This volume is devoted both to elucidating the philosophical metaphysics of â€˜Realityâ€™ and to clarifying technical sufi terms pertaining to the path itself. Such terms include the sufi meeting-house (khaniqah) as well as many lesser-known, and some generally obscure terms concerning the way.
According to the sufis, Reality is Godâ€™s Essence without the veil of determined (taâ€™ayyon) forms where illusory multiplicity becomes effaced in the light of the Essence.
-Kashshaf estelahat al-fonun
Know that Reality is
Â Â Â Â Â the very station of the Essence;
It is that which embraces
Â Â Â Â Â both unbelief and faith.