Posted in Events, London

October 2015 UK Visit by Heads of Ansari Sufi Order, Shaykh Taner and Shaykha Muzeyyen Ansari

Dear all,

Shaykh Taner and his wife, Shaykha Muzeyyen Ansari, who are the Heads of our Sufi Order, will be visiting London from 16th – 29th October 2015.

We warmly welcome you to three events where they will be leading / giving talks – below is a summary of events, and we will also detail these events in subsequent posts.

In addition to the events, you can also contact us for private consultation and/or Sufi Healing. These are by appointment only. Please contact Shaykha Rita (07941 653337) or Shaykh Reeyaaz (07875569921)

UK Events (click the title of the event for more details)

  1. Living from the Heart (Interfaith Dialogues) – a Sufi perspective of spirituality in the 21st century
    18th October, 11 AM, Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church, TW10 6TH
  2. Sufi Zikr (Meditation), Monday 19th October, 7:30 PM, Kensington Unitarian Church, W8 4RT (Dinner provided)
  3. Sufi Zikr (Meditation), Monday 26th October, 7:30 PM, Kensington Unitarian Church, W8 4RT (Dinner provided)

It would be excellent to see you at the events. Please contact Shaykha Rita (07941 653337) or Shaykh Reeyaaz (07875569921) for any queries on the events or private/healing appointments.

Posted in Events, Interfaith, London

Living from the Heart (Interfaith Dialogues) – with a talk by Shaykh Taner Ansari, Grand Shaykh of Ansari Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order

An interfaith event, Living from the Heart, organised by Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church.

Shaykh Taner Ansari

We are proud to announce that the Grand Shaykh Taner Ansari of the Ansari Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order will be delivering an address at Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church on the theme of:

A Sufi perspective of spirituality in the twenty-first century.

There will also be a bring-and-share lunch following the service to which you are all warmly invited.

Date: 18 October, Sunday
Time: 11 AM
Venue: Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church, Ormond Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6TH

For enquiries, please contact: revsimonramsay@gmail.com for further details.

Full schedule:

  • 1030 arrivals and greetings
  • 1100 joint service begins

Opening sentences
Lighting of the chalice
Chant- come, come, whoever you are
Reading Ibn Arabi on different religions
Sharing the peace
Chant- From you I receive
Reading- Vivekananda- Universal religion
Introduction of and talk by Shaykh Ansari (20 mins)
Musical Voluntary
Reflective silence (5 mins)
Closing prayer for togetherness and peace
Q and A (15 mins)
Closing music

  • 1230 refreshments (20 mins)

Zikr (15 mins)
Lunch and fellowship

Posted in Words of Wisdom

Prayer with Mindfulness / Be Conscious

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From Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari

PRAYER WITH MINDFULNESS:

I explained Aqim al Salat. Some translate it as worship. We translate it as prayer, especially prayer of your heart. Prayer of your heart is very important. Establish the prayer when you’re eating. Establish the prayer when you’re sleeping. Establish the prayer whatever you’re doing.

Establish the formal prayer, which we call Namaz. Allah said this to all the nations. Establish the prayer does not just mean you have to establish Namaz, which means going up and down. Establish the prayer means all of that, and especially Zikr (Mention / Remembrance).

Some people say Sufism is Bid’ah (Innovation). First of all, Sufism is not Bid’ah. Second, our Prophet (pbuh) himself established Zikr for everybody. Zikr of Sufism is special to those people who want Allah’s Zat (Essence). Zikr of Sufism is designed to clean your nafs (ego). This is what the Prophet (pbuh) established. After each prayer, you say Subhanallah (Glory be to God) 33 times, Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God) 33 times, and Allahu Akbar (God is Greater) 33 times. Allah said: “When you are talking about the Quran, you start with Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim” (In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate). Then He added, “Euzu billahi minesh shaytan irrajim, Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim” (I seek refuge from Shaytan the outcast, in the name of God, the Most Merciful, Most Compassionate) !

BE CONSCIOUS:

What I am trying to do is to bring you to the consciousness of your actions and your acceptance and the belief so that you do not do actions blindly. You have to be conscious of what you are doing and acknowledge the importance of being conscious of what you are doing. Allah created us as Allah’s Khalifas (representatives) against shaytan’s objections, against the objections of the angels. So we owe Allah a lot. Allah chose us. And in return, we should choose Allah. That is why we say, “Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim. Euzu billahi minesh shaytan irrajim”, which means “I take refuge in Allah from the outcast/stoned shaytan, and in the Name of Allah, the Owner of Compassion and Who Acts with Compassion and Mercy.” What does this mean? It means that whatever you are doing will be in the Name of Allah. So that is a reminder to you that you are connected, you are representing Allah, and not to do anything that Allah is not pleased with. I also suggest you start each morning when you wake up by saying this: Euzu billahi minesh shaytan irrajim, Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim !