Islamic term for one who has been filled by the contact of the Holy Spirit, or the Presence of God. Ma'rifa cannot be attained through effort, through study or exertion of the heart and the mind and the will, but only through a patient acceptance of God's power, which arises spontaneously in a person when they are freed from all struggle and desire.

(see tarekh for a further discussion of the Islamic gradations of religious experience)

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.