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Registration is still open for
the January 2015 Sufi Sesshin retreat.
NOTE: Financial Assistance
for participation is now available with
scholarships. Read more.

Upcoming Sufi Events

  • Tamam Kahn has been invited by the SF Asian Art Museum, as part of the exhibit: The Roads to Arabia &mdash to talk about "The Women in Early Islam," including her new material on The Prophetís Daughter, Fatima. Friday, January 9, 1:30-3 pm. There have been lots of pre-sales for the event, and Tamam writes on 12/11/14:
    The Asian Art Museum has just given me the large lecture hall for my talk on Seventh Century Women for the Roads of Arabia Exhibit Jan 9, 1:30-3:00. They had said my lecture was 'closed' since the smaller room was full, but now all are welcome! Poems and stories. Hope to see you there!
    To register: The Society of Asian Arts [sponsoring the talk in the AA Museum]: tinyurl.com/untold-story-tamam-kahn or phone: 415-581-3701.
  • Community Tuesday at Khankah SAM is NOT meeting December 23rd or 30th.)
  • East Bay DHO afternoon healing service. 2 PM, every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Call Roger Raja at 510.527.0415 for location and other information. Dec 17th 2014, Jan 21st 2015
  • Our Sema Of Hayatidede You are invited to an intimate gathering of Friends and Family of The Mevlevi Order of America to celebrate Shebi Arus, Wednesday December 17th: The Wedding Night, The Urs of Mevlana Jelaldddin Rumi This will be the 33rd anniversary of Mevlevi Order of America's first Sema, in the bay area!
    Doors Open 7:15 PM, Ceremony begins 7:30 PM.
    Hillside Community Church 1422 Navellier Street El Cerrito.
    Suggested Donation $15-$20, All Donations gratefully accepted.
    NOTE: RSVP REQUESTED, email sufisecret@comcast.net.
  • Special EVENING Dances of Universal Peace events with Tui Wilschinski in Sebastopol: Solstice Celebration December 21st 7:00 and New Year's Eve Dances December 31st starting at 8:30. Read more here. Also on New Years Eve, in Walnut Creek, the annual Global Peace Dance celebration.
  • Pir Shabda's Zikr Circle will be led this month by Gaiatree, Perry, Bhavani and Halim: Thursday Dec 18th. Dances of Universal Peace with live music, Sufi practices, remembrance of the One . Convenient and elegant San Rafael location. For details and 2015 zikr dates see the flyer. Driving directions here; and here's a campus and parking map
  • An evening Of Zikr with Iqbal and Devi Lewis in SF, Friday Dec 19th at 8:00pm at the Mentorgarden
  • Zikr and Halqa in Alameda, December 29th. Kiran writes, "Look forward to seeing you for the last zikr session of this year. Join us and make it strong.". Details here.
  • Winter ("Quarterly") Dances of Universal Peace Retreat will be held over the MLK weekend Jan 16-19 at Lake Cachuma near Santa Barbara. Read more.
  • Imam Bilal Hyde is resuming classes on the 100 Steps of Love, based on commentaries by Abdullah Ansari (1006-1089) on Quranic verses for 100 steps on the Sufi path. Registration is with Subhana (subhana@nuraniinstitute.org, new phone 510-480-5607). Read more at nuraniinstitute.org.

From the world press: Sufism: a Natural Antidote to Fanaticism


Northern California Celebration of the Urs of Murshid SAM, January 15th 2015

Join us for this joyous and inspiring celebration! Murshid's spiritual family and friends, new and old, gather every year to remember him and connect with his transmission of Love, Harmony and Beauty. We will gather at GUZMAN HALL on the campus of Dominican College 50 Acacia Avenue in San Rafael. Event flyer and directions here. Hosted by: Pir Shabda Kahn, with Murshid Wali Ali Meyer sharing Murshid Samís legacy, Dances of Universal Peace, zikr, stories and the progress on Murshidís biography Suggested Donation ~ $20 ~ gratefully accepted to cover the rental. Presented by Golden Gate Sufi Circle (Ruhaniat International). Information: 415-829-8380 -- Alia


All Bay Area Urs Celebration of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Feb 5th

Murshida Rabia writes, "Dearest Companions of the Message, please feel invited to attend the Urs Celebration of Hazrat Inayat Khan"
     St. Johnís Presbyterian Church 2727 College Avenue Berkeley
     February 5th, 2015 at 7:30pm -- The Fireside Room (Flyer here)
     led by Murshida Rabia Ana Perez Chisti
Sponsored by the Sufi Movement International.
For information call 925 - 254 - 2250 or SufiMovementUSA@gmail.com


Sufi Movement International events with Murshida Rabia Ana Perez Chisti, Orinda CA

Rabia writes, "Anyone who wishes to attend the Universal Worship is welcomed to join us every first Saturday of the month at 11am to 12:30. We have a Vegan pot-luck lunch following the service. From 4-5:30 we have the Healing Ritual and Class which is open to all folks.
We meet at Sanctuary Sharda Sufi Movement International 11 Los Amigos Court Orinda, CA. 94563 For info: Call 925-254-2250."
Website: www.sufimovement.net. Center brochure here
Subscribe to Bhavani Judith Tucker's free Devotional Music Events email list, with dozens of Kirtans, chanting, Gospel singing and much more, from many traditions, all around the Bay Area and North Bay.

