Rumi's Circle

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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

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

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 · 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

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 · 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

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

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 · 1 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

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

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 · 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

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

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

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

*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

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

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

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

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

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

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