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'abd (A) A slave.
ahadith (A) (sing.
hadith) Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad; traditional
aham (T) The heart. Muhammad can be
defined as the beauty of the heart [aham] reflected in
the face [muham].
ahmad (A) The state of the
heart, the qalb, or aham. Ahmad is the heart of
Muhammad. The beauty of the heart [aham] is the beauty
of the countenance [muham,Tamil] of Muhammad. That is
the beauty of Allah's qualities. This is a name that
comes from within the ocean of divine knowledge [bahr
al-'ilm]. Allah is the One who is worthy of the praise
of the qalb, the heart. Lit.: most
al-akhirah (A) The hereafter; the
next world; the kingdom of God.
'alam (A) (pl.
'alamun or 'alamin) The universe; the cosmos; the
'alam al-arwah (A) The world
of pure souls, where all souls are performing tasbih, or
prayers of praise to God.
al-hamdu lillah (A)
"All praise is to You.'' Allah is the glory and
greatness that deserves all praise. "You are the One
responsible for the appearance of all creations.
Whatever appears, whatever disappears, whatever receives
benefit or loss-all is Yours. I have surrendered
everything into Your hands. I remain with hands
outstretched, spread out, empty, and helpless. Whatever
is happening and whatever is going to happen is all
Yours." Lit.: All praise belongs to Allah!
(A) The first letter of the Arabic alphabet. To the
transformed man of wisdom, the alif represents Allah,
the One. See also: lam, mim.
(pl.'ulama) Teacher; learned one; one of wisdom. One who
swims in Allah's dhat [essence of grace] and has learned
the ocean of divine knowledge [bahr
Allahu Akbar (A) God is
Allah ta'ala (A) God Almighty; God is the
Highest. Allah: (A) the beautiful undiminishing One.
Ta'ala: (A) the One who exists in all lives in a
state of humility and exaltedness.
al-Mu'minin (A) Commander of the faithful.
anbiya' (A) (sing. nabi) Prophets.
Muhammad (A) The food; the rizq; the nourishment of all
creations; Muhammad of the kindness' or
'arsh (A) The throne of God; the
plenitude from which God rules. The station located on
the crown of the head which is the throne that can bear
the weight of Allah. Allah is so heavy that we cannot
carry the load with our hands or legs. The 'arsh is the
only part of man that can support Allah.
al-mu'min (A) The throne of the true believer; the
throne of one who has steadfast iman [absolute faith,
certitude, and determination]; the throne of an insan, a
true man who has that perfect certitude of man. Allah
resides within the heart which praises Him, the tongue
which speaks only virtuous thoughts, the tongue which
speaks the truth and praises the truth.
Companions of Prophet Muhammad.
(A) The ninety-nine beautiful names of Allah. The
plenitude of the ninety-nine duties of God; the sifat of
His dhat, the manifestations of His essence. The states
of His qualities are His manifestations which emerge
from Him. He performs His duty when these manifestations
of His essence are brought into action. Then they become
His wilayat, the actions which stem from the
manifestations of His essence.
The Asma' al-husna
are the ninety-nine beautiful names of His duties. They
were revealed to Prophet Muhammad in the Qur'an, and he
explained them to his followers. This is a vast bahr
al-dawlah, a very deep ocean of His grace and His
limitless, infinite, and undiminishing wealth.
we go on cutting one of these ninety-nine wilayat over
and over again, taking one piece at a time, we will see
ninety-nine particles revolving one around the other
without touching. This applies to each one of the
ninety-nine wilayat. This is the Asma al-husna. As we go
on cutting, we lose ourselves in that. We die within
that. How can we ever hope to reach an end of the
ninety-nine? If we receive only one drop of that, it
will be more than sufficient for
us. The person who
has touched the smallest, tiniest drop becomes a good
one. These are merely His powers. If you go on cutting
just one of His powers, it is so powerful that it will
draw you in. That power will swallow you up, and you
become the power [wilayah]. Then you come to the stage
at which you can lose yourself within Allah; you can
disappear within Allah.
