Posted on 04/10/2012 by __socrates

I’TIKAF اعتكاف
Seeking retirement in a mosque during the last ten days of the Fast of Ramazan; during which time the worshiper does no leave the place, except for necessary purposes. The time is spent in reciting the Qur’an and in performing the ceremony of Zikr, or the recital of the names and praises of the Deity.

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam