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    Dervish

    Persian. Also spelled darwish. Poor or mendicant. Refers to ascetic Sufis who wear rough wool clothing as a reflection of their rejection of material luxuries and dedicate themselves to a life of prayer, meditation on the Quran, fasting, seeking hidden or deeper guidance, and imitating the example of Muhammad .

    See also Faqir

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