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London visit by Shaykh Taner and Shaykha Muzeyyen Ansari – May 2016

Dearest all,

We are pleased to announce that the spiritual leaders of the Ansari Sufi Order, Shaykh Taner and Shaykha Muzeyyen Ansari, will be visiting the United Kingdom this May.

They will be leading the Sufi Zikr (Remembrance Ceremony) on Mondays, 16th and 23rd May 2016. We will begin with a Sufi talk and Q&A, and serve dinner after the Zikr. We welcome everyone who comes in peace, and the event is free of charge

Sufi Zikr
Dates: 16th and 23rd May (Mondays)
Venue: Essex Unitarian Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill Gate, London, W8 4RT

If you would like spiritual consultation and/or healing, please contact Rita / Reeyaaz at 07941653337 / 07875569921.

We hope all of you are in good health, and we look forward to seeing you at our events. Peace and blessings.

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An AQRT Holy Day, Mother’s Day (8th May 2016)

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Dearest all,

Every year we include Mother’s Day as an AQRT Holy Day.

Sha’ban 1, 1437 / May 8, 2016 — Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday in May. On this day we celebrate all our mothers, wives of our prophets, mothers of our Pirs, and all the important ladies in Islam. We have to give what is due to them. Mention them in your celebration name by name, person by person, then do a Fatiha.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Ya Wadud Ya Salaam Ya Jami Ya Nafi
(Love, Peace, Togetherness, Betterment)

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‘Rubaiyat’: New Translations and New Poetry, and Zikr (Saturday, May 7, 7 PM, London)

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Do not worry , O Khushal!

No matter how wretched you are

You are only flesh and blood

And not some heavenly seraph.

We are delighted to welcome Sami ur Rahman who has flown in from Pakistan to present his new translations of the national poet of Afghanistan – Khushal Khan Khattak. A contemporary of Bulleh Shah, he likewise rejected caste and clerical edicts. Part warrior poet who led the Pashtun struggles against emperor Aurangzeb, part mystic, part scholar, he produced ghazals, rubaiyat, and verse treatises on the body and falconry.

Sami ur Rahman (journalist, translator, lover of mystic poetry and theoretical physics), hails from the same obscure village as the 17th century Khushal, and has published two books of translations. He will be reading in Pashtu, Farsi and English, and will include Rumi in Farsi and English.

In the other half we have original poetry from guest Jane Silk who studied Islamic and Sufi philosophy at Kings College and SOAS and then deepened her academic experience with a spiritual awakening in Isfahan. She took to a form of meditation-writing at night, covering her wall with scores of jottings. This outpouring is sometimes described in farsi as ‘taravoosh zehniyat’ – a ‘dripping of the mind’.

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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.

Please note: the Sufi zikr at approximately 9pm is FREE and you are welcome to come only for the zikr.

‘Rubaiyat’: New Translations and New Poetry, and Zikr

Poetry Cafe
22 Betterton St, Covent Garden WCH2 9BX
Saturday 7th May 2016
7pm to 9:45pm

£8 on the door 

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‘The Mirage of Angels’: Special performance, Sufi poetry, and meditation (2nd April, 7 PM – 9:45 PM, The Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden)

“An exploding horizon of Wings.

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’

RECORDING ANGELS, 1280. Manuscript illumination from The Wonders of Creation ('Aja'ib al Makhluqat) of al-Qazwini, Iraq, 1280.
RECORDING ANGELS, 1280. Manuscript illumination from The Wonders of Creation (‘Aja’ib al Makhluqat) of al-Qazwini, Iraq, 1280.

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.

Event details

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’)

 

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Zikr notice – Bank holiday Monday (28 March), 7 PM start

Peace upon all of you,

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.

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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.