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

Order by: Arabic English



(Dahr). Allah is Time. He is a beginningless and endless 'Day' without night-time or daytime, but the properties of His Names and Attributes divide His 'Day' into many days. These are called the 'Days of Allah'. The attributes of these days are self...


(Da'if). The very root of man's creation is this weakness with which Allah created him. "There is no power and no strength except with Allah", (La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah). The slave knows this.


(Da'im). Eternal and everlasting and perpetual, as in the perpetual instant or perpetual moment. Al Da'im is one of the Divine Names.

Aniti Christ

(Dajjal). The ultimate manifestation of disbelief and covering-up of the Truth. This may be in the form of an individual, a social regime or an unseen power. The dajjal, who is the antithesis of the Prophet Jesus, will appear at the end of a cycle.


(Dalala). Argument or proof or denotation or evidence. This term is applied to the World of Imagination which is the closest thing to a denotation or proof of the Real. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) is...


(Dawud). The Prophet David (Peace be upon him) through whose Word descended the Wisdom of Existence (al hikmat al wujudiyyah).


(Daqiqa). Substations within a waystation. The slave must have passage amongst these substations, in the same way that someone moves about in the rooms of the house in which he dwells.


(Dar). House or abode or dwelling. When a murid is engaged in spiritual warfare and struggle his physical body is the 'abode of warfare' (Dar-ul-Harb). Within this abode there reside Allah's enemies; all the infidels, unbelievers and tyrants. They mu...


(Darura). Incontrovertible or self-evident. The Qur'an and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace), whose character was The Qur'an, are incontrovertible and self-evident proofs of Reality. For the knowers, each ...

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.

Perpetual Presence of Allah

(Dawam al Hudur). The Perpetual Presence of Allah. It is 'here' and 'now' that His slaves stand, in abject poverty and need, and with overwhelming awe and love. In this Presence they are oblivious to all that is other-than-Allah, because, for them, t...

deen (din)
Life transaction

(Deen). The word deen indicates the 'life transaction' between Allah and Man. It is not merely religion in the constricted and limited sense which the word has assumed in these times. This 'life transaction' is between Allah and man, between the Crea...

dervish (derwish, darwish)
Seeker of Allah

(Dervish/Darwich). A seeker of Allah. The literal meaning of dervish is 'the one who seeks doors'. One cannot enter into the Presence of Allah Almighty except through the door. That door is one of the Inheritors of the Knowledge of the Prophet Muhamm...


(Dhahab). Departure or Passing. Due to his witnessing of the Beloved, in whatever form, the heart of the lover ceases to register ordinary objects of sensation. This is more complete than absence because of the heart's passing from awareness of anyth...

One who remembers

(Dhakir). The one who remembers Allah. The dhakir is precious to Allah Who created man only so that he would worship and know Allah. The one who turns, with an utter turning, towards fulfilling his reason for being, has been given the greatest gift f...