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Zhikr & Poetry in Kendal, Fri 13th May

Rumi’s Circle and the South Lakes Interfaith Forum invite you to an evening of zhikr (Divine remembrance) poetry, and meditation. Friday 13th May, 7 to 8.30pm FREE Kendal Unitarian Chapel, … Continue reading

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Wisdom Stories from the Sufi Tradition, May 1-28

Wisdom Stories from the Sufi Tradition:  an eCourse with Shaikh Kabir Helminski through Spirituality & Practice, May 1-28 What is Sufism, and what is a Sufi story? What we mean … Continue reading

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Events at Bradford Literature Festival May 28-29th

We are excited to be part of the fantastic Bradford Literature Festival this year! With over 200 events featuring world renowned speakers, artists and authors, Bradford is the place to … Continue reading

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Whirling from Mevlana’s Urs

A moment captured from our Urs celebration last December 2015, filmed by David Aldred at the atmospheric St Mark’s Church in London, with beautiful music by Amir Koushkani (tar) and … Continue reading

April 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Moment

The moment ends… A few years ago I came across a song by a band from Vermont named Phish. The song was titled “The Moma Dance”. The chorus is a … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

Gathering Feedback

We’re gathering some research on the impact of Rumi in peace-building. We would really appreciate your feedback: What effect has Rumi had on the way you perceive Islam and other … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · 4 Comments

Welcoming the Light, London Sat 26 Mar

Join us this Easter in London at the Threshold Society gathering with Shaikh Kabir Helminski. Welcoming the Light Originally we are beings of Light, but we have forgotten ourselves. The … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sharings from Ruminations: Opposites

Thank you to everyone who attended the first Hale Barns Ruminations. It was beautiful to share time with so many hearts. We are pleased to share the poems we read … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Threshold Society Bradford Zhikr Sat 12 Mar

Join us for the Threshold Society zhikr gathering in Bradford on Saturday 12th March from 2:30-5pm. We hope to share in meditation, zhikr, prayer, and discussion of Mevlana Rumi’s work. … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ruminations: Opposites, Hale Barns Sat 20th Feb

Rumi’s Circle invites you to its first poetry circle of 2016 on 20th February on the theme of ‘opposites’. Rumi’s poetry often invites us to consider things which might be … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 1 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, 2016 · 1 Comment

Working with Intention

We welcome the first of, hopefully, many reflections by Gunter Richter. Working with Intention In October of 2015, I attended a retreat held by the Threshold Society of America at … Continue reading

January 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mary & Muhammad: Part 2

Happy New Year and welcome to part 2 of our Urs theme reflections. Fatimah Ashrif contemplates the power of Mary and the Divine. My Relationship with Mary In recent years … Continue reading

January 1, 2016 · 2 Comments

Merry Mawlid & Christmas!

What a wonderful synchronicity we have this year with the birth celebrations for two prophets falling this week, Muhammad and Jesus, may eternal peace and blessings be upon them and … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rumi’s Urs: Poetry and Picture highlights

We had two wonderful Urs celebrations in Bradford and London. Thank you to everyone who came and shared their hearts, we feel very blessed to have brought together such an … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice

As the world turns inwards for the Winter Solstice, some words of Mevlana to remind us that the pull of love is everywhere… One cold day a bearskin was floating … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mevlana’s Urs

Today my Sun and my moon have come. Today my hearing and sight were born— The mine of all my silver and gold is here The one who made my … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mary & Muhammad: Part 1

We’re so pleased to share the first of two pieces focusing on our chosen theme for Rumi’s Urs this year, Receiving Spirit: Mary & Muhammad. First, Julian Bond on a … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sharings from Divine Flame Ruminations

We had a wonderful time last night at Interfaith Rumination on the Divine Flame at Kendal Unitarian Chapel. Thirty beautiful souls braved the stormy, rainy weather and gathered to share … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Light Upon Light

In the moments before I first learned of the darkness unfolding in Paris on Friday, I was sitting in a circle of light. Some fellow seekers and I were seated … Continue reading

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Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali! Diwali is a celebration of light over darkness and good triumphing over evil. The significance of Dipavali is a re-enacting of this banishing darkness from within yourself, of … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rumi’s Urs 2015 Bradford & London

Rumi’s Circle with whirling dervishes from The Threshold Society are pleased to announce the 2015 celebration of Mevlana Rumi’s Urs, the anniversary of his union with the Beloved. Join us … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ruminations: The Divine Flame Kendal Wed 18th Nov

As part of Interfaith Week 2015, Rumi’s Circle and the South Lakes Interfaith Forum would like to invite you to an evening of poetry, music, meditation and reflection on the … Continue reading

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Affirming the Real: Ya Haqq

Some reflections on Haqq [Truth] inspired by the Quran and Rumi’s work by Tazeen Ahmad. Affirming the Real: Ya Haqq The Quran states: Alhaqqah, Mal-haqqah, Wa maa adraka mal haqqaqah. … Continue reading

October 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Happy Islamic New Year!

