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faqir

[fuh-keer, fey-ker] /fəˈkɪər, ˈfeɪ kər/
noun
1.
Also, faquir.
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British Dictionary definitions for faqir

fakir

/fəˈkɪə; ˈfeɪkə/
noun
1.
a Muslim ascetic who rejects wordly possessions
2.
a Hindu ascetic mendicant or holy man
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic faqīr poor

faqir

/fəˈkɪə; ˈfeɪkə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of fakir
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Word Origin and History for faqir
faqir
see fakir.
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Encyclopedia Article for faqir

fakir

originally, a mendicant dervish. In mystical usage, the word fakir refers to man's spiritual need for God, who alone is self-sufficient. Although of Muslim origin, the term has come to be applied in India to Hindus as well, largely replacing gosvamin, sadhu, bhikku, and other designations. Fakirs are generally regarded as holy men who are possessed of miraculous powers, such as the ability to walk on fire. While less influential in urban areas since the spread of education and technology, fakirs retain some hold over the people of the villages and the interior of India. Among Muslims the leading Sufi orders of fakirs are the Chishtiyah, Qadiriyah, Naqshbandiyah, and Suhrawardiyah.

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