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


(Rida'). Contentment and satisfaction and sincere acceptance of the Divine decree. In this station the lover is always content with what is done by the Beloved. However, the true man is only ever satisfied and content with Allah Himself. The one who has attained to this rida has arrived at his 'well-pleased Self'.

See also: Lover-Passionate Man Self-Well Pleasing Sitting
(Bashar). Bashar is 'man made of flesh' or mankind. Bashar alludes to the 'tenderness' (al mubasharah) with which Allah kneaded man between His Two Hands; "I am about to create man (bashar)... " (The Qur'an 15:28).
(Jalsa). This term refers most particularly to the fifth posture of the ritual prayer (Salat). The sitting (Jalsa) comes after the first prostration (Sajda) and symbolizes the fifth stage of the Spiritual Journey (Nafs al Radhiyya) and the fifth level of Knowledge ('Ayn al Yaqin).

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