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

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(Jar). This term comes from the Sufi expression 'the Neighbour first, then His House' (Al jar, thumma 'd-dar), which implies that all spiritual aspirations must be exclusively concentrated upon Allah Himself. He is the Goal. The bewilderment of the ...


(Jaras). The ringing or pealing of bells. Jaras applies to the descent of a divine message upon the slave. Its arrival is overpowering because it comes with divine force.

Corporeal body

(Jasad) refers to those imaginal objects which are witnessed in the World of Imagination. This is the appearance of a corporeal body in the imaginal realm. The reality of imagination is to embody that which is not properly a body.

Generous, The

(Al Jawaad). The Generous. One of the beautiful Names of Allah.

jawami' al-kalim
All comprehensive words

(Jawami' al Kalim). Because The Qur'an contains all of the knowledges it is true to say that the Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) was given the all-comprehensive words. He said, "I was sent with the all-comprehen...


(Jawhar). A jewel or substance. Jawhar indicates the very essence of a thing. The incorruptible nature of a precious jewel is the symbol for the immutability of the essence.

al-jawhar al-hayulani
First Substance

(Al Jawhar al Hayulani). The first substance or prime matter or the material substance in which the forms of all beings become manifest. It is utter darkness and utterly unknowable, but, just as the bright light of day is contained within the darknes...

jawhar al-kull
Universal Substance

(Jawhar al Kull). The Universal Substance.

al-jawhar al-thabit
Immutable Substance

(Al Jawhar al Thabit) is also known as the Cloud and the Breath of the All Merciful. However, sometimes it is said that the Cloud is not altogether identical with the Breath because the Cloud comes into existence through the Breath.


(Jaza'). The next world is the abode of recompense. Wretchedness and felicity become manifest there.

Jibrail (Jibril)

(Jibreel) The Archangel Gabriel (Peace be upon him), through whom the Final Revelation, The Qur'an, descended into the heart of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). His station is the borderland between The ...

jihad al-akbar
Greater Holy War

(Jihad al Akbar). This is the constant and vigilant inner warfare against ignorance, the passions and the vices of the lower self which drag man downwards away from Allah. It is the real struggle against the inner enemies, the inner unbelievers and t...

jihad as-asghir
Lesser Holy War

(Jihad as saghir). This is the outer combat against the infidels and unbelievers and tyrants.

Removal of the bridal veil

(Jilwa). This symbolizes the slave's coming out of spiritual retreat (khalwa) dressed in the robes of honour which are the Divine Characteristics. Self-disclosure is Allah's unveiling of Himself to His creations and most particularly to His slaves.

Subtle beings

(Jinn) are the subtle beings, both intelligent and imperceptible, who inhabit the psychic world and whose bodies are made of air or fire. Allah says in The Qur'an, "I created jinn and mankind only to worship (know) Me" (51:56).