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Nur Ashki Jerrahi Community
Muzaffer Ashki al-Jerrahi
Nur al-Anwar al-Jerrahi
Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi
Amina Teslima al-Jerrahi
Invitation to Union
The Dervish Path
Basics in Salat
The Book of Light
The Salawat Book
Chamber of Mystic Hymns
From The Archive
MOHL Archive Foundation
All Things Sufi
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A Gift. Eid Mubarak!
Say: Truly my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are for Allah, Lover and Cherisher of the Hearts. Holy Quran 6.162 (Al-An'am) Translation: Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi
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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al-Haqq : Truth He whose being endures unchangingly. O Truth! If you have lost something, you will find it by invoking this Name. Irshad: Wisdom of a Sufi Master Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi
al-Mālik : The Sovereign Lord O Master of All Realms, O Sublime Sovereign Ya Mālik: O Sovereign Lord! Those who repeat this constantly have nothing to fear from any authority in this world or the Next. They will enjoy respect and dignity in the sight of others. Irshad: Wisdom of a Sufi Master Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi
“With the Prophet Muhammad in Paradise” WBAI Recording of Lex Hixon
Blessed Urs of Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi
al-Wadūd : The Loving The All-Loving, The Eternally Loving O Loving One! Any misunderstanding between two people will be removed, if one of them invokes this glorious Name one thousand times over some food, then gives it to the other to eat. Irshad: Wisdom of a Sufi Master Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi
al-Bāsit : The Expander Grantor of Expansion and Ease O Expander! If, before dawn, you invoke this glorious Name ten times, holding up your open palms and then drawing them down over your face, you will not stand in need of other people. Irshad: Wisdom of a Sufi Master Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi
al-ʿAliyy : The Most High The Exalted, Sublime, Supreme O Most High! Improvement comes with constant invocation of this name; if fortune’s door is closed, it will be opened, and travelers will soon reach home again. Irshad: Wisdom of a Sufi Master Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi
al-Muʿizz : The Honorer He who confers honor and dignity O Honorer! Allah grants dignity to those who invoke this Name one hundred and forty times after the late prayer on Monday or Friday, and they will have nothing to fear but the Exalted Truth. Irshad: Wisdom of a Sufi Master Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi
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
Blessed Mawlid al-Nabi (12th Rabi al-Awwal) 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.
Rabi’ al-Awwal Mubarak! Allahumma salli ‘ala sayyidina Muhammadin wa ‘ala ali Muhammadan wa sahbihi wa sallim O Beloved Allah, please shower Your blessings and peace upon our master Muhammad and upon the blest family of Muhammad and his noble companions.
Al-Qawiyy : The Most Strong o All Powerful, O Source of All Power PosSessor of All Strength Mystically gracious with profound subtlety is Allah to His servants. He pours forth material sustenance and spiritual abundance to whomever He pleases, for He possesses infinite power to manifest His Will. Holy Quran 42.19 (Ash-Shura) Translation: Sheikh Nur al-Jerrahi
Al-Mugh·nī : The Enricher O Bestower of all that hearts desire One who invokes this Name, ten times on each of ten Fridays, will become independent of others. Irshad: Wisdom of a Sufi Master Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi
Al-Ghānī : The Self-Sufficient O Infinitely Wealthy, Independent of Creation God is beyond the orbit of pain and pleasure. He bestows divine compassion and love to each created being. Al-Asma'ul-Husna M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
Al-Matīn : The Firm The Strength of Determination; The Steady God, through His infinite grace, controls the waywardness and carelessness of the minds of His creations and looks toward them with infinite compassion. Al-Asma'ul-Husna M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
“May we live the life of lovers!”
al-Latīf : The Subtle He who knows the minutest subtleties of all things. He imperceptibly fashions the greatest refinements, and gently and inconspicuously extends all kinds of benefits to His servants. Ya Latīf: O Subtle One! If a poor and lonely person invokes this glorious Name one hundred times after performing a prayer of two cycles, all his wishes will be fulfilled.. Irshad: Wisdom of a Sufi Master Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi
Save when you bundle all 3 available volumes of Ibn Arabi’s Openings Revealed in Makkah (translated by Eric Winkel) published thusfar by Pir Press. Volume 4 will hopefully arrive later this year.
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.
Into the light you go dear brother Abdul Razzak. 2 beautiful mystic hymns sung by the beautiful couple.
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.
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
THIS BOLD LOVER QUESTIONS THE SOURCE OF BEING WHY THE SOUL FLIES INTO THE VEILS OF CREATION SO THE LIGHT OF SUPPLICATION. CAN FLASH FROM ALLAH’S HEART TO ALLAH’S HEART ONLY ALLAH BEING BEYOND BEING SHINING SHINING GLORIOUS SHINING THIS DERVISH IS NOW COMPLETE NOTHING SURPASSES THIS PASSIONATE LOVE – Illahi 47 – Verse 2
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
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!
Faqri fakhri "Poverty is my pride" – Hadith
Remember Me, be in zikr to Me, and you will find Me remembering you and being in zikr with you. Be grateful to Me and do not veil your self from Me. Holy Quran 2.152 (Al-Baqarah) Translation: Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi
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
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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Ma! Ma! Ma! I carelessly neglected to reap the rich harvest of your unimaginable blessing. This poet has sowed songs in vain, I can only weep: “By failing to remember the Goddess with every breath and every intention, I have lived miserably. May I now become dust beneath my Holy Mother’s feet!” excerpted from Mother of the Universe (Lex Hixon – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi)
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Selections of Holy Quran – Juz 27 Three Days of Prayer – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi
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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Nureddin Jerrahi is alive in me His pure flame of wisdom Lights the world of unity Your sweet intercession is my ecstasy Effendi Your sweet intercession is my ecstasy Haqq La ilaha ilallah Hu La ilaha ilallah!
So let us use these last ten days to retreat even more deeply into the heart. Let us contemplate from there the magnificent Signs of Allah. Let us enter the field of Unity where there is unity of all peoples and unity of all beings with Allah, where there is only Allah. Let us enter the Dar as Salam, the heart of the Beloved.
May the blessings and prayers of Allah Most High, His Exalted Angels, His Noble Prophets, His Entrusted Messengers, and all Creation shower upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad; may the everlasting Peace and Mercy of Allah Most High and His most desired Blessings be upon upon him and upon them forever. Salat of Hazrati Imam ‘Alī ‘Alayhis-salām
Most tender greetings of the heart to magnificent Ali, Golden Lion of Allah, instrument chosen by the Prophet to establish his mystic path, the way of union with Truth.
Selections of Holy Quran – Juz 22 Three Days of Prayer – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi
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)
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)
“Over whomsoever I am the mawla, ‘Ali is also the mawla.” The truthful words of the Messenger, may he be showered in divine peace.
Selections of Holy Quran – Juz 21 Three Days of Prayer – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi
May we all continue going deeper in the mystery of the Ramadan and may our hearts be the open space and fertile ground in which the Night of Power descends! Let us offer the primordial praise of La ilahe ilallah Muhammad rasulallah abundantly, abundantly, abundantly in these last ten days of the Ramadan!
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ar-Rahīm : The Compassionate He who acts with extreme kindness He recompenses those who put to good use the benefits He bestows on them, by giving them yet greater and everlasting benefits.
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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Full Moon of Ramadan
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O Allah You are Peace and the Source of Boundless Peace Blessed are You, full of Majesty, Bounty, and Infinite Generosity
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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Most tender greetings of the heart to the noble Mother of the Faithful, the first initiate to taste the intense sweetness of submission to Allah transmitted through the Prophet of Allah, the first one to witness to the prophethood of the trustworthy one, the exalted Khadijah Al-Kubra, may Allah Most Glorious always confirm the queenly nobility of her soul.
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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.
Selections of Holy Quran – Juz 8 Three Days of Prayer – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi
When we ask for forgiveness we want to let these all go in order to stand ‘naked before Your Divinity’ We stand naked in the awesome power of love, the heart melting tenderness of love We are naked of all power, no longer the agents and doers Allah is the single Agent and Actor We have disappeared in the Heart Asking forgiveness is pure submission… to love Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi
Selections of Holy Quran – Juz 7 Three Days of Prayer – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi
Selections of Holy Quran – Juz 6 Three Days of Prayer – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi
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Salam ya Fatima al-Zahra
O Beloved Allah please shower Your blessings and prayers upon the illumined Fatima and her noble father and blessed husband and children, by the secret invested in her which is in Your knowledge alone Salat upon Hazrati Fatima Zahra
ar-Rahmān : The All-Merciful O Universal All-Encompassing Compassionate One Allow the gentle power of ar-Rahmān to embrace our being, all of our cells and consciousness. Return to the root of Rahman in our heart, for from there we originate.
