Sufi Terms

Shaykh > a guide of spiritual hearts & Master
Tariqa > spiritual way /path
Zawiya > a place which is devoted to the remembrance of Allah
Allah > GOD
Sidi > a title offered in respect to one’s fellow companions in the Sufi path, lit. ‘my lord’
Faqir > masc.singular term used for a male Disciple on the Sufi path lit. means poor/needy in front of GOD
Fuqara > masc.plural term, same as above
Faqirah > fem..  sing & plural term, used for female Disciple/s on the Sufi path lit. means poor/needy in front of GOD
Mawlid / Moulid > celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad
Hadra > lit. Presence. In this instance meaning Divine Presence
Pact > Musfaha/Baya. A promise made by an individual with GOD upon entering a Sufi Path. A promise to seek GOD by means of purifying and perfecting one’s heart with the remembrance of GOD.  The pact is made with an Authorisedspiritual Master or his representative/s linking it to Prophet Muhammad through a chain of
spiritual transmission .To read more on spiritual transmission click here >
Dhikr > invocation /remembrance of Divine, individual or group