'asr (A) The third of the
five-times prayers; also means era, time, and afternoon.
astaghfiru Allah al-'Azim (A) I seek forgiveness
from Allah the Supreme.
a'udhu billahi min
al-Shaytan al-Rajim (A) I seek refuge in God from the
evils of the accursed Satan.
awliya' (A) (sing.
wall) The favorites of God. Those who are near to God,
referring to holy men of Islam.
al-awwal (A) The
creation of all forms; the stage at which the soul
became surrounded by form and each creation took shape;
the stage at which the souls of the six kinds of lives
(earth-life, fire-life, water-life, air-life,
ether-life, and light-life) were placed in their
respective forms. Allah created these forms and then
placed that 'trust property'
which is life within
Awwal Muhammad (A) The first
Muhammad; the beginning; the emergence of creation; the
time Muhammad emerged, resonated, and pulsated within
bahr al-'ilm (A) The ocean
of divine knowledge.
barakat (A) The wealth of
al-Muqaddas: A name given to the temple at Jerusalem, on
which site the Dome of the Rock stands today. Lit.: the
Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim (A) In
the name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate.
Bismillah: Allah is the first and the last, the One with
the beginning and 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
al-Rahman: He is the King, 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.
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 unto Himself.
Dajjal (A) Antichrist. Lit.: lying,
dawlah (A) This has two meanings. One is
the wealth of the world, or dunya. The other is the
wealth of the grace of Allah. The wealth of Allah is the
wealth of the divine knowledge known as 'ilm and the
wealth of perfect iman, or absolute faith, certitude,
dhat (A) The essence of God;
His treasury; His wealth of purity; His
dhikr (A) The remembrance of God. It is a
common name given to certain words in praise of God. Of
the many dhikrs, the most exalted dhikr is to say, "La
ilah illa Allah-There is nothing other than You. Only
You are Allah.'' All the others relate to His wilayat,
or His actions, but this dhikr points to Him and to Him
alone. See also:
kalimah; La ilaha illa
din (A) The light of perfect purity; the
resplendence of perfectly pure iman, absolute faith,
certitude, and determination. Lit.:religion, faith, or
Din al-Islam (A) The faith of surrender
to the will of Allah.
dunya (A) The earth-world
in which we live; the world of physical existence; the
darkness which separated from Allah at the time when the
light of the Nur Muhammad manifested from within
fikr (A) Contemplation;
meditation; concentration on God.
firdaws (A) The
eighth heaven. If we can cut away the seven base desires
known as the nafs ammarah, what remains will be Allah's
qualities, actions, and conduct, His gracious
attributes, and His duties. If man can make these his
own and store them within his heart, then that is
firdaws. That is Allah's house, the limitless heaven.
That will be the
eighth heaven, Allah's house of
infinite magnitude and perfect purity.
(sing. fard) The five furud refer to the five pillars of
Islam: Iman, or absolute faith, prayer, charity,
fasting, and hajj, or holy pilgrimage.
gnanam (T) Divine luminous wisdom;
grace-awakened wisdom. If man can throw away all the
worldly treasures and take within him only the treasure
called Allah and His qualities and actions, His conduct
and behavior, if he makes Allah the only treasure and
completeness for him-that is the state of
hadith (A) (pl. ahadith) A
tradition of the Prophet Muhammad; traditional story.
hadith qudsi (A) A divine transmission directly
revealed to Prophet Muhammad without Gabriel as an
hajj (A) A pilgrimage; the fifth
fard, or obligatory duty, in Islam.
duty wearing the kafan, the shroud, like one who has
died to the world. Give a share of your wealth to those
who are poor. If you have a wife and children, divide
your wealth among them. Even the inner desires must be
surrendered-all of the self must die for the
halal (A) That which is permissible or
lawful according to the commands of God and which
conforms to the word of God. This relates to both food
and to divine knowledge, or 'ilm.
haram (A) That
which is forbidden by truth and forbidden by the
warnings or commands of God. For those who are on the
straight path, haram means all the evil things, the
actions, the food, and the dangers that can obstruct the
hayah (A) The plenitude of man's eternal
life; the splendor of the completeness of life; the ruh,
or the soul, of the splendor of man's life.
Muhammad (A) Life of Muhammad.
hayf (A) A wrong;
a harm; damage; injustice; having faults.
(A) Divine wisdom.
Worship and service to the One God.
ihsan (A) To
do right and to act beautifully, because one knows that
Allah is always watching man's actions and
'ilm (A) Allah's divine
imam (A) Leader of prayer.
