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The Spiritual Practice of Rumi Sat 14th Feb

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting Mahmoud Mostafa who will be joining us on Valentine’s Day in Manchester to speak about “The Spiritual Practice of Rumi”. … Continue reading

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Rumi’s Mathnawi by MG Gupta

My grandfather, Dr M.G. Gupta was a practitioner of Surat-Shabd-Yoga and was initiated into Radhasoami Faith, Soami Bagh, Agra in 1962 and this Faith has derived heavily from Rumi. There … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Nightingale and the Rose

Continuing our reflections on the nightingale that began with Keat’s Ode to a Nightingale in light of Rumi, we look at how another great Western writer, Oscar Wilde, portrayed the … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Happy New Year & Milad ul-Nabi

We wish you all a very Happy New Year. May your prayers and intentions for this new year be fulfilled. This week also sees Milad ul-Nabi, celebrations for the birthday … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · 1 Comment

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a very merry and blessed Christmas! May your time be filled with love and light, and may we deepen our remembrance and connection to the beloved souls … Continue reading

December 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mevlana’s Urs Collective Remembrance 8pm

Today we remember the Union of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi as he passed into the Unseen, reunited with his Source, giving thanks for his beautiful example and grace, and that of … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Konya: A Christmas Tale 1975

We are pleased to share another reflection from Shaikh David Bellak on Christmas with Suleyman Dede. In the autumn of 1975 I returned to Konya, Turkey, home of the ‘Whirling … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Threshold Society Bradford Zhikr Sat 6th Dec

Join us for the Threshold Society zhikr gathering in Bradford on Saturday 6th December from 3:30-5.30pm. Zhikr begins promptly at 4pm. We hope to share in meditation, zhikr, music, prayer, … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Introducing the Mevlevi Ceremony at the Vatican

Organised by the International Mevlana Foundation, Faruk Celebi, Esin Celebi and Celal Celebi introduced the Mevlevi Sema at the Vatican palace on September 24th. Below is the speech given by … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Rumi’s Urs celebrations in Manchester, Bradford & London!

Rumi’s Circle with whirling dervishes from The Threshold Society are pleased to announce a three city celebration of Mevlana Rumi’s Urs, the anniversary of his union with the Beloved. We … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Muslim Jewish Forum Concert Sat Nov 8th

We are pleased to announce that we will be performing at The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester’s Big Concert 2014 along with Ukranian Dancers and Manchester Klezmer band, L’chaim … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Happy New Year!

  Today is the first day of the Islamic new year, the 1st of Muharram. We wish everyone a Blessed New Year — may it be full of love, compassion … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Happy Diwali!

Wishing everyone happy Diwali! Diwali means a “Row of Lights.” It is a time filled with light and love and heralded as the triumph of good over evil. May your … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

*UPDATED* Musical delights in London 26 Oct

Unfortunately the Rumi’s Cave event has been cancelled, however we hope to see some of you on Sunday! Threshold Society Eid Family Day, Sunday 26th Oct, 1:30pm Christ Church Hall, … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Openings from Rumi

A beautiful selection of openings from Mevlana Rumi and personal reflections by Shaikha Camille Helminski. With ney by the wonderfully talented Selcuk Gurez. Recorded at the Academy of Self Knowledge … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Threshold Society Bradford Zhikr Sat 18th Oct

Join us for the Threshold Society zhikr gathering in Bradford on Saturday 18th October from 3:30-6pm.  We hope to share in meditation, zhikr, music, prayer, and discussion of Mevlana Rumi’s … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

In a Mevlevi Kitchen

The fruit is the reality, the blossom its form— blossoms are the good news, fruit is the joy that comes. When the blossom falls, you can see the fruit— when … Continue reading

October 5, 2014 · 3 Comments

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak friends! Wishing a blessed and joyous time to all! Congratulations to all the pilgrims returning from their circumambulations around the Holy Kaaba. May we all feel our connection … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Mevlana!

Today is Mevlana Rumi’s birthday. May his light be blessed and continue to shine down upon us. Here’s a beautiful musical ensemble to delight your ears:

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Edinburgh Rumi Festival Oct 2-4

Medieval Italy and Turkey produced two of the biggest names in mystic thought: St. Francis and Rumi. It has been 800 long years since they departed and the Italian Cultural … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Happy Jewish New Year!

Happy Rosh Hashanah to our Jewish friends! May this New Year be full of love and mercy for all. The purest mirror is, beyond doubt, the heart which can receive … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

Universal Peace Prayer Sep 27th

Join Rumi’s Circle for a Universal Peace Prayer to be held on Saturday 27th September at the Manchester Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre. We are pleased to have representatives from multiple … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Impersonal Existentialist of the Sufi Way

Robert Abdul Hayy Darr gives another illuminating talk, this time using Rumi to illustrate how, for the Sufi, Islam is a lived experience rather than a blind belief, an antidote … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sacred Dances of the Silk Road Sep 20th

Saturday, 20th September 2014, 7pm-10pm St. Clement’s Church, 6 Edge Lane, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9JF Tickets: £15 A night of sacred dance, music and poetry; featuring exquisite dance performances by … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Threshold Society Bradford Zhikr Sat 23 Aug

Join us for the Threshold Society zhikr gathering in Bradford on Saturday 23rd August from 3-6pm.  We hope to share in meditation, zhikr, music, prayer, and discussion of Mevlana Rumi’s … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak to all our friends! May the fruits of Ramadan be with you year-long and may we meet each other in peace and goodwill. In the hope of journeying … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Highlights from Rumi Rhythms

We are pleased to share a short clip of musical highlights from the June event in Bradford, enjoy!

