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

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(Ana). 'I'.

I am Ahmad without the 'M'
ana Ahmad bila mim

(Ana Ahmad bila mim). When the Holy Prophet Muhammad was asked, 'Are you Ahad?' he said, "No! I am Ahmad without the 'M" (Ana Ahmad bila mim). Ahmad - M = Ahad. Ahad is 'The One'. Within these words are indications of the Mystery of Muhammad al Musta...

I am sitting with the one who remembers Me
ana jalisu man dhakarani

(Ana jalisu man dhakarani). Allah says in a Hadith Qudsi, 'I am sitting with the one who remembers Me'. Allah 'becomes' that particular part or organ which is engaged in the dhikr, be it the tongue, the heart or simply the hand which holds the prayer...

I am the Truth
ana'l haqq

(Ana'l Haqq). This is the famous ecstatic utterance of a great Sufi martyr. He was condemned by the scholars who considered his words to be heretical and he was condemned by the Sufis who considered that he had revealed that which should never be rev...


(Al aniyyah). 'I-ness' is the Divine subject which is logically opposed to the Divine object (al huwiyyah). It is the outward aspect of Abstract Oneness. In the Descent of the Absolute from 'The Blindness' it passes through three stages of manifestat...

I-ness, partial

(Ananiyyah). Partial 'I-ness'. This is egoism. It is saying 'I' while seeing duality.

If not for you, if not for you . . .
laulaka, laulaka ma khalaqtu'l-aflaka

(Laulaka, laulaka ma khalaqtul aflaka). 'If not for you, if not for you, (O My Muhammad), I would not have created the heavenly spheres'. This beautiful Hadith Qudsi reveals the primordial Perfection of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations ...


(Jahil). Ignorance, which is only a lack of knowledge, is darkness and darkness is non-existence while knowledge is Light and Light is existence. The Spiritual Journey is an inner transformation from ignorance to Knowledge, from darkness to Light, fr...


(Wahm). Fantasy or imaginal perception or illusion. Al wahm is the conjectural faculty, the active imagination of the power of illusion. It is the most tremendous power which Allah has given to man. It is this faculty which acts directly upon the pur...

Illusory Love

('Ishqi majazi) is love for everything that is other-than-Allah, that is, love for illusion. But Allah is the Object behind every object of love. Illusory love is in itself an illusion because Only Allah Is.

Image of Truth
al-haba surat-ul haqq

(Al Haba Surat al Haqq).

Images or similars

(Amthal). Images or similars. These are 'bodies' which are seen within the World of Imagination. Angels, Prophets, Saints and even Allah Himself may become 'embodied' within this Realm.


(Tamaththul). To become imaginalized or to appear in the image of. This refers to events such as when the Archangel Jibreel (Peace be upon him) became imaginalized as a man without fault to the Virgin Mary (Peace be upon her). The Holy Prophet Muhamm...

Imaginalized things

(Mutakhayyalat). These are the forms which become manifest as 'imaginalized things' within the Realm of Imagination.


(Khayal). Imagination indicates a reality that becomes manifest in three different places. Firstly, the Khayal is manifest within the cosmos where existence is the same as imagination. Secondly, the Khayal is manifest within the macrocosm where the ...