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Holy Quran 2.1-5 (Al-Baqarah)

Alif Lam Mim. This is the universal Book of Reality, the Divine Guidance, the Science of Certainty open to those who live in total awe of Allah Most High, who constantly acknowledge the Divine Mystery, who are ceaselessly engaged in prayer and acts of generosity, freely sharing whatever abundance We... read more →
Apr 17

Holy Quran 1.1-7 (Al-Fatiha)

By our ceaselessly invoking the Divine Name, Allah Most High—Who is tenderly compassionate, infinitely merciful—may perfect praise flow to Allah alone, Lover and Sustainer of all Worlds. He is most intimately called Rahman and Rahim. He magnificently presides over the Day of Divine Evaluation. O Lord, we worship only You... read more →
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In Allah’s Overflowing Love Eid Mubarak!  Alhamdulillah for the Ramadan and the beautiful journey experienced by our Community! I want to thank you for plunging together into this most miraculous month. May we continue to experience its healing, majesty and tenderness for the rest of our lives and for the remainder of the year until Insha’Allah we come again into its loving embrace.  Ya Ramadan  Ya Rahman  Ya Hu! Ya Ashki Aziz  Ya Nur al Anwar  Ya Nureddin Latif! Ya Ishk  Ya Alim Nur  Ya Jamil! – Fariha Fatima

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BISMILLAH AR RAHMAN AR RAHIM ASHKI LOVER BEYOND SPACE AND TIME AZIZ EXALTED HEART NOBLE OF BIRTH SAYYID VEINS FLOWING WITH THE BLOOD OF THE BELOVED ROSE OF SUFISM ROSE WITHOUT THORNS FRAGRANCE OF RASULALLAH BELOVED OF MUSTAFA KEY TO THE MYSTERY OF AN’AL HAQQ LOVER OF HEARTS GENTLE AND KIND A MOTHER MORE THAN A FATHER BALM TO THE SOUL YOU SAW US IN YOUR PRAYER YOU CAME TO SAVE US FROM OUR DESPAIR OF ‘THERE IS NO GOD’ SINGING TO US ‘BUT GOD’ ILALLAH ILALLAH ILALLAH YOU MADE US DANCE WITH FEET OF LIGHT ILALLAH ILALLAH ILALLAH HELD OUR HANDS AND PULLED US IN THE MAYDAN OF HALLAJ ILALLLAH ILALLAH ILALLAH HEARTS ON FIRE SPIRITS ASCENDED THE ONE ALONE IS THE ONE ALONE LOVES YOU POURED HIS WINE YOU SHARED HIS BREAD YOU TENDED HIS FLOCK YOU MADE THEM MULTIPLY THEY GREW FAT WITH YOUR CARE YOU FILLED THE GARDENS OF PARADISE YOU EMPTIED THE FIRE YOU CHANGED DESTINIES YOU ARE AL QUTUB ASHKI AZIZ MUZAFFER MUHAMMAD WE ARE YOURS FOREVER – FARIHA FATIMA

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Happy Birthday Effendi! From Muzaffer Effendi’s Irshad: Wisdom of a Sufi Master To experience in dhikr the blissful ecstacy of “HU’ ’, is to plunge into the ocean of divine consciousness and spiritual awareness, to purify the heart and to enter the world of divinity while still in this transitory world. Although nominally in this world, those who achieve this annihilate their physical being in the flames of divine love, finding bliss in the world of Unity and the “ seat of truthfulness” in the Hereafter, where they will remain forever with the Exalted Lord. This is the station of Perpetuity with Allah [baqa’ billah]. “HU” is the remembrance of those who achieve this station. “HU” is their contemplation. In their ecstasy they are with “HU.” These noble beings are those who see but One in the multiplicity of Unity. There is a progression from audible dhikr to silent dhikr, from silent dhikr to dhikr of the soul, from dhikr of the soul to dhikr of the inner secret. According to those who have achieved the latter, to go back to audible dhikr is a retrogression. Such things can be verified only by experience. May the Glorious One let us all taste the blissful joy o f this “HU”.

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Excerpt from Leap of the Dervish Atom from the Sun of Knowledge by Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi / Lex Hixon Friend and helper of Allah, this eternal disciple of Truth is accomplished in healing— interpreter of dreams and omens, midwife, spiritual guide. Liberated from every yoke, this lover penetrates the nucleus. The dervish mantle is prophecy, the sole dervish task to be eyewitness of Divine Light. Intimate of Allah, consumed by love, this heart exists only as a sublime order from Reality. As the dervish leaps across the threshold, Paradise becomes an earthly adventure, not an encounter beyond the tomb. This leap of the dervish unifies heaven and earth, confirming the convergence of the soul with its Source, the sunray with the sun, the reflection with the original. Allah is the Light of heaven and earth. There is no other illumination. This person of profound courtesy, long-suffering and full of mercy, possesses the master key of ecstasy, pouring forth profuse blessings from the precious lineage of the most beloved Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, pearls of the universe, clairvoyant and committed, great waves in the ocean of love. Precisely like these prophetic ancestors, the dervish is faithful, trustworthy, fervent, and blessed.

Nov 28

Join us for an intimate evening of Iranian and Arabic music with April Centrone and Mehrnam Rastegari. They will offer original and classical music, as well as improvisations, with pieces on Rumi and Saadi poems, performed with Kamancheh, Vocals, Oud, and Percussion. TICKETS ON SALE! Link in Profile. The Sufi Lodge presents A Drop from the Ocean of Love – Sufi Music Series Original and Classical Iranian/Arabic Music by April Centrone and Mehrnam Rastegari Saturday, December 9, 2023 – 8pm

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Bismillahirahmanirahim As Jews, Christians, Muslims, Indigenous Peoples, Buddhists, Zen Practitioners, Vedantists, Nature Lovers, Mystics, Lovers of God, Singers of the heart, Poets, Artists, Scientists, Agnostics, Atheists we have to stand together to say Yes to humanity and No to injustice and terrorism and oppression and massacres. We have to say No to people being killed and put off their land. No to human rights advocates being assassinated. No to defenders of Nature being assassinated. No to Mother Earth being desecrated. Yes to helping people thrive. Yes to supporting goodness. Yes to feeding each other. Yes to praying for each other. Yes to inviting and welcoming each other. Yes to raising our children together. We and all those creatures living next to us on earth is all that we have. Our relations are the most precious. May we adorn them and envision them as sacred. We are the peoples of the earth. We can make Paradise here. Fariha Fatima

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وَلَا تَسۡتَوِى الۡحَسَنَةُ وَ لَا السَّيِّئَةُ ؕ اِدۡفَعۡ بِالَّتِىۡ هِىَ اَحۡسَنُ فَاِذَا الَّذِىۡ بَيۡنَكَ وَبَيۡنَهٗ عَدَاوَةٌ كَاَنَّهٗ وَلِىٌّ حَمِيۡمٌ‏ �� Wa laa tastawil hasanatu wa las saiyi'ah; idfa' billatee hiya ahsanu fa'izal lazee bainaka wa bainahoo 'adaawatun ka'annahoo waliyun hameem Nor can goodness and evil be equal. Repel (evil) with what is better. Then behold, the one between he and you was enmity will become like a devoted friend.

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Nice bir uyursun uyanmaz mısın Göçdü kervan kaldık dağlar başında You’ve been sleeping for so long, won’t you wake up? The caravan’s long gone and we’re left in the middle of nowhere The Sufi Lodge presents A Drop from the Ocean of Love – Sufi Music Series Turkish Sufi Music by Ahmet Erdogdular / Makam New York Ensemble Saturday, October 21, 2023 – 8 pm Tickets: $35 BUY TICKETS NOW – Link in Bio Join us for an ecstatic evening of Turkish Sufi hymns and vocal/instrumental improvisations by Ahmet Erdogdular and the Makam New York Ensemble live at The Sufi Lodge, NYC.

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My heart is humbled and delighted with the All Embracing Source of Love, Creator and Cherisher of all beings. My heart is humbled and delighted with the Way of conscious return, total surrender and complete fulfillment in the loving Source of Being, the Way of Islam My heart is humbled and delighted with the hearts of all the Mothers, Prophets and Messengers who bear the single light of Unity manifesting in countless ways and who bring the water of life to thirsty hearts. My heart is humbled and delighted with the Beloved of Allah, may he be showered in Divine peace and grace, who was a Prophet ‘when the primordial human form was between water and clay’ and who was sent to reveal All-Embracing Mercy and to unveil the truth of Essence within all hearts. May he, his noble wives and family and companions, and all the magnificent bearers of Truth in every sacred Path be embraced in the perfect union of Love.

