Creator. Wearing the unstitched cloth is an indication to the transformation of the negative qualities to the higher ...


('Attar). Not using perfumes during the Hajj is an indication to the annihilation of the Names and Attributes in the Essence of Allah itself.


(Kohl). Not using kohl on the eyes during the Hajj is an indication to ceasing to seek unveiling by the continuous immersion in the Essence of Unity.


(Ta'afouf). To abstain from. The suspension of the marital relationship between husband and wife during the Hajj is an Indication to the elevation of utilisation of existence; connecting oneself to the Divine Nature, thereby surpassing the human elem...

Al Miqaat

(Al Miqaat). The precise time. This is an indication to the Heart – Mecca – the state of Divinity.


(Tawaaf). To reach the knowing of the Essence of your being, how it has come to be manifested within your own existence and how it has come to be the way it is. Circulation around the Ka’aba seven times is an indication to the seven states of consc...

Maqam Ibrahim
Station of Abraham

(Maqam Ibrahim). The station of Abraham is an indication that the Unity has manifested Itself clearly through you. Ibrahim was known as khalil Allah, or ‘the friend of God’.

Mash’aar al Haram
Sacred Monument

(Mash’aar al Haram). The Sacred monument at Muzdalifah. This is where the pilgrims spend the night after coming down from Arafat. "Then when you pour down from (Mount) Arafat, celebrate the praises of Allah at the Sacred Monument, and celebrate His p...

Tawaf al Ifadah
Circumambulation - Completion

(Tawaf al Ifadah). The completion circumambulation represents the continuation of elevations and the Divine manifestations.

Tawaaf al Wida'
Circumambulation - Farewell

(Tawaaf al Wida'). The farewell circumambulation is an indication to the wonderful gift of guidance to Allah through the awareness of the states of consciousness.


(Imtinaan). Gratitude or indebtedness – Comes under the Name Al Manaan (The Giver of all Good).

Minnatu wal istihqaaq
Grace and Entitlement

(Minnatu wal istihqaaq). (Favour, Grace, Gift and One’s due or Entitlement) – In the Realities of things, the Love is from the Generosity of Allah (al Karam al Ilahi). These two loves (favour and entitlement), are different because one is a love th...