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

Order by: Arabic English


Wrath of Allah

(Ghadab). Allah's Wrath or His Anger. Wretchedness belongs to the Divine Wrath and felicity, which is the Infinite expanse of Allah's Mercy, belongs to the Divine Approval. The Holy Prophet Muhammad said "Allah's Mercy precedes His Wrath".

All Concealing, The

(Al Ghaffar). The All-Concealing. One of the Beautiful Names of Allah.


(Ghaflah). To be negligent or heedless or unconscious of Allah. From the viewpoint of the higher teaching, al ghaflah indicates a state which, at times, may overcome some of the lesser knowers. In this state they succumb to such a state of heedlessne...


(Ghafr). Forgiveness is to cover and conceal faults. Through His Infinite Grace, Allah covers and conceals our faults, not only from our fellowmen but also from our own selves.

Most Forgiving, The

(Al Ghafur). The Most Forgiving One Who Conceals. One of the Beautiful Names of Allah.

Independent and Rich beyond Need, The

(Al Ghani). The Independent and Rich Beyond Need. One of the Beautiful Names of Allah.

ghani binafsihi
Rich by oneself and independent

(Ghani bi nafsihi). Allah is The Necessary Being. He is Rich by Himself and Independent of the Worlds. Man is bereft and poor.

Individual desire

(Gharad). Man strives to attain his individual desire. The attainment of one's individual desire is called 'good' or 'felicity' and not attaining it is called 'evil' or 'wretchedness'.

al-ghawth (al-ghauth)
Help, The

(Ghawth). Within the Sufi hierarchy he is the one person who forms the focus of Allah's supervision of the world in every age. He is the hidden centre of the hierarchy of saints. He is unique and alone in his time, except when the moment has led oth...

End, The

(Al Ghayah). The end or utmost limit. The one who is illumined at the beginning of his journey will be illumined at the end, yet, some things may be considered praiseworthy during travelling but blameworthy at the end (al ghayah). An example is the t...


(Ghayb). The Mystery or the Non-Manifested or the Unseen. The Unknowable or the Mystery of Mysteries. The hadith, "Nothing is like Him" refers to al ghayb. It is His Incomparability. It is all that is beyond reach of our vision. Al ghayb is all that ...

Greatest absence from self

(Ghaybiyyatul Kubra). The greatest absence from self. This absence is indicated by His Words, "By no means can you see Me", (The Qur'an 7:143). Only Allah sees Allah. "When Allah is there, you are not".

al-ghayb al-mutlaq
Absolute Unknown

(Ghayb al Mutlaq). The Absolute Unknown or Pure Non-Manifestation. The Unknowable Essence Itself. This is alluded to in the words, "None knows Allah but Allah" and "Allah is, and there is nothing with Him".


(Ghaybah). This indicates the heart's absence from knowledge of what is happening in human situations because the senses are totally occupied with what is influencing them. Absence also refers to the manner in which the Beloved keeps Himself absent f...


(Ghayrah). There is a jealousy for the sake of the truth which is directed towards the overstepping of limits. And there is a jealousy which is the concealment of inner and outer secrets. The Jealousy of Allah is His tenaciousness in holding His fri...