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

Order by: Arabic English


al-ghayrat al-ilahiyya
Jealousy, Divine

(Al Ghayrat al Ilahiyya). Allah is jealous and 'So jealous is He all others are destroyed; He must Himself act every part!'. Allah's Jealousy removes the properties of the 'other' (ghayr), demanding that the 'other' cannot have true existence. The D...


(Ghayr). The 'other'. Allah is the Name that stands for the Unknowable Essence and also the Name that stands for the Divinity. The 'face' of the Unknowable Essence is turned away from creation, but the 'face' of the Divinity is turned towards us. All...


(Ghayriyyat). . It is this 'otherness' that allows the cosmos, and all that is in it, to exist.

ghayr Allah
Other than Allah

(Ghayr Allah). 'Other than Allah' is the cosmos and all that it contains. To be 'other than Allah' is to be imperfect, but this 'imperfection' is in itself Perfection!


(Ghidha). Allah, the Absolute, is the Source of food and nourishment for all of the creatures. All of Allah's creatures exist, subsist and are kept alive by Allah. And, the Absolute is nourished by the forms of the creatures because it is through the...


(Ghilza). Harshness is one of the attributes in man's innate disposition. This harshness can be transformed into gentleness through endeavouring to assume the noble character traits and by turning to the Remembrance of His Most Holy Name, Allah.


(Ghina). Independence, wealth and in need of nothing. Allah, as the Essence, is perfectly Independent and in need of nothing. He knows Himself and we know nothing of Allah in His Essence. The essential attribute of creation is poverty (faqr) which is...

Boy or slave

(Ghulam). The traveller who has attained to annihilation in the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace), becomes permeated with an extremely high degree of love, honour and respect for the Beloved of Allah. A new kn...

Forgiveness and pardoning

(Ghufran). Forgiveness and pardoning. Knowing his own imperfection and his inability to praise Allah the knower is filled with shame. He seeks Allah's Forgiveness for his very existence and his audacity at even appearing before the Divine Majesty.

Crow or Raven

(Ghurab) represents the Universal Body, the materiality of the entire creation, which is at the furthest distance from the Sacred Realm and is therefore dominated by darkness.


(Ghurbah) means 'becoming a stranger'. It is a removal from and the forsaking of one's native place in search of the object of one's wish. Such a removal through a state comes from the reality of the effectiveness of that state. Removal through the R...

Ghayb ul Ghayb
Unseen of the Unseen

(Ghayb ul Ghayb).


Ghadab - see 'Wrath of Allah'.


Ghaflah - see 'Negligent'.


Ghaflah - see 'Negligent'.