I’tikaf at the University of Tehran in Iran, April 2016.

Iʿtikāf (Arabic: اعتكاف‎, also i'tikaaf or e'tikaaf) is an Islamic practice consisting of a period of staying in a mosque for a certain number of days, devoting oneself to ibadah during these days and staying away from worldly affairs.[1][2] The literal meaning of the word suggests sticking and adhering to, or being regular in something, this 'something' often including performing nafl prayers, reciting the Qur'an, and reading hadith.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Habib Rauf. Itikaf: An Introduction. Glasgow Central Mosque. GGKEY:KDYYR0A1QE7.
  2. ^ "Itikaf". Retrieved 25 April 2016.