(A) indicates an Arabic word. (T) indicates
- alhamdu lillah (A)
So be it. May He make this complete.
- amma (T)
- As Salamu
'alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh kulluhu
May the peace of God and His beneficence be
upon all of you!
Bismillah: Allah is the first and the
last. The One with the beginning, and the One without
beginning. He is the One who is the cause for creation
and for the absence of creation, the cause for the
beginning and for the beginningless.
Ar Rahman: He is the King. He is the
Nourisher, the One who gives food. He is the
Compassionate One. He is the One who protects the
creations. He is the Beneficent One.
Ar Rahim: He is the One who redeems; the
One who protects from evil, who preserves and who
confers eternal bliss; the Savior. On the day of
judgment and on the day of inquiry and on all days
from the day of the beginning, He protects and brings
His creations back to Himself.
Lit.: In the name of God, Most Merciful, Most
- gnani (T)
man of wisdom; one who has gnanam; one who has
received the qualities and wisdom of God by
surrendering to God and who lives in a state of peace
and equality where he sees all lives as equal; one who
has attained the state of peace.
- 'ibadat (A)
Prayer; worship and service to the One God.
In the many languages there are many common words
such as prayer, pujas, meditation, and worship.
In Arabic the term is 'ibadat. But true
'ibadat is when the heart melts like molten wax
and is in prayer to the One God. Only that state can
truly be called prayer.
- ill-Allahu (A)
Absolute, complete and unshakable faith,
certitude, and determination that God alone exists;
the complete acceptance of the heart that God is
- karma (T)
The inherited qualities formed at the time of
conception; the qualities of the essences of the five
elements; the qualities of the mind; the qualities of
the connection to hell. The qualities and actions of
the seventeen puranas arrogance, karma, maya
[illusion]; tarahan, singhan, and suran,
the three sons of maya representing the sexual
energies; the six intrinsic evils of lust, anger,
miserliness, attachment, fanaticism, and envy; and the
five acquired evils of intoxication, obsession, theft,
murder, and falsehood.
- La ilaha
There are two aspects: La ilaha is the
manifestation of creation [sifat].
Ill-Allahuis the essence [dhat]. All
that has appeared, all creation, belongs to La
ilaha. The One who created all that, His name is
AIIahu. ''Other than You there is no God. Only
You are Allah. '' To accept this with certitude, to
strengthen one's iman, and to affirm this
Kalimah--this is the state of Islam.
Lit.: There is nothing other than You, Only You
- maya (T)
Illusion; the unreality of the visible world;
the glitters seen in the darkness of illusion; the 105
million glitters seen in the darkness of the mind
which result in 105 million rebirths.
Maya is an
energy or sakti which takes on various shapes, makes
man forfeit his wisdom, and confuses and hypnotizes
him into a state of torpor. It can take many, many
millions of hypnotic forms. If man tries to grasp one
of these forms with his intellect, he will see it but
he will never be able to catch it, for it will take on
yet another form.
- qalb (A)
The heart within the heart of man; the inner
heart. His Holiness explains that there are two states
for the qalb and four chambers. The four chambers are
earth, fire, air, and water, representing Hinduism,
Fire Worship, Christianity, and Islam. Inside these
four chambers there is a flower, the flower of the
qalb, which is the divine qualities of God. It
is the flower of grace. His fragrance exists only in
this qalb. The four chambers are black, they
are really the dog [kalb], the black dog which
is the world, the thought of the world and the five
elements. But Allah's truth and His fragrance is that
flower of the heart. That is the kingdom of Allah's
church or mosque. There are some who worship in the
darkness and some who worship in the light. Those who
worship within that flower worship in the light. One
section is light and the other four are night.
- Qutb (A)
Divine wisdom, divine analytic wisdom, the
wisdom which explains; that which measures the length
and breadth of the seven oceans of desires; that which
awakens all the truths which have been destroyed and
buried in the ocean of illusion; that which awakens
true iman; that which explains the state of
purity to each life in the same way that it existed in
the beginning of creation. The grace of the essence of
God, which gives the life of purity back and which
makes it into the divine vibration.
It is also a name which has been given to
Allah. He can be addressed as Ya Qutb or Ya
Quddus [the Holy One]. Quddus is His
wilayat [power or miracle], while Qutb
is His action. Wilayat is the power of that
Lit.: axis, axle, pole, pivot. A title used for
the great holy men of Islam.
God; the Lord; the Creator and
Protector. rasul (A)
Inner patience; to go within patience, to
practice it, to think and reflect within it.
Sabur is that patience deep within
patience which comforts, soothes, and alleviates
mental suffering. The next stage is shukur,
or contentment. Shukur is deep within
sabur, pacifying and comforting. Even deeper
within shukur, still more soothing and
comforting, is tawakkal-Allah,
absolute trust in Allah. And deep within
tawakkal-Allah, giving comfort and contentment,
is Al hamdu lillah--surrendering all
responsibility to Him. "There is nothing left in my
hands." Total surrender. "I have given up everything,
I am helpless, I am undone."
tawakkal-Allah, al hamdu-lillah--these
are the treasures of iman. The wealth of
patience is the preface to iman and is the
exalted wisdom in the life of a true man. To possess
these four and to act by them are the four most
important duties [fards] for
Ya Sabur-- one of the 99 names of Allah.
God, who is in a state of limitless patience, forgives
the faults of His created beings and continues to
protect them. shukur (A)
Contentment; the state within the inner
patience known as sabur; that which is kept
within the treasure chest of patience. Ya
Shakur-- one of the 99 beautiful names of Allah.
To have shukur with the help of the One who is
Ya Shakur, is true shukur.
Absolute trust and surrender; handing over to
God the entire responsibility for everything. Same as
Allahu Wakil--You are my Trustee, my Lawyer, my
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