Abu Hanifah, Imam Malik, Imam Ibn Hanbal, Imam
al-Shafi'i (A) The four imams:
Imam Abu Hanifah: Born
in al-Kufah A. H. 80 and died in Baghdad A. H. 150. Imam
Malik: Born and died in Medina A.H. 94-A.H.
Imam Ibn Hanbal: Born and died in Baghdad A.H.
Imam al-Shaf'i: Born in Askalon,
Pakistan A.H. 150 and died in Cairo A.H. 204. These four
men systematically developed the rules of conduct and
law [fiqh] from the injunctions of the Qur'an and the
ahadith. Four different schools of thought were
established after them and each has a slightly different
interpretation of the practices of Islam.
al-Ghazzali revealed in Ihyi ' 'Ulum al-DI'n that all
four men not only devoted themselves to the knowledge of
jurisprudence [fiqh] but were also keen observers of the
knowledge of the heart.
iman (A) Absolute,
complete, and unshakable faith, certitude, and
determination that God alone exists; the complete
acceptance of the heart that God is
Iman-Islam (A) The state of the spotlessly
pure heart which contains Allah's Holy Qur'an, His
divine radiance, His divine wisdom, His truth, His
prophets, His angels, and His laws.
resplendence of Allah is seen as the completeness within
this pure heart of man, that is Iman-Islam. When the
complete, unshakable faith of this pure heart is
directed toward the One who is completeness and is made
to merge with that One; when that heart trusts only in
Him and worships only Him, accepting Him as the only
perfection and the only One worthy of worship-that is
insan (A) True man; a true human
being; the true form of man; the form of Allah's
qualities, actions, conduct, behavior, and virtues. One
who has the completeness of this form and has filled
himself with these qualities is an insan.
kamil (A) Perfect man, God-realized being. One who has
realized Allah as his only wealth, cutting away all the
wealth of the world.
insha'a Allah (A) If God
ittihad (A) Unity.
jahil (A) Ignorant; ignorant
jihad (A) Holy war. The greater jihad or
religious war is waged by the believer against his evil
desires and bad qualities. The external jihad,
prescribed by the shari'ah for the repulsion of
oppressors, must be conducted under a truly righteous
imam within rigid restrictions and may be continued only
to the limit of what is needed to repel the
jum'ah (A) The traditional gathering
for prayers on Friday.
juz' (A) Portion;
Ka'bah (A) In Islam, the Ka'bah is the
most important shrine for worship. The place
earlier prophets and the Final Prophet, Muhammad,
gathered together in prayer.
On the path of
shari'ah, one of the five obligations, or furud, is the
pilgrimage to the Ka'bah, known as hajj.
meaning: the innermost heart, or qalb, which is the
original source of prayer; the place where a true man,
or insan, meets Allah face to face. Whoever brings his
heart to that state of perfection and prays to God from
that heart will be praying from the Ka'bah.
kafir (A) One who rejects faith in Allah or
who is ungrateful for the blessings of
kalimah (A) Affirmation of faith. La ilaha
illa Allah: There is nothing other than You, O God. Only
You are Allah.
The recitation or remembrance of God
which cuts away the influence of the five elements
(earth, fire, water, air, and ether), washes away all
the karma that has accumulated from the very beginning
until now, dispels the darkness, beautifies the heart,
and causes it to resplend. The kalimah washes the body
and the heart of man and makes them pure, makes his
wisdom emerge, and impels that wisdom to know the self
and God. Lit.: the
word. See also: dhikr, la ilaha
khayr (A) That which is right or
good; that which is acceptable to wisdom and to Allah,
as opposed to sharr, that which is evil or
kufr (A) The rejection of faith in Allah
after understanding the truth. Disbelieving in Allah,
the Rasul, and the Qur'an; infidelity. Lit.: that which
covers the truth. Also means ingratitude.
(A) The gnostic eye; the eye of light; the center of the
forehead where the light of Allah's Nur, His
resplendence, was impressed on Adam's forehead. Lit.:
the seat of the resplendence of Allah.
