In Arabic, there are 12 levels of friendship. Most of our 'friends' are level 5 or below, and many of us don't have a single level 12 friend 🤯

Here are the levels:

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)

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