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    Arabic zahid. One renouncing worldly comforts by undertaking specific practices, including fasting, seclusion, and night prayer vigils, in order to discipline selfishness and curb temptation. Having only a limited appeal to most Muslims today, asceticism forms an essential initial stage within Islamic mysticism, fostering the purification and self-control necessary for spiritual illumination.

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