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

Order by: Arabic English


umur wujudiyya
Ontological realities

(Umur wujudiyyah).


(Uns) is a spiritual state in which the heart becomes permeated by Love and contemplates the Beauty of Allah and His Gentleness, Mercy and Forgiveness. The state of intimacy is ineffably sweet and indescribable. It may descend upon the listener at t...


('Unsuri). That which is elemental, meaning those things which are composed of the four elements.

al-unmudhaj al-farid
Unique Prototype

(Unmudhaj al farid). This is a term applied to the perfect human symbol, the Perfect Man. He is also the totality of the universe. He is the Spirit.

'uqala al-majanin
Rational madmen

('Uqala al majanin). Inrushes of knowledge and awareness come from Allah to His slave. The manner in which the slave receives these inrushes depends upon the level he occupies. At the first level the inrush is greater than the slave's strength of so...

Going up

('Uruj). This is the ascent of the traveller from the Causal World to the World of Similitudes, then to the World of Spirits, then to the Reality of Muhammad and, ultimately, through the Grace of Allah, to the Essence Itself.

'uruj at-tarkib
Ascent of composition

('Uruj at tarkib).The supra-formal spiritual ascent of composition (which is actually a descent), during which man journeys from inward non-manifestation within the Knowledge of Allah to outward manifestation within the world. Man's Return Journey to...

uswa hasana
Beautiful Model

(Uswa hasana). The Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustapha (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) is the beautiful model. Through his perfect example man is given the means of drawing closer, and yet closer, to Allah. The degrees of such near...


This refers to the mystic who has attained to Knowledge of Allah without any formal initiation into a Spiritual Path and without the guidance of a Shaykh. He is said to be directly under the Divine Guidance.


('Uzair). The Prophet Ezra (Peace be upon him) through whose Word descended the Wisdom of Apportioning Fate (al hikmat al qadariyyah).


'Uluww - see 'Sublimity'.