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Event tonight: Healing Sounds of the Sufis’: Sufi Poetry, Sound Healing and Zikr

If you are looking for a great way to spend this evening, we have an event tonight…
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‘Healing Sounds of the Sufis’: Sufi Poetry, Sound Healing and Zikr

Saturday 7th November
7:00pm – 9:30pm

Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden London WC2H 9BX
 

‘Your happy songs bring to me the scent of Heaven.

Please keep singing.’ – Rumi

The theme of our next few gatherings is healing. The vibrations of unity within Sufi poetry and prayer, and using voice and frame-drums with the audience to create universal vibrations.

There will be selections from classic and modern spiritual poetry in the original and translation, including Rumi, the Upanishads, and Daniel Abdal Hayy. Please share your original or favourite spiritual poems.

We will have a selection of frame-drums and the briefest of workshops to create an audience frame-drum meditation. Chants from Sufi traditions and voice work to open our channels.

Ending with a Ansari Qadiri Rifai Sufi Zikr, led by Khaled Hakim, at approximately 9pm – a traditional meditation of remembrance with chanting, movement, breathing, and music, which closes with prayers for humanity and the planet.

£8 on the door

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Zikr during Ramadan is at 8 PM

Dear all,

Please note that during the Holy Month of Ramadan, our weekly Monday Zikr in Notting Hill will commence at 8 PM.

We will begin with a half an hour talk, and then we will have a short Zikr. Afterwards, we will break fast (iftar) together and pray the sunset prayer together, if you wish to join us.

Dinner will be served after the prayer. All who come in peace are welcome, whether you are fasting or not.

Zikr Time: Every Monday, 8 PM (until week ending 19 July 2015)

Zikr Venue: Essex Unitarian Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill, W8 4RT (Nearest Station: Notting Hill Gate)

Love and Salams,
Ansari Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order of the United Kingdom

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The Islamic Calendar, The Month of Sha’ban & the Holy Night, Nisfu Sha’ban (Sha’ban 14-15, 1436 / June 1-2, 2015)

A note on the Islamic Calendar

Sufis  can  think  of  the  calendar  as  a  way  to  observe  Allah.  Often  when  we  are  caught  up  in   daily  tasks  and  routines  we  consume  time  blindly.  Special  months  and  holy  days  help  us  to   stop  living  automatically  and  pay  more  attention  to  what  Allah  is  sharing  with  us  all  the   time.

“My  servants  annoy  Me  when  they  complain  about  time,  for  I  am  time  (ana  ad-­‐dahr);   in  My  hand  is  the  day  and  the  night”.   — hadith  qudsi

Special  days  can  help  us  contemplate  the  meaning  of  this  hadith  qudsi.  The  calendar  is  one   means  of  noticing  His  qualities  and  actions  in  time  and  how  they  permeate  everything.

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The  Month  of  Sha’ban  

The  month  of  Sha’ban  (the  eighth  month of the Islamic Calendar)  has  its  own  special  qualities.  For  the   pre-­‐Islamic  Arabs,  it  was  called  the  month  of  separation,  when  the  tribes  and  clans  would   disperse  in  search  of  water  or  grasslands  for  their  flocks.

According  to  our  pir  Abdul  Qadir  al-­‐Geylani (may  Allah   sanctify  his  secret),  the  month  is  particularly  associated  with  the  Prophet  Muhammad   (peace  be  upon  him),  and  so  is  an  occasion  to  remember  him  more  and  do  more  salawat.

The  Prophet  (peace  be  upon  him)  used  to  observe  a  lot  of  optional  fast  days  in  the  first  half   of  Sha’ban,  more  than  any  other  month.  In  the  last  half  of  Sha’ban,  he  did  not  fast,  as   Ramadan  is  approaching.

A narrative  holds  that  in  a  sermon,  the  Prophet  (peace  be  upon  him)  said:     “O  people!    Lighten  and  cleanse  your  bodies  by  way  of  fasting  in  Sha’ban,  so  that  it   shall  be  easy  and  helpful  to  you  for  the  fast  during  Ramadan.  Whoso  fasts  for  three   days  during  Sha’ban,  all  his  past  sins  are  wiped  away.”

Holy Day & Night: Sha’ban 14-15, 1436 / June 1-2, 2015 — Nisfu Sha’ban (mid-Sha’ban)

The night when all sins are forgiven if prayed with sincerity. A blessed day to fast. Starts on Sha’ban 14 after sundown and ends at dusk on Sha-ban 15.

For this Holy Day do the following zikr:
1001 Estaughfirallah (trans: I ask for Your forgiveness)
501 Ya Gafur Ya Awf (Gafur: Forgiver, Hider of Faults or Shame; Awf: Forgiver)

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Interview with the Heads of Qadiri Rifai Ansari Sufi Order – Fundamental concepts of Sufism

In a two-part video interview with the Heads of the Ansari Sufi Order, Shaykh Taner and Shaykha Muzeyyen Ansari, the Heads explain:

  • fundamental concepts of Sufism
  • common misconceptions of Sufism
  • finding Sufism
  • living Sufism
  • the science behind the 99 Names of Allah

Thanks to ITV (a South African local community television broadcasting station) for uploading the interview.

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Intent of Sufism – by Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari

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From: ~~ Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari ~~

INTENT OF SUFISM:

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?