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As-salatu wa-s-salamu alayka ya Rasulallah As-salatu wa-s-salamu alayka ya Habiballah Heartfelt and profound greetings to your sublime soul, O incomparable Prophet and uniquely beloved one of Allah. All creatures now sing greetings to the Prince of Prophets. The sorrow of the world is dissolved and the universe flooded with new life. The mountains and the stars join the circle of conscious beings crying out with sweet, melodious voices: Marhaba ya Rasulallah. Welcome, Prophet of Allah. Welcome, incomparable Sultan of Prophets. Welcome, Fountain of Mystic Knowledge. Welcome, Treasury of the Secret Meanings of the Holy Quran. Welcome, Healing Balm for all the world’s afflictions. Welcome, Nightingale from the Garden of Divine Beauty. Welcome, Bearer of the universal Forgiveness of Allah. Welcome, Moon and Sun of Allah’s Mercy. Welcome, Perfect Focus of the Truth. Welcome, Shelter for the wandering soul. Welcome, Unwavering Spirit. Welcome, ya saqi, Cupbearer of the Wine of Love. Welcome, sublime Vision of those who truly adore. Welcome, Prince of Humankind, Beloved of the Creator. Welcome, Illumination of longing souls. Welcome, most intimately cherished Friend of Allah. Welcome, most beloved Soul. Welcome, Intercessor for the entire universe. Welcome, O Sultan of Prophets for whom the earth and Paradise were both created. Your face shines with the intensity of noonday sun. Your powerful right hand lifts up those who have fallen along the way of Truth. You are the only foundation and solace for the lovers of Reality. You are the spiritual refuge for all conscious beings. You are healing for hearts broken by the world. You are the delicate spiritual joy of the heart that turns away from the world. O Sultan and Shaykh of all creation. O President of the Parliament of Prophets and Mystic Guides. O Clarifying Light for the eyes of human beings, both saints and simple believers. O Final One to mount the Throne of Prophecy. O Seal of the Prophets and Distributor of the Light of Prophecy to all hearts. – Descent of the Prophet's Soul Excerpted from the Mevlud chapter in Atom from the Sun of Knowledge by Nur al-Jerrahi

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We are pilgrims on our journey to Love The clothes of the world have left us What we seek is the pleasure of our Beloved Who will clothe us in the veils of mystic states of nearness. We ask for forgiveness for our millions of moments of forgetfulness. of ungratefulness, of absence from love Estagfirullah We ardently desire to be present We have come come crying Labbayk Here I am Here I am O Lord O Love Here I am Labbayk Allahume Labbayk O Lord You have no equal there is nothing alike You in Your mercy, in Your power, in Your knowing, in Your being La sharika Lak All good, all praise, all beauty, all bounty and generosity is Yours You are the Owner and Guide of all manifestation, of all created being Laka wal Mulk We know only You La sharika Lak There is no other Only You

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The Night of Forgiveness and Mercy Tonight, o companions, may we prostrate before the All-Forgiving One in the garden of Baqi with the beloved Muhammad and his family, may Allah’s sublime peace and forgiveness flood their hearts Tonight, may we all be forgiven for their sake, and may every trace of error be erased from our souls May our most ingrained bad habits be uprooted May the rooms where we have stored our despair and fears be opened and aired in Allah’s infinite Mercy May the light of faith be renewed in our hearts May our aspirations be accepted and may we be adorned with even more beautiful aspirations May our failures be overlooked May our names be written on the tablets of Nearness May we be included in the mystic body of the Friends of Love, together with Nureddin Jerrahi, Muzaffer Effendi, Nur al Anwar, all those we love May our bodies and minds be gracious, strong and supple May we walk humbly on the earth and may we prostrate on the earth in remembrance of Love May our tears of love make the earth and the hearts flourish May the servants of Love be forgiven and forgive each other May the servants of Love assist each other and witness the truth in each other May the servants of Love cease fighting with each other and fight instead the inner battle of light May the servants of Love join together in the great circles of praise and celebrations of the One May the servants of Love see the One wherever they gaze May all good come to us in the coming year May all evil and calamity be averted May all beings be happy, inspired and fulfilled May the water of Zem Zem and the wells quenching the thirst of humanity in every sacred path overflow May humanity be embraced and rejoice in Allah’s eternal Pleasure Tonight may we prostrate, may we weep, may we seek, may we pray, may we bless and send peace, may we turn, may we return, may we be accepted, may we find, may we know, may we not know, may we disappear from all that is not Real. “O people of Yathrib, return! Leave all states and stations, Names and attributes, and return to the One.” Fariha Fatima al Jerrahi al Ashki al Nur

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Salaam Alaykum and Blessed Ramadan. We are in the second ten day portion of Ramadan, the time of great forgiveness when we and humanity are released from patterns and burdens that have inhabited us. This is a time when our bodies have aligned themselves with the fast, have accepted it as a blessing, and are hastening to release physical toxins and mental veils. It is a time when we can go more deeply into our spiritual core, entering some of the inner chambers where our soul is in constant communion with the Beloved. In the caravan of lovers together moving from Rahman to Rahim Fariha Nur Fatima

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In the Life GIving Name of Allah Who is Complete Mercy and Tender Love We ask you O Allah to send your love and your boundless blessings upon our Master Muhammad the merciful Prophet who intercedes for all humanity, the one who wept in prostration for his community on this night and the one whose intercession has brought life and goodness to all beings. We ask that on this night you include us with him, that you beautify us with his qualities, that you grant us a drop of the mercy and love from his heart so that we too may pray and weep for humanity and all living creatures. Bless humanity on this night. Please change the destiny of humanity, all of us, to the highest level of goodness and love. Lighten our burdens, make what is destined for us pleasing to us, draw us into the most beloved stations of love, knowledge and nearness to You. Forgive us utterly. Make our hearts and our actions true. Purify our hearts of all but You. Let us gaze upon You as one gazes upon the full moon, in the way that the beloved Khadija saw the full moon entering through her window into her breast. Enter into our breasts tonight. Become our breath and our life. May our every breath be La ilahe ilallah Muhammad Rasulallah. May we offer the extra rekats tonite with longing and happiness in our hearts. May they be offered for Your sake, in honor of our beloved Prophet, saws, and the Mothers, Messengers and Prophets of all communities, and for the well-being and happiness of humanity. Increase our need for You. Show us that all of our needs are truly need of You, our Friend, our Beloved, our Guide, our Rejoicer, our full Moon of love, our Protector, the One Who forgives and calls us back always. Blessings upon the Messenger of Mercy, saws, who embodies the most beautiful way of return. Blessings upon Muzaffer Ashki, Hazreti Pir Nureddin Jerrahi, Mother Amina, and upon Nur al Anwar, our glorious lineage of light, love, compassion and beauty. Ya Ghaffar, Ya Ghaffur, Ya Tawwab, Ya Afuw, Ya Hu, the Only One Please answer the prayers of humanity on this Night and grant fulfillment to the needs of humanity on this Night. Full Moon of Shaban

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“He weeps for us, though it is really we who should weep. Let us weep for the times, the lives, we have spent without Allah. The shops are closing for the night, and the bird of life is about to fly from the cage of this body. This very night may be our last. Come! Let us see the Truth while our eyes still see. Let us hear the Truth while our ears still hear. While our tongues still speak, let us proclaim the Divine Unity and Oneness. Before we depart this body, let us worship Allah standing, bowing and in prostration. Let us do good and noble deeds, so that we may achieve salvation and success.” – Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi from Irshad: Wisdom of a Sufi Master

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O dervish, calling yourself a lover! With His love do you not whirl around? With His love do you not travel the eighteen thousand worlds? Then take the floor and whirl with His love, address Him with love, call on Him with love! As for the dervish who is a true lover, while his hand is at work, his heart is with his Beloved. Whatever job he does, whatever his business may be, it never distracts him from Remembrance of God. His eye is tearful with longing for the divine vision; his heart is seared by divine love. The eyes of the dervish who is a true lover see nought but God; his heart knows nought but Him. God is the eye by which he sees, the hand with which he holds, and the tongue with which he speaks. The dervish is the “son of the moment”; he is ready to renounce renunciation. The dervish’s litany is the illustrious name of Allah. The dervish does not stop at the names, but discovers the Named and surrenders to his Beloved. The dervish has no worries and no cares. His sole concern is God, his pain is God, his remedy is God, his cure is God, his cause is God. Were he not in love, he would pass away. If his heart should be devoid of love for as much as a single moment, the dervish could not stay alive. Love is the dervish’s life, his health, his comfort. Love ruins the dervish, makes him weep; union makes him flourish, brings him to life. The dervish finds separation in union, union in separation. – Muzaffer Ashki Excerpt from Unveiling of Love

