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

Order by: Arabic English

Word of Faith
kalimah (shahadah)

(Kalimah Shahadah). The Word of Faith or the Islamic declaration of Faith; 'There is no god other than Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah' (La ilaha il Allah, Muhammadan Rasulullah).

Word of the Presence
kalimat al-hadra

(Kalimat al Hadra). This is Allah's Word of Command, "Be!" ("Kun!"), by which He instantaneously creates every thing He desires.

Word, The

(Kalima). The word. When Allah breathes out and speaks, each one of His creations is a word (kalima) of His.


('Amal). Work or action or practice. When faith and practice are combined with godfearingness then knowledge will be gained. The knowledge which brings man closer to Allah is not merely theoretical knowledge. Felicity is attained only when knowledge ...


(Dunya). The corporal world is this life. It is all that distracts man from the Remembrance of Allah and the Truth. It is the veil with which He conceals Himself from His creation. Dunya is whatever is closest to one's lower self. In itself 'the worl...


('Alam). World or universe.

World of Command
'alam al-amr

('Alam al Amr). Spiritual World or the Universe of Command. The Realm which is without time and matter. The world of command is that which takes its existence from Allah without secondary cause.

World of Corporeal bodies
'alam al-ajsam

('Alam al ajsam). The world of concrete material things and corporeal bodies.

World of Creation
'alam al-khalq

('Alam al khalq). The Universe of creation which takes its existence in proximity to a secondary cause. It is the visible world or world of witnessing.

World of Domination

(Jabarut). The World of Invincibility or the World of Domination or the World of the All-Powerful or the Divine Ipseity. Jabarut is the Presence of Compelling. This Presence is also known as the First Unveiling or Determination, the Reality of Muhamm...

World of Dominion
'alam al-malakut

('Alam al Malakut). The World of Dominion, Power, Will and Knowledge. The Kingdom of inwardness. The realm of vision. The hdden world. The universe of subtle forms. This world denotes the Divine Attributes. The gardens of this World are made radiant ...

World of Humanity
'alam an-nasut

('Alam an Nasut). The World of the five human senses.

World of Imagination
'alam al-khayal

('Alam al khayal). This is the isthmus in which the friends of Allah encounter each other. Within this World the murid may encounter the Murshid, from whom powerful and decisive lessons are transmitted. It is here that the friends may receive instruc...

World of Matter
'alam al-mulk

('Alam al mulk). The World of matter is the Kingdom of outwardness. The Realm of event. The macrocosm.

World of sensible experience
'alam ash-shahadah

(Alam ash Shahadah). The World of sensible experience. The visible.