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Universal Awakening

Himayat Inayati

Spring - Summer 2024

Glossary of Sufi Terms

Glossary of Sufi Terms

اصطلاحات الصفية

Isṭịlāhạ̄t al-Sụ̄fīyah

Glossary of Sufi Terms

by ʿAbd al-Razzāq al-Kāshānī

"He is the first and the last and has knowledge over all things."

Visionary Illumination -

“The manifestation of the presence that is known by the Name of 'The Light'. (An-Nūr) It is also the manifestation of the Truth in the forms of God's Names in the worlds which are its forms. And that manifes­tation is the Breath of the Merciful, by which everything is brought into being.”
ʿAbd al-Razzāq al-Kāshānī

This spring - summer class will be dedicated to the study of the Isṭịlāhạ̄t al-Sụ̄fīyah, a "Glossary of Sufi Terms," authored by
ʿAbd al-Razzāq al-Kāshānī. You can get the English translation with a free download at Glossary of Sufi Technical Words. Kāshānī, a Sufi master in the line of Ibn al Arabi, had the remarkable ability to use language that is simple and easy to grasp by the modern mind.The class will offer the opportunity to enjoy a comprehensive study of this book, exploring levels of meaning of the language of tassawuf (classical Sufi cultivation of the inner life). Sufis have been studying and contemplating this book and the verses with it for 600 years. For example, the first lesson will include al-Kāshānī's teaching on

Spiritual Wayfaring

The Breath of the Merciful
The Connubial Bond Diffused Through All Its Issue
The End of the First Journey
The End of the Second Journey
The End of the Third Journey
The End of the Fourth Journey


This study offers you an ever-deepening understanding and realization of the practice of classical Sufism, leading to ever-greater clarity of both practice, cultivation of your inner life, and realization of stages of awakening (maqamat).

Class May 4th – July 14th, 2024

Registration ends April 26, 2024

Tuition $195.00

Written lessons will be posted, along with pertinent practices (including an audio tape of the practice), every other week, allowing time to read, reflect, do the practices, ask questions or make online comments, and enter into a written dialogue with class participants from around the world as well as with Himayat. Participants can enter the class whenever it is convenient to do so and can print off the lessons and class material to review after the class ends.

There will be three international Zoom sangha sessions scheduled on Sundays, 1 PM (Eastern USA time) on May 26, June 9, and July 14th. These sessions, although not required, strengthen practice, understanding the lessons, and provide a deepening sense of spiritual community (sangha).

There will be an optional class retreat June 14 - 16th.

Pods, that are also optional, will be created both in the USA and in Germany to support on-going dialogue and reflection with other class participants. All classes and Zoom meetings are given in English and will be translated into German.

Registration: Due by April 26th, 2024 Address tuition check of $195.00 to: Universal Awakening, PO Box 1958, Leicester, North Carolina 28748 or $200.00 by PayPal to, or $195.00 byWise @johnj1722