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n. (context Islam English) the original innocent state of humans after being created by Allah


Fitra, or fitra ( Arabic: فطرة / ALA-LC: fiṭrah), is an Arabic word that has no exact English equivalent although it has been translated as 'primordial human nature', and as "instinct" or common sense ('urf).

According to Islamic theology, human beings are born with an innate inclination of tawhid (Oneness), which is encapsulated in the fitra along with compassion, intelligence, ihsan and all other attributes that embody what it is to be human. It is for this reason that some Muslims prefer to refer to those who embrace Islam as reverts rather than converts, as it is believed they are returning to a perceived pure state. The perfect embodiments of fitra were Abraham and Muhammad.

It has also been suggested that a close approximation, in terms of Western philosophy, is Kant's concept of ' ought'. In a mystical context, it can connote intuition or insight and is similar to the Calvinist term Sensus divinitatis.

Usage examples of "fitra".

We’ll all have gotten to Fitra by daylight, and by the time they begin coming up, we’ll have our position prepared, our horses will be fresh again, all the men will have at least an hour or so sleep, and a hot meal.

They couldn’t be allowed on the main road west of Fitra until the wagons and the eight-pounders were through.

Now the ones behind would have to bypass it, which would bring them to Fitra in even worse order.

Fifteen hundred infantry and five hundred cavalry, all mercenaries, had just gotten onto the main road again after passing on both sides of the burning town when the Fitra fugitives came dashing into them.

The Fitra fugitives had never been exposed to case-shot before, and after about two hundred were casualties they began hoisting their helmets and invoking Galzar.

The back road from Fitra to Sevenhills Valley hadn’t been so bad, but now, in what he had formerly known as Nittany Valley, traffic had become heavy again.

His successes in besieging Tarr-Dombra, an important border castle with neighboring Nostor, and defeating Styphon's forces at the battles of Fitra and Fyk demonstrate Kalvan's resourcefulness and military leadership abilities.

The Battle of Fitra against Prince Gormoth of Nostor was a lot bloodier, but not much more difficult.

Brother Mytron and Colonel Alkides were experimenting with methods for improving the quality of Hostigos 'Unconsecrated,' and Kalvan's integrated the four to five thousand mercenaries he captured at Fitra and Fyk into a regular royal army.