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Hu or Huwa (Arabic: هُوَ meaning “He”) is a name for God in Sufism. Literally, Hebrew and Arabic for the English third person and is used in Sufism to avoid attributation of a grammatical gender to Allah.[1]

In Sufism Hu or Huwa is the pronoun used with Allah or God, and is used as a name of God. Allah Hu means "God, Just He!" In Arabic Allah means God and with Hu, as an intensive added to Allah, means "God himself." Hu is also found in a variant of the first part of the Islamic credo, wherein lā ilāha illā Allāh "there is no god but God," is shortened to lā ilāha illā Hu(wa) meaning "There is no God but He".[2]


  1. ^ Ahmed Hulûsi "Allah" as Introduced by Mohammed ahmedhulusi, 1999 ISBN 978-9-757-55741-8
  2. ^ "Sufi Dancing".