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For other uses, see Irfan (disambiguation).

In Islam, ‘Irfaan (Arabic/Persian/Urdu: عرفان; Turkish: İrfaan), also spelt Irfaan and Erfan, literally ‘knowledge, awareness, wisdom’, is gnosis;[1] however, it also refers to Islamic mysticism. Irfaan is also a Muslim given name, usually for males. Those with the name are sometimes referred to as having an insight into the unseen.

Among the most famous modern Shia proponents of Irfan were Usooli theologians Allāmah Tabatabai, Ruhollah Khomeini, Mohammad-Taqi Bāhjat, and Allāmah Qādhi Tabatabai. The scholars taught how gnosis can be attained by adhering to Islamic teachings with love for God. The 17th-century Mulla Sadra of Iran is generally seen as the historical ideologue for Irfaan in Shi'ism.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Mutahhari, Murtaza; Tabataba'i, Muhammad Husayn; Khomeini, Ruhollah (2000). Light Within Me. Ansariyan Publications. 

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