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  1. A religious devotee or dervish in Persia.


  1. Abdal is a rank of forty saints, but more often the larger group of 356 saints in Sufi theosophy, only known to and appointed by Allah. It is through their operations that the world continues to exist. The term over time has come to include a greater hierarchy of saints, all of different rank and prestige.they can also travel at supernatural speeds it is said that they have flying carpets.
    • also known as Abdals
  2. The Abdal are Muslim community found in North India. They are a sub-group within the Faqir community. They are unrelated to the Abdal of Turkey, the only thing common between the two groups is an itinerant lifestyle.
  3. Abdal a.k.a. Ainu Language: Äynu is a Turkic cryptolect spoken in western China known in various spelling as Aini, Aynu, Ainu, Eyni or by the Uyghur Abdal, in Russian sources Эйну́, Айну, Абдал, by the Chinese as Ainu. Some linguists call it a mixed language, having a mostly Turkic grammar, essentially Yugur, but a mainly Iranian vocabulary. Other linguists argue that it does not meet the technical requirements of a mixed language. It is spoken by the Äynu, a nomadic people. The Äynu people call their language Äynú.

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Google previewThe land of the five rivers and Sindh (1883)

by David Ross (C.I.E.)

Hasan Abdal is a pretty and interesting spot, visited by English sportsmen on account of the excellent fishing in the adjoining streams. It is mentioned by the poet Thomas Moore as having been "the favourite resting-place of the emperors in ...

Google previewIndian Antiquary (1874)

A Journal of Oriental Research in Archaeology, History, Literature, Languages, Folklore Etc

—Ceylon Times, HASSAN ABDAL. Hassan Abdal is a small town of less than 5,000 inhabitants, ...

Google previewThe Hundred Thousand Fools of God (1999)

Musical Travels in Central Asia (and Queens, New York) by Theodore Levin

Abdal is an Arabic word that in Sufi thought refers to a hierarchical class of mystical saints — usually forty in number — who, along with other hierarchical classes of saints, surround the qutb (axis, pole), or highest spiritual authority present on ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Islam (2008)

by Cyril Glassé

'Abdal (lit. "substitutes"; sing, badal). In Sufi lore, a set of seventy Saints, of whom a certain number are the siddiqun ("truthful ones", similar to the Jewish tsadeqs). One siddTq is the qutb ("axis" or "pole"), the center of human sanctity on earth.

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Abdal cemetery. Muslim part.

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Small photo of HARAR, ETHIOPIA-APRIL 17, 2015: People worship at the Aw Abdal Mosque, largest mosque in the holy city of Harar, Ethiopia More...

Scrabble value of A1B3D2A1L1

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