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For the road toll in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, see Salik (road toll).

Salik is a term for a follower of Sufism. The Arabic word is a derivation from sulūk "pathway", in the sense of "one who follows a path". Sulūk here specifically refers to a spiritual path, i.e. the combination of the two "paths" that can be followed in religion, the exoteric path or shariah, and the esoteric path or haqiqa. The "path" metaphor is derived from the Qur'anic term "Faslooki" in sura 16, (An-Nahl, The Bees), ayat 69:

Faslooki subula rabbiki zululan "engage in the paths of your Lord made easy [for you]."

A salik is also called murid when one becomes a disciple to one particular spiritual teacher (murshid) or a Sufi master.

See also


  • L. Levisohn, 'The Spiritual Journey in Kubrawi Sufism' in: Lawson (ed.), Reason and Inspiration in Islam: Theology, Philosophy and Mysticism in Muslim Thought, 2006, ISBN 9781850434702, [ 364-379].
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