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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
O Allah, bless us in this Ramadan with a blessing that will never fail. Bless our magnificent Pirs, the great friends of our heart, with the opening of countless hearts thru their intercession. Bless all the sublime Messengers and Mothers of the Faithful with the greatest and most beautiful blessing you have ever bestowed. And bless Muhammad, Rose in the garden of prophecy, with Your Own intimacy and Your Own Self! Ya Ramadan! Ya Salam! Ya Hu.
Ya Nurun ala Nur : Light Upon Light! Feel the gentle power of Divine Light arising from within your secret essence and permeating your body, soul and mind.
al-ʿAfūw : The Pardoner He who pardons all who sincerely repent The erasing of all traces of error as though it never occurred. 'Afūw is said to be like a mighty desert wind which completely obliterates the footprints in the sand. The classical Arabic dictionary Taj al-Arūs offers this beautiful metaphor
al-Ghafūr : The All-Forgiving The forgiveness which goes deep, reaching the depths and root of wrongdoing O Source of all Generosity, erase from our hearts every trace of error and transgression. – The Morning Litany
al-Ghaffār : The Forgiver He who is always ready to forgive You are the Forgiver and You love to forgive. Forgive me! – A short prayer of the Prophet
an-Nūr : Light He Who gives light to all the worlds Who illuminates the faces, minds and hearts of His servants The Man of Prayer, upon him be peace, remarks: Prayer is Light. – Atom from the Sun of Knowledge / Salawat & Hadith
O Allah please shower your blessings upon our master Muhammad the gentle prophet, possessor of the highest station and master of clear and eloquent speech. Allahumma salli ‘ala sayyidina Muhammadin an-nabiyyi-l-malih sahibi-i-maqami-l-‘ala wa-l-lisani-l-fasih – Salat of Gentleness of Muzaffer Effendi
O Beloved Allah, please shower Your blessings upon our master Muhammad and the noble family of Muhammad as many times as there are breaths in created beings. Allahumma salli ‘ala sayyidina Muhammadin wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin bi-‘adadi anfasi-l-khala’ik Salat Muzaffariyya of the Breaths (received in inspiration by Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak al-Ashki al-Jerrahi, may Allah sanctify his spirit)
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
O Matrix of Existence! O Birthgiver, Educator, and Protector of all Worlds! O Glorious One!
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
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.
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.
May you have a wonderful year! With every moment a new revelation of Allah's Beauty and Love and Majesty. May you be protected from harm, sheltered in the breasts of the Pirs. May your faith multiply, faith within faith. May your knowledge increase, and with it the knowledge that you cannot truly know. You can only Be. May compassion increase in your heart. May your actions bear fruit. May your turning to Allah, Tawwab, be constant. May you love to ask for forgiveness, from Allah and from people. May the bond with Allah, the Prophet, the Pirs, the Circle Guides, this Faqir and the Community strengthen and grow. May your families be places of peace. May your parents and ancestors be blessed through your dervishood. May generosity expand, sustenance increase. May your joy in life, in Allah's life, deepen. May your senses become more acute. May your perception become finer and more subtle. May you dissolve in the One and reappear through the One. Heart in Heart in this world and the next.
The supreme secret is no longer inaccessible. There are mature persons who clearly perceive the new heart. Soaked with continuous rains of Divine Mercy, this paradise of the heart has no circumference, no frontier. The veil before the holiest sanctuary is torn away. The temple constructed by human hands and minds has disappeared and is replaced simply by perfect humanity. The immemorial prophetic teaching, recognizably Sufi, has reached its final evolutionary goal in this Age of Muhammad. The human being can now live in perpetual, conscious union with its supreme Source. This infinite conflagration of Divine Love consumes human reality and transforms it into diamond with the constant call, “Be the perfect human being!” This mystic completion was prefigured by the adorable Messiah Jesus, who cried, “Be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect!” – Perfect Humanity Atom from the Sun of Knowledge Lex Hixon / Nur al-Jerrahi
Blessed Urs of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Make everything in you an ear, each atom of your being, and you will hear at every moment what the Source is whispering to you, just to you and for you, without any need for my words or anyone else’s. You are—we all are—the beloved of the Beloved, and in every moment, in every event of your life, the Beloved is whispering to you exactly what you need to hear and know. Who can ever explain this miracle? It simply is. Listen and you will discover it every passing moment. Listen, and your whole life will become a conversation in thought and act between you and Him, directly, wordlessly, now and always. -Rumi 'Light upon Light'; Rumi's words put together by Andrew Harvey
The dervish communicates in the silence of the Essence, the only goal of all humanity’s religions. When the dervish demands her/his own pristine reality, Allah the Most Near simply says to the soul, “Always pray.” And all living beings reply with burning intensity: “Oh Most Holy Virgin, oh Wisdom, pray for us, oh divine shepherdess, oh sweet refuge.” – Shaykh Nur al Jerrahi (excerpted from Epistle of Love – letter to the dervish community in Mexico City, 1987)
Love makes us speak; love makes us moan; love makes us die; love brings us to life; love makes us drunk and bewildered; it sometimes makes one a king. Love and the lover have no rigid doctrine. Whichever direction the lover takes he turns toward his beloved. Wherever he may be, he is with his beloved. Wherever he goes, he goes with his beloved. He cannot do anything, cannot survive for one moment even, without his beloved. He constantly recalls his beloved, as his beloved remembers him. Lover and beloved, rememberer and remembered, are ever in each other’s company, always together. – Excerpt from The Unveiling of Love by Muzaffer Ashki
Happy Birthday Muzaffer Efendi!
Blessed Urs of Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi (photo: Forthcoming book from Pir Press.)
Love him who is the perfection of human love, and you will overflow with love for Allah, Who is the Source of love. Disappear with ecstatic love into the Prophet of Allah, and you will disappear into Allah in mystic union … – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi, may his secret be sanctified
One must constantly begin anew the common task of Sufism. We can never shrug our shoulders fatalistically. The way of valor called Sufi science is not constituted by effusions of emotion, by vertiginous successions of dreams and visions, or by the exhibition of miracles. The spiritual path is upright and direct, remaining open simply for the next step, simply for each breath, simply for the unbreakable commitment to serve humanity, simply for the patience and courtesy of Sufi behavior. The cycle of human effort and Divine Grace is never closed. In each place, in every moment, we have to begin anew the purification of the self and the humble service of all creation. This constantly beginning anew, through the continuous impulse of love for God and love for every creature in God, constitutes the steps of the sacred dance of Sufism, accompanied by the rhythmic beat of the universal heart. In this dance without description, the Divine Will reveals a cascade of surprises. This inexhaustible Divine Manifestation becomes our path to conscious harmony with Essence. Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi / Lex Hixon New Light on Sufi Science Atom from the Sun of Knowledge
The Mercy of Allah to all Worlds relates these words directly from the exalted Creator of the Worlds: O children of Adam, so long as you call directly upon Me and supplicate with intense sincerity, I will always forgive you whatever you may have done and will take absolutely no offense. O children of Adam, were you to come before Me with negative thoughts and actions as vast as the entire earth—facing My Unity alone, without ascribing any duality to Supreme Reality—I would present you an equally vast forgiveness. – Hadith Qudsi – Infinite Divine Forgiveness Atom from the Sun of Knowledge Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi / Lex Hixon
Prayer of Saint Francis Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring love. Where there is offence, let me bring pardon. Where there is discord, let me bring union. Where there is error, let me bring truth. Where there is doubt, let me bring faith. Where there is despair, let me bring hope. Where there is darkness, let me bring your light. Where there is sadness, let me bring joy. O Master, let me not seek as much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love, for it is in giving that one receives, it is in self-forgetting that one finds, it is in pardoning that one is pardoned, it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.
Happy Birthday to Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi and to each of you and to all of his lovers and beloveds.
