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Glossary


Under Construction iconHere you'll find a list of terms that are used in the Sufi Order's inner and outer work. It is not complete and not definitive, but may serve as a useful beginning toward further study. Please be aware that different Sufi orders may use slightly different meanings than others for these technical terms, and may also use different lists (e.g. the list of Lataif). We follow the meanings taught by Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan (commonly referred to affectionately as "Murshid"). If you have any suggestions for additions or improvements, please let us know.

Abbreviations used are: pl = plural, alt = alternative spelling.

This is a work in progress and many items are marked TBA (to be added). Please pardon our mess.

Some other glossaries:


  

Activity
See: Concentration
Adab
TBA.
Asma' ul husna
[Arabic] TBA.
Cherag
TBA.
Concentration
The Sufi order work is organized into five concentrations, also called activities: Esoteric School, Healing Order, Universal Worship, Zira'at, and Kinship.
Coordinator
TBA.
Dargha
TBA.
Darood
[Parsi] Literally means prayerfulness. More TBA.
Dhikr
[Arabic, alt. Zikr] TBA.
Esoteric School
TBA.
Fana
[Arabic, alt. Fanaa] TBA.
Fikr
[Arabic] TBA.
Fikr as-sirr
[Arabic] TBA.
Gayan
TBA.
Hal
[Arabic]. Sufi word for state, meaning a notable spiritual state of consciousness arising out of one's practice. Commonly used to mark a temporary spiritual state above the current Maqaam (stage) of one's personal development.
Healing Order
TBA.
Ilm
TBA.
Ishq
TBA.
Jamal
TBA.
Jamiat Am
TBA.
Jamiat Khas
TBA.
Jelal
TBA.
Kemal
TBA.
Khatum
TBA.
Kinship
TBA.
Latifa
[Arabic, pl. Lataif] Sufi word for chakra or subtle center. Literally means "sutble" or "subtlety." Refers to specific areas that are superficially perceived in association with points on one's physical body, but understood as sites on one's subtle body. Murshid taught five: Nafs, Qalb, Ruh, Sirr, Khafi, Akhfa.
Maqaam
[Arabic, pl. Maqamat] Sufi word for stage, indicating a stable stage of attanment on the path of spiritual development. Literally means "station." Contrasts with Hal (state).
Muraqaba
[Arabic] Sufi word for meditation. Literally means "to watch over", "to take care of", or "to keep an eye." (i.e. mindfulness, as opposed to heedlessness).
Mureed
TBA.
Kasab
[Arabic, alt. Qasab] TBA.
Murshid
TBA.
Nabi
[Arabic??] TBA.
Nasoul
[Arabic??] TBA.
Pir
[Arabic??] TBA.
Rasul
[Arabic] TBA.
Representative
TBA.
Saki
[Arabic, alt. Saqi] TBA.
Salat
[Arabic] TBA.
Saum
[Arabic] TBA.
Shaghal
[Arabic] TBA.
Sufi
[Arabic] TBA.
Tasawwur
[Arabic] TBA.
Universal Worship
TBA.
Urouj
[Arabic] TBA.
Wazifa
[Arabic, pl. Wazaif] TBA.
Zikr
See: Dhikr
Zira'at
[origin??] TBA.

 

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

From the Gayan


Celandine, what is your meaning?
–I am a little light of the earth.

— Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Gayan - Tanas