Rumi's Circle

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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

November 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

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

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 · 3 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

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

A Quaker Connection

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

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 · 1 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

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

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

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

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

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 · 4 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

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

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

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 · 3 Comments

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

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

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

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

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