An exception to a general law, granted to preserve life or remove hardship, such as the allowance for a pregnant woman to refrain from fasting during Ramadan. In Sufism rukhsah is contrasted with azimah (determination). It is considered to be an inferior state, since one who follows rukhsah practices what is allowable for the weak, while the strong choose the path of self-denial. Certain Sufi orders emphasize their commitment to azimah. However, it is not considered appropriate to criticize those who opt for rukhsah, which, some religious scholars assert, is equally valid in the eyes of God.