Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition —- Professor Omid Safi’s Presentation at Aga Khan Centre, London | Watch Video

On 26 March, Professor Omid Safi, Director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Centre, took audiences through a mystical journey in his talk entitled, RadicalLove: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition at the Aga Khan Centre. He spoke about the goals of the spiritual path and traced the popular poetic tradition that celebrates love for both…

Moments with Shams Tabriz — Ismaili Web Amaana

 — Selections from the Maqalat of Shams-i Tabriz, Translated and edited by Refik Algan and Camille Helminski Intensifying One’s Search One’s longing, one’s search for the beneficence of God, must be so strong and intense that like the longing of Moses it allows no obstacle to stand in the way. When the Prophet Moses asked:…

40 Rules of Love — Shams Tabriz, Rumi’s Teacher — Amaana org

Shams-i-Tabrīzī (Persian: شمس تبریزی‎) or ‘Shams al-Din Mohammad’ (1185–1248) was a Persian Muslim, who is credited as the spiritual instructor of Mewlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi, also known as Rumi and is referenced with great reverence in Rumi’s poetic collection, in particular Diwan-i Shams-i Tabrīzī (The Works of Shams of Tabriz). Tradition holds that Shams…

Music in Persian Mysticism — By Henry Corbin

 On the Meaning of Music in Persian Mysticism  By Henry Corbin (Introduction given at le cité Universitaire May 19th 1967, on the occasion of an evening of Persian  music, poetry and  dance.  L’Iran  et la Philosophie, Fayard 1990. This translation appeared in Temenos 13, 1992, Translated by Kathleen Raine) I would like to suggest, in…

Essay: What is Sufism? — By A.G. NOORANI on Frontline India

Rooted in the Quran, Sufism is the quest for the Divine within man. There is a rich record of interaction between Sufis and Hindus, a large number of whom believe in Advaita (non-duality). By A.G. NOORANI   Jalaluddin Rumi , the greatest mystical poet of Islam. (…) The Quran exhorts man to read the signs…

“Badakhshan” in Turkey — Eurasia Net news on 11th Konya International Mystic Music Festival featured the 6-member Badakhshan Ensemble (Tajikistan)

The 11th Konya International Mystic Music Festival featured the 6-member Badakhshan Ensemble (Tajikistan) in a concert of spiritual and traditional music of Badakhshan on the evening of 24 September. The Ensemble’s participation in the Festival comes as part of a long-term relationship between the Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Festival. The Music Initiative was…