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

Making claims

(Da'wa). This is a Divine Attribute, not a human attribute. Therefore when a man makes claims it is an illness. It is blatant discourtesy. Only the slave whose heart has prostrated to Allah is free of making claims.

See also: Deception Discourtesy Ecstatic utterance
(Makr). Allah's deception of His servant or the stratagem through which He tests mankind. Allah may give to a man the continuation of Divine favours despite that man's opposition to His command or Allah may grant knowledge to a servant but deprive him of the act of putting it into practice or Allah may grant the practice but deprive man of sincerity. The manifestation of signs or miracles without purpose or limit can also be a sign of Allah's makr. The Sufis are extremely wary of the Divine deception.
Su al adab - see 'Bad Manners'.
(Shath). An ecstatic utterance is spoken while the ecstatic is in a state of spiritual intoxication. To the outsider his utterance may appear to contradict the Sacred Law, to be pretentious, thoughtless and even verging on associating partners with Allah. The perfect knower is inwardly intoxicated and outwardly sober. He keeps hidden those secrets which should never be divulged, for 'If the reality of the Sufi was to be unveiled he would be worshipped'. His servitude preserves his courtesy towards Allah.

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