Representing Two Orders

Sufi Ruhaniat International and Nur Ashki Jerrahi

Sufism is both the mystical inner tradition of
Islam and the aquifer of spiritual depth that exists beneath the surface of life, taking different forms in different times, places and cultures.

The dervish, or Sufi student, is a door between the worlds - the inner and the outer, the seen
and the Unseen, the self and the Self. Inshallah
(God willing), our Center is also such a doorway.


Murshid Sam's Urs, Thurs.1/15, 7:00 - 8:30

The "wedding day" (passing) of Murshid Samuel Lewis, Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti, originator of the Dances of Universal Peace. Hakim is away, so Karima will be doing a tribute, sharing his original Dances and Ruhaniat practices from the old days.

Hazrat Inayat Khan's Urs, Thurs, 2/5.

We will be doing his zikr and talking about his life at the regular evening zikr.

Nur Ashki Jerrahi News from the Twin Cities Circle of Ishq (Divine Passionate Love)

The Wird (Litany) group is up and running again. This is so powerful! See below.

Also, we are bringing a computer and Go-to-Meeting capabilities to the Center to bring distant friends, including circle members who have moved and whole zikr circles from other cities, into the room with us. Get ready to see old and new friends! Alhamdulillah!

Deepening Practice: The Greater Wird (Litany) of Pir Nureddin Jerrahi. 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1hr between 12 noon and 2pm. Inquire if interested. 

A seminar at the University of the Real and a bath in the Fountain of Divine Love, both at once. Most traditional sufi orders do a litany of this kind. The form varies, but the words are taken from the Qur'an, prayers of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and the founder of the particular tariqa (sufi order). We use both Arabic and English. This is an advanced group for diving deeper and experiencing some of the hidden treasures within the Indescribable Ocean.

Expansion of Dances Leadership

For the first time since the dinosaurs walked, Karima and Hakim are co-leading the Dances! Together! This means a new infusion of fire and air, energy and blissful joy to add to the focused concentration and depth of awareness that Hakim is already bringing. And Conie Borchardt, a fine Dance-leader-in-training, is making a third. Welcome, Conie!

Dervish Class: Aramaic Lord's Prayer starting 2/12.

Hakim will be taking up the Aramaic Lord's Prayer zikr during the regular Thursday zikr slot for eight weeks. This will culminate on Holy Thursday, April 2, with a complete performance of all eight lines of the prayer, including the blessing of sharing bread and wine (or grape juice).

We are an interfaith organization, and our purpose is Divine Love and Knowledge.

Contact Us

Light Upon Light Sufi Center is located at 3754 Pleasant Avenue in South Minneapolis. For information call Karima at (612) 229-1231 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Most events are free or request a small donation.


 7:00-9:15pm | Nur Ashki Jerrahi Zikr
Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm | Sufi Ruhaniat International Zikr
2nd & 4th Saturdays 7:00-9:15pm | Dances of Universal Peace

Calendar of Events

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What We Offer

Zikr The Sufi Ceremony of Divine Remembrance: Sitting, standing, and moving circles of music and prayer invite ecstasy as souls meet beyond personality. Our zikrs flow from the traditional practice of the mystics of Turkey, India, and the Middle East. People of all religions and traditions are welcome.

Dances of Universal Peace Drawing on the sacred phrases, scriptures, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music, and movement into a living experience of unity, joy, peace and integration. Easy and satisfying, all dances are taught for beginners each time.

Aramaic Words of Jesus Based on the work of Dr. Neal Douglas-Klotz and his seminal book, Prayers of the Cosmos, these practices and Dances use the words of Jesus in Aramaic, the language in which Jesus spoke and taught.