Just what is a ‘friend’ anyway?

In Arabic, there are 12 levels of friendship.

1. Zameel — someone you have a nodding acquaintance with

2. Jalees — someone you’re comfortable sitting with for a period of time

3. Sameer — you have good conversation with them; this is where things get serious

4. Nadeem — a drinking companion (just tea) that you might call when you’re free

5. Sahib — someone who’s concerned for your wellbeing; now we’re in the real ranks of friendship

6. Rafeeq — someone you can depend upon. You’d probably go on holiday with them

7. Sadeeq — a true friend, someone who doesn’t befriend you for an ulterior motive

8. Khaleel — an intimate friend, someone whose presence makes you happy

9. Anees — someone with whom you’re really comfortable and familiar

10. Najiyy — a confidant, someone you trust deeply

11. Safiyy — your best friend, someone you’ve chosen over other friends

12. Qareen — someone who’s inseparable from you. You know how they think (and vice versa)

Thank you Taariq Ismail @TaariqIsmail
and Robert Breszny for this find

Posted by | Paul Reynolds

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