Monthly Archives: April 2014

Dervish Jam – a musical benefit for the Seattle Mevlevis scholarship fund

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DERVISH JAM & BENEFIT CONCERT with the Mevlana Sufi Ensemble
Saturday – April 26th, 2014 – 7:30pm
Interfaith Community Sanctuary
1763 NW 62nd Street
Seattle, WA 98107

You are warmly invited to join the Seattle Mevlevis and friends for a delicious evening of honeyed melodies, burning poetry, and whirling ecstasy!

We are pleased to welcome talented artists from the community as well as the Mevlana Sufi Ensemble, presenting classical Turkish Sufi music and poetry by such masters as Yunus Emre and Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, with ecstatic inspirational Whirling by dervishes of the Mevlevi Order of America.

Suggested Donation of $20
All proceeds benefit the Mevlevi Order of America Scholarship Fund.

Zikr of Presence

Join us Monday, April 21st at 7:30pm:

“Respond to every call
that excites your spirit.” Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi “The Essential Rumi”

In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the current of Mevlevi tradition, engaging in a spiritual practice common to many Turkish sufi orders.
Throughout history, the different orders would come together to remember God through movement, prayer, music and devotional poetry.

Under the instruction of our musical guide, Timucin Cevikoglu, we have instituted this monthly meeting, supporting and enlivening our prayers with traditional sacred music.

In continuing this tradition in a contemporary context, we spontaneously co-create a dance towards unity, remembering our shared source and renewing our commitment to walk a path of awareness and peace.

When: Monday, April 21st at 7:30pm
WhereBallard Odd Fellows Hall1706 NW Market Street 98107.
Who: Friends of all faiths and skill level are warmly welcome into our circle!
These are healing prayer practices, and we invite you to participate as you are able.
Dress: Please dress comfortably for movement, with thick socks or turn shoes for moving/whirling on a wood floor.
Questions? Contact Scott at (206) 784-1532.
Or email the MOA circle at
Cost: $15 suggested donation.

Seattle Mevlevis present monthly Estag’firullah Zikr

 Estag’firullah Zikr: Prayers of Forgiveness through Music and MovementWhirling Dervishes Mevlevi Order

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.