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

Order by: Arabic English


nafs al-mutma'inna
Self - Peaceful

(Nafs al Mutma'inna) is the Self at Peace.The Qur'an refers to this Self, "Oh Self, in complete rest and satisfaction!" (89:27). This Self is tranquil as it rests in the Certitude of Allah. It has been reintegrated into the Spirit. The Nafs al Mutma'...

nafs al-mardhiyya
Self - Well Pleasing

(Nafs al Mardhiyya). The Qur'an refers to this Self, "And Well-pleasing unto Him!" (89:28). This Self is well-pleasing to Allah. It experiences the bewilderment of journeying from Allah. The Well-pleasing Self is equated with the sixth rung (Truth of...

nafs al-qaddisa

(Nafs al Qaddisa). The Sanctified Self has been entirely permeated with the Remembrance of Allah.

nafs ar-radhiyya
Self - Well Pleased

(Nafs ar Radhiyya) is the well-pleased Self. The Qur'an refers to this Self, "Return to your Lord - well pleased . . " (89:28). This Self is well-pleased with itself due to the harmonious balance of its noble character traits. It is annihilated in Al...


(Nafsani). This term is applied to the egocentric tendencies. For example, there are four kinds of 'incoming thoughts' which reach the heart divine, spiritual, egocentric and satanic.

Blowing in

(Nafth). Blowing or inblowing, as with the breath. The knowledge of the mysteries, which is beyond reason, reaches the heart through the blowing of the Holy Spirit. This knowledge is specific to a Prophet or one of the friends of Allah.


(Nafy) is the negation of the fancy of the existence of the 'other'. The supreme example of nafy is the First Declaration of Faith - There is no god other than Allah (La ilaha ill Allah). "There is no god" (la ilaha) forms the negation and "only All...


(Nahy). The rulings which were brought by the Messengers and Prophets are either commands or prohibitions. These prohibitions are either 'forbidden' or 'displeasing' . The Divine Word of Allah's Sacred Law becomes differentiated into rulings or jud...


(Na'ib). Allah created the Perfect Man as His deputy. After having created him Allah then veiled Himself from the sights and insights of creation.


(Na'im). The ultimate bliss (and this awaits the friends of Allah in His Garden) is the one that is renewed at each succeeding instant. This is the eternal unfolding of knowledge which is experienced by Allah's Friends. It is their ever-renewed enco...


(Najat) is attained through acquiring useful knowledge and then practising it. It is happiness and felicity in this worldly life and in the hereafter.

Contradictory things

(Naqidayn). The Name 'Allah' cannot be described because it brings together contradictory things (al naqidayn). This is indicated in Allah's Words, 'Nothing is like Unto Him' (The Qur'an 42:11). Knowledge of Allah can be unveiled through the bringing...


(Naql). Sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) are considered 'sound' if the chain of transmission (naql) is strong. Whereas the scholars only rely upon those sayings which are 'sound' by way of t...


(Naqs). Part of the perfection of existence (the Divine Reality) is the existence of imperfection within it, since, were there no imperfection the perfection of existence would be imperfect. But this imperfection is relative. When existence is seen...


(Nar). The nar is a reality in this life and a reality in the Hereafter. It is experienced in this life when one is in a state of forgetfulness of, and separation from, Allah.