Glasses Reading Glasses Spectacles Eye Wear Reading

Nazar and Tawajjuh (Attention and Regard)

Nazar and Tawajjuh (Attention and Regard) Even though they appear to have the same meaning and, in fact, suggest certain common feelings and ideas, the concepts of nazar (attention)—which means looking (at), taking into consideration, and complimenting—and tawajjuh (regard)—used to mean turning to, feeling nearness to, and showing sympathy and...

Fantasy Hands Bubble Ball Wing Mystical

Karama (Wonder)

Karama (Wonder) Before explaining karama, since there is a close resemblance between it and miracles (mu‘jiza) in respect to their occurrence, we will first briefly examine miracles. Derived from the root verb A-Ja-Za, meaning “that which people cannot imitate,” a mu’jiza (miracle) is the extraordinary state, event, word or attitude...

Question Who How What Where When Why Accident

‘Aql (Reason)

‘Aql (Reason) Literally meaning understanding, perception, sober-mindedness and prudence, as a term, ‘aql is a Divine light with which a person can perceive the things that cannot be comprehended with external senses. There have been some who view ‘aql as a faculty abstract of matter but which acts in collaboration...

Anatomy Human Heart Pulse Frequency Heart Rate

Wijdan (Conscience)

Wijdan (Conscience) Literally meaning the essence of human existence and a person’s perception of themselves, wijdan (conscience) is a spiritual mechanism composed of the willpower, which chooses between good and evil, the spiritual intellect (fuad), which is the inner, most essential dimension of the heart, the inner power of perceptiveness...

Landscape River Bach Stream Autumn Leaves Color

Fayd and Tajalli (Effusion and Manifestation)

Fayd and Tajalli (Effusion and Manifestation) Fayd literally means the effusion of blessings, profusion, abundance, and increase. Giving existence to something and equipping it with all the particularities and necessities of being existent, and favoring a person with inspirations and spiritual gifts to deepen him or her spiritually are also...

‘Ilm Ladun (The Special Knowledge from God’s Presence)

‘Ilm Ladun (The Special Knowledge from God’s Presence) What is meant by ‘ilm ladun, or the special knowledge from God’s Presence, is knowledge of the Unseen or knowledge of mysteries, or knowledge which God imparts into one’s heart and the truths occurring to it. Primarily included is the knowledge of...

Wahy and Ilham (Revelation and Inspiration)

Wahy and Ilham (Revelation and Inspiration) Revelation and inspiration are two subjects that have been much discussed in Islamic religious sciences, as well as by Sufis, as they are each an important dimension of effusion and manifestation. The Sufis have mostly recollected Revelation and inspiration when manifestation is discussed, and...

book dream clouds sky

Al-A‘yanu’th-Thabita  and Al-‘Alamu’l-Mithal  (Archetypes and the World of Representations or Ideal Forms)

Al-A‘yanu’th-Thabita  and Al-‘Alamu’l-Mithal  (Archetypes and the World of Representations or Ideal Forms) In Sufi terminology, archetypes are the established, existential origins of things in the realm of Divine Knowledge. They consist of the manifestations of the Divine Names in the realm of Knowledge, and they denote the existential essences that pertain...

Background Nature Round World Round The World earth seasons environment

Ahadiya and Wahidiya (Uniqueness or Absolute Oneness and Unity)

Ahadiya and Wahidiya (Uniqueness or Absolute Oneness and Unity) Ahadiya literally means oneness, or singleness, without having a second or like. It denotes oneness in order to emphasize uniqueness, or that God is One Who has no like. Because of this, when we say that God is Ahad (Unique, Absolutely...

Lake Mcdonald Landscape Scenic Reflection Water nature

Wahda and Kasra (Unity and Multiplicity)

Wahda and Kasra (Unity and Multiplicity) Like the Divine Names the First and the Last, and the All-Outward and the All-Inward, the concepts of unity and multiplicity are, with respect to their literal meanings, opposite to one another, but in reality, they complement and are associated with one another. As...

thought worry

Salik (Initiate)

Salik (Initiate) A salik (initiate) is a traveler who follows a way to a goal and makes efforts to meet with God. The way of traveling differs according to the capacity, abilities and gifts with which each individual has been favored. Some are extraordinarily attracted and taken by God Himself...

sufi

Dervish

Dervish Dervish is a word that means poor, destitute one. Even though it is used for the poor and helpless in worldly terms, in Sufi terminology it is used for those who are aware of their poverty and helplessness before God. Although poverty and helplessness in worldly terms are associated...

Relax Way Mountain Landscape Lonely Hiking Trail

Another Way of Journeying and Initiation

Another Way of Journeying and Initiation Some make spiritual journeys by refining and developing the inner faculties, while others purify the carnal self within, causing it to take certain steps. In both these ways, suffering for certain periods is essential to reach the rank of perfection and to become a...

The Distance Between Two Bows or Nearer

The Distance Between Two Bows or Nearer This metaphoric Qur’anic expression concerns God’s Messenger’s unparalleled nearness to God during his Ascension. From the viewpoint of Sufism, it denotes rising beyond the horizons of Divine acts and Names and reaching the peak of Attributes or even going beyond it. Reaching the...

Head Man Person People Face Profile Solitude

The Universal Man

The Universal Man Also known as the perfect man (al-insanu’l-kamil), the universal man is the brightest mirror of God’s acts, Names, Attributes, and even His Essential Qualities that qualify Him as God. There is a rule that when an attribute is mentioned without it being specified who the one or...

Irshad and Murshid (Guidance and the Guide)

Irshad and Murshid (Guidance and the Guide) Guidance is defined in different ways, among which are directing to the right path, awakening hearts to the Ultimate Truth, helping feelings and thoughts reach God by removing the obstacles between Him and people’s minds and hearts, and serving as a means for...

Night Park The Fog Tree Glow Giant The Path

Safar (Journeying)

Safar (Journeying) Literally meaning being transported from one place to another, journeying in the language of the Sufis is described as being freed from living a restricted life with carnal or bodily concerns and bounds, and turning to God on the horizon of the heart. It can be viewed and...

Samt (Silence)

Samt (Silence) Literally meaning avoiding speech and keeping silent, samt is used by the Sufis to describe keeping silent or preferring silence in self-possession to avoid the useless or harmful utterances that one can make while speaking. Aware of the Divine warning, Not a word does he utter but there...

Scroll Up