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Rūḥ (روح) is an Arabic word meaning spirit, and appears to be related to the Hebrew word "Ruach" or "Ruah" (רוּחַ) (See: Ruach#Etymology). It is the third among the six purities or al-Laṭaʾif as-sitta (اللطائف الستة).

Thirteen stages of taming rūḥ[edit]

To attend Tajalli ar-rūḥ, the Salik needs to achieve the following thirteen.

  1. Irādah or Commitment with God
  2. Istiqāmah or Steadfastness in the way with God
  3. Hāya or Shame in committing evil
  4. Ḥurīyyah or Freedom: Ibrahim Bin Adham said, "A free man is one who abandons the world before he leaves the world". Yaḥyā Bin Maz said, "Those who serves the people of world are slaves, and those who serve the people of ʾĀkhirah are the free ones". Abū ʿAlī Daqāq said, "Remember, real freedom is in total obedience. Therefore if someone has total obedience in God, he will be free from the slavery of non God"
  5. Fatoot or Manliness: Abū ʿAlī Daqāq said, "Manliness is in one's being of continuous service to others. This is an etiquette that was perfected by Prophet Muhammad only".
  6. Ḥub or Love for God
  7. Aboodiyah or Slavery under God
  8. Maraqiba or Complete Focus on God
  9. Duʿāʾ or Prayer
  10. Faqar or Abandoning of materialism
  11. Tasawwuf or Wearing a dress of no material significance
  12. Suhbat or Company of the righteous ones
  13. Adab or Following Protocols of respect for the great ones


The excerpts are translation from Persian book "Shahid ul Wojood" written two hundred years ago.

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