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 (so͞o′fē) Islam
n. pl. Su·fis
A Muslim mystic.
Of or relating to the Sufis.

[Arabic ṣūfī, (man) of wool, Sufi, from ṣūf, wool (probably from their woolen garments), perhaps from Aramaic ṣippā, ṣuppā, carded wool; see ṣpp in Semitic roots.]

Su′fic (-fĭk), Su·fis′tic (-fĭs′tĭk) adj.
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n, pl -fis
(Islam) an adherent of any of various Muslim mystical orders or teachings, which emphasize the direct personal experience of God
[C17: from Arabic sūfīy, literally: (man) of wool, from sūf wool; probably from the ascetic's woollen garments]
ˈSufic adj
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(ˈsu fi)

n., pl. -fis,
adj. n.
1. a member of an ascetic, mystical Muslim sect.
2. of or pertaining to Sufis or Sufism.
[< Arabic Ṣūfī, perhaps =ṣūf wool]
Su′fism (-fɪz əm) Su′fi•ism, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sufi - a Muslim who represents the mystical dimension of IslamSufi - a Muslim who represents the mystical dimension of Islam; a Muslim who seeks direct experience of Allah; mainly in Iran
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
Adj.1.Sufi - of or relating to the Sufis or to Sufism
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I am a Sufi [free- thinker), but when one can get blind-sides of a woman, a stallion, or a devil, why go round to invite a kick?
Many sufis were outstanding men of saintly stature.
Youths thronged the wide space of the club's garden where several stages set up with musical systems carried names of Sufis, including Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sachal Sarmast, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, Fakir Qadir Bukhsh Bedil, Sultan Bahoo, Shah Inayat Shaheed and others.
The leader of Iran's Gonabadi Sufis has con demned its members who violently clashed with police, though some members of the group have said there was no clash until after the police fired on the group that had gathered outside a Tehran police station seeking the release of a member.
Sufis bridged the communal divide as is evidenced by the reverence the Subcontinent's non-Muslim population exhibited for Sufi saints.
Sufi music is the devotional music of the Sufis, inspired by the works of Sufi poets.
In the aftermath of the attack, Egyptian authorities tightened security around mosques frequented by Sufis.
In order to explore the moral vision of Sufism, it is necessary to examine the aims and practices of Sufis, their specific conception of religious knowledge and the popularization of their moral vision.
This volume of nine essays, each backed with ample Sufi archival sources, deals with the different roles Sufis played in medieval Indian society, their conversion work, and their contribution to the expansion of Islam in India.
LAHORE -- Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that Sufis gave the lesson of peace and tolerance and their teachings affected the lives of people of Turkey, Central Asia, Iran, Pakistan, India and the rest of the world.
The book depicts the vivid practices and doctrines of Sufis within an intricate nexus of other social and political elements.
In particular, hard-liners point to Sufis' reverence for saints and holy men and for the shrines where they are buried.