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Zikr of Presence

Zikr of Presence
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7:30pm
Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107

Zikr is a practice of prayer using synchronized chanting, music, and movement. We invoke specific spiritual energies through sound and intention. In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the Mevlevi path, coming together to remember God through whirling, prayer, and Sufi devotional music and poetry. This is a traditional form of zikr, common to many Turkish Sufi orders and practiced since the time of Muhammad.

We begin at 7:30 and welcome you to join us. Most nights, we have time to chat afterwards over tea. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and thick socks for ease of floor movement. If you are unable to stand in the circle or engage in the physical movements, know you can still fully participate by simply sitting and being present with us.

Knock loudly on the door – doorbell does not work!

Zikr of Presence is held on the third Monday evening nearly every month.
But in December we will not meet after December 16th — until the New Year.

Zikr of Presence

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Monday October 16th
7:30pm
Ballard Oddfellows Hall
(1706 NW Market Street Ballard 98107)

Zikr is a practice of prayer using synchronized chanting, music, and movement. We invoke specific spiritual energies through sound and intention. In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the Mevlevi path, coming together to remember God through whirling, prayer, and Sufi devotional music and poetry. This is a traditional form of zikr, common to many Turkish Sufi orders and practiced since the time of Muhammad.

We begin at 7:30 and welcome you to join us. Most nights, we have time to chat afterwards over tea. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and thick socks for ease of floor movement. If you are unable to stand in the circle or engage in the physical movements, know you can still fully participate by simply sitting and being present with us.

Knock loudly on the door – doorbell does not work!

Zikr of Presence is held on the third Monday evening each month:
October 16, November 20.
(Check this website about December. We will be holding a public Sema ceremony on Saturday December 16th and may not hold Zikr of Presence on the following Monday evening.)

Discover more about our history and other gatherings our website!

Monthly Schedule:
1st Mondays: Estag’firullah Zikr.
2nd Mondays: Open Circle.
3rd Mondays: Zikr of Presence.
4th Mondays: Open Circle.
5th Mondays: No meeting.

Zikr of Presence

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Zikr of Presence

When: Monday May 15th at 7:30pm
Location: Ballard Oddfellows Hall
(1706 NW Market Street 98107)

Zikr is a practice of prayer using synchronized chanting, music, and movement. We invoke specific spiritual energies through sound and intention. In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the Mevlevi path, coming together to remember God through whirling, prayer, and Sufi devotional music and poetry. This is a traditional form of zikr, common to many Turkish Sufi orders and practiced since the time of Muhammad.

We begin at 7:30 and welcome you to join us. Most nights, we have time to chat afterwards over tea. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and thick socks for ease of floor movement. If you are unable to stand in the circle or engage in the physical movements, know you can still fully participate by simply sitting and being present with us.

Suggested donation: $15.00 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Questions: Contact Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532.

Prayers of Forgiveness

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Prayers of Forgiveness through Music and Movement 

When: Monday May 1st at 7:30pm

Location: Ballard Oddfellows Hall
(1706 NW Market Street 98107) in Seattle

Zikr is a practice of prayer using synchronized chanting, music, and movement. We invoke specific spiritual energies through sound and intention. The head of the Mevlevi Order of America, Makam Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras, has offered this Estag’firullah Zikr as a blessing for us in establishing the Mevlevi tradition on American soil.

The Estag’firullah Zikr is intended to be a spiritually healing prayer experience.  Estag’firullah is taken from the Arabic Ghafûr , one of the traditional Names of God meaning “the pardoner, the forgiver.”  We invoke Estag’firullah to ask for forgiveness for every breath we have taken without remembering the divine unity of this reality.

We sing, whirl, and dance together in prayer to help each other polish our hearts, clarify our minds, and remember the ways we are intimately connected to God. Here we have a way to open our hearts and hands to the source of healing, and to all in need simultaneously. If you are unable to stand in the circle or engage in the physical movements, know you can still fully participate by simply sitting and being present with us.

We begin at 7:30 and welcome you to join us. Most nights, we have time to chat afterwards over tea. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and thick socks for ease of floor movement.

Suggested donation: $15.00 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Questions: Contact Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532

 

Last night,
I was lying on the rooftop,
thinking of you.
I saw a special Star,
and summoned her to take you a message.
I prostrated myself to the Star
and asked her to take my prostration
to that Sun of Tabriz.
So that with his light, he can turn
my dark stones into gold.
I opened my chest and showed her my scars,
I told her to bring me news
of my bloodthirsty Lover.
As I waited,
I paced back and forth,
until the child of my heart became quiet.
The child slept, as if I were rocking his cradle.
Oh Beloved, give milk to the infant of the heart,
and don’t hold us from our turning.
You have cared for hundreds,
don’t let it stop with me now.
At the end, the town of unity is the place for the heart.
Why do you keep this bewildered heart
in the town of dissolution?
I have gone speechless, but to rid myself
of this dry mood,
oh Saaqhi, pass the narcissus of the wine.
Hush Don’t Say Anything to God:
Passionate Poems of Rumi
Translated by Shahram Shiva

Zikr of Presence

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When: Monday April 17th
7:30pm

Location: Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street Seattle 98107
(knock loudly – doorbell does not work)

Zikr is a practice of prayer using synchronized chanting, music, and movement. We invoke specific spiritual energies through sound and intention. In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the Mevlevi path, coming together to remember God through whirling, prayer, and Sufi devotional music and poetry. This is a traditional form of zikr, common to many Turkish Sufi orders and practiced since the time of Muhammad.

We begin at 7:30 and welcome you to join us. Most nights, we have time to chat afterwards over tea. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and thick socks for ease of floor movement. If you are unable to stand in the circle or engage in the physical movements, know you can still fully participate by simply sitting and being present with us.

Suggested donation: $15.00 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Questions: Contact Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532

http://rumiseattle.org/

The Mevlevi Order of America is a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.

The mission of the Mevlevi Order of America is to be a living embodiment of the Mevlevi Way, through sharing the teachings of the great 13th century poet and mystic Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi. We offer cultural programs, open workshops, and public presentations in the spirit of inclusion, equality, unity, and love, under the inspiration of Suleyman Hayati Dede, and the guidance of his son and successor Jelaleddin Loras.

Image credit: “Attracted to Light” by Geoffrey Mann
traces a moth’s flight around a light source, digitized with a 3D scanner.

Sema Ceremony in Seattle Sunday December 11th 3:00pm

Friends:

Come, and share the beautiful Sema Ceremony with us in Seattle
Sunday December 11th at 3:00pm.
Here is a link to purchase your ticket. http://prayerdance.bpt.me/

We will not be meeting on Monday evenings for the next few weeks
Monday December 12 – no gathering
Monday December 19 – no gathering
Monday December 26 – no gathering

Our next Monday evening gathering will be
Monday January 2nd
when we will share Estag’firullah Zikr
at 7:30pm.

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Zikr of Presence

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When: Monday November 21st
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Ballard Oddfellows Hall
(1706 NW Market Street 98107)

Zikr is a practice of prayer using synchronized chanting, music, and movement. We invoke specific spiritual energies through sound and intention. In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the Mevlevi path, coming together to remember God through whirling, prayer, and Sufi devotional music and poetry. This is a traditional form of zikr, common to many Turkish Sufi orders and practiced since the time of Muhammad.

We begin at 7:30 and welcome you to join us. Most nights, we have time to chat afterwards over tea. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and thick socks for ease of floor movement. If you are unable to stand in the circle or engage in the physical movements, know you can still fully participate by simply sitting and being present with us. Read more here.

Suggested donation: $10.00 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Questions: Contact Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532