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Jamāʿa

Jamāʿa

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This file briefly defines the term, jamāʿa.
This file briefly defines the term, jamāʿa.

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Jamāʿa

Mark A. Foster, Ph.D.

Please visit Ṭarīqah ASMA™.
The Arabic noun, jamāʿa (plural, jamāʿat), a group, is related to the verb jamaʿ, to gather. In Taṣawwuf ("Ṣūfism"), a jamāʿa is a group of Ṣūfīyah ("Ṣūfīs") operating under the authority of a particular shaykh, pīr, murshīd, sarkār, khalīfah, etc. However, Ṭarīqah ASMA™, as a post-Ṣūfī ṭarīqah, functions outside the shar'īʿa (the prescription) of Islām. Since, in the Bahá’í Faith, there is no hierocracy (or clerical polity), the concept of jamāʿa has been recontextualized into an egalitarian social framework. No one can authoritatively interpret scripture for anyone else. Copyright 2010 Mark A. Foster, Ph.D. All rights reserved.

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