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

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(Liqa'). This term indicates an encounter such as that between the lover and the Beloved. The pleasure of such an encounter is far greater than the pleasure of unceasing companionship, because the heart overflows with love and longing during separat...


(Lisan). The tongue indicates the eloquence or language with which Divine Statements enter the hearing of the Knowers of Allah. During the spiritual concert, when the voice of Allah enters the world on the tongue of the singer, the hearer who is rec...

lisan al-hal
Tongue of the Spiritual State

(Lisan al Hal). These are the words which issue from the Knower or Lover when he is under the domination of his state. An example is the famous utterance "I am the Truth". But, in reality, everything in the cosmos speaks with the tongue of its state.

lisan al-murshid
Tongue of the Spiritual Guide

(Lisan al Murshid). If the Spiritual Affinity existing between the Murshid and his murid attains to a high degree of purity the murid may be given the gift of speaking with the tongue of the Murshid. The Murshid's words become manifest through such ...

liwa' al-hamd
Banner of Praise

(Liwa al Hamd). This is the Banner which will belong to the Holy Prophet Muhammad on the Day of Resurrection. The Banner of Praise is his banner because his praise, which is none other than The Qur'an, is the complete and most elevated of all praise...


(Lubb). The kernel, core or innermost consciousness. The lubb is that hidden place where knowledge of Allah is protected from those who are attached to the world.

lubb al-lubb
Kernel of the kernel

(Lubb al Lubb). The kernel of the kernel, the core of the core or the innermost of the innermost consciousness. The lubb al lubb is the Source or the Divine Light which is contained at the very kernel of the kernel itself.


(Lut). The Prophet Lot (Peace be upon him) through whose Word descended the Wisdom of Strength and Forcefulness (Hikmat al Malkiyyah).


(Lutf). The Kindness, Gentleness and Grace of Allah. Allah's Kindness is Absolute Subtlety. It descends into the heart, filling the entire being of His slave with loFve and awe and bewilderment. This indescribable and incomprehensible gentleness ente...


The Prophet Luqman (Peace be upon him) through whose Word descended the Wisdom of Good-Doing (Hikmat al Ihsaniyyah).

La Hiqq
One who catches up with you, The

(La Hiqq). One of the beautiful Names of Allah.

La ilaha il Allah
There is no god other than Allah

(La ilaha il Allah). These words which form the first part of the Islamic Testimony of Faith could be paraphrased as 'there is no reality, only Reality' or 'there is no truth, only Truth' or 'there is no love, only Love'. The phrase is the supreme d...


Lutf - see 'Gentleness'.


(Lasan) is that, by means of which divine statements fall upon the ears of the knowers of Allah.