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

Order by: Arabic English


(Harun). The Prophet Aaron (Peace be upon him) through whose Word descended the Wisdom of Leadership.

Abandon abandoning
tark at-tark

(Tark at tark). To 'abandon abandoning' or to 'quit quitting'. This is to utterly surrender by forgetting poverty, surrender and quitting.

Abandoning of examination
tark al muraqabah

(Tark al Muraqabah). The knowers of Allah have abandoned examination because they know that 'Nothing is like Unto Him' and no knowledge of Allah provides any positive quality. Examination and concentration (muraqabah) form a decisive part of the st...

Abaser, The
Al Mudhill

(Al Mudhill). The Abaser. One of the Beautiful Names of Allah.

Abiding after annihilation
al-baqa' ba'da 'l-fana'

(Baqa ba'da-l fana). Eternity or perpetuity after extinction. This is abiding after passing away. The knower abides in Allah and yet goes out towards creation with love, generosity, honour and dignity. Abiding after annihilation is for the Perfect Ma...

Abiding in Allah

(Baqa). Subsistence with Allah for perpetuity. After the stage of annihilation in Allah, Allah either keeps His slave in this Station of stations or He sends him back to the world to perfect the still imperfect ones. Abiding is the slave's return to ...


See 'Science of letters'.


(Wudhu). This is the ritual ablution that all Muslims perform before entering the prayer and is unique to Islam. The literal meaning of the word ('Wu-dhu') is 'to turn on the light'. This 'turning on the light' is the first step to entering the room...


(Mawtin) is that place where the traveller takes up his residence. He is content and fulfilled and has no desire to continue travelling further.


The Prophet Abraham (Peace be upon him) through whose Word descended the Wisdom of Unbounded Love.


(Naskh). Abrogation or repeal. Certain Qur'anic verses were abrogated during the lifetime of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). The People of the higher teaching regard these as postponed rather than abrog...


(Ghaybah). This indicates the heart's absence from knowledge of what is happening in human situations because the senses are totally occupied with what is influencing them. Absence also refers to the manner in which the Beloved keeps Himself absent f...

Absolute Cause

(Al Badi'). The Absolute Cause. One of the Beautiful Names of Allah.

Absolute Essence

('Ayni Mutlaq). The Absolute Essense or The Hidden of the Hidden.

Absolute Ipseity

(Dhati Mutlaqa). The Absolute Ipseity.