Bismillahirahmanirahim Blessings for this New Year, Rosh Hashana Tova! Blessings on all those who were born in this past year and blessings on all those who have left for the realm of Beauty. Blessings on Zhati Munajat, our incomparable companion and dervish lover and explorer of the realms of divine friendship and human justice, and on all the friends of Allah who have passed. Blessings on Ruth Bader Ginsburg who held out for as long as she could so that the light of justice would continue shining through her courageous soul in the highest court of the land. Blessings on all of us who remain in our earthly bodies so that the light of love ‘may flash from Allah’s heart to Allah’s heart,’ and the desire of the Beloved be fulfilled in this realm. May we be guided by the most sublime light of Allah and consoled by the most precious love of Allah. And forgiven and renewed by the most encompassing compassion of Allah. May we be given eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts to love and minds to be bewildered and arms to embrace and tongues to speak beauty and hands to work compassion and feet to walk on the ways of truth. May the peoples of Revelation be shoulder to shoulder and heart in heart. Ya Rahman Ya Rahim YaHu Ya Ishk Fariha Fatima
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Give us hearts of love, tongues of love, hearing and seeing love. Create love before us and behind us, to our right and to our left, above us and beneath us. Transform our nerves into love, our flesh into love, our skin into love, our hair into love, our flowing veins into love, our bones and marrow into love, our brains into love, our cells into love! O Reality of love, make us all love and increase us always and forever in love!
Beloveds Be living with the Ever Living. Find life in the breath within the breath. Grateful for this life eternal. Aware. – Fariha Fatima
The dervish knows herself, knows himself, through her love, through his love. Love is our self, Love is our root, Love is our Lord. – Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi
In the Blessed Name of Allah, Infinite Mercy and Boundless Love Ya Imam Huseyn! Ya Imam Huseyn! Ya Imam Huseyn! The sun of Love shines from your great heart as you stand within the community of humanity. It is Love that undertakes the journey into the desert of unknowing and the desert of longing to reveal Itself and to know Itself. Love allows Itself to be captured by the forces of tyranny, arrogance and separation to teach humanity that they are just chimeras and shadows. Love tastes the blood of suffering and transforms it into praise and gratitude. Love meets hatred and ignorance and answers with prayer and intercession. Love extinguishes the fires of those hells with its tears falling from the Essence. Loves' tears contain the Ocean of Mercy and all the Holy Books. Love unveils Itself in the center of the Center. Love reaches beyond the Beyond. Love cannot be contained by any boundary or limitation, any law, any custom, any form, any history, or any projection of future. Now in the desert, in the divine human form, Love receives the crown of victory. Ya Huseyn! O martyrs of Karbala! Humanity, jinn and angels are weeping around you O Huseyn, O martyrs! Humanity, jinn and angels are rejoicing around you O Huseyn, O martyrs! Ya Ashura! O great day for humanity. Ya Ashura! O great day of victory for all the Prophets and their communities. Ya Ashura! O great day for Muhammad the Beloved and Praiseworthy when he is crowned with the Makam al Mahmud, the Station of the Greatest All-Encompassing Praise, the One praising Itself through all manifest Being. O great day of Truth and Happiness for all beings! O Love! Ya Hazreti Fatima al Kubra, aleyhi salam! Ya Hazreti Ali Amir al Muminin, aleyhi salam! Ya Hazreti Pir Nureddin Jerrahi, Ya Amina Tasleema al Jerrahi, Ya Hazreti Muzaffer Ashki al Jerrahi, Y Hazreti Nur al Anwar al Jerrahi, may Allah's loving Mercy encompass you all! Ya Ummeti Muhammad! Alhamdulillah! Ya Imam Huseyn and Martyrs of Karbala, please intercede for us that we may be this Love! Ya Hu Allah! – Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi (January 28, 2007)
We must weep tears, at least inwardly, for the martyrdom of Husayn, may Allah ennoble his soul… To weep tears for a martyr is a very unusual kind of tear. It is not a tear of frustration or a tear of a feeling of oppression or defeat… At the same time, it is a real tear… It is a tear of intense love and intense gratitude… May we weep inwardly, if just a single tear, for love of that one about whom we sing, “Whoever loves you will receive forgiveness, whoever loves you will be enlightened.” We don’t even have to be so advanced that we would shed physical tears, but the heart knows how to shed tears. So if we can shed that tear tonight, we can be considered true lovers. Muzaffer Efendi said that the highest rank is the rank of lovers. This is the ultimate spiritual rank to which we aspire. – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi
Our most profound and humble greetings, salams, and kisses to the earth where the feet of these holy mothers have walked: beloved Eve, beloved Mary, most precious Khadija, most precious Aisha, and the Pearl Beyond Price—the majestic and mysterious mother of the Mirror of the Prophet, the noble Hussain, may the Peace of Allah always be upon him, the Mother of the Ecstatic Lovers, Supreme Lover and Beloved of the Prophet—Fatima the Enlightened. – Shaykh Nur al-Jerahi / Lex Hixon excerpted from the section on Mothers Islamic Meditations / Atom from the Sun of Knowledge
Ya Imam Huseyn! O you whose place is beyond both worlds! You stand in the desert of the limited self, attacked by the armies of the limited self, to witness to the Reality of love. In you the contagious poison of the ego meets its antidote, the compassion and forgiveness of Allah which inhabits you completely. You are the magnificent inheritor of your grandfather, Muhammad Mustafa the Praiseworthy, and of the Ruhallah, Spirit of Allah, Hazreti Issa, and of all the Messengers and Prophets who came for the sake of the human heart, peace be upon them all and upon their communities throughout time. O Beloved Allah please forgive us completely and draw us ever closer to You for the sake of Imam Huseyn and all those who stood with him in the desert of Karbala!
Let Us Not Forget We shall leave behind life and lover, Let us not forget the blood of Karbala. We shall pass through the gardens of Paradise, Let us not forget the blood of Karbala. This wound still bleeds in our heart, We are of Haydar, let us not stray, Even if they drag us to the gallows, Let us not forget the blood of Karbala. Haydar al-Karrar is our leader, We shed tears for Husayn, If only one companion remains, Let us not forget the blood of Karbala. Ashki weeps for the martyrs of Karbala, Sobbing he entreats his Lord, We endure a thousand afflictions, Let us not forget the blood of Karbala. – Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi (Ashki’s Divan)
Huseyn is of me and I am from him. Allah loves those who love my Huseyn. – Muhammad the Messenger, peace be upon him
These first ten days of Muharram, these days leading up to the sacrifice of Imam Huseyn and over a hundred companions in the desert of Karbala, are days of unusual spiritual power. Please use them wisely. Some use them for grieving, some for deep meditation and prayer, praying for humanity and all beings to come to felicity. Pray and meditate at dawn or in the night. And keep zikr in the day. Offer charity and kindness. Be with your family in a special way. Look upon everything you see with compassion. Walk gently and consciously on the earth. Offer the inner salam, the peace from your heart to all. Cultivate deep kindness in your soul and awareness in your heart. Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi
Karbala is Myself. I stand in the desert of Karbala of my own self. I am thirsting for Truth. I am attacked by the enemies of my heart and my soul. I am attacked by greed – the greed of never being satisfied because I do not see the Giver. By superficiality – which makes me see only the surface of things because I have not undertaken the effort to go deep. By envy of others – for not seeing the Source and the Lord within myself and others. By anger – imagining that I am a lord who has the right to be angry with others, or angry at the world, or angry with God. By righteousness – in the illusion that ‘I know’ and that my knowing is better than others’ knowing. By pride – in thinking that what belongs only to You is mine, and wanting to be praised for what was never mine. By heedlessness – by not remembering every moment my true condition, that I am always and only Your servant and a slave. By ungratefulness – not being aware of Your constant giving, and turning away from the inner spring of gratitude that You make flow in my heart. By excessiveness – not taking the reins of guidance to moderate my earthly self. By despondency – not waking up from the dream of the world and therefore feeling its burden and its sleep inducing drink. By despair – not trusting in the Ever-present and Ever-near. And the Yazid of all enemies – ignorance and unawareness of You, not seeing You in every movement of myself and in every moment of creation. The dust clouds of the world surround me, making me see permanence where there is none, making me imagine value where there is none, making me seek refuge where there is none. My faith is my only armor. … continued here (link in bio): http://farihafatima.com/2013/11/07/karbala-is-myself/ – Fariha Fatima (Muharram 2013)
Prayer of Prophet Muhammad on first of Muharram O Allah, You are Eternal Reality, Creator of time, And this is a new year. I beg of you safety in it from the one who embodies all negativity. I beg of you mastery of my limited self which inclines to negativity. And I beg of you engagement in everything which draws me near to You. O Generous and Merciful One! O Lord of majesty and embracing generosity! O Supporter of the one who has no support. O Provider of the one who has no provision. O Shelter of the one who has no shelter. O Helper of the one who has no helper. O Reliance of the one who has no one to lean on. O Treasure of the one who has no treasure. O You Who makes tests and trials a way of mercy. O Ultimate Hope. O Strength of the weak. O Rescuer of the drowning. O Savior from destruction. O Benefactor! O Munificent! O All Bestower! O All Benevolent! Before You prostrates the blackness of the night and the brightness of the day, the radiance of the moon and the glory of the sun, the ripple of the water, and the rustling of the trees. You have no equal and no partner. O Beloved Allah please make us better than what is thought of us. Forgive us for that which remains hidden about us, And do not blame us for what is said regarding us. Sufficient for me is Allah, and there is no reality apart from Allah. On Allah alone do I rely, Lord of the magnificent throne. In this do we believe, that all comes from our Lord. And none are aware of this except the people of insight. O Lord and Lover of ours, do not let our hearts swerve after You have guided us! And grant us mercy from Your own Presence, for You are the Bestower of mercy without limit. Amin! Amin! Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Aleymin! All praises flow from every point and place of praise to the Source and Goal of all beings!
May we calm our hearts and focus our hearts in these blessed ten nights and ten days, culminating in the Day of Arafat and the Eid, on Thursday and Friday of next week. We will be celebrating the Day of Arafah, the 9th of Dhul Hijjah on Thursday, July 30th, and Eid ul-Adha, the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, on Friday, July 31st.
Concern for humanity, and all the related beings that surround humanity, is the only meaning of human life. – Lex Hixon / Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi (from an interview with Mighty Companions from August 8, 1995)
Send forth your powerful spiritual gaze into the perfection of Divine Creation again and again, My beloved. It will return dazzled, amazed, enlightened. Summar ji'il basara karrataini yanqalib ilaikal basaru khaasi'anw wa huwa haseer Holy Quran 67.4 (Al-Mulk)
Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you. – Rumi (translated by Coleman Barks) The Sufi Lodge remains closed for the time being. (photo taken on 6/23/2020)
Blessed Urs of Pir Vilayat “As ours is a way of light, the work we do as followers of the path of Sufism is to help others become conscious that they are beings of light. Just like a potter works with clay to shape a pot, work with light practices helps individuals become more luminous and radiant. Becoming more skilled in the art of illumination catalyzes transformation. How would the world be different if, for example, all of us were to reclaim our inheritance as members in a "tribe of light" who vow to bring enlightenment to all creation.” — Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan — Awakening: A Sufi Experience
ALLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR LA ILLAHA IL ALLAHU WA-LLAHU AKBAR, ALLAHU AKBAR WA LI-LLAHIL HAMD SUPREME REALITY IS INFINITELY MORE MERCIFUL AND GREAT THAN MINDS CAN GRASP, SOLE REALITY, BEYOND ALL CONCEPTION, BOUNDLESS BEING, AND ALL PRAISE FLOWS TO THE ONE ALONE CALLING ITSELF ALLAH!
We first divinely revealed luminous verses from this Glorious Quran during the most sanctified night, for We long eternally to offer Our compassionate Divine Warning. On that mystic Night outside time, every facet of infinite Divine Wisdom is made clear. Holy Quran 44.3-4 Three Days of Prayer – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi
Help us and lift us up Unveil awaken us Refine illumine us O Habiballah Help us and lift us up Exalt and empty us Absorb and consume us O Habiballah – Nur al Jerrahi (Illahi #91)
Simply remain grounded In Rahman. Focus on your heart. Focus on Zikrullah. Focus on Koran. Focus on prayer. Praise Allah. Ask from Allah. The last ten days are a time of awe and love. May we do everything for love, for others and for Allah.
All existence is annihilated except Allah’s essential Face. His alone is the Divine Command Be! To Him alone, all Being ceaselessly returns home. Holy Qur’an 28:88
Blessed Urs of Imam ‘Ali 'You consider yourself to be an insignificant body, but within you is encapsulated the greatest universe; and you are "The Manifest Book" (al-Kitab al-Mubin), whose letters reveal what is hidden'. – Imam 'Ali b. Abi Talib – Diwan
Bless the station of the Mother and bless the station of the Heart. May they be victorious. May we in our Tariqat grow in compassion and loving kindness. May we grow in deep insight and clarity. May we grow in caring for others as our own. May we grow in gratitude to our Source. May we grow in gratitude for each other. May we grow in gratitude for each moment and each event and each encounter and each thing we receive. May we speak gently and kindly to the servants of Rahman. May we speak clearly and firmly in the face of the betrayal of Justice. May we walk gently on Mother Earth so that her children are not disturbed and her heart is not broken. She will testify about the actions of humanity before Her Lord on the Day of Enlightenment. May we honor life and support it so that it flourishes. May we offer love and the guidance which streams through our lineage. May we pray intensely for all souls. May we ceaselessly praise and hear the praise of all beings. May we trust in the mother essence of Rahman, fully knowing that we and all beings are loved beyond our wildest imagination and will be taken of in the best of possible ways. May we realize that we are the hearts and hands and feet and eyes and ears of the One Living Loving Knowing Seeing Hearing Feeling Creating Moving. We are the servants of Rahman and the Mothers of humanity. Blessed Blessed Mothers Day! – Fariha Nur Ashki Jerrahi
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The glorious month of Ramadan enters this Thursday at sunset. May the Ramadan bless you and humble you and exalt you and make you blissful and flowing with divine inspiration and love. May it serve to illumine and guide the heart of humanity. May it help to bring peace. The first day of fasting will be Friday, April 24th. Tarawih prayer will begin on Thursday evening.
Most precious Allah, we long only to affirm Love. While we exist on earth, please dissolve our denials of Love, so we may experience Your Direct Presence not as the fire of purification but as the radiance of Paradise. —Meditation on Holy Qur’an 3:14–8 (Lex Hixon – The Heart of the Qur'an)
O beloved of Allah may you have a most blessed joyful birthday! May your lovers throughout the 18,000 worlds offer you the most beautiful Salawats and gracious greetings and prayers on this day and may they feel immense gratitude in their hearts for your guidance. May their love for you turn this world into a bliss garden of roses and nightingales. And may their hearts be the lamps of lovelight that illumine the way for seekers. And may, for love to you, the Beloved shine forth in their beings like the full moon on a cloudless night. May your love and your light bless all humanity.
“I Am. I alone Am. La ilahe ila Ana. Turn to Me. Pray to Me. Ask from Me. Return to Me. Be grateful to Me. Disappear in Me. Reappear through Me. Love Me with your entire being. Love me in your heart, in your self, in your mind. Love Me in in your self and in the heart of my humanity where I abide. Love Me in My creation where I manifest. Love Me with every breath and in every blink of your eye. But you will fail to love Me as I love you. You will forget your true self and forget Me. You will be distracted by the world and your own affairs. Your heart will be veiled from Me. You will wander in forgetfulness. And then through My love to you and My promise to you I will turn to you and send you distress so that you remember Me. You will remember your Creator and your Refuge and you will ask for My forgiveness and I will forgive you. And you will dwell with Me forever.”
"… 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." [Tomorrow night is Laylatul Baraat – Night of Forgiveness and Mercy]
Blessed Night of Miraj. May our love and our every breath be for the beloved of Allah in this holy night, for the one who has brought countless blessings to ourselves and all beings. So many new words and forms of praise, so much mystic knowledge, so much forgiveness and bountiful blessings were offered to us by Allah in this night through the blessed heart of the Messenger. May our love and gratitude flow from our hearts to our lineage, and in particular to beloved Pir Nureddin Jerrahi and his mother Amina al Jerrahi, beloved Muzaffer Effendi al Jerrahi and beloved Nur al Anwar al Jerrahi. – Fariha Nur Ashki
All is prayer The great cycles of time the seasons, the days, the hours, the moments are all in prayer the stars, the air, the earth all the earth’s vast life, all the noble creatures in the soil, in the streams, in the ocean, forests and deserts our self is prayer, our body our walking on the earth our breathing our speaking, our hearing, our seeing our loving our eating and drinking working with our hands our play our tears, our laughter our struggles our intentions our sickness, our healing all is our prayer as we walk the holy way of life together, the sacred path which leads us to knowing that all is holy, all is Allah, all is Hu (Shaykha Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi)
Dear Community, We have decided to close the Dergah for this week's Zikr and Meshk. We feel that it is wiser until we have a better idea of how the virus is developing in New York. Insha'allah this is the right decision for these circumstances. May you all stay well and strong. Peace and Love.
