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

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Religious Command
al-amr b'il wasitah

(Al Amr bil wasit). A religious command issueing through an intermediary.


(Dhikr). Remembrance, invocation or glorification of Allah, through the repetition of one of His Names or a phrase to His Glory. True dhikr is a spiritual state in which the one who remembers (dhakir) concentrates all of his physical and spiritual po...

Remembrance of Allah

(Dhikrullah). Invocation of Allah through one of His Names or through His Words. The perfect dhikrullah, in which Allah becomes the seeing, the hearing, the speaking, the grasping of the one who remembers, is attained when every atom of the dhakir's ...

Remembrance of the secret
dhikr as-sirr

(Dhikr al sirr). The remembrance in the innermost heart when Divine Mysteries are revealed.

Remembrance of the self
dhikr an-nafs

(Dhikr al nafs). Remembrance which is not audible but consists of inner movement and feeling.

Remembrance of the spirit
dhikr ar-ruh

(Dhikr al ruh). The remembrance of the spirit when the dhakir perceives the Lights of the Attributes.

Remembrance with the heart
dhikr al-qalb

(Dhikr al qalb). Remembrance with the heart as it contemplates the Beauty and Majesty of Allah in its inner recesses. Such a dhikr may be sweet when Beauty reveals Itself or awesome when Majesty dominates.

Remembrance with the tongue
dhikr al-lisan

(Dhikr al lisan). Remembrance with the tongue.

Remembrance, the most secret of secret
dhikr akhfa al-khafi

(Dhikr akhfa al khafi). The most secret of secret remembrance. This is the secret dhikr. It is the beautiful mutual remembrance between Allah Almighty and his slave, who is both a knower and a lover. It is the vision of the Reality of Absolute Truth....

Remembrance- vocalised
dhikr jahri

(Dhikr jahri). Vocalised Remembrance of Allah. The dhakir is only a partial dhakir when his Remembrance is vocalised. To become a total dhakir, each organ, each sense, each cell, each atom, must be immersed in His Remembrance.

dhikr al-khafi

(Dhikr al khafi). Secret remembrance. This is the vision of the light of the beauty of Unity. The silent remembrance which is subtle, delicate and infinitely sweet.

Removal of the bridal veil

(Jilwa). This symbolizes the slave's coming out of spiritual retreat (khalwa) dressed in the robes of honour which are the Divine Characteristics. Self-disclosure is Allah's unveiling of Himself to His creations and most particularly to His slaves.

Renewal of creation at each breath
tajdid al-khalq bil'-anfas

(Tajdid al khalq bil anfas). Through the Mercy of the Breath of the All Merciful a super abundance of Being overflows into the cosmos.

Renewal of creation at each instant
tajdid al-khalq fi'l-anat

(Tajdid al khalq fil anat). This is an incessant outpouring of Being into the manifest realm. The one with the preparedness to receive this perpetual irradiation of the Essence, realizing the ceaseless revelation and constant renewal within himself,...


(Mujaddid). The Holy Prophet Muhammad promised that a renewer of the religion (deen) would be sent by Allah at the head of every hundred years.