The Beautiful One whom I adore
Has pitched His royal tent inside of you,
So I will always lean my heart
As close to your soul
As I can.
Etiquette, manners, propriety. Islamic and Sufi teachings emphasise the application of adab to all actions.
People of the Sunnah, being the majority of muslims.
The One True God, Who is independent of and Creator of all things, Who has no mother, son nor partner. Who sent down a consistent message through His Prophets, so that humanity may be rightly guided.
The friends of Allah. These are His Saints.
Pledge by a student of alliegance to a Sufi Shaykh, which the Shaykh accepts. Can be the initiation into a Sufi Order.
A seeker of Allah, literally meaning, ‘the one who seeks doors’.
Remembrance, invocation or glorification of Allah, generally through the repetition of one of His Names or a sacred phrase.
Authorised, accurately recorded Prophetic Traditions on a host of topics, narrated by the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad.
The way of submission to the Divine Will. Also translates as ‘Peace’.
Persian title for ‘the Masters’. Were the Naqshbandi Sufis of Central Asia that lived from 10th to the 16th century. Some of these outstanding Masters are part of the Naqshbandi Golden Chain.
A spiritual station. Also the resting place of a Saint that has reached a certain spiritual station. Also means a rhythm or structure that determines the spirit of a recitation of the Holy Quran or sacred music.
The muslim word for the ‘Virgin Mary’. The most revered woman in Islam, with a chapter in the Holy Quran named after her.
Means ‘our Lord’.
The Sufi Order based around the Saints of the Golden Chain. Although originating from the Prophet Muhammad, the Order was named after Khwaja Bauhaddin Shah Naqshband. The only Sufi Order to have Hazrat Abu Bakr as part of their chain of transmission.
Means ‘pole’ or ‘axis’. Refers to either the ‘Sultan Awliya’ (the person with the highest spiritual station living on Earth at that time) or his four ‘supports’, who are at the next spiritual level.
The muslim month of fasting, being the month the first revelation of the Quran was brought down.
Companions of the Prophet; those who saw or met the Prophet during his lifetime.
Large room where the Mevlevi Whirling Ceremony is performed.
Spiritual Master or in a more general sense, a term of honour.
The person with the highest spiritual station living on Earth at that time.
Example of the Prophet, illuminated by his words and deeds.
The Islamic science that promotes human spirituality and helps one reach the state known as ‘ihsan’, or the state of divine proximity. Another word for Sufism.
The Prayers performed each night during the fasting month of Ramadan.
Remembrance, invocation or glorification of Allah, generally through the repetition of one of His Names or a sacred phrases.