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

Order by: Arabic English


Come into being

(Takawwun). To come to be, which results from the Divine Command "Be!" (Kun!). This means that a thing acquires the property of being a locus of manifestation for Allah. This coming to be (takawwun) is an act of the thing not an act of Allah, because...

Come to be

(Ka'in). This denotes that a thing already has existence because Allah has issued the Word of Command "Be!" ("Kun!") to that thing.

Come together

(Ijtima'). Allah, the Real is both Essence and Divinity. The Real, as Divinity, may come together with His creation. Allah descends and the slave ascends to meet within a mutual waystation. But such a 'coming together' is impossible for the Essence ...

Coming close

(Tadani). This is the ascension of those who are brought closest to Allah.

Coming down

(Tadalli). This is the descent of Allah to a mutual waystation. Allah's slave, having attained that same waystation through coming close (tadani), now has vision of Allah.

Coming into existence

Takwin - see 'Making manifest'.

Coming out

(Khuruj). In the Journey of Return to Allah the first step is Islam. The last step is annihilation in going up and subsistence in coming out (khuruj).

Coming out of the state of consecration
Khorouj al Ihram

(Khorouj al Ihram). Coming out of the state of consecration indicates the return back to the realm of the creation – serving them without attributing capability to one’s own self in the seat of Truthfulness.

Al Amr

Al Amr - see 'Divine Command'.

Command to non-existence
amr 'adami

(Amr 'Adami).


(Amir). Prince or commander. The Amir is the one who has surrendered his will to Allah's Will.


(Umum). This term can indicate either the common people such as jurists and theologians, or the general run of the faithful or the generality of spiritual seekers who are distinct from the elect and the elect of the elect.


(Umma) refers specifically to the community of the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). He is the Seal of the Prophets. The Message which he delivered to the humanity, through the Final Revelation The Q...

Companion, The

(Sahib). The Companion. One of the beautiful Names of Allah.

Companions of inward knowledge

(Ashabi 'ilmi batini). The companions of inward knowledge.