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Zahid is a given name for males. People named Zahid include:

In Sir Richard Burton's Kasidah the Zahid is defined as "the "Philister" of "respectable" belief"[1] and contrasted with the Soofi "The Zahid is the literal believer in the letter of the Law, opposed to the Soofi, who believes in its spirit: hence the former is called a Zahiri (outsider), and the latter a Batini, an insider"[2]


  1. ^ p.16 Sir Richard Francis Burton (1880). The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi. London: The Octagon Press, 1974
  2. ^ Ibid p.104