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

Order by: Arabic English


Mother of the Book
umm al-kitab

(Umm ul Kitab). This is the Eternal Prototype of the Revealed Book. It is the unfathomable depth of the Divinity and the endless unfolding of Knowledge of Allah. The Perfect Man is a book. He is the epitome of the Mother of the Book.


('Illah) is the motivation through which Allah directs His slave. A secondary cause may or may not be used as a mediator for this motivation.


The Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) is the Glory of the Universe, the Best of Creation, the Seal of the Prophets and the friend of those who truly love him. He is from the Light of Allah and all of existence...

Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah
Muhammadan Rasulullah

(Muhammadan Rasul Allah) is the second half of the Islamic Testimony of Faith (shahadah). Muhammad is the one sent by Allah. He is the representative of Allah. Without him we cannot come to know Allah. His message is the message of beautiful return t...

Muhammadan Form
al-suratu al-Muhammadiyyah

(Suratul Muhammadiyyah). Allah created the Form of Muhammad from the Light of His Name, the Almighty Maker (al Badi' ul Qadir). The Allah regarded it with His Name, the All Subduing Giver (al Mannan ul Qahir), and then Allah displayed Himself to it i...


(Kathra). The One descends and becomes many. Unity separates into multiplicity. The Name 'Allah' contains many Beautiful and Divine Names. The many take us back to the One. Multiplicity takes us back to Unity. The Beautiful Names take us back to Alla...


See 'Seeker'.


See 'Spiritual Guide'.



The one who has submitted and surrendered to Allah. Initially the muslim is the one who has submitted, unknowingly, to Allah. All of creation is muslim because each creature is in submission, yet ignorant of that submission. The essence of the true m...


The Chosen One. The Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustapha (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) is the Chosen One of Allah. From Pre-Eternity he was chosen to be the one through whom the Hidden Treasure would become manifest. From Pre-Eter...

Mutual waystation

(Munazala). This is situated at a point between the ascent of the slave and the descent of the Real. Vision of Allah occurs in this munazala.


The plain between Mina and Arafat where, during the rites of Hajj, the pilgrim collects 49 pebbles with which to symbolically stone the Satan. On the higher plane, this represents the collective state of nearness.

My Lord, increase me in knowledge
Rabbi zidni 'ilma

(Rabbi zidni 'ilma). (The Qur'an 20:114). Allah told His Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) to supplicate for an increase in knowledge. The Prophet did not ask for increase in anything except knowledge. The kno...