July 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

Rumi Retreat! Aug 29-31st

We’re off to spend another wonderful weekend with Mevlevis and other Rumi lovers at the Threshold Society UK Annual Retreat (Aug 29-31st) down at lovely Gaunts House in Dorset. Set … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramadan Mubarak to all those who are fasting during this time! May it be blessed with worldly emptiness and spiritual fullness! The Freedom of Fasting [377] Some religious scholars were … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Letter from Father Francis

We are honoured to share some reflections from Shaikh David Bellak on his spiritual journey and a timely and inspiring letter received from Father Francis, a retired Catholic priest. Notes … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

*CHANGE OF VENUE AND TIME* Rumi Rhythms in Bradford Sat 21 June

Join Rumi’s Circle for an evening of music and poetry at the Kala Sangam Arts Centre. Music by Da Vida, Daniel Dyer, Fahad Khalid, Arian Sadr and others! Saturday 21st … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Remembrance – The Spiritual Practice of Zhikr eCourse

We are looking forward to participating in this wonderful new eCourse by Mevlevi Shaikh Kabir Helminski, starting on June 29th, the first day of Ramadan. Shaikh Kabir will take us … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rumi Rhythms in Bradford Sat 21 June

Join Rumi’s Circle for an evening of music and poetry at the Kala Sangam Arts Centre. Music by Da Vida, Daniel Dyer, Fahad Khalid, Arian Sadr and others! Saturday 21st … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Spirituality and the Outdoors

It’s all about Nature! Yesterday was Earth Day and we shared the selection below from Mevlana on our Facebook page. And this coming Saturday some friends of Rumi’s Circle will … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment


Love is from the Infinite, and is eternal. The seeker of love is not held up by time. Any heart that is not in love will be useless on the … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Good Friday

We remember the life of Jesus, peace and blessing be upon him, and share some wisdom of the prophet from Mevlana: A sober-minded man said to Jesus, “What in this … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · Leave a comment


Passover began on Monday April 14th and continues until Tuesday April 22nd. The Passover festival is a time that we remember how Moses, peace and blessings be upon him, freed … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Coleman Barks compilation

A little Coleman Barks for your afternoon…. From Doostava on YouTube.

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mevlana’s Urs – Islamic calendar

Today is the Islamic lunar calendar anniversary of Mevlana Rumi’s Urs (5th Jumada al-Akhir). As people around the world remember Mevlana’s passing with zhikr and whirling, we are pleased to … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Happy Norouz!

Happy Norouz! Yesterday celebrated the Persian New Year and the spring equinox. The Norouz celebration lasts 13 days and is rooted in the 3,000-year-old tradition of Zorastrianism. We wish everyone … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Behold the World

My heart is so small it’s almost invisible. How can You place such big sorrows in it? “Look,” He answered, “your eyes are even smaller, yet they behold the world.” … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Shaikh Kabir Helminski in London

Rumi’s Circle are looking forward to attending two public talks with Mevlevi shaikh, Kabir Helminski, in London next month. Let us know if you will be there! Friday 14th March … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Glassblower by Da Vida

Some of us were lucky enough to see Da Vida perform last Saturday after Ruminations, a powerful mix of music and visual arts. Drawing on musical influences from around the … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Readings from Ruminations: Divine Love

Thanks to all who made it to Bradford on Saturday despite stormy weather (this is becoming a theme of our Ruminations!) We had a wonderful afternoon sharing lots of poetry … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale in light of Rumi

Much has been written about ‘Ode to a Nightingale’. The poem is generally understood to be the lament of a poet who finds he cannot stay in the unreal world … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Life of Rumi in Rare Islamic Manuscript Paintings from the 1590s

A handful of Persian accounts of Rumi’s life have been written, most famously the first by his son and the third, focusing on Rumi’s moralizing miracle stories, ordered by Rumi’s … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 4 Comments

Ruminations: Divine Love Bradford Sat 15th February

Ruminations: Divine Love New Bradford Playhouse Pop-up Shop, 11-13 Market Street, Bradford BD1 1LN Sat 15th February, 2-4.30pm, free entry, hot/cold drinks and cake for sale. To celebrate St. Valentine’s … Continue reading

February 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Happy Chinese New Year!

Wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse! When the DAO rules on earth one uses the racehorses to pull dung carts. When DAO has … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Way of the Sufi

Since 1995, Mahmoud Mostafa has been devoted to the study and practice of Tassawuf. In the course of his development, he received teachings from Sufi shaikhs in the USA, Turkey, … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 4 Comments

Readings from Ruminations: Saints & Seekers

We had a wonderful Ruminations event on Saturday at Huddersfield Parish, St. Peter’s Church. Thanks to all who braved the wet and windy elements to join us for poetry, hot … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment


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