Representing two orders
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.
Sufi Muslims: More than Rumi
Sunday March 30, 2:30-4:30pm
The timeless wisdom of the Sufis is a vast country that embraces rivers of knowledge, fountains of ecstasy, and gardens of peace and beauty. As an antidote to the dry or violent distortions of Islam that fill the news, experience the rich and life-giving mystical tradition of the Islamic sufis through stories, poetry, humor, historical background, and a hands-on encounter with the traditional ceremony of music, movement and prayer that is zikr, the “Remembrance of God”.
Repeating Holy Words: Closer to God Day by Day
Wednesday, April 2, 7:00 - 9:15pm
Shaykha Fariha has asked all the Nur Ashki Jerrahi circles to make a retreat or gathering to focus on the tasbih (mala, rosary) - the repetition of holy words or Divine Names as a daily practice to promote inner peace, guidance and nearness to God. With or without beads, refine or begin your practice--within any tradition or religion--at a level that is comfortable, in a way that makes sense for you. Hakim has made an intensive study of this subject; the Jerrahi and Chisti approaches combine to take us deeper. Facilitated by Karima, Isa Nureddin and Hakim, this event is free.
Voices on the Waves: A Multicultural Comedy-Drama in Two Acts
Saturday, April 12th, 2:00 - 5:00pm
A participatory read-through workshop of Karima's metaphysical radio play. Try it, you'll like it (inshallah).
A "cruise director" from Southside Chicago with a talent for Arabic, a British CEO with a taste for Kipling, a sociology professor from India, a French fashion designer, an old hippie fresh off the psychedelic bus and assorted Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Christians and Buddhists—stuck on a lifeboat in the middle of the nowhere, they’re helped out by guiding spirits from three world religions and a television interviewer with the sensitivity of Donald Duck. When you're up the creek without a paddle, what's to do but argue about politics and religion? Well, there's a gun on board, a lot of booze, an enlightened saint and some pretty good singers . . . Available for interactive workshop or performance.
Voices has been performed or work-shopped in multiple 'radio play' readings, at "Celebrating Interfaith Peace around the World" (in a Duluth synagogue with a Muslim, Christian and Jewish cast) and as a full production for the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research. We'll pick and assign parts, perform the radio play (no memorization needed), and have a discussion afterwards--with pizza! Led by Karima with Isa Nureddin and special guest: Safia Elizabeth Bushnell. $12 - Call (612) 229-1231 or email here to sign up. A surprising experience of multiple awakenings.