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Prayers of Forgiveness in movement & music

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Estag’firullah Zikr

When: Monday August 7th 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

“And inward colors from the Light on high.
The light that lights the eye is also the heart’s light; 
The eyes’ light proceeds from the Light of the heart.  
But the light that lights the heart is the light of God.”
~
 Hz. Pir Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi 

Zikr of Presence

When: Monday July 17th Rose on white background
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

 

What Was Said to the Rose

What was said to the rose that made it open
was said to me here in my chest.

What was told the Cypress that made it strong
and straight, what was

whispered the jasmine so it is what it is, whatever made
sugarcane sweet, whatever

was said to the inhabitants of the town of Chigil in
Turkestan that makes them

so handsome, whatever lets the pomegranate flower blush
like a human face, that is

being said to me now. I blush. Whatever put eloquence in
language, that’s happening here.

The great warehouse doors open; I fill with gratitude,
chewing a piece of sugarcane,

in love with the one to whom every that belongs!

~ Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
trans.  Coleman Barks