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…

With International artist three day Sufi Festival held in Jaipur, India

Three day long Sufi festival kicks off in Jaipur Jaipur: Sufi singers and scholars from different countries including Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are participating in the three-day International Sufi Festival that opened at the Diggi Palace. Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva inaugurated the event at a ceremony. Delivering her address at the function,…

Prof. Nazir A. Mughal: “Sufis in that sense are far more democratic with their pluralist approach; they feel Allah has created diversity and we must respect diversity as Allah’s creation “ — Peace & Sufism Conference at Sind university

Need of mutual trust & understanding among the people of various regions stressed in a bid to ascertain durable peace in the country [Show picture list] A one day conference on “Peace & Sufism” was organized at Research Centre & Museum Building Bhit Shah under the auspicious of International University of Peace, Sufism & Modern…

Islam in European Classical Music: “As-salam alaykum Resounding from the Minaret” — Qantara /Goethe de article by Nadja Kayali on how the Orient music, poetries and storytelling found their way straight to the heart of European culture

We cannot say precisely when the musical penetration of East and West began, but one thing is certain: composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and others could not resist the fascination of the Orient. Thus elements of Turkish music, Persian poetry and Arabic storytelling found their way straight to the heart of European culture. By Nadja…

The Israeli Dervish: Miki Cohen a college teacher who ‘discovered’ the works of Jalal ad-Din Rumi — Aljazeera’s documentation including video, Photos and Text

The Israeli Dervish We follow one man as he becomes the only Israeli granted access to the inner sanctum of the whirling Dervish order.   Attracted by Rumi’s writings and philosophy, Miki translates his works into Hebrew and practices whirling in worship. What makes Cohen’s story so remarkable is that he is an Israeli. The…

Looking to the past to guide the future –The Ismaili

Performing at the auditorium of the Britten Theatre at The Royal College of Music, the Ismaili Community Ensemble captured the imaginations of hundreds in the audience. Photo: Naveed Osman “Feel the resonance, insight that comes to us from the voices of long ago, speaking words from a distant shore. Always the resonance, wisdom that shines…

~Looking Back~ When East meets West through music — Article by Mehra Rimer on Rumi Ensemble performed on the Swiss banks of the Rhone – CGNews

Geneva – At a time when Switzerland’s ban on constructing minarets is making headlines, the musicians of the Rumi Ensemble are showing that cultures can converge into something beautiful. On Thursday, 8 October, a decommissioned hydroelectric plant on the Swiss banks of the Rhone, now converted into a cultural complex, hosted 12 Iranian and Scandinavian…

Be A Spiritual Insomniac For God! — Islamic Universality com

“When I am with you, we stay up all night. When you are not here, I can not go to sleep. Praise be to God for those two insomnias! And the difference between them.” ~Rumi – The caveats of dreaming of one’s beloved as well as anxiously anticipating the beloved’s ”arrival” are part and parcel of the drama we call…