Faqr
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Faqr (literally, ‘poverty’) is a term denoting different modalities and stages of material, psychological, and spiritual want and neediness which a wayfarer on the Sufi path may adopt as a means to progress in earning God’s love and compassion and of acquiring purity and mystical knowledge.

The term faqr is derived from the Arabic root f-q-r, literally meaning ‘to hollow out’, ‘to perforate’, ‘to make/become poor’, ‘to be in need’ or ‘to be/become needy’. Hence faqr carries a general sense of being in a state of penury or destitution. This and other derivatives of…

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Alireza Ebrahim, “Faqr”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 19 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_036099>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180110



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