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Estag’firullah Zikr: prayers of forgiveness in movement and music


Monday April 4th 7:30pm
Odd Fellows 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.
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. Read more here.

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 Love Offering: $15.00. (All are welcome – offer what you can.)


Estag’firullah Zikr: prayers of forgiveness in movement and music

estag'firullah zikr
Estag’firullah Zikr
Monday February 1st 
Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
Ballard, 98107

Read about Estag’firullah Zikr here.



Come to me, for you are the soul of the soul of the soul of listening
Come — you are the cypress striding in the garden of listening.
Come — there has never been, nor will there be, anyone like you!
                                                                 — Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi
Rumi poetry source: Kulliyat-i Shams ya divan-i kabir (trans. Carl W. Ernst)

MOA Seattle Circle December — January schedule


We will be gathering in  Portland, OR for Shebi-Arus (Mevlana Rumi’s Wedding Night)
on Thursday December 17th at 7:30pm at Tiffany Center
1410 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205.
Purchase tickets here:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2405995 . Follow this link for more details: http://www.hayatidede.org/rumis-wedding-night-portland-oregon-2015/






Our next Seattle gathering will be Estag’firullah Zikr on Monday January 4th at 7:30pm
at Odd Fellows Hall in Ballard.
2005 WHIDBEY ZIKR (51)






We will gather again on Monday January 18th at 7:30pm for
the Urs of Suleyman Hayati Dede
at Odd Fellows Hall in Ballard.

Zikr of Presence

Monday October 19th

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. Read more here.

Location: Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, 1706 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107 (downtown Ballard).

“You have no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.
What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the ocean.
Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.
It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.
So I’ve brought you a mirror.
Look at yourself and remember me.”
                  ~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

The mission of the Mevlevi Order of America is to be a living embodiment of the Mevlevi Way, through sharing the teachings of the great 13th century poet and mystic Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi. We offer cultural programs, open workshops, and public presentations in the spirit of inclusion, equality, unity, and love, under the inspiration of Suleyman Hayati Dede, and the guidance of his son and successor Makam Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras.

Mevlevi Order of America Seattle Circle shares open circle gatherings on the first and third Monday of each month. Check back regularly to view our upcoming gatherings: RumiSeattle.org.

Zikr of Presence

Dear Friends:

Join with us Monday Evening June 15th at 7:30pm
to share Zikr of Presence with us.

Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
Seattle (Ballard), WA 98107

Read more about this lovely prayer practice here:

“Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!

Why do you stay in prison
When the door is so wide open?”
― Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi
( The Essential Rumi )

Silent Mevlevi Meal

simple meal-700x420Silent Mevlevi Meal
at Ballard Oddfellows Hall, 1706 NW Market St.
Monday, March 31 at 7:30pm
RSVP please
$15 donation suggested
Dear ones,
Join us on Monday March 31st for an evening of communion through prayer and feasting.

First, we will share a special zikr using a traditional large tesbe (similar to a mala or rosary) with 999 beads.

Then, maintaining an atmosphere of sacredness, we eat together in silence. Cleaning up and exiting the hall, as well, are done in silence.

This echoes a traditional practice within the Mevlevi tekkes (monasteries) where the dervishes ate every meal in silence, an opportunity to gather and share with one another the beautiful simplicity of communion.We’d love for you to join us. Simply RSVP to rumiseattle.org@gmail.com, and bring along your donation for the evening’s hall rental. We will prepare the food and the space. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email or call Scott at 206.784.1532.

When I say “lip,” it’s the lip of the Sea I mean;
when I say “nothing,” it means “nothing but You.”
It’s the sweetness that makes my face solemn:
it’s the fullness of speech that makes me silent.”

–Mathnawi I:1759-1760, Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

Join us for Zikr on St. Patrick’s Day!

Join us Monday, March 17 at 7:30pm:

From the large jug, drink the wine of Unity,

So that from your heart you can wash away the futility of life’s grief.

-Hafiz (Translated by Thomas Rain Crowe)

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, January 20th 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.
To RSVP contact Scott at (206) 784-1532.
Or email the MOA circle at rumiseattle.org@gmail.com.
Cost: $15 suggested donation.

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.

Zikr of Presence

Join us Monday, April 15th at 7:30pm:

“True Zikr makes you forget everything but the Beloved”
 (Hazrat Abu Sa‘īd ibn Abil-Khayr, Persia, d. 1049 CE)163594_10150951550750805_2032897270_n

Through recitation of the divine names, music, and movement, with a heart torn open and longing, the Sufi seeks to remember God, to part the veil between Lover and Beloved, to dissolve into the Sea of Oneness.

All new and old friends are warmly invited to join the Seattle Mevlevi Circle this Monday, April 15th at 7:30pm in Ballard as we continue a traditional practice intended to deepen spiritual intimacy. In remembrance,  we will move, chant, sing and whirl through transformative and ecstatic states as a community. 

When: This Monday, April 15th at 7:30pm
Where: Ballard Odd Fellows Hall (1706 NW Market Street 98107 http://www.seattleoddfellows.org/)
Who: Friends of all faiths and skill level are warmly welcome into our circle! Please come. 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. (Mevlevi Semazens: please wear your zikr garments.)
Questions: Contact Scott at (206) 890-8394.
Cost: We invite a love offering/donation to help with the cost of hall rental.