A night with Sheikha Fariha and the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order
Tonight’s form of remembrance, the zikr circle, is a ceremony of the centuries old lineage of the Halvetti-Jerrahi Sufi Order of Turkey. When a dervish or spiritual aspirant steps over the threshold into a Sufi circle, she leaves the world and its concerns behind. One comes only to open and offer one’s heart to God through remembrance- prayer, chant, praise, entreatment, devotion; a state of conscious presence and invocation of God. When we participate in zikr, communally or individually, we are losing our selves in timelessness and opening our selves to praise and ecstasy, which is our true nature. The zikr circle rends the veils that are woven by the self’s desires and attachments and can become a constant meditation that facilitates, in turn, an individual’s awareness, connection and relationship with God.
245 West Broadway, between Beach and White Streets
(located next to Tribeca Tavern)
Closest Subways: 1 to Franklin; A, C, E to Canal
7:30 pm – Zikr ceremony (with breaks to leave)
Online Introduction to Sufism – scroll down to Sept. 23, 2010 talk by Sheikha Fariha (23 minutes, mp3 download or stream) www.nurashkijerrahi.org/events.htm
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This is part of a 6-stop “tour” over seven weeks. See all details atwww.faithhousemanhattan.org/2011/09/15/tour-bus-2011
From an experience of worship at a Hindu temple, to a Jewish Shabbat service, to a Sufi Dhikr at a downtown Dergah, to midweek “Space for Grace” at a major Protestant church – either as “Interfaith 101″ or an opportunity for seasoned pilgrims to be hosts and guests in their own setting and city – this seven week adventure will be a unique, New York City interfaith experience.