Blessed first night of Rajab! Blessed Holy Months! "The following noble Tradition was reported by the venerable Hasan, beloved grandson of the blessed Prophet: “There are four nights in the year when Allah’s mercy, forgiveness, generosity, bounty and grace fall like rain upon the world. Blessed are they who know or will come to know the value of these nights, namely: 1) The first night of the noble month of Rajab; 2) The night called Bara’a (Absolution), the fifteenth night of the noble month of Shaban; 3) The night of the feast of Ramadan; 4) The night of the feast of Sacrifice.” – Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi – Irshad – excerpted from the Seventh Discourse
Urs Mubarak! Sefer Dal Effendi (ra)
Urs Mubarak Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi – February 12 Ya Ashki! Ya Effendi! Medet!
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep. – Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi Translated my Coleman Barks / Unseen Rain
Come whirl TODAY at 3:30 pm.
The sheikhs are the pourers of the wine and the dervish is the glass. Love is the wine. – Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi
The greatest book is this world, this life. Read it and reread it. Your past is the greatest part of this book. As you keep rereading it, you will find it changed, and you will find yourself. It is a vast book, reaching from this earth to the farthest corner of the heavens. – Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi excerpted from Love is the Wine
On the path of Truth, whatever happens to the seeker is for his own good. O heart, on the straight road no one gets lost. – Hafiz Ghazal 18 Excerpted from Wine & Prayer Eighty Ghazals from the Diwan of Hafiz Translated by Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. and Iraj Anvar 20 Tickets still available for this coming Saturday (November 23, 2019 – 8 pm), a special evening of the ghazals of Hafiz, sung and recited in English and Persian, accompanied by classical Persian and Western musicians. Please come join Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. & Iraj Anvar as they recite their recently published translations, accompanied with music performed by Dawn Avery & Afshin Goodarzi Tickets: Advance Online Purchase $20 – Price at door: $30 (if available) https://www.facebook.com/events/1334360370057787/
O Beloved and Magnificent Allah, please shower Your never-ending love and unveilings of love, and shower Your never-ending bounties and new knowledge and new forms of Praise and blessings of every kind upon the heart-essence of Muhammad, sallallahu aleyhi wa sellim, so that his family, his wives, his companions, his Ummat of Prophets and their communities and all beings from the most invisible to the vastest, live and manifest and flourish in the most beautiful way of praise in the never ending pleasure of Allah the Beloved and Adored and may they live the One Life forever in the greatest harmony that only comes from Your Pleasure. O Beloved Allah, please shower Your never ending blessings and all embracing peace upon Muhammad the one reality and one life of the hearts of all beings so that this Creation fulfills its sublime Amana in praising and adoring You forever in the infinite and various ways that are most pleasing to You, O Exalted and Cherished One. For Being Itself is praise of You. And praise of You is Being.
O SOUL REJOICE NOW IN YOUR SHEIKH PERSEVERE IN LOVE REMAIN AWAKE NEVER FORGET HER TENDERNESS HER MERCY AND HER NATURALNESS O LOVER PREGNANT WITH HYMNS AND PSALMS NOW PRAISE THE SHEIKH AND KISS HER PALMS AND CONTEMPLATE HER MAJESTY HER MYSTICAL MATERNITY A SEA OF LIGHT SURROUNDS THE SHEIKH SONORIOUSLY ROARING DIVINE NAMES THE NAVIGATOR SHOWS THE WAY THE POLESTAR OF HUMANITY HER FAITHFUL MARINERS HAVE SEEN THE RUPTURE OF IDOLOTRY THE BLESSED SHIPWRECK OF THE SELF SUBMERGED IN OCEANIC LOVE THE THUNDERING OF LONGING CRIES THE MOISTENING OF GRATEFUL EYES NOW COMES THE SWEET LIFE-GIVING RAIN TO LIFT US INTO THE FLOOD AGAIN Chamber of Mystic Hymns illahi 83
A Short Prayer of Shaykh Nur / Lex Hixon (November 1994) May we taste the fruits of paradise, the fruits of every spiritual state and station. May we know the Quranic meaning of the Quranic phrase which says that in paradise there is everything that one can desire and more than what one can possible desire. May we have a glimpse of that infinite, inexhaustible abundance which is the nature of Allah, which flows freely in this creation and in paradise. May we see the light of Allah as being the light of the heavens and the earth. May we know that all light emanates from the heart, that even the sun shines by the heart’s light. May we be in the army of love. May we be in the process of justice. May we not do injustice to our own souls. May we gradually rectify the injustice which we may have done to other souls. May we constantly ask for forgiveness, constantly seek reconciliation. May the nations that live in harmony upon this planet, may the world leaders be awakened to their profound spiritual responsibility. May they learn the nature of the prostration. May they feel the pressure of the divine prostration on their forehead. May they actually kiss the dust of the sacred earth and become servants of the Most High. Al-Fatiha … Amin Ya Sultan Muhammad Nureddin Jerrahi, prince of the parliament of prophets and saints, The one who is administering the graces of spiritual evolution for the planetary world along with all of the great founding pirs and all of the mystic saints, known and unknown. May we join their company. May we be in their reunions. May we find our hearts as chambers of these reunions. Allah Hu! And may we be the recipient of one of the 360 glances of Divine Grace given by Allah every day to the lovers of his mystic saints. Amin.
Prudence and proper thoughts lie far from the dervish way. Better to fill your breast with fire and your eyes with tears. -Hafiz Ghazal 78 Excerpted from Wine & Prayer Eighty Ghazals from the Diwan of Hafiz Translated by Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. and Iraj Anvar
Whirling Class with Sakina First Sunday of the month
An Evening with Hafiz of Shiraz Saturday, November 23, 2019 8 pm Recently published translations by: Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. & Iraj Anvar Music performed by: Dawn Avery & Afshin Goodarzi Tickets: Advance Online Purchase $20 – Price at door: $30 A special evening of the ghazals of Hafiz, sung and recited in English and Persian, accompanied by classical Persian and Western musicians.
Come Whirl today at 4:30 PM at The Sufi Lodge!
Happy Birthday Beloved Mevlana Happy birthday beloved We love this day For it brought you here To be with us between water and clay While the spirit flies. To be our guide of love To be the friend of our heart Dispeller of our sorrow Refresher of our spirit Inspirer Who reminds us to place love at the center of every circle To find love in the beginning, in the end and in the middle To live for love To live love What can we do for you o friend? Love you. Hu – Shaykha Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi
Whoever Brought Me Here, Will Have To Take Me Home All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there. This drunkenness began in some other tavern. When I get back around to that place, I’ll be completely sober. Meanwhile, I’m like a bird from another continent, sitting in this aviary. The day is coming when I fly off, but who is it now in my ear who hears my voice? Who says words with my mouth? Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul? I cannot stop asking. If I could taste one sip of an answer, I could break out of this prison for drunks. I didn’t come here of my own accord, and I can’t leave that way. Whoever brought me here, will have to take me home. This poetry. I never know what I’m going to say. I don’t plan it. When I’m outside the saying of it, I get very quiet and rarely speak at all. From: Essential Rumi Coleman Barks with John Moyne
Ya Hazreti Mevlana! Celebrating the birthday of Mevlana tonight at the dergah! (the actual date is Sept 30).
Closer To You Than You Jugular Vein (VIDEO) Shaykha Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi September 18, 2019 https://vimeo.com/360927597 (Link in Bio) . . . .
TONIGHT! Uyghur Benefit Concert! Come hear Mehdi Leghyeh! Doors open at 7:30 pm. Tickets will be available at the door. http://sufibooks.com/friday-august-16-2019-uyghur-benefit-concert/ . . . .
Come Friday Night! Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Opening Up The Sacred Forms (VIDEO) Shaykha Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi August 14, 2019 https://vimeo.com/353982613 (link in bio) . . . .
This FRIDAY! Buy Tickets NOW! . . .
Blessed Day of Arafat!
EID UL-ADHA SUNDAY – AUGUST 11, 2019 DOORS OPEN – 9:00 AM TAKBIR BEGINS – 9:30 AM EID PRAYER – 10:00 AM FOLLOWED BY BRUNCH EID MUBARAK!
