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

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(Nash'a).The human being is the most perfect of all configurations in the cosmos due to the fact that Allah breathed into him of His Spirit and gave him the potential to manifest the All-Comprehensive Name 'Allah'. The configuration (nash'a) of man's...

Lot in life

(Nasib). Portion or lot in life. Nasib indicates that which is destined to reach each creature. The Spiritual Master delivers the destined portion to each of his murids.


(Naskh). Abrogation or repeal. Certain Qur'anic verses were abrogated during the lifetime of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). The People of the higher teaching regard these as postponed rather than abrog...

Plain texts

(Nass). This term indicates those texts in which there is no confusion or equivocality. When Self-disclosure occurs through the Name, 'the Manifest', in the realm of realities and meanings, such plain texts may then be perceived through insight. Th...

Human Nature

(Nasut). The nasut is the realm of humanity and creation. It is the human nature into which the Divine Nature is infused.

Poetry and Songs

(Na't). Poetry and songs in honour of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). Such poetry and song can operate on many different levels of meaning, ranging from the beautiful and simple love of Allah's Beloved...

na't-i sharif
Noble Hymn

(Na't as Sharif). Noble hymn in honour of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

Rational and Speaking


nawafil al-khayrat
Supererogatory good works

(Nawafil al Khayrat). Through the Infinite Grace of Allah the sincere practising of the nawafil al khayrat may result in the spiritual perfection in which the slave's hearing, sight, speech etc. are negated. He then hears, sees and speaks through Al...

Robes of Honour

(Nawalah). The gift of the robes of honour. This is the gift from Allah designating the Individuals known as the Solitaries.


(Nawm). The hadith says, "Man is asleep and when he dies he wakes". The Sufi is the one who has died to self and is awake in the Supreme Self. Once man has awoken there is no more sleep. Within mystical poetry and Sufi songs the lover often complains...


(Naz). When the lover begs and petitions the Beloved for just one glance at him, the Beloved responds with perfect coquetry.


(Nadhar). Consideration or to look, to gaze, to inspect or to investigate.

al-nazar al-fikri

(Nadhr al Fikri). Reflective consideration through which conclusions are reached. The knowledge gained from al nazar al fikri is incomplete and therefore inferior to the knowledge which the men of the Path gain through unveiling, tasting, witnessing ...

nazar sahih

(Nadhr sahih) is to look, consider and reflect upon the manifest and unmanifest signs, thereby recognizing the true situation of the cosmos.