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

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(Al Khalifah). The viceregent of Allah is the perfected human being who has fulfilled his reason for being. He has carried the Trust which Allah offered to him, the Trust of being the locus of manifestation for the Name 'Allah'. The viceregent is the...

Intimate Friend

(Khalil). He is the one who has been thoroughly penetrated by Allah and become His intimate friend. Such was the exalted station of the Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon him).

khalil ar-rahman
Intimate friend of the Merciful

(Khalil ar Rahman). The friend who has been thoroughly penetrated by the Merciful. Allah's Mercy pours down in abundance upon such a friend, penetrating his entire being and making of him a slave through whom the Divine Mercy flows into the manifest ...

Creator, The

(Al Khaliq). One of the Beautiful Names of Allah.


(Khalq). Creation itself or the phenomenal world. Khalq refers to the creation which is the result of the Creator's Command, "Be!" ("Kun!"). The term al Khalq (creation) is often applied as the opposite of al Haqq (the Creative Truth). The first thin...

khalq jadid
New Creation

(Khalq Jadid). This term signifies the state of constant change (new creation) which everything undergoes in each indivisible instant. Nothing remains the same for two successive moments. It is through the observation of the new creation (khalq jadi...

Spiritual seclusion

(Khalwa). The spiritual retreat and seclusion. Initially spiritual retreat is undertaken by physically withdrawing from those outside disturbances which have the potential of distracting one in his contemplation of Allah's Names and Attributes. Ulti...

kharq al-'ada
Breaking of habit

(Kharq al 'ada). This is another expression for the type of miracle performed by the friends of Allah. However, the Verifiers (al Muhaqqiqun) say that a miracle is a 'bringing into existence' rather than 'a breaking of habit', because a 'habit' is s...

Holy dread

(Khashya). This is the type of terror and awe and dread which brings man near to Allah. It is the awe of Allah's Majesty, His Incomparability and Utter Unknowableness.

al-khassa (al-khusus)

(Al Khassa/Khusus). The elect or elite amongst the Sufis. 'The Elect' refers to the accomplished Sufi Masters who are the Folk of Allah. They are the elect of Allah.

khassat al-khassa (khusus al-khusus)
Elect of the Elect

(Khassat al Khassa/Khusus al Khusus). The elect of the elect or the elite of the elite. These are the Great Sufis, the Verifiers. These great ones form the highest category of friends of Allah. They follow no one's authority because in themselves the...

khatam al-anbiya
Seal of the Prophets

(Khatm al Anbiya). Muhammad al Mustapha (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) is the final Prophet of Allah. The Holy Prophet himself, and the message with which he was sent, contain everything that mankind needs to make the Journey o...

khatam al-awliya
Seal of the Saints

(Khatam al Awliya). He is also known as the The Pole or The Pivot or The Axis (Qutb). Within the Sufi hierarchy the Qutb occupies its peak. He is the one person in every era who forms the focus of Allah's supervision of the world.

khatam an-nubuwwah
Seal of Prophecy

(Khatm an Nubuwwah). Muhammad al Mustapha (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) was sent to mankind with the final, complete and perfect prophecy.

khatam ar-rasul
Seal of the Messengers

(Khatm ar Rasul). This Seal is Muhammad al Mustapha (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). After him there are no more Messengers sent by Allah to mankind because the Message of Rasulullah is the perfect and complete Message.