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O dervish, calling yourself a lover! With His love do you not whirl around? With His love do you not travel the eighteen thousand worlds? Then take the floor and whirl with His love, address Him with love, call on Him with love! As for the dervish who is a true lover, while his hand is at work, his heart is with his Beloved. Whatever job he does, whatever his business may be, it never distracts him from Remembrance of God. His eye is tearful with longing for the divine vision; his heart is seared by divine love. The eyes of the dervish who is a true lover see nought but God; his heart knows nought but Him. God is the eye by which he sees, the hand with which he holds, and the tongue with which he speaks. The dervish is the “son of the moment”; he is ready to renounce renunciation. The dervish’s litany is the illustrious name of Allah. The dervish does not stop at the names, but discovers the Named and surrenders to his Beloved. The dervish has no worries and no cares. His sole concern is God, his pain is God, his remedy is God, his cure is God, his cause is God. Were he not in love, he would pass away. If his heart should be devoid of love for as much as a single moment, the dervish could not stay alive. Love is the dervish’s life, his health, his comfort. Love ruins the dervish, makes him weep; union makes him flourish, brings him to life. The dervish finds separation in union, union in separation. – Muzaffer Ashki Excerpt from Unveiling of Love

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Marhaba Ya Rasul Allah ———————————— Ya Nur Muhammadi sallallahu aleyhi wa sellim Bismillahirahmanirahim Peace to your hearts beloved Guides and Lovers, This great day dawns, the birth day of the Nur Muhammad in human form as the Messenger of Mercy and the Prophet of Love to all the worlds, Muhammad, may he be showered in peace and embraced in sublime love. O Muhammadan Light. Light of our being infusing us and moving us Our hearing and our seeing, Our breathing and our feeling, Our knowing and our not knowing, Light of inspiration and the light of our heart The light of salvation that responds to us when we call and picks us up when we fall, that envelops us and consoles us, that inspires us and guides us, The light that reaches thru us when we extend our hand with food and drink and that holds the friend when we embrace The light that inspires small acts of kindness, that is the kindness itself The light that speaks on the tongues The light that is neither male nor female and which is both male and female Gentle light, strong light, loving light, the light of love. Light most subtle Yet indomitable Light of the Throne Light of the innermost sanctuary of Love Light of the heart Light of humanity O Allah most Exalted please illumine our hearts with Light Our tongues with Light Our hearing and seeing with Light Our nerves, our flesh, our skin, our hair, our veins, our bones, our cells, our brains with Light! O Light upon Light, Light within Light, Increase us always in Light and make us entirely Light! May we all shine with the Light of Muhammad! O Source of Love please send all of Your blessings upon Muhammad and his blessed Mother Amina, upon the Family and the Companions, the faithful Followers and the Community and upon all Humanity and Creation. Blessings on the Pirs, the Mothers and the Prophets Ya Nureddin! Ya Amina Taslima! Ya Ashki Effendi! Ya Nur al Anwar! Ya Ummat! Ya HU Sharing the LoveLight of Muhammad with each other and with all – Fariha Fatima

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Marhaba Ya Rasul Allah ———————————— Ya Nur Muhammadi sallallahu aleyhi wa sellim Bismillahirahmanirahim Peace to your hearts beloved Guides and Lovers, This great day dawns, the birth day of the Nur Muhammad in human form as the Messenger of Mercy and the Prophet of Love to all the worlds, Muhammad, may he be showered in peace and embraced in sublime love. O Muhammadan Light. Light of our being infusing us and moving us Our hearing and our seeing, Our breathing and our feeling, Our knowing and our not knowing, Light of inspiration and the light of our heart The light of salvation that responds to us when we call and picks us up when we fall, that envelops us and consoles us, that inspires us and guides us, The light that reaches thru us when we extend our hand with food and drink and that holds the friend when we embrace The light that inspires small acts of kindness, that is the kindness itself The light that speaks on the tongues The light that is neither male nor female and which is both male and female Gentle light, strong light, loving light, the light of love. Light most subtle Yet indomitable Light of the Throne Light of the innermost sanctuary of Love Light of the heart Light of humanity O Allah most Exalted please illumine our hearts with Light Our tongues with Light Our hearing and seeing with Light Our nerves, our flesh, our skin, our hair, our veins, our bones, our cells, our brains with Light! O Light upon Light, Light within Light, Increase us always in Light and make us entirely Light! May we all shine with the Light of Muhammad! O Source of Love please send all of Your blessings upon Muhammad and his blessed Mother Amina, upon the Family and the Companions, the faithful Followers and the Community and upon all Humanity and Creation. Blessings on the Pirs, the Mothers and the Prophets Ya Nureddin! Ya Amina Taslima! Ya Ashki Effendi! Ya Nur al Anwar! Ya Ummat! Ya HU Sharing the LoveLight of Muhammad with each other and with all – Fariha Fatima

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Marhaba Ya Rasul Allah ———————————— Ya Nur Muhammadi sallallahu aleyhi wa sellim Bismillahirahmanirahim Peace to your hearts beloved Guides and Lovers, This great day dawns, the birth day of the Nur Muhammad in human form as the Messenger of Mercy and the Prophet of Love to all the worlds, Muhammad, may he be showered in peace and embraced in sublime love. O Muhammadan Light. Light of our being infusing us and moving us Our hearing and our seeing, Our breathing and our feeling, Our knowing and our not knowing, Light of inspiration and the light of our heart The light of salvation that responds to us when we call and picks us up when we fall, that envelops us and consoles us, that inspires us and guides us, The light that reaches thru us when we extend our hand with food and drink and that holds the friend when we embrace The light that inspires small acts of kindness, that is the kindness itself The light that speaks on the tongues The light that is neither male nor female and which is both male and female Gentle light, strong light, loving light, the light of love. Light most subtle Yet indomitable Light of the Throne Light of the innermost sanctuary of Love Light of the heart Light of humanity O Allah most Exalted please illumine our hearts with Light Our tongues with Light Our hearing and seeing with Light Our nerves, our flesh, our skin, our hair, our veins, our bones, our cells, our brains with Light! O Light upon Light, Light within Light, Increase us always in Light and make us entirely Light! May we all shine with the Light of Muhammad! O Source of Love please send all of Your blessings upon Muhammad and his blessed Mother Amina, upon the Family and the Companions, the faithful Followers and the Community and upon all Humanity and Creation. Blessings on the Pirs, the Mothers and the Prophets Ya Nureddin! Ya Amina Taslima! Ya Ashki Effendi! Ya Nur al Anwar! Ya Ummat! Ya HU Sharing the LoveLight of Muhammad with each other and with all – Fariha Fatima

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My life is a laboratory of alchemical interactions. But my principle of research is to keep each tradition uncontaminated by the rational, secular modern world or by the eclectic, anti-traditional New Age movement, which are reverse mirror reflections of each other. I am also careful about casually mixing and making facile equivalencies between these five sacred worlds, which are each unique, incomparable, non-interchangeable, inclusive, integral and complete. They are not in need of any interpretation or infusion from outside, yet are never locked within themselves but remain open to the Sacred. Nonetheless, it is a fact that these various initiatory currents of energy are flowing within a single person, so they cannot be hermetically sealed from each other. There is a healing interaction similar to deep friendship between the various initiatory streams within a citizen of parallel sacred worlds. This experience far transcends mere ecumenical dialogue or liturgical experiment. – excerpted from a paper by Lex Hixon entitled Joint Citizenship in Parallel Sacred Worlds Forthcoming title from Pir Press (December 2021) Living Open Space: The Interspiritual Journey of Lex Hixon By Gregory Blann Living Open Space: The Interspiritual Journey of Lex Hixon is a spiritual biography and compendium of the universalist teachings of the American mystic, author, radio host, and Sufi sheikh, Lex Hixon, also known as Sheikh Nur al-Jerrahi. Deeply inspired by the conviction that there is One Source underlying all the world’s great traditions, Lex passionately embraced and practiced the teachings of Vedanta, Tibetan and Zen Buddhism, Orthodox Christianity and Islamic Sufism, as well as other sacred paths, reconciling these diverse sacred ways in the non-dual “open space” beyond the boundaries of sectarian religion.

