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: 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 London

Special Sufi Zikr led by the Heads of our Sufi Order – 19 and 26 October, Monday, 7:30 PM

Dear all,

Shaykh 2015

We are pleased to announce that Shaykh Taner and Shaykha Muzeyyen Ansari, leaders of our Sufi Order, will be leading Zikr (Meditation) on the 19th and 26th October.

Date: 19th and 26th October, Mondays
Venue: Essex Unitarian Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W8 4RT

They will present a talk and have a questions and answer session. This will be followed by Zikr (Meditation) and then dinner.

We greatly look forward to seeing you there.

Posted in Words of Wisdom

Intent of Sufism – by Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari

dervish whirl

From: ~~ Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari ~~


Allah has created you. He gave you all this: hands, seeing, hearing, this machine, all this. He wants to do something with you without your objecting. And what are you doing, you’re objecting. Why are you objecting?

There are many reasons. One: you are not understanding, two: you want to be with your nafs and you don’t want to share this kingdom with your Lord, who has given it to you to begin with. You are objecting because you have an understanding particular to you, which is different from Allah’s understanding, and you want to act with this understanding, ignoring Allah’s purpose and the understanding that He is looking for. That way you are trying to be God yourself and this is shirk, setting up partners with Allah. This is what Allah doesn’t forgive.

The goal of Sufism is to overcome all this and to unite your purpose with Allah’s purpose, to unite your existence with Allah’s existence, to unite your love with Allah’s love. Everything needs to be aligned. When you start doing this, then the purpose becomes one. We call this tawhid, oneness.
This is where the combination is, in this body, Allah and you together, in oneness. Our objection to surrender, to act, and to understand comes mainly from ignorance and our attachments to the desires of our nafs, which we think has priority over Allah’s wisdom. What do you want to do? Do you want Allah, or do you want you?

Posted in Arts, Events, Interfaith, London

Invitation to Urs of Shaykh Ahmed Rifai

Rifai Urs (1)


invites you

to celebrate



Shaykh Ahmed Er Rifai

With a traditional zikr

accompanied with ilahi, daf and sufi whirling

“Being on friendly terms with Allah is the greatest of wealth’”
(Shaykh Ahmed Er Rifai)

Monday 16th March 2015 (19:30-21:30)

Venue:  Essex Unitarian church

112  palace gardens terrace

Notting hill gate W8 4RT

Tel: 07941653337 / 07875569921

All who come in peace are welcome