Saturday, July 05, 2008

Shaykha Fariha at Boulder | Zikrs of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Dervishes

Shaykha Fariha al Jerrahi Sufi1.
Its a great honor and privilege really that Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi, master for Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order, is scheduled to be in Boulder this coming 20th July to lead Sufi Zikr or Divine Remembrance.

The Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order is a community of dervishes within the Halveti-Jerrahi Tariqat, in the lineage and spirit of Sheikh Muzaffer Ashki al-Jerrahi and Sheikh Nur al-Anwar al-Jerrahi, may God sanctify their souls.

.: About the Program: Remembrance through chant, poetry, movement.

.: Date: Sunday, July 20th at 4 pm.

.: Place: Boulder, Colorado at Naropa, Arapahoe Campus (21st and Arapahoe) in PAC (Performing Arts Center) Auditorium with Shaykha Fariha and the Boulder dervishes. check via google map.

Invitation: Our planet is in crisis due primarily to our belief in separation. There is a great need for human consciousness to undergo a transformation that will allow us to express our oneness with all that is. The Sufi path is one of love for the sacred nature of life. All Lovers of Love are welcome.

My intimate love affair with and for Nur Ashki Jerrahi sufi order started with the introduction to Shaykh Nur (Lex Hixon)'s beautiful writings. Specially his books, Atom from the Sun of Knowledge (1993) and Heart of the Koran (1988) belongs to my all time favorites list. Also Shaykh Nur as well as Shaykha Fariha's direct teacher, Shaykh Muzaffer Effendi, May God ennobles their souls, who was very influential in bringing the light of sufi path of divine love to the west - was another great teacher to whom my heart felt attracted. I truly immersed myself while reading the book, Lifting the Boundaries: Muzaffer Efendi and the Transmission of Sufism to the West.

When hearts gets attracted to hearts, some hidden doors are open somewhere. While living in Singapore for academic purpose, co-incidentally (some calls God-incidentally) a Jerrahi dervish and khalifa (representative) of Nur Ashki Jerrahi Order - Mustafa Abdul Wadud just moved in there and began the regular gatherings for the circle of zikr. Thanks to God's beautiful plan, I was blessed to be present at the Meshk Ilahi gatherings of Nur Ashki Jerrahi order there in Singapore.

Different sufi orders due to cultural diversity have different styles of zikr. To my limited experience, among different sufi zikrs, I always found the Jerrahi sufi zikrs specially 'sweet' and 'beautiful'. It was reinforced again here in Boulder at Nur Ashki Jerrahi Tekke where I participated sufi zikr led by Habiba Ashki al-Jerrahi. The same sweetness of the ilahis simply touch the heart so deeply! There the Jerrahi Dervishes meet every Thursday night at 7:30 pm for dhikrullah.

While listening to her enlightening talks for sometime from the Nur Ashki website and on other occasion in sufi conferences recorded audios, I developed a deep fondness and love for Shaykha Fariha. Infact my one of the major intention to go to New York was to be able visit the Dergah where she holds the regular zikrs and to see and listen to her. Now its a great rejoicing news that she is coming here in Boulder. Alhamdulillah! May God continue to bless her and her work.

Shaykha FarihaAbout Shaykha Fariha:
Shaykha Fariha was born into a socially committed, eclectic Catholic family in Houston, Texas in 1947 and has lived at various times in Los Angeles, Mexico and New York, where she currently resides. At the age of 19 she began a conscious search for God. Ten years later she met her teacher, Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak of Istanbul. Through Shaykh Muzaffer she also met Lex Hixon, who became his disciple in the same year. At the passing of the Master, she became the disciple of Lex Hixon, by this time called Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi.

Shaykh Muzaffer came to the West to meet Nur and to plant the seeds of Sufism in the hearts of the American lovers. From this transmission Nur envisioned a radical and illumined path of the heart which he called Universal Islam. When Shaykh Nur passed in 1995, Fariha took on the role of guiding the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order. Through this lineage, she and her representatives offer the nectar of teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, which guide the seeker to self-knowledge and immersion in God. The sacred practices of zikr, prayer, charitable living, fasting and retreat are all embraced.

According to her "Islam is like clear water poured into different vessels. It takes the color and shape of each vessel." She conducts spiritual and educational meetings for her sufi dervishes across the USA in 16 states. Every Thursday, Fariha with her husband Ali and the dervishes invite all seekers into the circle of zikr at the Masjid al-Farah in New York City. Contact address.

[>] Read the Blog from Shaykha's visit with Photos.

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