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My life is a laboratory of alchemical interactions. But my principle of research is to keep each tradition uncontaminated by the rational, secular modern world or by the eclectic, anti-traditional New Age movement, which are reverse mirror reflections of each other. I am also careful about casually mixing and making facile equivalencies between these five sacred worlds, which are each unique, incomparable, non-interchangeable, inclusive, integral and complete. They are not in need of any interpretation or infusion from outside, yet are never locked within themselves but remain open to the Sacred. Nonetheless, it is a fact that these various initiatory currents of energy are flowing within a single person, so they cannot be hermetically sealed from each other. There is a healing interaction similar to deep friendship between the various initiatory streams within a citizen of parallel sacred worlds. This experience far transcends mere ecumenical dialogue or liturgical experiment. – excerpted from a paper by Lex Hixon entitled Joint Citizenship in Parallel Sacred Worlds Forthcoming title from Pir Press (December 2021) Living Open Space: The Interspiritual Journey of Lex Hixon By Gregory Blann Living Open Space: The Interspiritual Journey of Lex Hixon is a spiritual biography and compendium of the universalist teachings of the American mystic, author, radio host, and Sufi sheikh, Lex Hixon, also known as Sheikh Nur al-Jerrahi. Deeply inspired by the conviction that there is One Source underlying all the world’s great traditions, Lex passionately embraced and practiced the teachings of Vedanta, Tibetan and Zen Buddhism, Orthodox Christianity and Islamic Sufism, as well as other sacred paths, reconciling these diverse sacred ways in the non-dual “open space” beyond the boundaries of sectarian religion.

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My life is a laboratory of alchemical interactions. But my principle of research is to keep each tradition uncontaminated by the rational, secular modern world or by the eclectic, anti-traditional New Age movement, which are reverse mirror reflections of each other. I am also careful about casually mixing and making facile equivalencies between these five sacred worlds, which are each unique, incomparable, non-interchangeable, inclusive, integral and complete. They are not in need of any interpretation or infusion from outside, yet are never locked within themselves but remain open to the Sacred. Nonetheless, it is a fact that these various initiatory currents of energy are flowing within a single person, so they cannot be hermetically sealed from each other. There is a healing interaction similar to deep friendship between the various initiatory streams within a citizen of parallel sacred worlds. This experience far transcends mere ecumenical dialogue or liturgical experiment. – excerpted from a paper by Lex Hixon entitled Joint Citizenship in Parallel Sacred Worlds Forthcoming title from Pir Press (December 2021) Living Open Space: The Interspiritual Journey of Lex Hixon By Gregory Blann Living Open Space: The Interspiritual Journey of Lex Hixon is a spiritual biography and compendium of the universalist teachings of the American mystic, author, radio host, and Sufi sheikh, Lex Hixon, also known as Sheikh Nur al-Jerrahi. Deeply inspired by the conviction that there is One Source underlying all the world’s great traditions, Lex passionately embraced and practiced the teachings of Vedanta, Tibetan and Zen Buddhism, Orthodox Christianity and Islamic Sufism, as well as other sacred paths, reconciling these diverse sacred ways in the non-dual “open space” beyond the boundaries of sectarian religion.

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Ya Imam Huseyn and the Martyrs of Karbala, Ya Ashura! Bismillahirahmanirahim   Beloveds on the Path of Love   Peace to your hearts on this day of Karbala and this day of Ashura when the Prophets, the Mothers and their Communities received the abounding Grace of Allah.   There is no salvation without Allah There is no peace and no joy without Allah There is no reality withouyt Allah And humanity is the great secret of Allah revealed through our earthly life, both suffering and joyful.   On this day we turn to the beloved Imam Husayn, may he be showered in Allah’s peace. We send blessings to his soul and to the souls of the community of lovers who lived and died by his side. They lived and died in the earth for love to Allah, and for this they are called martyrs, the witnesses, the ones who see the Truth before the great unveiling of the next world. And for this they are now spiritually rejoicing in eternal Presence. There is both sadness and joy in this day. There is both the bearing of terrible suffering and the great release from suffering, the arrival of Grace and the transformation of tears into joy.   “O Muhammad, give joyful news to the faithful ones that Allah’s saving Grace has come and the victory of Love is here.”   If we are able to hold in our heart both of the qualities of this day we take a step toward spiritual maturity.   Earth is hardship, a place of tests and trials, and also the locus for fulfilling our destiny as lovers of Allah. All the elements needed to attain spiritual maturity are here if we live consciously turning to Allah, gazing at the Countenance of Allah, and devoting our waking moments to praising and thanking Allah. Living for Allah and dying for Allah, like the martyrs of Karbala. Engaging in good actions for the sake of Allah, cognizant that Allah is the true Doer. Giving our lives over to Allah recognizing that Allah is the only Existing.

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Ya Imam Huseyn and the Martyrs of Karbala, Ya Ashura! Bismillahirahmanirahim   Beloveds on the Path of Love   Peace to your hearts on this day of Karbala and this day of Ashura when the Prophets, the Mothers and their Communities received the abounding Grace of Allah.   There is no salvation without Allah There is no peace and no joy without Allah There is no reality withouyt Allah And humanity is the great secret of Allah revealed through our earthly life, both suffering and joyful.   On this day we turn to the beloved Imam Husayn, may he be showered in Allah’s peace. We send blessings to his soul and to the souls of the community of lovers who lived and died by his side. They lived and died in the earth for love to Allah, and for this they are called martyrs, the witnesses, the ones who see the Truth before the great unveiling of the next world. And for this they are now spiritually rejoicing in eternal Presence. There is both sadness and joy in this day. There is both the bearing of terrible suffering and the great release from suffering, the arrival of Grace and the transformation of tears into joy.   “O Muhammad, give joyful news to the faithful ones that Allah’s saving Grace has come and the victory of Love is here.”   If we are able to hold in our heart both of the qualities of this day we take a step toward spiritual maturity.   Earth is hardship, a place of tests and trials, and also the locus for fulfilling our destiny as lovers of Allah. All the elements needed to attain spiritual maturity are here if we live consciously turning to Allah, gazing at the Countenance of Allah, and devoting our waking moments to praising and thanking Allah. Living for Allah and dying for Allah, like the martyrs of Karbala. Engaging in good actions for the sake of Allah, cognizant that Allah is the true Doer. Giving our lives over to Allah recognizing that Allah is the only Existing.

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Ya Imam Huseyn and the Martyrs of Karbala, Ya Ashura! Bismillahirahmanirahim   Beloveds on the Path of Love   Peace to your hearts on this day of Karbala and this day of Ashura when the Prophets, the Mothers and their Communities received the abounding Grace of Allah.   There is no salvation without Allah There is no peace and no joy without Allah There is no reality withouyt Allah And humanity is the great secret of Allah revealed through our earthly life, both suffering and joyful.   On this day we turn to the beloved Imam Husayn, may he be showered in Allah’s peace. We send blessings to his soul and to the souls of the community of lovers who lived and died by his side. They lived and died in the earth for love to Allah, and for this they are called martyrs, the witnesses, the ones who see the Truth before the great unveiling of the next world. And for this they are now spiritually rejoicing in eternal Presence. There is both sadness and joy in this day. There is both the bearing of terrible suffering and the great release from suffering, the arrival of Grace and the transformation of tears into joy.   “O Muhammad, give joyful news to the faithful ones that Allah’s saving Grace has come and the victory of Love is here.”   If we are able to hold in our heart both of the qualities of this day we take a step toward spiritual maturity.   Earth is hardship, a place of tests and trials, and also the locus for fulfilling our destiny as lovers of Allah. All the elements needed to attain spiritual maturity are here if we live consciously turning to Allah, gazing at the Countenance of Allah, and devoting our waking moments to praising and thanking Allah. Living for Allah and dying for Allah, like the martyrs of Karbala. Engaging in good actions for the sake of Allah, cognizant that Allah is the true Doer. Giving our lives over to Allah recognizing that Allah is the only Existing.

