14 Different Stages of Love in Arabic

Love has different names and synonyms in the Arabic language that explains the level of love such as Al-Kholla and Al-Istikana. Here are the 14 Different Stages of Love in the Arabic language;

Al-Hawa (Attraction)

Al-Hawa is the starting of Love, which is used to describe wind and meaning to blow. This is when love can arise but is passing but still not attached to the heart.

This also means both to go up and to go down, representing the uneven nature of attraction and the possibilities for how this love might develop.

Al-Hawa (Attraction) - 1st stage of love in Arabic

Al-Sabwa (Flirt)

Al-Sabwa is the second stage of love that comes from the Arabic word Al-Siba, which describes boyhood. When two young people meet each other, and slowly they want their company and enjoy each other’s conversations, they don’t want to put any label or get into a relationship.

In other words, Al-Sabwa is the phase of a flirt, yet the legal relationship is not developed.

Al-Sabwa (flirt) is the second stage of love in Arabic language.

Al-Shaghaf (Passion)

In the Al-Shaghaf stage, the heart now starts to be consumed by love, which begins with the outer layer of the heart.

This can also refer to a kind of heart disease, which, if spread, can get to a bad temper, and also can take the life of the patient.

Al-Wajd (Preoccupation)

Al-Wajd is the love stage when a person is always lost in dreams of his/her lover and can’t stop thinking of his/her loved one. Al-Wajd means anxious, worried for his/her lover, and wanting to spend most of the time with him/her.

Al-Wajd - is the fourth stage of love in Arabic language.

Al-Kalaf (Infatuation)

In the Al-Kalaf stage, the love strengthens and strengthens along with difficulties, pains, and hardships. Al-Kalaf means “amongst other things”, referring that the love that has now become more powerful and has a physical influence on the lover.

Al-‘Oshok (Adulation)

In Arabic, Al-Oshok is used to explain extreme love and deep respect for the lover. The heart is now entirely surrounded by the lover’s love fully, and the heart becomes its home.

Both lovers become warmly familiar with one another. This love blinds the lover to all sorts of mistakes in the beloved.

Al-Najwa (Heartburn)

Arab romantic poetry is about pain and hurt. Al-Najwa is used to explain that love generates feelings of sadness when the lover’s heart is fully overcome by love. Najwa comes from the word Najah which means recovery, as lovers need to be away from this situation of harsh sorrow.

The difficulty with the outer layer of the heart now takes over the whole heart and results in internal sadness and grief.

Al-Shawq (Longing)

Al-Shawq is the stage when a person loves madly, has an attachment to his/her lover, and feels a deep desire for his/her lover.


Al-Wasab (Excruciating pain)

Al-wasab explains the hurt and sickness. In this stage, the difficulty with the heart’s outer layer now takes over the whole heart, resulting in internal sadness and grief. 

Al-Istikana (Submissiveness)

We often say love is blind, and Al-Istikana is the right word in Arabic to depict this love stage. In this state, lovers can’t see the mistakes and faults of each other. This is a state of shameful and blind obedience.

Al-Istikana (Submissiveness) - a stage of love in Arabic

Al-Wodd (Friendliness)

In the Al-Wodd stage, lovers are not only lovers but also become best friends because they share and discuss everything with each other. It is the purest, noblest, and weakest type of love.

Al-Kholla (Unification)

Al-Kholla is a stage of love where a person believes that his/her lover is the one and only and no one can be like her/him. There is no perfect match and better than him/her. Al-Kholla is explained as love and friendship enriched in the heart.

Al-Kholla - stage of love in Arabic.

Al-Gharam (Fervour)

Al-Gharam is referred to as an attachment to something and not being able to let go of it. Love now becomes attached to the heart, and lovers feel like they can’t live without each other and support each other in every circumstance and situation.

Al-Hoyam (Madness)

The beginning of love was with hawa; the final stage is hoyum, which refers to madness and insanity. The journey of love starts with attraction and comes to madness. This is the stage where lovers go crazy and senseless and behave nuttily.

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