Be blessed. Be the pilgrims of Arafat. Be the seekers of self revelation. Be the people of mercy. From the Archive – December 7, 2008 Come Today to Mount Arafat O Pilgrims of Love http://farihafatima.com/2008/12/07/come-today-to-mount-arafat-o-pilgrims-of-love/ (Note: Day of Arafat is tomorrow – Saturday, August 10, 2019)
Uyghur Benefit Concert Folk and Sufi music from Persia and the Caucasus Friday, August 16, 2019 / 8 pm / $25 (proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to benefit the Uyghur people. available online at sufibooks.com) venue: The Sufi Lodge 245 West Broadway, New York City musicians: Gabriel Marin – dutar/guitar Mehdi Leghyeh – vocals Dan Kurfirst – percussion Nur Ashki Jerrahi Community thesufilodge.com / 212-966-0773 http://sufibooks.com/friday-august-16-2019-uyghur-benefit-concert/
Sufi science, never anti-traditional, does not counsel humanity to abandon the powerful ancient methods: prayer and meditation, service to the neighbor, study of scriptures and biographies of saints. What is distinct about this spiritual science, which always develops anew in every historical period, is the wideness of its field of vision and activity. Sufism is never limited to a single sensibility, to a single society, or even to a single religious tradition, but rather embraces the world as a sphere without cultural or personal frontiers. Sufism is capable of inventing new words, but in each epoch its point of departure is exactly the same: to gaze face to face upon Reality. Its loom is always the same: the Living One. Its call to humanity is always the same: Let us begin to exist truly! – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi / Lex Hixon Chapter: New Light on Sufi Science: Gnostic Unveiling and Awakening Excerpted from Atom from the Sun of Knowledge Available from Pir Press . . . .
The full moon of truth is rising, souls of love will never part. You have honored the true Medina of the tender human heart … – Illahi 73A
May we be among those who wipe away tears. – Fariha Fatima Watch video: Suffering – Prayer and a heart of compassion https://vimeo.com/345302852
Happy Birthday Shaykha Fariha Fatima! —— Ghazal 1759 Vah cheh bi rang … Oh how nameless, how free I am! When will I see myself as I really am? Tell me your secrets here and now, you said. In this realm, I said, where is the here and now? How can my soul be still when I am whirling in stillness? My sea drowned in itself. What a wondrous, shoreless sea I am! Not in this world, not in the next I am. Where I am, both worlds disappear. Naught, I am free of profit and loss. How singular, I neither gain nor lose. I said: My Soul, you’re the light of my eyes. Where I am, he said, no need for eyes. That’s what you are, I said. Stop it! he said. No words can capture me. I said: Since you are more than tongue can tell, behold how eloquent I am without a tongue. Like the moon, without legs, I race through nothingness. See how fast I can run without legs! A voice called: Why so fast? Look into the hidden, find my true face. The moment I saw Shams of Tabriz I became a treasure, a gem, the rare pearl of the sea. —— Jalal al-Din Rumi – Divan-e-Shems Translated from the Persian by Iraj Anvar and Anne Twitty
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Where is our heart? Let us look into our heart. That is where the Night of Power descends.
Go inward. Be in munajat, intimate conversation with Allah, sometimes wordless. Trust Let go Who you are… Let go of that. How you see yourself… Let go of that. What you fear… Let go of that. What you think of others… Let go of that. How you see the world… Let go of that. What you understand and don’t understand…Let go of that. What you want apart from what Allah wants… Let go of that. Jealousies, fears, hopes, convictions, beliefs… Let go. This is the Ramadan Plunge. The last Ten days.
Allah desires us empty of knowing to fill us http://farihafatima.com/2019/05/14/a-few-raindrops/
Blessed Ramadan! Dergah al-Farah (aka ) will ONLY open to the Public on Thursday evenings for fast break and the dhikr ceremony. Doors open at 7:00 pm Fast break meal – 8:15 pm Dhikr ceremony – 10:00 pm Please be sure to RSVP via email ahead of time if you are interested in attending as space is limited. During the week the lodge is reserved for private gathering of dervishes of the order. Nur Ashki Jerrahi Community | The Sufi Lodge 245 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013 | tel: 212 966 9773 web: thesufilodge.com email: info.com
Nureddin Jerrahi is alive in me His pure flame of wisdom Lights the world of unity Your sweet intercession is my ecstasy Effendi Your sweet intercession is my ecstasy Haqq La ilaha ilallah Hu La ilaha ilallah!
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BOOK LAUNCH continues TODAY! Lecture by Dr. Eric Winkel 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Visual doors to the Openings Ibn al-Arabi’s Spiritual Aesthetics Visual doors into the Openings Revealed in Makkah. We consider a dozen slides, each presenting a visual aesthetic or mechanical (schematic) translation of an aspect of Ibn al-Arabi’s vision, preparing the viewer to realize and verify for oneself (tahqiq) a truth. These are mafatih (keys) to the openings (futuhat), necessary for understanding this work. Ibn al-Arabi’s spiritual aesthetic – participatory, interactive themes from the Openings Revealed in Makkah: mirror, shadow play, photography; the fingers of al-Rahman, the good estimation of the True; the harsh names and words of the Divine; and four words for love. Venue The Sufi Lodge 245 West Broadway New York, NY 10013 tel: 212.966.9773 Free Admission. . . .
So do not seek Me within yourself, imposing on yourself difficulty and distress, nor externally, to no good end. But do not give up searching for Me, or you will be wretched. Search for Me until you meet Me; therefore ascend onwards, but follow honorably, with courteous protocol in your search, and be present from the very start with your practice. The Youth – Chapter 1 – Book 1 Muḥyīddīn Ibn al-‘Arabī’s The Openings Revealed in Makkah – Vol 1 al-Futūḥāt al-Makkīyah – (Books 1 & 2) Translated by Dr. Eric Winkel THIS FRIDAY: Book Launch (Free Event) A two-day book launch with Dr. Eric Winkel Launch Price: $50 (Retail Price $100) One-time only 50% discount March 29, 8 – 10 pm Friday Book Launch March 30, 1 – 4:30 pm Saturday Lecture The Sufi Lodge New York City . . . .
Prayer after Dhikr.
THIS FRIDAY – Book Launch Event – March 29-30, 2019 Option 1: Come to launch event this weekend and purchase book in person for 50% discount Option 2: Purchase online now for 30% discount with code LAUNCH (available for limited time only) https://www.pirpress.com/products/the-openings-revealed-in-makkah-books-1-and-2 . . .
Mother Reality remains tender, playful, open, creative, unconventional, and indefinable. She is fundamentally the open space beyond religion, which I call timeless awareness. She stands always outside frameworks. Yet her unitive wisdom also preserves a way to harmonize genuine religious and cultural traditions which advance rival claims. Mother loves all her children equally. Lex Hixon – Mother of the Universe . . .
Book Launch (Free Event) Muḥyīddīn Ibn al-‘Arabī’s The Openings Revealed in Makkah – Volume 1 al-Futūḥāt al-Makkīyah – (Books 1 & 2) Translated by Dr. Eric Winkel A two-day book launch with Dr. Eric Winkel Launch Price: $50 (Retail Price $100) One-time only 50% discount March 29, 8 – 10 pm Friday Book Launch March 30, 1 – 4:30 pm Saturday Lecture The Sufi Lodge New York City . . . .
Come Saturday at 3 pm! "Safe Harbors" : Exploring Women's Spaces of Solace and Refuge in American Islam A talk by Sylvia Chan-Malik Saturday, March 16, 2019 3:00 pm Venue: The Sufi Lodge, 245 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Forgive us Lord of forgiveness, we are crying desperately Free us from the egocentric obsessions which we carry The pages of our existence fill with negativity, Precious Sultan this we know You alone can give us refuge Blazing Light Reality Precious Sultan this we know Free us for the sake of Ashki, immerse us in Your beauty Include us in the great circle, lovers of Your beloved We are servants of Your servants crying out for Your mercy Precious Sultan this we know Healing breath of Muhammad, alone cures despondency Precious Sultan this we know – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi Illahi 9, Chamber of Mystic Hymns
fresh off the press …. Muḥyīddīn Ibn al-‘Arabī’s The Openings Revealed in Makkah – Volume 1 al-Futūḥāt al-Makkīyah – (Books 1 & 2) Translated by Dr. Eric Winkel A two-day book launch with Dr. Eric Winkel March 29, 8 – 10 pm Friday Book Launch March 30, 1 – 4:30 pm Saturday Lecture The Sufi Lodge New York City . . . .
SAVE THE DATE! Book Launch Event The Openings Revealed in Makkah of Muhyiddin Ibn al-Arabi Friday, March 29, 2019 Book Release: Meet the translator Eric Shuayb Winkel and hear about the making of the book Saturday March 30, 2019 Lecture by Eric Shuayb Winkel Visual doors to the Openings Spiritual Aesthetics More details to follow soon. . . .
In the Name of Allah, Boundless Compassion, Infinite Mercy 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, Those who constantly acknowledge the Divine Mystery, Who are ceaselessly engaged in prayer and acts of generosity, freely sharing whatever abundance We have divinely provided for them. These lovers respond wholeheartedly to the revelation streaming through you, My beloved, and to the words of Truth flowing through all My previous Messengers. They experience the certitude of homecoming into Divine Radiance after the sleep of death. These are the ones who receive Divine guidance directly from the One Who dwells in their hearts. These are the fully realized, the true human beings.
Come, Come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving, It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even though you have broken your vow a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.
"Safe Harbors" : Exploring Women's Spaces of Solace and Refuge in American Islam A talk by Sylvia Chan-Malik Saturday, March 16, 2019 3:00 pm – $10 http://sufibooks.com/saturday-march-16-2019-safe-harbors-sylvia-chan-malik/
The soul is the mystic lover. The soul is the mystic path. The soul is our guide. The soul is our life. We are the single soul without limits. – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi / Lex Hixon Atom from the Sun of Knowledge . . .
The engaged Sufi lives always contemplating not the reflected universe but the essential plane of Divine Love. Every detail of existence manifests through and as Love. – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi / Lex Hixon Atom from the Sun of Knowledge Available from Pir Press . . .
O lover who listens to primordial silence! O swan who parts the smooth waters of Essence! What happiness flows from the soul who becomes consciously capable of a love totally unified with the One God, fully absorbed in the Most Near, Who is Love! Manifesting beyond the duality of humankind and Deity, beyond surface teachings and exercises of religion, this state of total absorption actually constitutes Sufism. – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi / Lex Hixon . . .
There is no such thing as death. There are only births. There is no such thing as ceasing to be. Nothing perishes or is lost and no one dies. But every creature who is ornamented with a soul tastes death, just as I am now tasting the water in this glass. – Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi
O Radiant Daughter O Stream of Kawthar Hidden Halifa Ya Fatima Ya Fatima True Medina Al-hamdulillah Ya Mustafa Verse from Illahi 30 Mystic Hymn from the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order . . .
Salat upon Hazrati Fatima Zahra O Beloved Allah please shower Your blessings and prayers upon the illumined Fatima and her noble father and blessed husband and children, by the secret invested in her which is in Your knowledge alone. Allahumma salli ‘ala Fatima wa abiha wa ba’liha wa baniha wa sirril mustauda’i fiha bi’adadi ma ahata bihi ‘ilmuka . . .
“Love Me, return to Me, ask from Me, rely on Me, trust in Me, be consumed by me, be bewildered and lost in Me. I belong to you and you belong to Me.” – the pre-eternal command from Love to each human soul. . . .
The dervish leaps into the depths of the heart, plunging deeper and deeper into the stormy ocean of love. Apprentice of mystic love along this arcane way, the dervish polishes the mirror and gazes into Essence. The dervish heart becomes a blazing fire of love, spreading light and warmth throughout creation. – Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi / Lex Hixon Atom from the Sun of Knowledge Available from Pir Press
THIS SUNDAY! Whirling Class with Sakina Sunday, February 3, 2019 3:30 – 6:30 pm http://whirling.org . . .
Sometimes we become bewildered at the degree of negativity and distortion projected by the limited self, and we may tend to read this as real. The antidote is La ilaha Ilallah Muhammad Rasulullah—knowing and affirming the radiance and beauty of our own soul as none other that the radiance of the One Reality—“blazing, blissful, unity of pure Being.” – Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi Tariqat / Invitation to Union http://nurashkijerrahi.org/tariqat/
TODAY Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition Talk with Omid Safi ONLINE TICKET SALE HAS ENDED. There will only be a limited number of tickets available at the door and they will SELL OUT quickly so please arrive when doors open at 2:30 pm. http://sufibooks.com/saturday-january-26-2019-radical-love-omid-safi/
How do you ever expect for your heart to become polished like a mirror without putting up with the pain of polish? – Rumi (excerpt from Radical Love / by Omid Safi) See you this Saturday! Tickets will sell out soon! Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition Talk with Omid Safi / Saturday, January 26, 2019 / 3 pm / $10 http://sufibooks.com/saturday-january-26-2019-radical-love-omid-safi/
All I desire is to see your face – Rayhana ‘The Enraptured’ (excerpt from Radical Love / by Omid Safi) Saturday / January 26, 2019 / 3 pm Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition / Talk with Omid Safi / $10 Buy ticket NOW as they are selling fast! http://sufibooks.com/saturday-january-26-2019-radical-love-omid-safi/
Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition Talk with Omid Safi / Saturday, January 26, 2019 / 3 pm / $10
Come, Come …..
O lovers and real ones, soundness from Allah has made your turn complete. It has purified your souls. Allah has brought you to the true center, the state of those closest to Him. Whirling with the Friend: A two hour mystical journey with Zikr, Whirling and Music celebrating Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi on his wedding night Sunday, December 16, 2018 5 -7 pm Come, Come … VENUE: Subud New York – downstairs 230 West 29th Street New York City *Audience will be invited to join the Zikr and Whirling FREE ADMISSION
May Allah grant you total soundness O travelers on the Way of Love. May the Beloved remove the veils from your eyes that you may see the secrets of your time and of the true center. Whirling with the Friend: A two hour mystical journey with Zikr, Whirling and Music celebrating Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi on his wedding night Sunday, December 16, 2018 5 -7 pm Come, Come … VENUE: Subud New York – downstairs 230 West 29th Street New York City *Audience will be invited to join the Zikr and Whirling FREE ADMISSION
Turn in the circle of true existence. Be in harmony with your capacity, with your created nature. Be in active submission. Whirling with the Friend: A two hour mystical journey with Zikr, Whirling and Music celebrating Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi on his wedding night Sunday, December 16, 2018 5 -7 pm Come, Come … VENUE: Subud New York – downstairs 230 West 29th Street New York City *Audience will be invited to join the Zikr and Whirling FREE ADMISSION
“O beloved ones who turn here, may Allah give you health. May He make your awareness and your intention sound. May He bring you in readiness to the center of true beginning.” Whirling with the Friend A two hour mystical journey with Zikr, Whirling and Music celebrating Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi on his wedding night Sunday, December 16, 2018 5 -7 pm Come, Come … VENUE: Subud New York – downstairs 230 West 29th Street New York City *Audience will be invited to join the Zikr and Whirling FREE ADMISSION
THIS SUNDAY: Whirling with the Friend http://sufibooks.com/sunday-december-16-2018-whirling-with-the-friend-at-subud-new-york/
Whirling with the Friend: A two hour mystical journey with Zikr, Whirling and Music celebrating Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi on his wedding night | Sunday, December 16, 2018 | 5 -7 pm | Free Admission Come, Come … VENUE: Subud New York – downstairs 230 West 29th Street New York City
Tomorrow is Effendi’s birthday. As we prepare to celebrate his life at the dergah tonight, we also mark this year as the 40th year since Ashki came to America. These 40 images of Effendi shared within the last few days were curated from the collection at the MOLH Archive Foundation and are on special display at Dergah al-Farah. ‘One seed of you love O Ashki, grows into a giant tree …’
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Upcoming Event: Blessed Mawlud / Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday – 12th Rabi ul Awwal / Monday, November 19, 2018 / 7:00 pm / Reading of the Mevlud + Dhikr Ceremony / Dergah al-Farah, NYC
TONIGHT! “He is beautiful, and He loves beauty”: Beauty and the Mysteries of Love and Persistence Lecture by Dr. James Morris Friday, November 9, 2018 / 8:00 pm / http://sufibooks.com/friday-november-9-2018-james-morris-lecture/
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT – “He is beautiful, and He loves beauty”: Beauty and the Mysteries of Love and Persistence Lecture by Dr. James Morris Friday, November 9, 2018 / 8:00 pm Admission: Advance Ticket $10 / At Door $15 Throughout life, moments of transforming revelation and spiritual insight—of dhikr Allah—arrive in very different forms and contexts, sometimes serendipitous, sometimes the fruits of long practice and meditation. While music and poetry, calligraphy and sacred architecture are perhaps the most influential and familiar forms of spiritual expression in Islamic civilization, visual arts have often played similar roles. The extraordinary miniature painting that we will explore on this occasion is a kind of Islamic “mandala”—a comprehensive, intentionally highly personal and individualized evocation of the human condition in all its levels and dimensions. And its imagery is largely recognizable from the masterworks of Islamic mystical poetry, together with their own root symbols in the Qur’an and hadith. In this session, we can share what each participant recognizes and discovers in contemplating this complex, vibrantly cinematic image of the ways each of us gradually discovers the spiritual meaning, direction, and inherent promises of life.
