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- noun Islam A
religious mendicantwho ownsno personal property.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy man
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The alternate spelling "faqir" is very useful to Scrabble players, as an example of a permitted word that has a Q but not a U.
British archival sources report that a Muslim holy man, or faqir, attempted to give the people of Makin hope by laying a spell on the 6-inch howitzer shells and pledging that they would no longer explode in the valley.
While he was pondering what could have brought this into the merciless desert, a man drew near who was dressed like a faqir, and had bare head and feet, but walked with the free carriage of a person of rank.
To this the faqir replied: ‘O youth! it would be best for you to have nothing to do with me and to know nothing of my fortunes, for my story is fit neither for telling nor for hearing.’
I think the king's grief carried away some of his reason – it sometimes happens so, you know – for when Hari sent him a faqir to tell him that the gods had punished him for being so happy and foretasting heaven on earth, and that he must atone by becoming a Sadhu himself, he objected not, but listened calmly and obeyed.
He was put on a little silver tray, and an ingeniously wrought siphon showered him with pure water, which the faqir had no doubt drawn from some sacred well or spring.
My grandmother learnt it of a faqir, and taught it me.
But he could not speak just then, and the faqir dare not; for, as Sita saw, he was a Maunee, and, as such, bound to perpetual silence ....
Bytool Faakere, _baitu'l-faqir, _ 'the house of a holy man'
To this the faqir replied: 'O youth! it would be best for you to have nothing to do with me and to know nothing of my fortunes, for my story is fit neither for telling nor for hearing.'
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