From Darkness to Light

Principles of Sufism



Sufic Haqqu




Sherif Baba





From time to time, in order to rest the realm of the heart, we need to enter into tefekkür. What's stuck in your heart? Find the esma that suits it, go into the tefekkür with that esma. And surely something will open for you. And that's how the curtains of gaflet are removed. 

Ya Rafi, you are the one who exalts. You are the one who brings into Raf. Ya Hadi, you are the one who gives guidance. Exalt us in your Hadi, exalt us in your guidance, Ya Rabbi. With this divine Nur, exalt people, Ya Rabbi. You are Karim, you are the one who offers and gives, Ya Rabbi. You are Latif, Ya Rabbi. You give in your grace your offerings, Ya Rabbi. Increase the ashk that is in our hearts, Ya Rabbi. Increase the love that is in our hearts, Ya Rabbi. Make peace inside of us, Ya Rabbi. Make peace in the world, Ya Rabbi. Soften those hardened hearts, Ya Rabbi. One of your attributes is Salim, Ya Rabbi. One of your attributes is Halim, Ya Rabbi. You can take the hardened hearts and make them soft, Ya Rabbi. Show beautiful days to our world, Ya Rabbi. Do not separate us from this trail of the Caravan of the Beautiful, Ya Rabbi. Give healing to those of your servants who are ill, Ya Rabbi. And for those who are stuck in hard places bring relief, Ya Rabbi. Forgive our sins, Ya Rabbi. Do not allow us to fall into and be darkened by our negative energy, Ya Rabbi. Allow us to constantly live on the sirat ul-mustakim, the straight path, Ya Rabbi. Make us beautiful human beings, Ya Rabbi. Make us into beloveds of yourself and servants to you, Ya Rabbi. Do not separate us from this path of ahlak, Ya Rabbi.

Allah. There is no god but Hu! To Him belong the most Beautiful Names. (20.8)

(The Most Beautiful Names)

Ya Allah 
Ya Hu
Ya Rahman the All Merciful
Ya Rahim the All Compassionate
Ya Malik the Absolute Ruler
Ya Quddus the Pure One
Ya Salam the Savior
Ya Mu’min the Inspirer of Faith
Ya Muhaymin the Guardian
Ya Aziz the Victorious
Ya Jabbar the Compeller
Ya Mutakabbir the Greatest One
Ya Khaliq the Creator
Ya Bari the Maker of Order
Ya Musawwir the Shaper of Beauty
Ya Ghaffar the Forgiving
Ya Qahhar the Crusher
Ya Wahhab the Giver of All
Ya Razzaq the Sustainer
Ya Fettah the Opener
Ya Alim the Knower of All
Ya Qabid the Constrictor
Ya Basit the Reliever
Ya Khafid the Abaser
Ya Rafi the Exalter
Ya Mu’izz the Bestower of Honors
Ya Mudhill the Humiliator
Ya Sami the Hearer of All
Ya Basir the Seer of All
Ya Hakam the Judge
Ya Adl the Just
Ya Latif the Subtle One
Ya Khabir the All-Aware
Ya Halim the Forbearing
Ya Azim the Magnificent
Ya Ghafur the Forgiver and Hider of Faults
Ya Shakur the Rewarder of Thankfulness
Ya Ali the Highest
Ya Kabir the Greatest
Ya Hafiz the Preserver
Ya Muqit the Nourisher
Ya Hasib the Accounter
Ya Jalil the Mighty
Ya Karim the Generous
Ya Raqib the Watchful One
Ya Mujib the Responder to Prayer
Ya Wasi the All-Comprehending
Ya Hakim the Perfectly Wise
Ya Wadud the Loving One
Ya Majid the Majestic One
Ya Ba’ith the Resurrector
Ya Shahid the Witness
Ya Haqq the Truth
Ya Wakil the Trustee
Ya Qawi the Possessor of All Strength
Ya Matin the Forceful One
Ya Veli the Finder and Protector
Ya Hamid the Praised One
Ya Muhsi the Appraiser
Ya Mubdi the Originator
Ya Mu’id the Restorer
Ya Muhyi the Giver of Life
Ya Mumit the Taker of Life
Ya Hayy the Everlasting One
Ya Qayyum the Self-Existing One
Ya Wajid the Finder
Ya Majid the Glorious
Ya Wahid the Only One
Ya Ahad the One
Ya Samad the Satisfier of All Needs
Ya Qadir the All-Powerful
Ya Muqtadir the Creator of All Power
Ya Muqaddim the Expediter
Ya Mu’akhkhir the Delayer
Ya Awwal the First
Ya Akhir the Last
Ya Zahir the Manifest One
Ya Batin the Hidden One
Ya Wali the Governor
Ya Muta’ali the Supreme One
Ya Barr the Doer of Good
Ya Tawwab the Guide to Repentence
Ya Muntaqim the Avenger
Ya Afu the Forgiver
Ya Ra’uf the Clement
Ya Malik al-Mulk the Owner of All
Ya Dhul Jalali wal-Ikram the Lord of Majesty and Bounty
Ya Muqsit the Equitable One
Ya Jami the Gatherer
Ya Ghani the Rich One
Ya Mughni the Enricher
Ya Mani the Preventer of Harm
Ya Darr the Creator of the Harmful
Ya Nafi the Creator of Good
Ya Nur the Light
Ya Hadi the Guide
Ya Badi the Originator
Ya Baqi the Everlasting One
Ya Warith the Inheritor of All
Ya Rashid the Righteous Teacher
Ya Sabur the Patient One

Ya Hannan The creative power in ashk by which we gain our eternality.
Ya Mennan All of the bounty created in the 18,000 worlds.
Ya Deyyan The only Beloved worthy of worship is Allah.
Ya Burhan The most beautiful evidence of the Divine being, the human being.
Ya Subhan Everything created calls upon Allah.

Ya Jemil

calligraphy on these pages is used with permission of Kabir Helminski, The Threshold Society,