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

Order by: Arabic English


Bad Manners
su al-adab

(Su al adab). Blatant discourtesy or bad manners. Su al adab is the discourtesy towards any thing or moment or circumstance, which in reality is discourtesy towards Allah. Discourtesy is the bitter fruit of ignorance. Increase in Knowledge of Allah b...


Mizan - see 'Scale'.

Banner of Praise
liwa' al-hamd

(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...

Base Character Traits
safsaf al-akhlaq

(Safsaf al Akhlaq). These are the ugly vices within man which prevent him from being with his Lord. It is through the spiritual alchemy of the Remembrance of Allah that the base character traits may be transformed into noble ones.


(Kan). To 'be' or that which 'is'. Kan derives from 'existence' (kawn) which is identical with 'being' (wujud). This is clearly stated in the words of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace), "Allah is (kan), an...

Be (bringing to being)

(Takwin). Bringing to be or making manifest or coming into existence. This is an Attribute of Allah which becomes manifest within His friends. However, if they are among the Great Men, their courtesy towards Allah will prevent them from exercising th...

Be, and it becomes
kun fayakun

(Kun, fayakun). Through the Divine Command, "Be!" the immutable entity 'becomes'.


(Kun). The Word of Divine Command through which existence is bestowed upon the fixed entities.


(Husn). The most beautiful of Allah's creation is the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). He is the locus of every beautiful thing. 'Allah is Beautiful and He loves Beauty' and the Holy Prophet Muhammad is the...

Beautiful Axis
qutub falaki al-jamal

(Qutub falakil jamal). 'The Beautiful Axis around which the spheres revolve'. This is the Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustapha (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace).

Beautiful character traits
husn al-akhlaq

(Husn al Akhlaq). The beautiful character traits with which the Holy Prophet Muhammad was sent and of which he is the perfect embodiment. The assuming of these beautiful character traits is the alchemical work of the Islamic Spiritual Path. Under th...

Beautiful Model
uswa hasana

(Uswa hasana). The Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustapha (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) is the beautiful model. Through his perfect example man is given the means of drawing closer, and yet closer, to Allah. The degrees of such near...


(Jamal). Beauty is comprised of the characteristics of mercy and graciousness (altaf) from the Divine Presence. Beauty (Jamal) is opposite Majesty (Jalal). Perfection (Kamal) embraces all opposition. When the heart is overwhelmed by jamal then intim...

Al mikhda'

(Al mikhda'). A place which veils the Pole from the Individuals who have attained.


(Mubtadi). Beginners on the Spiritual Journey.