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

adab al-shari'a
Spiritual courtesy of the Sacred Law

(Adab al sharia'). This is the Divine courtesy which Allah has taught by revelation and inspiration. Through the spiritual courtesy of the sacred law He formed the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) who then formed his community. And because he is the last Prophet his community is the entire humanity.

See also: Assuming [the Divine Character Traits] Community Innovation
(Umma) refers specifically to the community of the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). He is the Seal of the Prophets. The Message which he delivered to the humanity, through the Final Revelation The Qur'an, and through his own perfection, is alive and fresh and dynamic. The Final Revelation and the Seal of the Prophets have no end. Both of them contain the keys to the endless unfolding of Knowledge of the Absolute. The entire humanity is the umma of the Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustapha. Within his perfect and complete Teaching are the vital aspects of the Teachings of all the previous Prophets and Messengers of Allah. But Muhammad al Mustapha completed and perfected the Way of Returning to the Beautiful Face of Allah. Each and every human is a member of the community of Muhammad al Mustafa (May Allah shower him with His Eternal salutations and blessings and give him Peace). "This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favour unto you and have chosen for you as your religion Islam" (The Qur'an 5:3).
(Bid'at). What is innovation? Transgressing the limits of the Divine Law, belittling the science of the Prophet (saw) and following one’s own opinion and whims, and abandoning the footsteps and the method of luminations. The People of Allah, those of the Spiritual Path, are sincere and devoted followers of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace). Through their awesome fear of Allah and their respect for the Sacred Law which was brought by the Holy Prophet Muhammad they never overstep the boundaries which have been established by the Law. They observe correct moral courtesy at all times.

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