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

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(Al Mani').The Preventer. One of the Beautiful Names of Allah.

Preventer, The
Al Maani'

(Al Maani'). The Preventer. One of the beautiful Names of Allah.


(Takabbur). Arrogance or pride.

Prime Matter
Jawhar al Hayulani

Jawhar al Hayulani - see 'First substance'. Also 'Prime matter' or the 'Universal plastic substance'.

Primordial Nature

(Fitrah). Primordial uncorrupted nature. Within the primordial nature each human microcosm is the outward form of an inward meaning. His inward meaning is named 'Allah'. The primordial nature first became manifest at the Covenant between Allah and th...


(Sijjin) is the body of clay which traps the yearning spirit. During the sama' the hearer may reach ecstasy. At such a moment his spirit escapes and returns to the celestial spheres. Having once experienced this freedom of flight, the lover then runs...

Private prayer

(Munajat) is a prayer of intimate conversation between Allah and man during which words of love and affection are exchanged and consolation is found for the afflicted heart.


(Nahy). The rulings which were brought by the Messengers and Prophets are either commands or prohibitions. These prohibitions are either 'forbidden' or 'displeasing' . The Divine Word of Allah's Sacred Law becomes differentiated into rulings or jud...


(Burhan). Proof or demonstration. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) is the possessor of the proof (Sahib al Burhan). He is the Ultimate Proof who demonstrates the Supreme Reality through his very being. Th...

Proof - rational
burhan 'aqli

(Burhan 'aqli). Rational demonstration. This type of proof can be of some value in the initial stages of the Journey to Allah. However, because True Divine knowledge comes through 'unveiling and finding' reason or intellect must, of necessity, be lef...

Proper Name
ism 'alam

(Ism 'Alam). Through the immense spiritual courtesy and respect in which the Name 'Allah' is held by the Great Ones, they do not derive His Proper Name from the same root as 'ilah (god) or uluhiyya (Divinity). The Ism 'Alam 'Allah' denotes The Essenc...


(Nubuwwa). The Prophecy of Institution came to an end with the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad al Mustapha (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). The Divine Command and Sacred Law were cut off with him. This type of Prophecy reached th...

Prophecy of Institution

(Nubuwwat al Tashri'). This term applies to the mission of those specific Prophets, such as the Prophet Musa (Peace be upon him) and the Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustapha (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace), who were sent to promulg...

Prophecy of Sainthood

(Nubuwwat ul Wilaya). When the blowing in of inspiration enters the purified heart of one of the friends of Allah, bringing with it good news, this is referred to as nubuwwatu'l-wilaya.

nubuwwa al muktasabah

(Nubuwwat al Muktasabah). Earned or acquired prophecy. This type of acquired prophecy is the prophecy possessed by the Great Sufis.