With the upcoming start of the hajj, the tawaf; pilgrims circle the House of God built by our father Adam peace be upon him and rebuilt by Abraham and Ishamael peace be upon them– the circling is the initial rite of the hajj. Covered in this original English poem by international poet from #Mecca Ni’mah Isma’il Nawwab with footage by Turkish #filmmaker Omer Faruk Aksoy and music by Al Firdaus Ensemble, Granada, Spain
This is part of a series of poems on the pinnacle of the #journey of a lifetime. #hajj #pilgrimage
We’re pleased to announce that a new translation of the Letters of Moulay Al-Arabi Darqawi has been scheduled for release this coming May. For many reasons it is unique as it eclipses all previous translations which were either seriously incomplete or contained errors. The following blurb by the translators, which will accompany its release, is […]
May all #pilgrims converging on #Mecca for the start of the #hajj journey– in the footsteps of beloved prophets alayhim as’salah wa as-salam; starting with the #tawaf be blessed with the serenity, peace and joy of spiritual rejuvenation “Labbayka Allahuma Labbayk”
A vital work a unique visual record commemorating holy men and women from across the Islamic world by Peter Sanders. Worth contributing to at https://www.launchgood.com/project/meetings_with_mountains#!/the phenominal work of over 45 years by Sidi Peter Sanders– illuminating and featuring giants alwliya and saints from across the globe… perfect timing.
Fifty years in the making, there has never been a book and will never be another book like it. Every photographic encounter Peter recorded was a stage on his own spiritual journey and with each photo he describes his own personal experience with every “Mountain” he meets. This 380 page visual record, with over 250 beautiful photographs illustrates the encounters with nearly 100 illuminated souls. An important book, that aims to show the spiritual depth of Islamic culture and commemorate some of our greatest sages and saints.
Today, when so many would like to read Rumi and remove any reference to Sufism and Islam, Shems Friedlander places him unequivocally within Sufism and the Heart of Islam, clearly and emphatically stating the necessity of studying Rumi in his essence, as a Sufi saint, the founder of the Mevlevi Order of Dervishes, as well as one of the greatest metaphysical poets and literary figures the world has known.
Friedlander sheds new light on the relationship of Shems and Rumi and offers a theory about Shems’ disappearance not previously voiced. We are the heirs of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. How will we treat this inheritance? Will we squander it among those who have been deceived by the world? Argue its validity with scholars in classrooms and teahouses; or will we feed yearning hearts, enhance the intellectual desires of youth, and fill the gap of disappointment of those who have reached maturity and seniority and are still empty? (From Amazon review)