Estag’firullah Zikr: Prayers of Forgiveness through Music and Movement
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
“Exuberant is existence, time a husk.
When the moment cracks open,
ecstasy leaps out and devours space;
love goes mad with the blessings, like my words give.” *
When: The first Monday of every month at 7:30pm
Location: Ballard Oddfellows Hall (1706 NW Market Street 98107) in Seattle
Suggested donation: $15.00
Questions: Contact Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532
The Mevlevi Order of America offers cultural programs, open workshops, and public presentations in the spirit of inclusion, equality and love, under the inspiration of Suleyman Hayati Dede, and the guidance of his son and successor Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras.
* Excerpt from “That Lives in Us” by Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, from Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West, edited by Daniel Ladinsky.
© Penguin Books, 2002.