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

Order by: Arabic English


nu'ut al-jalal
Attributes of Majesty

(Nu'ut al Jalal). These are the Attributes which are required by the profession of Incomparability and negation of likeness.


(Nuzul) is the process by which Pure Being gradually becomes qualified. The term also means to descend or to alight. In the case of a waystation, it is the place where Allah descends (nuzul) to the slave and the slave alights (nuzul) upon Allah.

People of consideration

(Ahl al nathar), Those who consider. This term implies the philosophers and is synonymous with The People of reflection and the rational thinkers.

Al Naasir
Helper, The

(Al Naasir). The Helper. One of the beautiful Names of Allah.

Al Naseer
Great Defender, The

(Al Naseer). The Great Defender. One of the beautiful Names of Allah.


Nar - see 'Hellfire'.

Al Naafi'
Propitious, The

(Al Naafi'). One of the beautiful Names of Allah.

Nafs al Hayawaniyyah
Animal Self

Nafs al Hayawaniyyah - see 'Self - Animal'.

Nawm al Ghafla
Sleep of forgetfulness

(Nawm al Ghafla). The sleep of forgetfulness and sleep of habit are not desirable. It is a defect or sickness and it is related to his brother, death. It has been said “If there is a benefit in sleep, the Beloved Allah will have provided it in Para...

Voluntary work

Nafl - see 'Supererogatory'.


Nafs - see 'Self'.

Nafs al Kulliya
Self - Universal

Nafs al Kulliya - see 'Universal Soul'.


Nasib - see 'Lot in life'.


(Nadhar). To look, to gaze, to inspect or investigate. Also to consider.

Nadhr al Fikri
Reflective Consideration

Nadhr al Fikri - see 'Consideration-Reflective'.