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No Zikr on 29th August (Mon) due to Notting Hill Carnival

Dear everyone,

I hope everyone is in the best of health and spirits.

Please note that there is no Zikr (meditation) on the 29th of August 2016 in Notting Hill Gate, due to the Notting Hill Carnival.

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We hope to see you the week after (5th Sept) when Zikr will resume its regular schedule every Monday evening in Notting Hill Gate.

Wishing you a wonderful bank holiday weekend!

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*Rescheduled* First Shoreditch Zikr is 21st of July 2016

Dear all,

We have rescheduled our first Shoreditch Zikr to the 21st of July. Apologies for any inconvenience caused and we hope to see you there.

Here is a re-post of the event details:

We will be starting a new Zikr (Sufi Meditation) group in Shoreditch from the 21st July 2016. Initially the Zikr will run monthly and then hopefully weekly.

Briefly, Zikr is “Remembrance of God” and we do this through chanting the Most Beautiful Names of the Beloved, singing hymns and performing simple sacred movements – all accompanied with frame drumming.

Sufi Zikr (Shoreditch, London):
Thursday 21st July
7:15 PM – 9:00 PM
Kobi Nazrul Centre
30 Hanbury St, E1 6QR, London
(Meetup Link)

This is an open group for spiritual exploration in the widest sense with no prior knowledge required. We welcome everyone who comes in peace regardless of their faith/non-faith background.

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For this first monthly event (21st July 2016) there will be a short workshop of Sufi chants and movements, and perhaps practising a Sufi song, before starting the zikr ceremony.

We can share tea and something nice to eat at the end. So if we each bring fruit or fresh bread and humous or cheese, what better way to taste the Divine.

Kobi Nazrul Centre is a pleasant walk from Liverpool St station down Brushfield St and Spitalfields market. Aldgate East and Shoreditch Overground are just as near.

Zikr is free to attend, and we suggest a small donation for those who are able (£4) to contribute towards the rent.

Our Zikr at Notting Hill Gate will continue every Monday as usual (Meetup Link) – we hope to see you in Notting Hill and/or in Shoreditch!

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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.

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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.

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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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Invitation to Urs of Shaykh Ahmed Rifai

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QADIRI RIFAI ANSARI SUFI ORDER

invites you

to celebrate

Urs

Of

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

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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 !