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‘My Heart is Silence’: Celebrating Rumi with Music, Poetry and Meditation (24th January, 7 – 9:30 PM)

‘My Heart is Silence’: Celebrating Rumi with Music, Poetry and Meditation

Iliona Khalili will present her late husband’s (Nader Khalili) extraordinary life and his well-known translations of Rumi.

dervish whirlThis is an interactive creative evening where we will use the Persian tradition of ‘fal’ – opening a book of poetry (usually Hafiz) at random and reading the first lines that come to eye to see if fate can answer our pressing questions. She would be very happy if audience members would read out some of her selections from ‘Fountain of Fire’ (or make their own selection). As ever we are open to original poetry and music from you.
Ending with traditional Sufi ‘zikr’ meditation of chanting, rhythm, breath, movement at about 8.45pm

Saturday 24th January
Poetry Cafe
22 Betterton St, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX
£8 on the door

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Sufi Drumming with Singing and Sacred Movements – 13 Nov, Buddha on a Bicycle (WC2), London


We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this unfortunate and unexpected cancellation.


You made me drink from oneness, O drummer
You made my soul a wineglass, O my fate

Thursday 13 November 2014

Buddha on a Bicycle
27 Endell Street
Covent Garden, WC2H 9BA

7pm prompt

This will be the last Sufi frame-drum workshop offered by Silk Roads for the year – just in time to raise the temperature for these cold dark days.

Check the video to this Sufi frame-drum workshop where aside from one person none of the participants had ever played the frame-drum before.

We will be learning the instruments with their rhythms and chants as quickly as possibly so that we can practice a Sufi ‘dhikr’ meditation with the daf frame-drums.

Please arrive promptly as the doors close at 7.15pm. (You can ring 07821 182696 to be let in if you’re late)

£10 on the door

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‘Madness of Majnun’: Sufi Benefit Concert, with Poetry

Sunday 12 October 2014, 6pm – 8:15pm

Kensington Unitarians, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill Gate, W8 4RT

He was told: “What if Layla were not?” He said: “I would have wept her into existence.” – from ‘Majnun Layla’ by Qassim Haddad

This event is a voluntary donations concert towards the completion of a new Sufi centre, but you are welcome to attend in peace regardless of your contribution.

We are delighted to have the Turkish ney virtuoso Murad Ferhad. He is joined by Stanislaw Vidya on Bulgarian flute (kaval), Cheong Li on Chinese violin (erhu), and Khaled Hakim on daf and vocals to perform traditional Sufi music. There will be a specially created piece on the myth of Orpheus.

Poetry from Orpheus and Eurydice, Majnun and Layla, and the Persian Sufi poets.

We would be so pleased if you brought something small to share in a little feast with everyone – even if it’s just a tangerine.

Grand Shaykh Taner Ansari of the Ansari Sufi Order will be there to talk about the new Sufi Centre and to lead a short zikr meditation for humanity.

Suggested donation of £8.

For more info: or ring 07821 182696

(kindly supported by Kensington Unitarians)