La ilaha illa Allah (A) There is nothing
other than You, O God. Only You are Allah. There is only
one Lord, one deity, one God. To accept this with
certitude, to strengthen one's iman, or absolute faith,
and to affirm this kalimah is the state of
There are two aspects. La ilaha is the
manifestations of creation, or sifat. Illa Allah is the
essence, or dhat. All that has appeared, all creation,
belongs to la ilaha. The One who created all that, His
name is Allah. See also: kalimah, dhikr.
illa Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah (A) There is nothing
other than You, O God. Only You are Allah and Muhammad
is the Messenger of God.
lam (A) The Arabic
letter (j) which correlates to the English consonant
"I." In the transformed man of wisdom, lam represents
the Nur, the resplendence of Allah. See also: alif,
la'nat al jahannam (A) The curse of
maghrib (A) The fourth waqt
of the five-times prayer in Islam. Lit.: the time of
sunset; also means the west.
ma sha'a Allah (A)
Whatever God has willed.
al-mawla (A) The lord;
mawla al-Islam (A) Friends of Islam;
master (lord) of Islam.
mawlawi (A) A sheikh; a
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, causes man to forfeit his wisdom, and
confuses and hypnotizes him into a state of torpor.
Maya can take many, many millions of hypnotic
forms. If man tries to grasp one of these forms with his
though he sees the form he will never
catch it, for it will take on yet another
mim (A) The Arabic letter which correlates
to the English consonant "m." In the transformed man of
wisdom, mim represents Muhammad. The shape of mim is
like a sperm and from this comes the nuqtah, or dot,
which is the form of the world. See also: alif,
mi'raj (A) The night journey of the Prophet
Muhammad through the heavens said to have taken place in
the twelfth year of the Prophet's mission, on the 27th
of the month of Rajab.
During this event the
divine order for five-times prayer was given. Lit.: an
miskin (A) A poor person; one who
possesses no property at all.
Blessings; the supreme, imperishable treasure of all
three worlds (al-awwal, dunya, and
Muhaiyaddeen or Muhyiddin (A) The pure
resplendence called the Qutb. The one who manifests the
wisdom which lies hidden and buried under illusion
(maya). The one who gives life to that wisdom and shows
it again as a resplendence. The one who revives the life
of wisdom and gives it to someone else. Muhaiyaddeen: Mu
is that which existed earlier; hayy is life, ya is a
title of greatness, a title of praise; and din means the
light which is perfectly pure.
Din is what existed
in the beginning, the "ancient thing" which was with God
originally and is always with Him. To that purity God
gave the name Muhaiyaddeen. Muhaiyaddeen is that beauty
which manifested from Allah and to which Allah gave His
Lit.: the giver of life to the
muham (T) Face or countenance.
Muhammad can be defined as the beauty of the heart
[aham] reflected in the face.
Muhammad al- Ummi: The
Muhammad Mustafa al-Rasul
(A) Mustafa-the chosen one; al-Rasul-the Messenger. A
name used for Prophet Muhammad.
mu'min (A) A true
believer; one of true iman, or absolute faith,
certitude, and determination.
(A) The chosen Messenger.
nafs or nafs ammarah
(A) The seven kinds of base desires. That is, desires
meant to satisfy one's own pleasure and comforts. All
thoughts are contained within the ammarah.
Ammarah is like the mother while the nafs are
like the children. Lit.: person; spirit; inclination or
desire which goads or incites toward evil.
Nur (A) Light; resplendence of Allah; the
plenitude of the light of Allah which has the brilliance
of a hundred million suns; the completeness of Allah's
qualities. When the plenitude of all these becomes one
and resplends as one, that is the Nur-that is Allah's
qualities and His beauty. It is the resplendent wisdom
which is innate in man and can
Nur Muhammad (A) The beauty of the
qualities and actions of the wilayat [powers] of Allah,
the radiance of Allah's essence, or dhat, which shines
within the resplendence of His truth. It was the light
of Muhammad called Nur Muhammad that was impressed upon
the forehead of Adam. Of the nine aspects of Muhammad,
Nur Muhammad is that aspect which is the
qalam (A) The pen with
which God is said to have prerecorded the actions of
men. The Prophet said the first thing which God created
was the pen [qalam] and that it wrote down the quantity
of every individual thing to be created, all that was
and all that will be to all eternity. Lit.: a reed
qalb (A) The heart within the heart of man;
the innermost heart. There are two states for the qalb.
One state is made up of four chambers which 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. That is the second
state, the flower of grace or rahmah. God's fragrance
only exists within this inner qalb.
