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SAINTHOOD. The words "saint" and "sainthood" are used cross-culturally to describe persons of exceptional spiritual merit and the status attained by such persons. These terms are originally derived from Christian experience; it must not be assumed that all features of Christian sainthood are reproduced in Islam. Some similarities and differences are noted below. The approximate equivalent in Arabic to "saint" is wali (pl., awhyd'); wildyah or waldyah may be translated as "sainthood." The lite ...more

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