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Friday, September 30, 2016 | SPECIAL EVENT: Birthday Celebration – Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi + Special Guest Oruç Güvenç | 6:00 – 10:00 pm | Please RSVP



birthday celebration
mevlana jalaluddin rumi
friday, september 30, 2016

6:00 – 7:15 pm
whirling workshop

7:30 – 9:00 pm
sema ceremony

special guest: oruç güvenç

9:00 – 10:00 pm

all are welcome
please rsvp

nur ashki jerrahi community
dergah al-farah
245 west broadway
new york, ny 10013
212 966 9773

dergah al-farah
is located in tribeca – lower manhattan
cross streets: white & walker street
subway: a / c / e train to canal street
or the 1 train to franklin street


Saturday, April 9, 2016 | SOLD OUT: An Intimate Evening of Traditional Trance Music From Morocco with Innov Gnawa | 8:00 pm – midnight


The lila is a healing ritual of song, music, dance, costume, and incense performed by the Gnawa people of Morocco. It takes place over the course of an entire night and this is why it is called lila (layla), which means night in Arabic. Invocations to God, the Prophet Muhammad and saints, including Syed Bilal, are invoked in order to purify the atmosphere and intentions for the ritual. The repetitive rhythm of the sintir and castanets produces a deep meditative trance state (jadba), moving some to dance. The Maalem (master) uses specific sounds and colors to guide participants through a healing journey, especially when an illness concerns an imbalance with a master protector spirit (melk).

The Gnawa lila is similar to the hadra ceremonies of other Moroccan Aissawa, Hamadsha and Jilala Sufis, however with some key differences. Since the Gnawa’s ancestors were neither literate nor speakers of Arabic, they do not begin with awrad or prayer texts, but instead they remember, through song and dance, the Gnawa of times past, their lands of origin and the experiences of their slave ancestors from various areas in Africa. Their songs tell a tale of separation, loneliness and ultimate redemption.

Innov Gnawa – Toura Toura from remix-culture on Vimeo.


Saturday, November 14, 2015 | What Goes On Inside: Ibn ‘Arabi on Discerning the Pathways and Pitfalls of Spiritual Realization | Talk by James Morris | 4:00 pm | Suggested Donation $10

One of the most fascinating and practically rewarding sections of Ibn ‘Arabi’s Meccan Illuminations is chapters 51-59 in the opening Section of that immense work, where he takes up the recurrent challenges of discernment raised by the constant interplay, in everyone’s inner life, of inspiration, intuition, random thoughts and inclinations, temptations, faith, reasoning, revelation, and the eventual contributions of all of these elements to right action and spiritual growth.  After a brief overview of those chapters, we will turn to the discussion of a few key translated passages illustrating these themes.

Professor James Morris (Boston College) has taught Islamic and comparative religious studies at the Universities of Exeter, Princeton, Oberlin, and the Sorbonne, and lectures widely on Sufism, the Islamic humanities, Islamic philosophy, the Qur’an, and Shiite thought. Recent books include Ostad Elahi’s Knowing the Spirit (2007); The Reflective Heart: Discovering Spiritual Intelligence in Ibn ‘Arabi’s ‘Meccan Illuminations’ (2005); Orientations: Islamic Thought in a World Civilisation (2004); and Ibn ‘Arabi’s The Meccan Revelations (Pir Press, 2003).


Sunday, November 1, 2015 | Urs of Shaykh Nur | Remembering Lex Hixon | 2:30 pm

Readings from his books: 2:30 pm
Maghrib Prayer: 4:50 pm
Dinner: 5:30 pm
Dhikr Ceremony: 7:00 pm

All are welcome!

Dare, O human being, to awaken! Harmonize your song; intensify your commitment. Consult your heart and your heart alone. Expose yourself to loving; seek the protection of Love. To arrive at true being, come past the curtain waving in front of the Divine Light, which is your own light.
– Lex Hixon / Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi

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Saturday, October 24, 2015 | Day and Night on the Sufi Path | Talk by Charles Upton | 7:00 | Suggested Donation $10

Charles Upton has been involved with Sufism for the past 27 years. His new book Day and Night on the Sufi Path provides both a scholarly introduction to Tasawwuf and a perspective on the spiritual life that arise directly from the mystical depths of that tradition, also relating it to the formidable challenges of contemporary life, both spiritual and political. Spiritual teacher Andrew Harvey has described it as “simply the best and most profound book on Sufism that I have encountered.” Day and Night on the Sufi Path demonstrates how the first textbook of Sufism is the Qur’an, and that there is no principle of Tasawwuf that cannot be traced back to the Holy Book.

In addition to reading from Day and Night, Charles Upton will introduce, and be introduced by, his colleague Dr. John Andrew Morrow, whose phenomenal book The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World sparked the author’s idea for the Covenants Initiative, which has become an international movement among Muslims to defend persecuted Christians. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was both a spiritual teacher and a political leader. His outer mission was to establish faith in Allah as the foundation for social justice; his inner message was the practice of the presence of Allah, which became what is now known as the Sufi path. The ways that Outer and Inner Islam can be brought together in our time—while in no way denying the pre-eminence of the Inner—will be the keynote of this talk.