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

Order by: Arabic English


People of Truth

(Ahl al Haqq). The people of Truth. Allah is the Truth and these are His people.

People of unveiling and finding
ahl al-kashf wa'l-wujud

(Ahl al Kashf wal Wujud). These are the knowers. They have passed beyond the veils which stand between themselves and their Lord and they stand perpetually in His Presence.

People of verbal expression

(Ahl al ibarat). The Sublime Truth, which is indicated by the Supreme Name 'Allah', is beyond words and explanations. The heavens and the earth cannot contain Allah yet the heart of His slave can contain Allah. When man finds Allah in his heart it be...


(Idrak). "Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth" and it is through the Light of Allah that all perception takes place. "Allah took a handful of His Light and said to it, "Be! Muhammad'". The creation, which is the outward manifestation of ...

Perfect and complete man

(Al kamilu al tamm). A man can be complete without being perfect. Every existent thing is complete because each thing is situated within its own hierarchical level. The minerals, the plants, the animals are all complete. For man, completion is the co...

Perfect Man
al-insan al-kamil

(Al Insan al Kamil). He is the viceregent of Allah, through whom Allah contemplates His Own Name-derived Perfection. The Perfect Man has actualized the divine form and in carrying the Trust has fulfilled his reason for being. It is through the Perfe...

Perfect Slave
al 'abdul'l kamil

(Al 'Abd ul Kamil). He is the Perfect Man because 'slavehood' is the ultimate state to which a man can attain.


(Ihsan). Excellence or perfection or sanctifying virtue or spiritual beauty. Ihsan has three degrees: 1).To do the good that should be done with one's property, words, acts and states. 2). To worship with total presence like one was actually seeing ...


(Kamal). Perfection is the transendence of the attributes and their effects. Perfection is attained by each creation when it actualizes the total range of possibilities inherent within the level pertaining to its creation. Man's reason for being is ...


('Attar). Not using perfumes during the Hajj is an indication to the annihilation of the Names and Attributes in the Essence of Allah itself.


(Takhallul). Intimate penetration and permeation and assimilation of the Divine Attributes into the slave. It is this takhallul which gives the lover no rest for his limbs and no sleep for his eyes. Every atom of his being has been activated to Life ...


(Idhn). Permission of one in authority. It is always the higher authority that gives permission to that which is lower. Therefore within the Spiritual Path this permission always comes from The Highest Authority - Allah. Permission (idhn) for the mur...

Permitted things

(Mu'bah). Those things which are permitted by the Sacred Law. For the traveller who has turned towards Allah many of the things which are permitted (mu'bah) to the ordinary people become forbidden for him. Once his heart has become purified and ready...

Perpetual moment
an al-da'im

(An al da'im).The perpetual moment in which Eternity becomes manifest and in which 'the aware one' perpetually finds Allah.

Perpetual Presence of Allah

(Dawam al Hudur). The Perpetual Presence of Allah. It is 'here' and 'now' that His slaves stand, in abject poverty and need, and with overwhelming awe and love. In this Presence they are oblivious to all that is other-than-Allah, because, for them, t...