The direction one faces in prayer. For Jews, the qiblah
is Jerusalem; for Muslims, it is Mecca. Internally, it
is the throne of God within the heart
Qiyamah (A) The standing forth; the Day
qudrah (A) The power of God's grace
and the qualities which control all other
Quraysh (A) Name of the tribe in Mecca
into which Prophet Muhammad was born.
Externally, it is a ritual method for the slaughter of
animals to purify them and make them permissible, or
halal, to eat. Inwardly, it is to sacrifice one's life
to the devotion and service of God and to cut away the
beastly qualities within the heart of man that cause him
to want to slaughter animals.
qutb (A) Divine
analytic wisdom, the wisdom which explains; that which
measures the length and breadth of the seven oceans of
the nafs, or base desires; that which awakens all the
truths which have been destroyed and buried in the ocean
of maya; that which awakens true iman [absolute faith,
certitude, and determination]; that which explains to
the hayah, to life, the state of purity as it existed in
al-awwal, the beginning of creation; the grace of the
dhat, the essence of God, which awakens the hayah of
purity and transforms it into the divine vibration.
Qutb 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 wilayah, His power or miracle,
while Qutb is His action. Wilayah is the power of that
action. Lit.: axis, axle, pole, pivot. Also, a title
used for the great holy men of Islam.
Rabb (A) God; the Lord; the Creator and
Rabb al-'alamin (A) The Ruler of the
al-Rahim (A) One of the beautiful
ninety-nine names of God-the Most
al-Rahman (A) One of the beautiful
ninety-nine names of God-the Most Merciful. He is the
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
rahmah (A) God's grace; His benevolence; His
wealth. All the good things that we receive from God are
called His rahmah. That is the wealth of God's
plenitude. If man can receive this, it is very
Everything that is within God is rahmah,
and if He were to give that grace, it would be an
undiminishing, limitless wealth.
al-'alamin (A) The mercy and compassion of all the
universes; the One who gives everything to all His
Rasul (A) Allah's Rasul is His dhat,
that is, the resplendence that emerged from His
effulgence, shining radiantly as His Messenger. The
manifestation of that resplendence discourses on the
explanations of luminous wisdom which he imparts to
Allah's creations. He is the one who begs for truth from
Allah and intercedes with prayers [du'a's] for all of
Allah's creations and for his followers. Therefore Allah
has anointed His Rasul with this title: The Messenger
who is the savior for both worlds. Lit.: the word
rasul can be used to refer to any of Allah's apostles or
Rasul Allah (A) Prophet Muhammad, the
Messenger of God.
ruh (A) The soul; the light ray
of God; the light of God's wisdom; hayah [life]. Of the
six kinds of lives, the soul is the light-life, the ray
of the light of Nur [the resplendence of Allah] which
does not die. It does not disappear; it is the truth; it
exists forever. That is the soul, the
ruku' (A) A posture in the daily
formal salah [prayer] of Islam. A bending over from the
torso, with head down and hands resting on
sabr (A) Inner patience; to
go within patience, to accept it, to think and reflect
within it. Sabr is that patience deep within patience
which comforts, soothes, and alleviates mental
Ya Sabur - one of the ninety-nine
names of Allah. God, who in a state of limitless
patience is always forgiving the faults of His created
beings and continuing to protect them.
Inner purity; in common usage it refers to
sajdah (A) In the formal prayer of
Islam, [salah], a position of prostration on hands and
knees, with forehead touching the ground.
(A) Blessing; ritual prayer.
salam (A) The peace
of God. Greetings! There are many meanings to the world
salam. When we say al-salam, it means in God's name or
in the presence of God, both of us become one without
any division; both of us are in a state of unity, a
state of peace.
as-salam 'alaykum (A) "May the
peace and peacefulness of Allah be upon you." This is
the greeting of love. As-salam 'alaykum; wa 'alaykum
as-salam. One heart embraces the other with love and
greets it with respect and honor. Both hearts are one.
In reply, wa 'alaykum as-salam means, ''May the peace
and peacefulness of Allah be upon you also.
as-salam 'alaykum wa-rahmat Allah wa-barakatuhu
kulluh (A) May all the peace, the beneficence, and the
blessings of God be upon you!
salawat (A) (sing.
salah) Prayer; usually used for the supplications asking
God to bless the prophets and mankind. See also: Salla
Allahu 'alayhi wa-sallam.
