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

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(Khidma). Because each existent entity is a servant of Allah it is in service to Allah. Its existence necessitates such service. However, it is only the slave who serves Allah knowingly, totally, perfectly, selflessly and unconditionally. Such servi...

Green Prophet

(Khidr). The Green Prophet who drank the Water of Life and still appears to initiate the holy ones into the Great Mysteries. He is still in this world. He was given 'insight of the heart' which is God-given knowledge from Allah's Presence.

Patched Cloak

(Khirqa) is the patched cloak which is the symbol of the spiritual traveller. It is given by the Murshid, Shaykh or Pir to his murid either on being initiated into the Tariqa or on completion of his travelling. The true khirqa is to cover oneself wit...

khirqa-i sharif (burda)
Noble and Blessed Mantle

(Khirqa i Sharif (Burda)).The Noble and Blessed Mantle of the Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustapha (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) is so greatly honoured, respected and guarded that it has never been photographed and, according to i...


(Khizana). Allah is All-Possibility. Allah is Infinite and Eternal. Possibility is an inexhaustible treasury (Khizana) from which Allah continues to create forever.

khizana al-khayal
Treasury of Imagination

(Khizana al khayal). Treasury of Imagination.


(Khudr). This term indicates a state of expansion (Bast) during which the heart of the lover is overflowing with the Beauty of Allah (Jamal).


(Khudu'). There can be no true advance along the Spiritual Path without humility. However, it is the hardest quality to assume. Man is not easily humbled.

Station of Intimate Friendship

(Khullah). This is the station where the Great Sufis (The Knowers, The People of Blame; The Verifiers of Truth) are thoroughly drenched with the Love of the Truth, permeated with love of the Beloved and mingled with His Flesh and Blood. The Station o...


(Khuluq). The character of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) was as the Qur'an. He is the beautiful model, therefore those who are his truly devoted followers endeavour to model themselves on his beautifu...

khuluq 'azim
Tremendous Character

(Khuluq 'atheem). Tremendous or sublime character. Allah addresses the Holy Prophet Muhammad in The Qur'an, telling him that he has a Khuluq 'Adheem (68:4). His character was as the Qur'an and the Qur'an is the Tremendous Qur'an (15:87). On the side ...

Coming out

(Khuruj). In the Journey of Return to Allah the first step is Islam. The last step is annihilation in going up and subsistence in coming out (khuruj).

kibrit ahmar
Red Sulphur

(Kibrit Ahmar). This term is used to indicate a highly personal spiritual realization or a vision of great rarity. The Red Sulphur is the sought-after and rare working principle which turns base metal into gold. Finding one's Spiritual Guide/Murshid ...


(Kibriya'). Magnificence or grandeur. Kibriya' indicates the Glorious Divine Grandeur which is the symbol for Allah in His Overwhelming Radiant Greatness. Allah's Grandeur destroys everything within His lovers and intoxicates them in the same manner ...


(Kitab) The Great Silence became qualified with letters. The letters formed into words. The words gathered into sentences and the sentences into a book. It is said that each part of every existent thing is a 'letter' of Allah, and each creation is a ...