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Bismillahirahmanirahim   Peace to your hearts and blessed New Year to each of You   We are now in the first ten days of Muharram, the first month of the new year in the Koranic calendar. These days are guided by the blessed light of Imam Huseyn, radiallahu anhhu, may Allah be pleased with him and with his companions and community and descendants and with all those who love him. These  days are filled with his love, his spiritual power and his forbearance. They are also colored with the dye of his suffering and his blood.   … Ya Imam Huseyn! You are our beloved! You are the mirror of Muhammad, sallallahu aleyhi

Aug 13

Bismillahirahmanirahim   Peace to your hearts and blessed New Year to each of You   We are now in the first ten days of Muharram, the first month of the new year in the Koranic calendar. These days are guided by the blessed light of Imam Huseyn, radiallahu anhhu, may Allah be pleased with him and with his companions and community and descendants and with all those who love him. These  days are filled with his love, his spiritual power and his forbearance. They are also colored with the dye of his suffering and his blood.   … Ya Imam Huseyn! You are our beloved! You are the mirror of Muhammad, sallallahu aleyhi

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Bismillahirahmanirahim   Peace to your hearts and blessed New Year to each of You   We are now in the first ten days of Muharram, the first month of the new year in the Koranic calendar. These days are guided by the blessed light of Imam Huseyn, radiallahu anhhu, may Allah be pleased with him and with his companions and community and descendants and with all those who love him. These  days are filled with his love, his spiritual power and his forbearance. They are also colored with the dye of his suffering and his blood.   … Ya Imam Huseyn! You are our beloved! You are the mirror of Muhammad, sallallahu aleyhi

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Eid Mubarak! We take refuge in the Love, Compassion and Wisdom of Allah the Exalted We take refuge under the merciful and illumined wing of our Prophet Muhammad, may he be showered in endless love We take refuge in his glorious Sunnah of gentleness, tolerance and clear seeing We take refuge in the unity of true religion which sees all the sacred Traditions as beautiful streams of the same Light We take refuge in the unity and wisdom of the human heart We take refuge from division, slander, separation and harm We weep for the harm that human beings in the earth are inflicting upon other human beings in ignorance and hatred We weep for the apathy that allows all of this to continue without being checked We pray that the soul of humanity will heal And come to clarity and peace We send greetings of love to all of the holy Prophets, Mothers and their true Communities Blessed Eid to our Beautiful Community of Nureddin Jerrahi! Fariha al Jerrahi

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Eid Mubarak! We take refuge in the Love, Compassion and Wisdom of Allah the Exalted We take refuge under the merciful and illumined wing of our Prophet Muhammad, may he be showered in endless love We take refuge in his glorious Sunnah of gentleness, tolerance and clear seeing We take refuge in the unity of true religion which sees all the sacred Traditions as beautiful streams of the same Light We take refuge in the unity and wisdom of the human heart We take refuge from division, slander, separation and harm We weep for the harm that human beings in the earth are inflicting upon other human beings in ignorance and hatred We weep for the apathy that allows all of this to continue without being checked We pray that the soul of humanity will heal And come to clarity and peace We send greetings of love to all of the holy Prophets, Mothers and their true Communities Blessed Eid to our Beautiful Community of Nureddin Jerrahi! Fariha al Jerrahi

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Eid Mubarak! We take refuge in the Love, Compassion and Wisdom of Allah the Exalted We take refuge under the merciful and illumined wing of our Prophet Muhammad, may he be showered in endless love We take refuge in his glorious Sunnah of gentleness, tolerance and clear seeing We take refuge in the unity of true religion which sees all the sacred Traditions as beautiful streams of the same Light We take refuge in the unity and wisdom of the human heart We take refuge from division, slander, separation and harm We weep for the harm that human beings in the earth are inflicting upon other human beings in ignorance and hatred We weep for the apathy that allows all of this to continue without being checked We pray that the soul of humanity will heal And come to clarity and peace We send greetings of love to all of the holy Prophets, Mothers and their true Communities Blessed Eid to our Beautiful Community of Nureddin Jerrahi! Fariha al Jerrahi

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O Hajj. What will explain the Hajj? In truth our life is the Hajj. Our striving, our struggles and our pain are the roads to the Kaaba. Our calling out to the Merciful One is our prayer and our Labayk. Our tears are our ablutions. Then comes an easing and relief. Then comes the messenger of Grace. “Give the good news to the faithful ones O Muhammad that the victory of Love is here!” The Sakina. A victory. An opening. A Fath. Ya Fattah! Ya Wahhab! Arrival at the Source. Ente–l-Hadi Ente-l-Haqq! The quenching of thirst with ZemZem. Ente-l-Razzaq! Ente-l-Shafi, Ente-l-Mu’afi! Immersion in the One. Ya Ahad! Ya Hu! Ya Hajj! O Hajji!

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O Hajj. What will explain the Hajj? In truth our life is the Hajj. Our striving, our struggles and our pain are the roads to the Kaaba. Our calling out to the Merciful One is our prayer and our Labayk. Our tears are our ablutions. Then comes an easing and relief. Then comes the messenger of Grace. “Give the good news to the faithful ones O Muhammad that the victory of Love is here!” The Sakina. A victory. An opening. A Fath. Ya Fattah! Ya Wahhab! Arrival at the Source. Ente–l-Hadi Ente-l-Haqq! The quenching of thirst with ZemZem. Ente-l-Razzaq! Ente-l-Shafi, Ente-l-Mu’afi! Immersion in the One. Ya Ahad! Ya Hu! Ya Hajj! O Hajji!

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O Hajj. What will explain the Hajj? In truth our life is the Hajj. Our striving, our struggles and our pain are the roads to the Kaaba. Our calling out to the Merciful One is our prayer and our Labayk. Our tears are our ablutions. Then comes an easing and relief. Then comes the messenger of Grace. “Give the good news to the faithful ones O Muhammad that the victory of Love is here!” The Sakina. A victory. An opening. A Fath. Ya Fattah! Ya Wahhab! Arrival at the Source. Ente–l-Hadi Ente-l-Haqq! The quenching of thirst with ZemZem. Ente-l-Razzaq! Ente-l-Shafi, Ente-l-Mu’afi! Immersion in the One. Ya Ahad! Ya Hu! Ya Hajj! O Hajji!

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Al-Hamdu lillāh The basic nature and function of Creation is to praise Allah, to praise the Source. It is also the praising of Creation by Allah. Praise and praising, the One Who is praising and the One Who is praised. Ceaseless Zikrullah. Zikr, the language of God. Zikr, the language of humanity. Never ending Love. Love… the fragrant essence of life revealed through zikrullah of the heart. Love… the highest experience of life. Love…the best Way of return. To this truth we can only say Alhamdulillah! Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi

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Al-Hamdu lillāh The basic nature and function of Creation is to praise Allah, to praise the Source. It is also the praising of Creation by Allah. Praise and praising, the One Who is praising and the One Who is praised. Ceaseless Zikrullah. Zikr, the language of God. Zikr, the language of humanity. Never ending Love. Love… the fragrant essence of life revealed through zikrullah of the heart. Love… the highest experience of life. Love…the best Way of return. To this truth we can only say Alhamdulillah! Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi

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Al-Hamdu lillāh The basic nature and function of Creation is to praise Allah, to praise the Source. It is also the praising of Creation by Allah. Praise and praising, the One Who is praising and the One Who is praised. Ceaseless Zikrullah. Zikr, the language of God. Zikr, the language of humanity. Never ending Love. Love… the fragrant essence of life revealed through zikrullah of the heart. Love… the highest experience of life. Love…the best Way of return. To this truth we can only say Alhamdulillah! Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi

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Muzaffer Effendi, ra, and his beloved dervishes who traveled with him to the Holy Land. Effendi is standing at the Dome of the Rock, the place from which Prophet Muhammad, saws, ascended through the seven heavens and entered the Divine Presence closer than two bow lengths. Effendi and his dervishes seem to be poised to ascend also. Effendi's gaze soars. It is beautiful because Effendi blesses this holy ground with his heart and with the heart of his dervishes. It is not an act of claiming possession but rather an act of dedication for all humanity. A gesture pointing the way for humanity, to retun altogether to their Lord and Lover. Here, from the holy ground of your Heart you can ascend to your Beloved. Eid Mubarak! Fariha al Jerrahi

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Muzaffer Effendi, ra, and his beloved dervishes who traveled with him to the Holy Land. Effendi is standing at the Dome of the Rock, the place from which Prophet Muhammad, saws, ascended through the seven heavens and entered the Divine Presence closer than two bow lengths. Effendi and his dervishes seem to be poised to ascend also. Effendi's gaze soars. It is beautiful because Effendi blesses this holy ground with his heart and with the heart of his dervishes. It is not an act of claiming possession but rather an act of dedication for all humanity. A gesture pointing the way for humanity, to retun altogether to their Lord and Lover. Here, from the holy ground of your Heart you can ascend to your Beloved. Eid Mubarak! Fariha al Jerrahi

