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Friday, October 25, 2013 | THE FUTUHAT AL-MAKKIYAH TRANSLATION PROJECT (2012-2018): IBN AL-ARABI’S OPENINGS IN MAKKAH | Lecture by Eric Winkel | 7:00 PM | Suggested Donation $10

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A magnum opus of over 10,000 pages, written by the greatest master (shaykh al-akbar), often in his own hand but mostly dictated to a circle of friends, the Futuhat records Ibn al-Arabi’s description of his extraordinary vision of an encounter while circling the Kabah and his recounting of the experience in all its ramifications. Despite its clear provenance as a completely accurate work and its reputation through the centuries as the most significant and profound reflection of Islamic thought, the Futuhat al-Makkiyah has never been translated from the original classical Arabic in its entirety. The first complete critical edition of twelve volumes was produced in 2010 by Dr. A. Mansoub, after eleven years of intense study of the original manuscripts.

Dr. Eric Winkel (Shu’ayb Nur) has been studying the Futuhat al-Makkiyah for 23 years. During his time at the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (Malaysia) as Senior Research Fellow, exploring the “new sciences” and Islam, Eric found intriguing connections and correspondences between Ibn al-Arabi’s strange mathematics and 20th century non-commutative geometries. Since 2012 he has been working exclusively on a six-year project to produce the first complete translation of the Futuhat al-Makkiyah into English. He is half-way through volume 4 of the 12 volume critical edition (2010).

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 | Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Ensemble | 8:00 – 11:00 pm | $25

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Qawwali is the most explosive Sufi devotion music of the Indian Subcontinent. It is of no surprise that of all world genres it is Qawwali that has gained an increasing amount of international appeal.

The Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Ensemble is the leading representation of this music worldwide. Through their consistent high profile appearances in both Pakistan & abroad they have captured the hearts of thousands.

The intensity of their stage performance with its smooth melodic overtures, fierce leaps of vocal passion ridding on heavy rhythmic grooves & rich vocal choruses have captivated audiences in Pakistan, India, North Africa, Thailand, England, Indonesia, Australia, the USA and beyond.

After another winter of Qawwali events abroad at such prominent places as the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Urs Pak Pattan ( Pakistan’s largest Qawwali event ), New Delhi ( India ) & Australia; the members of Fanna-Fi-Allah reunite in California for their 13th annual American summer tour.

Coming from the initiated lineage of iconic Qawwali great Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, this ensemble continues onward towards promoting Pakistan’s great Sufi tradition in the west.

Web site: www.fanna-fi-allah.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fanna-Fi-Allah-Sufi-Qawwali/259289607421389?fref=ts
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tahir-qawwal
CD/Digital Music Publications: http://www.cdbaby.com/all/fannafiallah

Track streaming : Here are two links to listening to music free:
https://soundcloud.com/tahir-qawwal/naubat-nagare-qawwali-dhammal
https://soundcloud.com/tahir-qawwal/ya-mustafa-nur-ul-khuda

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Sunday, June 2, 2013 | Whirling Workshop by Sakina | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Mevlana and Music: “The sema is like a spiritual field where one can plant seeds of faith. The teaching of Mevlana depends upon and is expressed in three elements: dance, music, and love.”

The workshop will be led by Sakina, a dervish of Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi. Please call or email to register for the workshop. Donations are welcome.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013 | Discovering and Deepening the Relationship of Walaya | Lecture by James Morris | 3pm | Suggested donation $10

Based on indications in Ibn ‘Arabi’s Fusūs al-Hikam, this introduction to the divine-human relationship of “closeness” (walāya) begins with a few of the most familiar signs through which we begin to become aware of the actual reality of that relationship, moves on to the processes of “realization” by which we can deepen those initial discoveries, and focuses on the recur- rent ways that this intimate relationship—ultimately encompassing every dimension of our experience—becomes more present and consciously interactive in our spiritual life.

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).

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Sunday, April 14, 2013 | Whirling Workshop by Sakina | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Mevlana and Music: “The sema is like a spiritual field where one can plant seeds of faith. The teaching of Mevlana depends upon and is expressed in three elements: dance, music, and love.”

The workshop will be led by Sakina, a dervish of Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi. Please call or email to register for the workshop. Donations are welcome.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 | Whirling Workshop by Sakina | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Mevlana and Music: “The sema is like a spiritual field where one can plant seeds of faith. The teaching of Mevlana depends upon and is expressed in three elements: dance, music, and love.”

The workshop will be led by Sakina, a dervish of Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi. Please call or email to register for the workshop. Donations are welcome.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012 | Whirling Workshop by Sakina | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Mevlana and Music: “The sema is like a spiritual field where one can plant seeds of faith. The teaching of Mevlana depends upon and is expressed in three elements: dance, music, and love.”

The workshop will be led by Sakina, a dervish of Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi. Please call or email to register for the workshop. Donations are welcome.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012 | Whirling Workshop by Sakina | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Mevlana and Music: “The sema is like a spiritual field where one can plant seeds of faith. The teaching of Mevlana depends upon and is expressed in three elements: dance, music, and love.”

The workshop will be led by Sakina, a dervish of Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi. Please call or email to register for the workshop. Donations are welcome.