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Estag’firullah Zikr: Prayers of Forgiveness through Music & Movement

Estag’firullah Zikr: Prayers of Forgiveness through Music and Movement Ornament_with_Thistle_(Gothic_Thistle)
When: The first Monday of every month 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: $10.00 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Questions: Contact Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532

Explore the Path of Rumi!

Join us Mondays at 7:30pm:

Haci Suleyman Hayati DedeIn February, we begin our yearly Work in the path of  Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi:

Monday evenings, 7:30 – 9 pm
The Ballard Odd Fellows Lodge
1706 NW Market, Seattle 98107

We meet weekly to focus on traditional aspects of transmission:
• Adab (beautiful behavior)
• Learning to turn
• The formal Sema (whirling prayer dance) ceremony
• Zikr (remembrance of the divine)
• Music and Mystical Poetry

If you are interested in finding out more, please visit our regular Monday meetings in the month of February. We look forward to seeing you! Any questions? Contact Scott at 206.784.1532.

Also join us March 3 & 17 for our regular monthly Zikrs, remembering God through movement, prayer, music and devotional poetry.

Cost: $15 suggested donation.

Surat Al-Fatiha in English translation

~ Opening the Heart ~
We begin in the Name of God,
Everlasting Mercy, Infinite Compassion.
Praise be to God, Loving Lord of all the worlds.
Everlasting Mercy, Infinite Compassion.
Eternal Strength of every living being,
Whose Majestic Power embraces us
on the day of the great return.
Only You do we adore, and to You alone do we cry for help.
Guide us, O God, on the path of Perfect Harmony,
the path of those whom You have blessed with the gifts
of Peace, Joy, Serenity, and Delight,
the path of those who have not been brought down by anger,
the path of those who have not been lost along the way
So be it.
~
Translation by Imam Bilal Hyde