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In the All Embracing and Sustaining Holy Womb of Love HAPPY MOTHERS DAY BELOVED COMMUNITY Bless your mother hearts! Bless your loving care and acts of loving kindness Bless your joy Bless your sadness Bless your breaths of praise Bless your steps on Mother Earth Bless your sacred dance that preserves life Bless your voice singing with the birds and the mountains and the breezes and the rain and the flowers Bless your words of consolation and words of guidance Bless your visions Bless your warnings and good counsel Bless your waking in the night to be the guardians of true humanity Bless your coming into the earth and bless your going out of it May the One Who mothers all the mothers accept our prayers and our lives of joyful sacrifice. Shaykha Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi

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In the All Embracing and Sustaining Holy Womb of Love HAPPY MOTHERS DAY BELOVED COMMUNITY Bless your mother hearts! Bless your loving care and acts of loving kindness Bless your joy Bless your sadness Bless your breaths of praise Bless your steps on Mother Earth Bless your sacred dance that preserves life Bless your voice singing with the birds and the mountains and the breezes and the rain and the flowers Bless your words of consolation and words of guidance Bless your visions Bless your warnings and good counsel Bless your waking in the night to be the guardians of true humanity Bless your coming into the earth and bless your going out of it May the One Who mothers all the mothers accept our prayers and our lives of joyful sacrifice. Shaykha Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi

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Ramadan is the state of consciousness in which the boundless generosity of Essence displays Itself openly. For an entire month, Ramadan generates a crystal clear reflection of Paradise upon the mirror of the earthly plane. In this mirror of space and time shines precisely the same Light of Allah that floods the seven heavenly planes and that surges within the Divine Heart. Ramadan opens the gates of Paradise. Allah fully manifests Paradise during the Night of Power, and the month of Ramadan is all Night of Power—a single diamond of Divine Peace and Power turning slowly, sunset by sunset, each of its twenty-nine brilliant facets a mystical night, during which unique blessings descend into the entire universe from the Most High Who is the Most Near. The central core of the month, the precise Night of Power, extends timelessly in earthly time from sunset to dawn. This mystical night, containing the golden midnight sunrise of Essence, actually dissolves and resolves galaxies and subtle heavenly worlds into pure Paradise. Paradise is not a physical, mental, or spiritual location within creation, but the very Heart of the Creator. Thus Ramadan reveals in daily experience—whether to advanced mystics or to beginners in the way of Islam—the inconceivable identity of the primal Essence, the Divine Attributes, the eternal souls, and the pristine creation. This supreme identity, or indivisible unity, is prior to and beyond the mystic union of the soul with its Lord, prior to and beyond Divinity and humanity, Creator and creation—for these dynamic polarities are simply the play of Divine Energies. The Night of Power is the perfect Peace in which all dynamics disappear. O Night of Power, please manifest continually as the very nature of Reality, as the very nature of infinite Generosity, as the very nature of the fully evolved Muhammadan humanity. Atom from the Sun of Knowledge / Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi

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Ramadan is the state of consciousness in which the boundless generosity of Essence displays Itself openly. For an entire month, Ramadan generates a crystal clear reflection of Paradise upon the mirror of the earthly plane. In this mirror of space and time shines precisely the same Light of Allah that floods the seven heavenly planes and that surges within the Divine Heart. Ramadan opens the gates of Paradise. Allah fully manifests Paradise during the Night of Power, and the month of Ramadan is all Night of Power—a single diamond of Divine Peace and Power turning slowly, sunset by sunset, each of its twenty-nine brilliant facets a mystical night, during which unique blessings descend into the entire universe from the Most High Who is the Most Near. The central core of the month, the precise Night of Power, extends timelessly in earthly time from sunset to dawn. This mystical night, containing the golden midnight sunrise of Essence, actually dissolves and resolves galaxies and subtle heavenly worlds into pure Paradise. Paradise is not a physical, mental, or spiritual location within creation, but the very Heart of the Creator. Thus Ramadan reveals in daily experience—whether to advanced mystics or to beginners in the way of Islam—the inconceivable identity of the primal Essence, the Divine Attributes, the eternal souls, and the pristine creation. This supreme identity, or indivisible unity, is prior to and beyond the mystic union of the soul with its Lord, prior to and beyond Divinity and humanity, Creator and creation—for these dynamic polarities are simply the play of Divine Energies. The Night of Power is the perfect Peace in which all dynamics disappear. O Night of Power, please manifest continually as the very nature of Reality, as the very nature of infinite Generosity, as the very nature of the fully evolved Muhammadan humanity. Atom from the Sun of Knowledge / Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi

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These sacred nights, brighter than day, contain secretly among them the Night of Power, the diamond at the heart of the Treasury of Love, the Night into which is condensed the power of a thousand months of daily prayer. The fast of Ramadan is an intensified ablution for the prayer of this Night of Power. On this hidden night during Ramadan, time and eternity not only touch but merge completely. On this night, the Peace of Allah descends in fullness into the hearts and minds of all beings, even into the atoms of the physical creation. For this Night above all nights, we long to keep awake. To prepare for this revelatory Night, we pray the extensive prayers of Ramadan. Every cycle of prostration is a rung on the ladder of light leading to this majestic Night. On the Night of Power, the Glorious Quran descended into the personal awareness of the Prophet from the heavenly awareness of his soul, which was immersed in the Holy Quran from eternity. On the anniversary of this Night of Power, the Prophet ascended on his Mystic Night Journey along the very way that the Holy Quran had descended. Every Ramadan on the Night of Power, the transcendent Peace of Allah descends along the same mysterious route. On every Night of Power, the lovers ascend this very stairway of light to mystical union with the essence of Reality. The entire Ramadan is the Night of Power. The gem of this supreme Night has twenty-eight main facets, each appearing as a shining night of prayer while the diamond of the sacred month slowly turns. Each main facet shines with the energy of different Divine Names and is adorned with twenty smaller facets, which are the sparkling cycles of the extended prayers offered on each night. Through this Diamond of Clarity shines the Light of Forgiveness, bathing our souls and bodies in its splendor, healing us in every way, conferring on us true sincerity—the knowledge of Divine Unity—aligning us with the Good Pleasure of Allah, and clearing from our minds the play of mere opinions and mundane concerns. Atom from the Sun of Knowledge / Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi

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These sacred nights, brighter than day, contain secretly among them the Night of Power, the diamond at the heart of the Treasury of Love, the Night into which is condensed the power of a thousand months of daily prayer. The fast of Ramadan is an intensified ablution for the prayer of this Night of Power. On this hidden night during Ramadan, time and eternity not only touch but merge completely. On this night, the Peace of Allah descends in fullness into the hearts and minds of all beings, even into the atoms of the physical creation. For this Night above all nights, we long to keep awake. To prepare for this revelatory Night, we pray the extensive prayers of Ramadan. Every cycle of prostration is a rung on the ladder of light leading to this majestic Night. On the Night of Power, the Glorious Quran descended into the personal awareness of the Prophet from the heavenly awareness of his soul, which was immersed in the Holy Quran from eternity. On the anniversary of this Night of Power, the Prophet ascended on his Mystic Night Journey along the very way that the Holy Quran had descended. Every Ramadan on the Night of Power, the transcendent Peace of Allah descends along the same mysterious route. On every Night of Power, the lovers ascend this very stairway of light to mystical union with the essence of Reality. The entire Ramadan is the Night of Power. The gem of this supreme Night has twenty-eight main facets, each appearing as a shining night of prayer while the diamond of the sacred month slowly turns. Each main facet shines with the energy of different Divine Names and is adorned with twenty smaller facets, which are the sparkling cycles of the extended prayers offered on each night. Through this Diamond of Clarity shines the Light of Forgiveness, bathing our souls and bodies in its splendor, healing us in every way, conferring on us true sincerity—the knowledge of Divine Unity—aligning us with the Good Pleasure of Allah, and clearing from our minds the play of mere opinions and mundane concerns. Atom from the Sun of Knowledge / Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi

