Meaning of Rifai in English:

Rifai

Pronunciation /rɪˈfɑːiː/

noun

  • An order of Sufi dervishes pledged to poverty and asceticism, and practising the repeated calling out of chants to attain religious ecstasy.

    Formerly sometimes known as howling dervishes.

adjective

  • Of or belonging to the Rifai; designating the Rifai.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From Dakhini rafāʿī, variant of rifāʿī and its etymon Arabic rifāʿī, rafāʿī from the name of Aḥmad b. Ali al-Rifāʿī (d. 1182), the founder of this order.