Salla Allahu 'alayhi
wa-sallam (A) (pl. Salla Allahu 'alayhim wa-sallam) God
bless him and grant him peace. A supplication
traditionally spoken after mentioning the name of
Prophet Muhammad. The plural form is used when asking
God to bless the prophets and mankind.
al-shahddah kalimah (A) The second
kalimah, the witnessing. Ashhadu an la ilaha illa Allah
wahdahu la sharik lahu; wa-ashhadu anna Muhammad 'abduhu
wa-rasuluh--I witness (testify) that there is no god
other than Allah; He is One without partner, and I
witness (testify) that Muhammad is His slave and His
Messenger. See also: kalimah, appendix.
That which is wrong, bad, or evil, as opposed to khayr
or that which is good.
shukr (A) (pl. shukur)
Contentment arising out of gratitude; the state within
the inner patience known as sabr; that which is kept
within the treasure chest of patience. Lit.: gratitude;
Ya Shakur - one of the ninety-nine
beautiful names of Allah. To have shukr with the help of
the One who is Ya Shakur is true shukr.
(T) Magic; miracle; supernatural abilities commonly
called miracles and obtained by controlling the
sifat (A) (sing. sifah) The
manifestations of creation; attributes; all that has
come to appearance as form.
singhan (T) See:
tarahan, singhan, and suran.
sirr (A) The secret
subhanahu wa-ta'ala (A) Glory is His
and exaltedness! A spontaneous outpouring of love from a
believer's heart upon hearing or uttering the name
surah (A) Form or shape, such as the form
of man. suran (T) See: tarahan, singhan, and suran.
Surat al-Adam (A) Form of Adam.
(A) The inner form of man. The inner form of man is the
Qur'an and is linked together by the twenty-eight
letters. This form, this surah, is the Umm al-Qur'an,
the source of the Qur'an. It is the Qur'an in which the
revelations of Allah are revealed. The sounds in the
Qur'an which resonate through wisdom, the Messenger of
Allah, Prophet Muhammad, the angels and heavenly
beings-all are made to exist in this body as
takbir (A) Saying:
"Allahu Akbar. "
tarahan, singhan, and suran (T)
The three sons of maya or illusion. Tarahan is the
trench or the pathway for the sexual act, the birth
canal or vagina. Singhan is the arrogance present at the
moment when the semen is ejaculated (karma). It is the
quality of the lion. Suran is the illusory images of the
mind enjoyed at the moment of ejaculation. It is all the
qualities and energies of the mind.
The glorification of God.
'ala Allah (A) Absolute trust and surrender; handing
over to God the entire responsibility for everything.
Lit.: ''Trust in Allah.''
tawbah (A) Repentance;
asking forgiveness for sins.
tawhid (A) The
affirmation of the unity of Allah, the principal tenet
'ulama' (A) (sing.'alim)
Teachers; learned ones; scholars.
Umm al-Qur'an (A) The "source" or
"mother" of the Qur'an. It is used commonly to refer to
the Surat al-Fatihah, or the opening chapter of the
Qur'an. It is said that within the 124 letters of the
Surat al-Fatihah is contained the meaning of the entire
Qur'an. It is often used to denote the eternal source of
all the revelations to all of the prophets and is also
known as the Umm al-Kitab [the mother, or source of the
book]. This is a divine, indestructible tablet on which
all is recorded. This is the silent Qur'an which exists
as a mystery within the heart [qalb] of each
ummi (A) One who is unlearned,
illiterate. A title given to Muhammad and found in Surah
VIII of the Holy Qur' an.
Revelation; inspiration from God; the inspired word of
God revealed to a prophet; the commandments or words of
Wahys, or revelations, have come to Adam, Moses,
and various other prophets, but most of all to Prophet
Muhammad. Muhammad received 6,666 revelations. The
histories of each of the prophets were contained within
the revelations given to Prophet Muhammad.
(A) Time of prayer. In the religion of Islam there are
five specified waqts, or times of prayer, each day. But
truly, there is only one waqt. That is the prayer that
never ends, where one is in direct communication with
God and one is merged in God.
wilayah (A) (pl.
wilayat) God's power; that which has been revealed and
manifested through God's actions; the miraculous names
and actions of God. See also: Asma' al-husna.
zakah (A) True charity.
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