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As a boy of thirteen, Ali powerfully affirmed the Prophethood of Muhammad and was designated by the Messenger, at that moment, to be his inward spiritual successor. This noble warrior, called the whirling Lion of Allah, saved the precious life of the Prophet three times during righteous battle. Hazrati Ali is chosen by Allah and by the Prophet of Allah as the protector of the mystical path that ascends through countless radiant levels and degrees of submission and union. Ali is the root of the ever-flowering Tree of Tariqa, which brings forth fruit in all seasons of human history, in whose fragrant shade the dervishes have found and will always find refuge and delight. Thus all secret Sufis, ecstatic lovers of Truth, and poor faqirs who have lost their possessions and their personal awareness in Allah are under the special spiritual protection of the Great Ali, the foremost representative of the holy Prophet to his mystical community, the People of Nearness. The boldness of Ali must become ours. We must never worship out of a sense of conventional religious duty. The marriage of our soul to the Beloved will not be a social arrangement but an all-consuming passion of the heart. Atom from the Sun of Knowledge (Lex Hixon)

May 03

As a boy of thirteen, Ali powerfully affirmed the Prophethood of Muhammad and was designated by the Messenger, at that moment, to be his inward spiritual successor. This noble warrior, called the whirling Lion of Allah, saved the precious life of the Prophet three times during righteous battle. Hazrati Ali is chosen by Allah and by the Prophet of Allah as the protector of the mystical path that ascends through countless radiant levels and degrees of submission and union. Ali is the root of the ever-flowering Tree of Tariqa, which brings forth fruit in all seasons of human history, in whose fragrant shade the dervishes have found and will always find refuge and delight. Thus all secret Sufis, ecstatic lovers of Truth, and poor faqirs who have lost their possessions and their personal awareness in Allah are under the special spiritual protection of the Great Ali, the foremost representative of the holy Prophet to his mystical community, the People of Nearness. The boldness of Ali must become ours. We must never worship out of a sense of conventional religious duty. The marriage of our soul to the Beloved will not be a social arrangement but an all-consuming passion of the heart. Atom from the Sun of Knowledge (Lex Hixon)

May 03

All knowledge contained by the Glorious Quran is subsumed in its opening chapter, Sura Fatiha. This vast knowledge is perfectly condensed into the initial words of that all-embracing Sura: bismillah ir-rahman ir-rahim. This consummate knowledge is subtly yet completely manifest in the first Arabic letter of the bismillah and is compressed, as coal is compressed into diamond, as the single point placed below the Arabic letter b. By the permission of Allah, the noble Ali unequivocally proclaimed, “I am that point beneath the b of the bismillah. I am the gate to the city of knowledge.” The bearer of this exalted spiritual station was honored by the Prophet of Allah with the transmission of the outward dhikrullah, the ecstatic chanting in powerful tones of the beautiful Names of Allah, which Hazrati Ali would often practice alone in the wilderness—like a powerful desert storm, like the thunder of Allah’s Own Storm of Love. This most exalted among the exalted companions of Divine Love is the awesome trunk of the Tree of Tariqa, which grows from the root of Muhammad … – Atom from the Sun of Knowledge (Lex Hixon)

May 03

All knowledge contained by the Glorious Quran is subsumed in its opening chapter, Sura Fatiha. This vast knowledge is perfectly condensed into the initial words of that all-embracing Sura: bismillah ir-rahman ir-rahim. This consummate knowledge is subtly yet completely manifest in the first Arabic letter of the bismillah and is compressed, as coal is compressed into diamond, as the single point placed below the Arabic letter b. By the permission of Allah, the noble Ali unequivocally proclaimed, “I am that point beneath the b of the bismillah. I am the gate to the city of knowledge.” The bearer of this exalted spiritual station was honored by the Prophet of Allah with the transmission of the outward dhikrullah, the ecstatic chanting in powerful tones of the beautiful Names of Allah, which Hazrati Ali would often practice alone in the wilderness—like a powerful desert storm, like the thunder of Allah’s Own Storm of Love. This most exalted among the exalted companions of Divine Love is the awesome trunk of the Tree of Tariqa, which grows from the root of Muhammad … – Atom from the Sun of Knowledge (Lex Hixon)

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Among the incomparable wives of the Prophet, each of whom is a mystic gem adorning the Green Turban of Complete Realization, the most precious Aisha shines forth as the crest jewel of spirituality, the one who demonstrates the perfection of womanhood to all humanity, may Allah eternally confirm her station at the right hand of the Messenger. This Mother and Guide of the Faithful transmitted the intimate and inconceivably powerful content of one third of the Prophet’s sublime Oral Tradition. As the beloved Muhammad, immersed in prayer and lost in the bliss of mystic union, would prostrate on his bed toward the Kaaba during the secret midnight hours, our holy mother Aisha would move her legs to make room for his radiant head and then stretch out her legs again whenever her tender husband rose from his prostration to continue the sacred recitation of the Resonance of Allah, the Book of Reality clothed in the letters of the Arabic alphabet. Atom from the Sun of Knowledge Most tender greetings of the heart to precious Aisha, most intimate wife of the Prophet, the jeweled light of his eyes and the sublime transmitter of one third of his Oral Tradition, Mother of the Faithful, may Allah ennoble her in mystic love.

Apr 29

Among the incomparable wives of the Prophet, each of whom is a mystic gem adorning the Green Turban of Complete Realization, the most precious Aisha shines forth as the crest jewel of spirituality, the one who demonstrates the perfection of womanhood to all humanity, may Allah eternally confirm her station at the right hand of the Messenger. This Mother and Guide of the Faithful transmitted the intimate and inconceivably powerful content of one third of the Prophet’s sublime Oral Tradition. As the beloved Muhammad, immersed in prayer and lost in the bliss of mystic union, would prostrate on his bed toward the Kaaba during the secret midnight hours, our holy mother Aisha would move her legs to make room for his radiant head and then stretch out her legs again whenever her tender husband rose from his prostration to continue the sacred recitation of the Resonance of Allah, the Book of Reality clothed in the letters of the Arabic alphabet. Atom from the Sun of Knowledge Most tender greetings of the heart to precious Aisha, most intimate wife of the Prophet, the jeweled light of his eyes and the sublime transmitter of one third of his Oral Tradition, Mother of the Faithful, may Allah ennoble her in mystic love.

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The person of mercy, the embodiment of bismillah, exercises utmost intensity of attention at every moment: visiting prisoners, nursing the sick, freeing those who are enslaved, feeding the hungry, educating those who hunger for knowledge, defending the oppressed, consoling the bereaved, protecting orphans, resurrecting hearts that have spiritually died, singing out with hearts that are alive in the Living One, demonstrating the life of praise to new generations, rekindling courage and faith in the hearts of the grandmothers and grandfathers. As the single sun transmits abundant life to a vast variety of living beings, by the Permission of Allah the person of mercy shines forth from Divine Mercy as rays of tender compassion during every second of his or her existence—a truly human existence, all its dimensions drenched with bismillah, overflowing with bismillah, fused with bismillah. Lex Hixon – Atom from the Sun of Knowledge

Apr 23

The person of mercy, the embodiment of bismillah, exercises utmost intensity of attention at every moment: visiting prisoners, nursing the sick, freeing those who are enslaved, feeding the hungry, educating those who hunger for knowledge, defending the oppressed, consoling the bereaved, protecting orphans, resurrecting hearts that have spiritually died, singing out with hearts that are alive in the Living One, demonstrating the life of praise to new generations, rekindling courage and faith in the hearts of the grandmothers and grandfathers. As the single sun transmits abundant life to a vast variety of living beings, by the Permission of Allah the person of mercy shines forth from Divine Mercy as rays of tender compassion during every second of his or her existence—a truly human existence, all its dimensions drenched with bismillah, overflowing with bismillah, fused with bismillah. Lex Hixon – Atom from the Sun of Knowledge

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Salawat for the beloveds who are feasting at the banquet tables of love on the Prophet's birthday, In Allah’s infinite mercy and love O Allah, Source of all mercy and love, please bestow Your supreme love boundlessly upon the perfect mirror of Your Heart, Muhammad, and please shower him in Your infinite, myriad blessings, refreshing and illumining his heart, so that he becomes radiantly happy in Your boundless pleasure. O beloved Allah, please bless him in such a way that we also become radiantly happy, merging our being into his being, bringing about a magnificent banquet of love where Your own divine Pleasure flows as the wine of ashk Muhammadi pouring into every heart, past, future, and eternal. O beloved Allah please shower the same love and blessings upon all of the Prophets who came before Muhammad, and upon his noble family, his wives, his daughters and sons, his companions, his blood lineage, his spiritual lineage, and upon all humanity, for ever and ever.

