Monthly Archives: September 2017

Prayers of Forgiveness in movement and music

 

Estag’firullah Zikr 382665_329119260433086_100000050445532_1408864_504941764_n

When: Monday October 2nd 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

"Forgive me, that I cannot sleep; forgive
The thirsty ones that they have no water.
Forgive: if you never know forgiveness,
You'll never know the blessings that God gives you."
~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi
#577 from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988)

Open Circle

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is the 4th Monday of the month and we invite you to join us for our Open Circle.
All are welcome!

Open Circle.
7:30pm 

Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
Seattle (Ballard) 98107
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Monthly Schedule:
1st Mondays: Estag’firullah Zikr.
2nd Mondays: Open Circle.
3rd Mondays: Zikr of Presence.
4th Mondays: Open Circle.
5th Mondays: No meeting.

“The beloved shines like the sun;
the lover whirls like the planets.
When love’s spring breeze blows,
every moist branch starts dancing.”
~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

[Divan-e Shams-e Tabrizi, Quatrain 466,
trans. Kabir and Camille Helminski]

Zikr of Presence

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Monday September 18th
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:
September 19, 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!