Meaning of Rifaʿiya

Ri•fa•عi•ya

Pronunciation: (rē"fä-ē'yu), [key]
— n. Islam.
  1. a band of dervishes who achieved ecstasy during prayer by violent body movements and self-inflicted pain: formed in the 12th century; outlawed in 1925.
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