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

al-'unsur al-azam
Supreme Element

('Unsur al Atham). This is the Materia Prima as a non-manifested Divine possibility. It is 'the dust' in its purely principial nature.

See also: Dust
(Al Haba). 'The fine dust suspended in the air'. Al haba is a symbol of the universal plastic substance or the prima materia. This symbolism illustrates the double nature of the Spirit. Dust becomes visible only when a beam of light is refracted off it and the beam of light becomes visible only when it is refracted off the veil of dust. The created Spirit is like that beam of light, needing the universal plastic substance which is the cosmos.

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