What We Stand For

We follow the principle that "there are as many ways to God as there are human souls." We move in two directions: horizontally outward to embrace wider and wider visions of community among all beings, and vertically toward the heights of Divine Awareness and the depths of Inner Reality (which are one and the same). Friends within our community walk many paths: traditional and modern Sufism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, the Red Road of the Native Americans, and more. Our common thread is participation in Divine Reality, the living landscape of the soul and spirit, which includes this beautiful Earth and all authentic sacred paths. Welcome!  

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.

New Things Happening!

Dances of Universal Peace Return to Villa Maria!  Dances retreat in Frontenac
Friday evening, August 28 and all day Saturday August 29.

Creating a community for remembering the Spirit of Guidance within each of us. Led by regional leaders, all in harmony, yet each with a unique approach and flavor. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aramaic Prayer Class -  1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Learn more about these practices and this broad and deep field of study.

Wednesday Nur Ashki Jerrahi Zikr Schedule

7:00 pm - Sitting and Standing Zikr. 8:00 pm - "Living Tasbih" (where we each become one prayer bead on the string of beads in God's hand). 8:10 pm - Sohbet (spiritual teaching/conversation/community/family/dream-sharing time). 8:40 pm - Salat (the beautiful Muslim prayer), short and very sweet, in Arabic and English. This is in modules now, so you can easily stay for the first hour or till any break-point thereafter. Bring a friend! Come drink the wine of bliss and the milk of knowledge! Come explore deep and high! Come join what my shaykh called "the joyful uproar of the lovers"!

Real Islam feels like this:

"What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrong of the injured." "You will be with those you love." - the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace. Handouts of hadith and Qur'an quotes of peace, love, justice and beauty available by request.

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.


1st & 3rd Tuesdays 7pm — Aramaic Words of Jesus
Wednesdays7pm — Nur Ashki Jerrahi Zikr
Thursdays7pm — Ruhaniat Dervish Class
2nd & 4th Saturdays7pm — Dances of Universal Peace

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.