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Salawat for the beloveds who are feasting at the banquet tables of love on the Prophet's birthday, In Allah’s infinite mercy and love O Allah, Source of all mercy and love, please bestow Your supreme love boundlessly upon the perfect mirror of Your Heart, Muhammad, and please shower him in Your infinite, myriad blessings, refreshing and illumining his heart, so that he becomes radiantly happy in Your boundless pleasure. O beloved Allah, please bless him in such a way that we also become radiantly happy, merging our being into his being, bringing about a magnificent banquet of love where Your own divine Pleasure flows as the wine of ashk Muhammadi pouring into every heart, past, future, and eternal. O beloved Allah please shower the same love and blessings upon all of the Prophets who came before Muhammad, and upon his noble family, his wives, his daughters and sons, his companions, his blood lineage, his spiritual lineage, and upon all humanity, for ever and ever.

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Dearest companions, Peace to your hearts.
Let us welcome the month of Ramadan into our being.
Let us prostrate before the majesty and power of the All Merciful shining in this month. Tonight let us all pray for each other and for all those consciously immersing themselves in the healing power of this month. May our intentions be strong and sincere. May our following be true. May our fasting be easy. May our tarawih prayers be deep. May our retreat from the world be thorough. May our unveiling be beautiful. May our love be powerful. May our journey take us into nearness. May we smell the fragrance of the beloved of Allah, feel his presence with us and see his beautiful countenance. May our hearts be pleasing to the Lord of Love. Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi

Apr 13

Dearest companions, Peace to your hearts.
Let us welcome the month of Ramadan into our being.
Let us prostrate before the majesty and power of the All Merciful shining in this month. Tonight let us all pray for each other and for all those consciously immersing themselves in the healing power of this month. May our intentions be strong and sincere. May our following be true. May our fasting be easy. May our tarawih prayers be deep. May our retreat from the world be thorough. May our unveiling be beautiful. May our love be powerful. May our journey take us into nearness. May we smell the fragrance of the beloved of Allah, feel his presence with us and see his beautiful countenance. May our hearts be pleasing to the Lord of Love. Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi

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Salat of Nearer Than Near O precious Allah, please bless our master, our prophet and our friend Muhammad with ultimate nearness to You, closer than two bow lengths, nearer than near and nearer than that. Draw him into the nearness that pleases You and pleases him, the nearness which makes him Your self-revelation, Your beloved, Your entrusted one, Your messenger to all the worlds; the nearness which fills him with all mystic letters, all knowledges, all revelations and all praises; the nearness which makes him a rising sun of truth, a full moon of beauty, a brilliant star of guidance, an ocean of compassion and a mountain of revelation; the nearness which gives the beauty and love to all manifest being; the nearness which opens every door of goodness and seals every negativity; the nearness which dispels all sadness and calls forth all happiness; the nearness which draws all souls into nearness, all lovers into unity and all seekers into bewilderment; the nearness which is the meaning of our life and the essence of our eternal life; the nearness which is the call of “Am I not Your Lord?” and the gate to “He is your hearing and your seeing;” the nearness which makes all life flourish. O beloved Allah please bless all the messengers, prophets and mothers of the faithful and their communities throughout time for his sake. Please bless the gnostics, the saints, the lovers, the bewildered, the followers, all people everywhere and all beings in creation. Please draw us all into ultimate nearness with You for his sake. Inspired to Shaykha Fariha on the Night of Miraj

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Salat of Nearer Than Near O precious Allah, please bless our master, our prophet and our friend Muhammad with ultimate nearness to You, closer than two bow lengths, nearer than near and nearer than that. Draw him into the nearness that pleases You and pleases him, the nearness which makes him Your self-revelation, Your beloved, Your entrusted one, Your messenger to all the worlds; the nearness which fills him with all mystic letters, all knowledges, all revelations and all praises; the nearness which makes him a rising sun of truth, a full moon of beauty, a brilliant star of guidance, an ocean of compassion and a mountain of revelation; the nearness which gives the beauty and love to all manifest being; the nearness which opens every door of goodness and seals every negativity; the nearness which dispels all sadness and calls forth all happiness; the nearness which draws all souls into nearness, all lovers into unity and all seekers into bewilderment; the nearness which is the meaning of our life and the essence of our eternal life; the nearness which is the call of “Am I not Your Lord?” and the gate to “He is your hearing and your seeing;” the nearness which makes all life flourish. O beloved Allah please bless all the messengers, prophets and mothers of the faithful and their communities throughout time for his sake. Please bless the gnostics, the saints, the lovers, the bewildered, the followers, all people everywhere and all beings in creation. Please draw us all into ultimate nearness with You for his sake. Inspired to Shaykha Fariha on the Night of Miraj

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The ultimate cry for Divine Forgiveness, the estaghfirullah that repents of the very principle of separate self-awareness, the estaghfirullah that longs to merge in Allah and to live within Allah through the instrumentality of Allah alone, is the sweetest word that can pass through human lips. This perfect estaghfirullah is the resurrection into Paradise of all humanity without exception. This estaghfirullah is no longer a prayer but a spiritual station. This is the tear of love from a saint of love that extinguishes the fires of hell: estaghfirullah, estaghfirullah, estaghfirullah. Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi (Lex Hixon) Islamic Meditations Atom from the Sun of Knowledge

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The ultimate cry for Divine Forgiveness, the estaghfirullah that repents of the very principle of separate self-awareness, the estaghfirullah that longs to merge in Allah and to live within Allah through the instrumentality of Allah alone, is the sweetest word that can pass through human lips. This perfect estaghfirullah is the resurrection into Paradise of all humanity without exception. This estaghfirullah is no longer a prayer but a spiritual station. This is the tear of love from a saint of love that extinguishes the fires of hell: estaghfirullah, estaghfirullah, estaghfirullah. Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi (Lex Hixon) Islamic Meditations Atom from the Sun of Knowledge

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Posted • Many memorable programs have been hosted at the Chapel over the last 50 years. One of the programs that our community remembers most fondly is the Sufi Whirling Ceremony. The first one was held in 1978, both inside the Chapel and on the plaza. ⁠ ⁠ We're excited to announce that our virtual 50th Anniversary Interfaith Service & Community Celebration on February 28th will bring the dervishes back and include a Sufi Whirling Ceremony from the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Communities in New York and Mexico City. Register today to join us – link in bio!⁠ ⁠ Photo: Sufi Whirling Ceremony, Mevlevi Dervishes from Konya, Turkey. David Crossley.⁠

Feb 19

Posted • Many memorable programs have been hosted at the Chapel over the last 50 years. One of the programs that our community remembers most fondly is the Sufi Whirling Ceremony. The first one was held in 1978, both inside the Chapel and on the plaza. ⁠ ⁠ We're excited to announce that our virtual 50th Anniversary Interfaith Service & Community Celebration on February 28th will bring the dervishes back and include a Sufi Whirling Ceremony from the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Communities in New York and Mexico City. Register today to join us – link in bio!⁠ ⁠ Photo: Sufi Whirling Ceremony, Mevlevi Dervishes from Konya, Turkey. David Crossley.⁠

Feb 13

In the Beautiful and Intimate Power of Love Peace and Blessings upon all of you on this day and all to follow. May the latter days be better for you than the former. May our Lord and Lover give us until we are well pleased. May the days of the new humanity unfold, each more astonishing. Congratulations on the first day of the month of Rajab, called the Month of Allah for its abundance of mercy and forgiveness. It is also the gate to the Ramadan. And may boundless blessings shower upon you for this day of Muzaffer Effendi's Urs. … Alahamdulillah! May Allah's blessings pour upon the beloved Effendi and upon all of us and upon all beings! In the living, breathing, hearing and seeing heart of HU.

Feb 13

In the Beautiful and Intimate Power of Love Peace and Blessings upon all of you on this day and all to follow. May the latter days be better for you than the former. May our Lord and Lover give us until we are well pleased. May the days of the new humanity unfold, each more astonishing. Congratulations on the first day of the month of Rajab, called the Month of Allah for its abundance of mercy and forgiveness. It is also the gate to the Ramadan. And may boundless blessings shower upon you for this day of Muzaffer Effendi's Urs. … Alahamdulillah! May Allah's blessings pour upon the beloved Effendi and upon all of us and upon all beings! In the living, breathing, hearing and seeing heart of HU.

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