We cascade down sheering radiance, our faces burnt from the limitless sun, to receive a boy of ten in oversized Rambo T-shirt playing with other hazel-eyed children outside a white-walled house, and together dance with him to death.”
From ‘The Book of Naseeb’
This event features a specially curated performance from ‘The Book of Naseeb’. Musicians and reader, Michael McLellan and Khaled Hakim (electric violin and loops, frame-drums and voice) weave excerpts from a poetic text which imagines the life of a petty criminal as written by his Recording Angels. This work-in-progress which draws on both modernist and Quranic language forms the centre of our evening.
We have two more guest readings of spiritual writing-in-progress: Jane Silk’s open meditations draw on initial studies in Islamic and Sufi thought and then spiritual awakening in Isfahan; Michael McLellan has been distilling spiritual experience and practice into a writing seeking its own form.
As always we keep our floor open to contributions of original poetry or music from our audience.
Ending with a Sufi zikr- a traditional meditation of remembrance with chanting, movement, breathing, and music, which closes with prayers for humanity and the planet.
Saturday, 2nd April 2016
Poetry Cafe 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden, London, WCH2 9BX 7pm to 9:45pm
Please note: the Sufi zikr at approximately 8.45pm is FREE and you are welcome to come only for the zikr.
£8 on the door (includes copy of opening chapter of ‘The Book of Naseeb’)
It is bank holiday today (28 March) so today’s Zikr will start earlier at 7 PM (instead of 7:30 PM). Please join us if you can. The session will begin as usual, with a talk, and then Zikr, and ending with dinner for everyone.
The venue is as always at Essex Unitarian Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill Gate, London, W8 4RT.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused due to the time change this time.
We hope you are having / have had a wonderful Easter weekend.
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)
We have a special guest from Mauritius, Shaykh Sadeck Goolamhossen, who is a representative (Khalifa) of our Spiritual Head Shaykh Taner Ansari in Mauritius.
He will be present at our Zikr on 14 and 21 September 2015, and as usual, our doors are open to everyone from all backgrounds who comes in peace.
Date: Mondays, 14 & 21 September 2015 Time: 7:30 – 9:30 PM (dinner is served after Zikr so please stay if you can, and enjoy a meal with us) Venue: 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill, London, W8 4RT
Zikr is free, and we welcome donations to help us with our rent of the venue.