Homecoming These are the ineffably sweet Divine Words heard by the soul of Love at its homecoming into the Source of Love: “My beloved soul having awakened at last into My Peace, you can now return consciously and completely to your own Original Source. As this homecoming fills you with inexpressible joy, it pervades Allah Most High with profound delight as well. Please enter now into eternal companionship with My most devoted servants of Love and experience the perfect union with Love that is My highest Paradise. Meditation on Holy Qur'an 89:27-30 (Lex Hixon)
“He is beautiful, and He loves beauty”: Beauty and the Mysteries of Love and Persistence Lecture by Dr. James Morris Friday, November 9, 2018 / 8:00 pm Admission: Advance Ticket $10 / At Door $15
Urs of Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi / Lex Hixon – Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 8 pm The heart is the spring at the center of a clearing within the uncharted forest of creation. Here, what is human, irradiated by Divine Love, transforms into what is Divine. There is nothing other than perfect humanity – which is simply the conscious realization that God alone exists. – Atom from the Sun of Knowledge
See you all tomorrow afternoon! WHISPERS OF LOVE Lover whispers to my ear, "Better to be a prey than a hunter. Make yourself My fool. Stop trying to be the sun and become a speck! Dwell at My door and be homeless. Don't pretend to be a candle, be a moth, so you may taste the savor of Life and know the power hidden in serving." Mathnawi V. 411-414 (translated by Kabir Helminski) 'The Rumi Collection', Edited by Kabir Helminski
Turning to the Truth – Bismillahirrahmanirrahim Affirm with your whole being, ‘I seek true refuge with the Lord and Lover of humankind, the mystic Sovereign of humankind – the Divine Guide of humankind – sure refuge from all negativity that whispers divisively into the pure heart of humanity and into the hearts of conscious beings on the subtle planes of being.’
Come celebrate Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi next Sunday at Dergah al-Farah!
Muhammad, the Prophet of love, peace be upon him, declared in love "Huseyn is from me and I am from Huseyn. O Allah be pleased with and love those who love my Huseyn."
God does not fit anywhere but the human heart. The heart is the locus of remembrance of God. – Shaykha Amina al Jerrahi
Leonard Lewisohn at Dergah al-Farah tonight. The subject will be Do not miss it!
Love, intimacy, and constant remembrance are the glorious way. Essentially, love, love, and more love. – Shaykha Fariha al Jerrahi
Our zikr circles are structures of Divine goodness. They are – Light fields, vision fields, Love vortexes, Compassion galaxies, Clouds of mercy, Bliss flowers, Waterfalls of transformation, Rain showers of cleansing, Channels of revelation, Moments of realization, Shelters of grace, Refuge for hearts, Food and drink for the hungry and thirsty, Friendship banquets, Ouds, settars and neys in the hands of the Pirs tuning hearts, Invitation to whirl, Invitation to union, Pavilions of beauty, Chamber of the Beloved,Rivers of milk, honey, water and wine. Cups of joy, Vials of healing, Helping hands, Bodies, hearts and minds in harmony, Hearing, seeing, feeling, knowing, not knowing, being. – Fariha Fatima
Sufism and the Religion of Love, from Rabi‘a to Ibn ‘Arabi Lecture by Dr. Leonard Lewisohn Friday. August 3 / 8 pm – http://sufibooks.com/friday-august-3-2018-lecture-by-dr-leonard-lewisohn/
Remember Me, be in zikr to Me, and you will find Me remembering you and being in zikr with you. Be grateful to Me and do not veil your self from Me. Quran 2, 152
It is for us to realize and appreciate this life, our life, with every cell of our being. – Fariha Fatima
It’s up to us to transform each moment into a moment of mercy. – Martin Lings
There is no benefit to recitation without contemplation; there is no benefit in worship without comprehension. – Imām Ali
Happy Birthday Beloved Shaykha Fariha!
Ya Laylatul Qadr!
a ramadan gift to oneself!
Get your tickets NOW! http://sufibooks.com/friday-april-27-2018-the-alchemy-of-ease-dis-ease/
This Thursday evening we will be celebrating the Blessed Night of Miraj at Dergah al-Farah. All are welcome. Here is a Salawat for Miraj from the Archive. http://farihafatima.com/2007/08/09/salawat-for-miraj/
Wedding Day of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi Zikr, Persian Music & Whirling Sunday, December 17, 2017 4:30-7:30 pm Free Admission All are welcome to the annual Urs Celebration of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi at Dergah al-Farah with special guest musicians this Sunday, December 17 at 4:30. Musicians: Hedayat Shafeei – Tar Mehdi Leghyeh – Vocal (Students of Ustad Lotfi) Yousef Tehrani – Tombak / Daf Sakina – Whirling / Semazen Venue: Dergah al-Farah 245 West Broadway New York City http://sufibooks.com/sunday-december-17-2017-wedding-day-of-mevlana-jalaluddin-rumi/
Gnawa Lila SOLD OUT! No tickets available at door. The lucky ones, see you this Saturday!
Please come join us for an intimate conversation with James Morris, tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm (Saturday, October 7, 2017).
Next Sunday: Whirling Class with Sakina. Visit whirling.org
Happy and Blessed Earth Day! http://farihafatima.com/happy-blessed-earth-day/
Blessed Night of Isra & Miraj: The Night Journey & the Ascension of Prophet Muhammad | Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 6:30 pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 In the Company of Friends: An Ecstatic Night of Sufi Music with Amin Sarshar, Juliet Rabia Gentile, April Centrone, Ali Rahman & Special Guests | 8:00 PM | Advance Tickets: $20 | At Door: $25
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 | The Heart of the Futuhat – an Ibn Arabi Lecture by Eric Shu'ayb Winkel | 7 pm | More at sufibooks.com
Whirling Class TODAY at 3:30 pm! Come join! http://whirling.org
TONIGHT: The Sublime Art of Calligraphy w/ Elinor Aishah Holland @ 7 pm
UPCOMING EVENT: The Sublime Art of Calligraphy – A Talk & Presentation by Elinor Aishah Holland | Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 7 pm http://sufibooks.com/saturday-march-25-2017-the-sublime-art-of-calligraphy/
mad sufis on the mountain …
Upcoming Event: The Sublime Art of Calligraphy – A Talk & Presentation by Elinor Aishah Holland / Saturday, March 25, 2017 / 7 pm
This Sunday. Whirling class with Sakina. Go to Whirling.org to register!
Upcoming Concert: BUY ADVANCE TICKETS NOW! – Saturday, February 25, 2017 – Ascension: An Evening of Spiritual Music from Beyond East and West – featuring Gabriel Marin and Dan Kurfirst – 8:00 PM – Advance tickets online: $20 | At door: $25 http://sufibooks.com/saturday-february-25-2017-ascension-concert/
Join us next Sunday for the blessed Urs of Muzaffer Efendi (February 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm). Please RSVP.
a little surprise outside the dergah this morning.
Come to Whirling Class this Sunday, February 5th.
This Saturday. Alan Kushan at the Dergah!
Blessed New Year to all! May every moment and every breath be blessed!
Blessed Holidays to all!
Blessed Urs of Mevlana. We will gather for prayers, poetry, music and whirling at 4:30 @ Dergah al Farah.
This Saturday, December 17th: Urs of Beloved Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. All invited.
Happy Birthday Dearest Efendi!
Dergah al-Farah will be closed this Thursday evening. Happy Thanksgiving.
adversities will cause the ferment in the hearts to bind the dough together and make it rise.
THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016 | BOOK EVENT: LIFTING THE BOUNDARIES: MUZAFFER EFENDI AND THE TRANSMISSION OF SUFISM TO THE WEST | A CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHOR GREGORY BLANN | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | a short film will be screened at the beginning of the event | http://sufibooks.com/friday-october-28-2016-lifting-the-boundaries/
Book Event: Friday, October 28, 2016
Who ever loves you will be enlightened / You are the right hand of sublime Haydar / You are the lightning, you are the palace gate / You are Rasul’s delight, Ya Imam Husayn (Illahi of Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi)
Birthday Celebration: Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi / Friday, September 30, 2016
Night of Power!
O Holy Spirit
Invitation to Union
Chamber of Mystic Hymns
From The Archive
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