Friday, February 21, 2014 | Prayer for Unity Among People of all Religions with Lorna Byrne, Betty Williams, and Shaykha Fariha | 7:30 pm

Come pray with Lorna Byrne (Irish mystic and international bestselling author), Betty Williams (Nobel peace prize winner) and Shaykha Fariha (spiritual teacher) in the house of the Sufis for unity among people of all religions. Praying together, across the different borders of religion and creed, is one of the most powerful means of bringing peace to our human family. For, without our hearts joined together in prayer, we will only realize a temporary strategic peace which soon falls apart. Please come join these three women of prayer and other faith leaders on the evening of Friday, February 21st, at 7:30, at the Sufi House of prayer called Dergah al Farah.




Lorna Byrne

Lorna Byrne is a Sunday Times #1 bestselling author based in Ireland and has more than a million readers around the world and her books have been translated into 27 languages.

Lorna has been seeing angels since she was a baby. Very unusually, she sees angels physically with as much clarity as the rest of us see people and she sees them every day. This diminutive, soft-spoken, uneducated Irish woman who did not talk about what she was seeing until seven years ago, says she has no idea why she can see angels when others can’t, adding that she is just an ordinary person.

While it is difficult to believe that someone can see angels physically the clarity and hope inherent in Lorna’s message that everyone regardless of religion has a guardian angel, has made her a world-wide phenomenon. She has been featured extensively in respected European media – including BBC TV and Radio, The Economist, The Observer, The Telegraph, The Times, The Catholic Herald. Prof Tariq Ramadan named her autobiography Angels in my Hair as his book of the year in Foreign Policy magazine, and both Professor John Esposito and Imam Raul Feisal have endorsed her latest book. A Message of Hope from the Angels.  You can see more about Lorna here

Lorna has continually emphasised the special role that America is called upon to play in the spiritual evolution of humanity and in bringing peace to our world, that America is where the solutions to many of the world’s problems will come from – including the problems relating to wars based on religious divides. She believes that more unity among American Muslims can make an important contribution to world peace.

Betty Williams

Betty Williams along with Mairead Corrigan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work to bring peace in her native Northern Ireland. Her major contribution was in  bringing ordinary people – men and women, Protestants and Catholics together on the streets “arm in arm” to say no to violence.

In the 30 years since the award, Mrs. Williams has devoted her life to creating a new way forward, a movement to begin a reversal of thinking on how we deal with the injustices, cruelty and horror perpetrated on the world’s children.

This has led Mrs Williams to set up World Centers of Compassion for Children International   (the advisory board of which includes  His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate and  Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate).

“The Nobel Peace Prize is not awarded for what one has done, but hopefully what one will do”. – Betty Williams

See  Mrs Williams interviewed about her work here

Shaykha Fariha

Shaykha Fariha is the spiritual guide of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order in New York City. She was born in 1947 into a socially committed, eclectic Catholic family in Houston, Texas. At the age of 29, she met her teacher, Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak of Istanbul, and received direct transmission from him in 1980. Shaykh Muzaffer also gave direct transmission to Lex Hixon (Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi), who envisioned a radical and illumined path of the heart which he called Universal Islam. After Shaykh Nur’s death, Fariha took on the guidance of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order, with circles around the world. This lineage offers the nectar of teachings of the Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, which guide the seeker to self-knowledge and immersion in God. The sacred practices of zikr, prayer, charitable living, fasting and retreat are all embraced. Every Thursday, Fariha with her husband Ali and the dervishes invite all seekers into the circle of zikr at the Dergah al-Farah in NYC.

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