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

anwar al-'arsh
Lights of the Throne

(Anwar al 'Arsh). The Lights of the Throne. These celestial Lights, radiating from the Divine Attributes which surround the Throne, are like veils. Only the friend of Allah who is illuminated by the Lights can pass through them to the Throne Itself because his lights have been mingled with those celestial Lights.

See also: Friend of Allah Light
(Wali). He is a Sufi saint. He is the one whom Allah has chosen as His friend. The wali is under Allah's dome, and nobody knows him except Allah. If any among the commonality declares war upon one of Allah's friends, then does Allah declare war upon that person.
(Nur) is the created light which radiates from the Uncreated Light of Allah. When this light enters the heart it drives away the existent order thereby annihilating the inner eye from witnessing 'other-than-Allah'. For unveiling to take place the Light which comes from Allah must coincide with the light within the heart. If there is darkness within the heart, then it will not be able to match the Light from Allah. In such a case there is no unveiling, and Knowledge of Allah does not arrive in that heart. It is the Remembrance of Allah which polishes the heart and allows it to be filled with light. The Source of this Pure Light is the Absolute Darkness of the Essence Itself. The most complete and penetrating light is the light through which is unveiled what Allah means by the forms seen by the imagination in dreams.

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