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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

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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

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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 · Leave a comment

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 · 1 Comment

*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

Resurrection

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

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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

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

Ruminations: Saints & Seekers Huddersfield Sat 25 January

Ruminations: Saints & Seekers St Peter’s Church, Byram Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1BU 1:30-4:30pm, free entry. We invite you to join us for our next Ruminations gathering at  St. Peter’s Church … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Suleyman Dede’s Urs

Today is the Urs of Shaikh Suleyman Hayati Loras (1904-1985). Suleyman Dede was a great Mevlevi Shaikh of Konya. He travelled to America and planted the seed of Sufism in … Continue reading

January 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Milad ul-Nabi: Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday

Today is Milad ul-Nabi, the observance of the birthday of Muhammad, may he be blessed. The earth has birthed many wondrous children, but Muhammad has surpassed them all. Earth and … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Highlights from Mevlana’s Urs

We are pleased to offer you a short video of highlights from Mevlana’s Urs celebration that was held in December at The Delius Centre in Bradford. Enjoy!

January 7, 2014 · 3 Comments

Happy New Year!

We wish everyone a very Happy New Year! 2013 has indeed been a Year of Lights…Rumi’s Circle began with a humble facebook page and one post blog and has grown … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Postcards from Konya

A few of us have been lucky enough to visit Konya recently and we wanted to share some highlights from our trip. Rumi Hotel is located next to the Mevlana … Continue reading

December 27, 2013 · 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, 2013 · 2 Comments

Mevlana’s Urs Collective Remembrance 8pm

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

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mevlana’s Urs Celebration

We had a beautiful gathering in Bradford on Saturday celebrating Mevlana’s Urs with poetry, music and dhikr. Thanks to all who made it out and shared their hearts – and … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Rumi in Chester

We hold a Rumi Reflection Group here two or three times every month.  It’s very simple and relaxed – we meet in a quiet coffee shop and take one poem … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Celebrate Mevlana’s Urs in Bradford Sat 14 December

An invitation to celebrate Mevlana Rumi’s Urs – his Union with the Beloved. Mevlana Rumi’s Urs or the anniversary of his death is usually referred to as Sheb-i Arus, which … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Universal Sea

Watch a beautiful rendering from the Mathnawi, translated and read by Shaikh Kabir Helminski…

November 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sufi Music

New album by Daniel called ‘Follow If You Dare’…come and hear some of these songs sung at the Urs event on the 14th…

November 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

Happy New Year!

  Today is the first day of the Islamic New year, the 1st of Muharram. We share with you a prayer from Mevlana that he would recite upon the advent … Continue reading

November 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Interfaith Week Ruminations in Bradford Sun 17th November

Interfaith Week Ruminations in Bradford – read, reflect, and relax in the company of Rumi! November hosts National Interfaith Week and to celebrate we are holding a special “Ruminations” which … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Day with Nur Artiran

On a recent trip to Turkey led by Shaikh Kabir and Camille Helminski, our group was lucky enough to be invited to the Sefik Can Foundation, under the direction of … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak to all our friends! Eid al-Adha is the festival/feast of sacrifice, honouring Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) trust and willingness to sacrifice what he held most dear – his son … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Ruminations in Huddersfield Sun 27th October

Ruminations in Huddersfield – read, reflect, and relax in the company of Mevlana! Join us for an informal poetry circle over coffee and cake on Sunday 27th October from 2-3.30pm … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Rumi and His Friends: Stories of the Lovers of God

Selected and Translated by Camille Adams Helminski with Susan Blaylock Originally written by Ahmad Aflaki, a devoted follower of the grandson of Rumi, this translation by Camille Helminski relates anecdotes … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Feeding the Fire: Rumi and Native American Myth

In contemporary times some of the finest English translations of Rumi’s poetry have come from Americans, and Rumi was not long ago being lauded as the most widely-read poet in … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Rumi Retreat! Aug 30th – Sep 1st

We’re off to spend a wonderful weekend with Mevlevis and other Rumi lovers at the Threshold Society UK Annual Retreat (Aug 30th – Sep 1st) down at lovely Gaunts House … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak to all our friends celebrating today and tomorrow! May your celebration be joyous and full of Love. O Particle, it’s time to dance! Don’t you know you are … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Come Close…

Rumi’s words speak to my heart of Love, Oneness and Interconnectedness. Rumi in his works, it seems, is consistently challenging the notion of separateness. The Quran tells us that God … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramadan Mubarak to all those who are fasting during this time! May it be blessed with worldly emptiness and spiritual fullness! O moon-faced Beloved, the month of Ramadan has arrived. … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

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