  Today is the first day of the Islamic new year, the 1st of Muharram, 1437! We wish everyone a Blessed New Year — may it be full of love, … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

Happy Birthday Mevlana!

Today is Mevlana Rumi’s birthday. May his light be blessed and continue to shine down upon us. And here are his words about the wondrous birth of his namesake… The … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak 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 Ishmael. Before he … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ramadan Rewards

At Rumi’s Circle, we are blessed to be making new friends all the time, and growing this community of lovers. We thought it would be heart-nourishing if these friends were … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Seven Cities of Love, Manchester Oct 9-11th

We are excited to be attending the upcoming concert “Seven Cities of Love” which is a dramatic music and dance performance led by three of the most distinguished artists from … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Turning to the Quran: Reflections on Learning to Whirl

The Quranic verse most often associated with whirling is Wheresoever you turn, there is the face of God [2:115]. However, as I have struggled to learn the practice, another passage … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Drunkards

The Drunkards, from the album You are Joy. Kabir & Camille Helminski with musicians from around the world.

August 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak to all celebrating! May your celebration be joyous and full of Love. *** Life After Ramadan Ramadan is like a beautiful landscape we enter once a year. The … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rumi Retreat! Aug 28-31st

We’re looking forward to another wonderful weekend with Mevlevis and other Rumi lovers at the Threshold Society UK Annual Retreat (Aug 28-30/31st) down at lovely Gaunts House in Dorset. Set … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Threshold Society Bradford Zhikr Sat 25th Jul

Join us for the Threshold Society zhikr gathering in Bradford on Saturday 25th July from 1:30-4pm. We hope to share in meditation, zhikr, prayer, and discussion of Mevlana Rumi’s work. … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 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! O moon-faced Beloved, the month of Ramadan has arrived. … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

CANCELLED Ruminations: Spiritual Fasting Manchester Sun 14th Jun

We are sorry to cancel our Manchester Ruminations. We hope to reschedule later in the year.

June 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Threshold Society Bradford Zhikr Sat 13th Jun

Join us for the Threshold Society zhikr gathering in Bradford on Saturday 13th June from 1:30-4pm. We hope to share in meditation, zhikr, prayer, and discussion of Mevlana Rumi’s work. … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Spiritual Practice of Rumi

Mahmoud Mostafa speaks about “The Spiritual Practice of Rumi”. Recorded at our Valentine’s Day event at the University of Manchester. Including themed slides and using Rumi’s poetry, Mahmoud takes us … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Quaker Connection

We are pleased to share an article by Shaikha Camille Helminski about her exploration into her heritage and the beautiful connections she discovered with the Quakers, the Native Americans, Mevlana … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sharings from Ruminations

A belated thank you to everyone who came to the Manchester Ruminations, kindly hosted by Faith Network for Manchester. We had a wonderful evening and are pleased to share a … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Breaking Free with the Interfaith Amigos

Breaking Free: Spiritual Liberation through Interfaith Dialogue with the Interfaith Amigos E-course running April 13 – May 8 Imam Jamal Rahman, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Pastor Don Mackenzie have been … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ruminations: Spiritual Practice Manchester Fri 20th Mar

Join us for an informal poetry circle over coffee and cake reflecting on the theme of “Spiritual Practice” and what that means to you. Feel free to bring poetry that … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Threshold Society Bradford Zhikr Sat 21st Mar

Join us for the Threshold Society zhikr gathering in Bradford on Saturday 21st March from 1:30-3.30pm. Zhikr begins promptly at 2pm. We hope to share in meditation, zhikr, music, prayer, … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The 99 Names of Allah children’s book

Rumi’s Circle are proud to support Chickpea Press, a children’s publishing company that aims to create engaging, contemporary and imaginative books and digital apps for younger readers, drawing inspiration from … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Brief Encounters

Didn’t I say, don’t sit with sad companions? Don’t sit with anyone but those whose hearts are glad. Since you are in the garden, don’t go to thorns. Sit amidst … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World

The recent scholarship of The Covenants Initiative highlights how the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) sought to protect Christian communities, not only in his own lifetime but for perpetuity. … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

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 · 1 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 · 2 Comments

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

January 11, 2015 · Leave a 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

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