Hildegard of Bingen

Special Offerings of Devi Mathieu:
Through the Ear to the Heart: Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen as Contemplative Practice.
Monday evenings 7:00-8:45 pm at Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa CA, www.numinacenter.org. Also offered once a month at Santa Sabina in San Rafael and at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station. For schedule updates and carpool details, contact Devi at dmathieu@sonic.net or visit www.singhildegard.com. No experience needed, drop-ins and newcomers always welcome. $15-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away.


Imam Bilal's new web site

Many local mureeds have studied with the wonderful Sufi teacher and guide Imam Bilal Hyde. Information about classes and sessions with Imam Bilal is now available at the Nurani Institute web site.

"Khwajah Abdallah Ansari's 100 Steps on the Mystical Path of Love" is an ongoing series of classes on based upon Khwajah Abdallah Ansari's Mystical Commentary of the Quran. Check the Nurani site or get on their email list for future opportunities. Recorded classes are also available.


'GOD IS BREATH' online series with Murshid Wali Ali Meyer:
Join an e-sangha, participate from anywhere !

Murshid Wali Ali and esoteric secretary Tawwaba Bloch are offering an opportunity to participate online in the 11 month God is Breath class series and join a 'virtual sangha', working with a small group to discuss and digest the rich material Wali Ali offers. Learn and experience basic to advanced Sufi practices! The archived video recordings and associated materials from the 2013 series will be used along with mentored online live meetings. Details and descriptions are here.

Photo of Hazrat Inayat Khan Celebrating the life, passing and transmission of HAZRAT PIR-O-MURSHID INAYAT KHAN

Who was this great Indian teacher, who brought Sufism to the West, taught in California, across the US and in Europe, and left the earth plane to rejoin the Beloved in 1927?

Learn of his life and teachings from an authoritative source, Professor Sharif Graham, keeper of the Hazrat Inayat Khan archives in France for 12 years. These lively talks from a weekend seminar may be heard gratis on this site, with illustrative photos also available.
NEW: SUFIYOUTH.COM! The fabulous young adult leaders in the Sufi Ruhaniat International have created an excellent youth website section, sharing who they are, upcoming youth activities and much more. Check it out!

Federation meeting logo RECORDINGS NOW ONLINE from the 2013 Federation of the Sufi Message gathering,"River of Guidance through the Streams of the Message". Teachings and practices from the various Sufi groups in the global lineage and transmission of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Physicians Of The Heart, a Sufi view of the 99 Names of Allah -- a unique and powerful contemporary guide to Sufi spiritual practice -- is available now in hard-cover (price reduced), in paperback, and also in a feature-rich iPad / iPhone version, as well as e-reader version for Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc. Description and online ordering info here.

Sufi links to visit online:

  • NEW MURSHIDA VERA CORDA WEB SITE  is now online.
  • Oregon's longtime Sufi Community newsletter, "The Caravansary", has moved online, with a shared community calendar, directory, and posting site, co-edited by multiple folk: www.OregonCaravan.org
  • A FEW SUFI VIDEO LINKS
  • Hear brief and juicy recorded 'gem' excerpts from the teachings of Murshid SAM now online at Ruhaniat.org.
  • Keep in touch with the Ruhaniat family: Join the Sufi Ruhaniat International updates email list  (sent monthly, more or less).
  • Khankah Sam is a Sufi spiritual community based around the former home of Murshid Samuel Lewis, now a residential and event center holding and spreading his wisdom, blessing and magnetism throughout the City and beyond. Center info here
  • On MansurJohnson.com: Mansur's book Murshid, letters from Pir Moineddin, new photos for sale and much more.
  • News link: Rumi's Great Masterpiece Celebrating Mystical Love & Friendship, a new Coleman Barks release: "The Big Red Book".
  • Wahiduddin.net is an inexhaustible resource on Sufi Teachings particularly Hazrat Inayat Khan, also the Dances and many other topics, maintained by the apparently tireless Wahiduddin Richard Shelquist from Colorado.
  • New Sufi Order page for those interested in the Sufi practice of Retreat or Khilvat: here.
  • The Sufi Remembrance Project, a website for sharing memories of Beloveds on the Path who have crossed over.
  • Baba Ram Dass, Bodhi and Leilah's Doorway Into Light, a project envisioned to reclaim the death of our bodies as a sacred and spiritual passage.
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Photo of Hazrat Inayat Khan

By the power of prayer one opens the door of the heart, in which God, the ever-forgiving, the all-merciful, abides.
      -- Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

Prayer, no matter how selfish it may seem, begins with a petition to a higher power. It admits the limitation of self, and so the Sufi recognizes good in every form of prayer. One also sees the childishness of some forms but regards the devotee as a child rather than as a sinner. In this way God looks upon such prayer. Divine forgiveness is unfathomable for it is Godís Nature to forgive. What prevents humanity from receiving this forgiveness is that every sinóin fact every act - makes its mark upon mind. Until one repents, that mark remains on the mind. Repentance is the sign of the awakening of the heart; it is the blood of the penitent which is called the blood of the Lamb in Christian terminology, which removes the thought-mark from the mind.

Sufis call this process "unlearning" when applied to acts or knowledge having no moral quality and "penitence" when applied to acts or knowledge having some moral significance. It is the awakening of heart which removes sins and burdens. Consequently there is no forgiveness without repentance; even God cannot touch the unrepentant until given the opportunity. At least so the Universe operates. While the love of God is beyond analysis, it always produces a maximum of harmony and beauty in life.
       -- Murshid Samuel L Lewis

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