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Rumi's Birthday Party-A music event

Tickets: first 99 are £15, there after £20 follow this link for purchase

Date: Saturday 28 September 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: St Johns Church, 73 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8TY
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Artists featured:

Poetic Pilgrimage | The Berakah Project | Pearls of Islam | Ali Nourbaksh | Ikwon

& MC Jaheda Choudury

Information on Rumi’s Birthday Party

“We rarely hear the inward music, but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless.”- Rumi

The UKs first ever Muslim-led interfaith party; bringing Muslims and non-Muslims together through music!

Saturday 28th September 2013, Waterloo, London.

The UKs first ever Muslim-led interfaith party; bringing communities together to celebrate faith  and multicultural Britain through music and comedy. The event consists of wonderfully diverse acts whilst promoting an inclusive, interfaith message. Performances include daf solos, nasheeds, spoken-word acts, rap, fusion, an interfaith musical-ensemble, and comedy.

The Inclusive Mosque Initiative is a collective of Muslims from a variety of backgrounds working to promote and practice inclusive, accessible Islam. We are passionately committed to interfaith growth and positive communication across (and within) communities. We hold regular spiritual, social and educational events across the UK and are fundraising towards a  zero-carbon mosque space. Recent press interest in the initiative includes the BBC, The Guardian, Asian Network Radio and Salaam magazine.

It is crucial, now more than ever before, that we are able to communicate and learn from each other and the differences between us all. The Inclusive Mosque Initiative envisions a permanent space where every worshipper, or cynic, is welcomed equally, a family-friendly space which functions as a religious and community resource for the curious and most disadvantaged of British society too. This event will be a beginning, and the aural experiences will be unique!

Featured performers are well known in the UK and internationally and are fantastically different, including;

  • Poetic Pilgrimage, female spoken-word and hip-hop duo ‘using Music, Art, Words, Love and Prayer to change the world’ (
  • The Berakah Project, highly acclaimed interfaith musical ensemble fusing Jazz, Classical and Middle Eastern influences (
  • Pearls of Islam, the up and coming female trio ‘using African and Middle East drumming and Traditional Arabic and English nasheeds to promote Sufi-inspired Islam’ (www.
  • Ali Nourbakhsh, traditional Iranian musician and Jazz-fusion player (with the NoName Trio) will be doing a daf solo. Ali commands ‘a wide and varied array of pitch and resonance and produced a phenomenal cacophony of sounds from just a single drum’ (
  • Rap from Miami with Ikwon, promoting tawhid (unity) through his music (
  • Our guest MC for the night will be Jaheda Choudhury, of Ajah UK, the ‘alternative Hip Hop band [who] detonate the stage with their high energy, high octane live performances. Spitting bars in English & Bangla’ (

The event coincides with the birthday anniversary of Jalaluddin Rumi, the great Sufi poet, Islamic theologian, jurist and mystic. Seven hundred years ago he said ‘Come, come, whoever you are’ and our inclusive ethos echoes his message. This event, like our future mosque, welcomes families, people of all faiths (and none!) and will be accessible to everyone. Organiser Zaynab said; ‘We are really looking forward to this event, not only for the awesome music but for the inclusive message behind it. Rumi is a perfect example of how accessible Islam can be. The artists are all amazing performers, and are amazingly different; this is what we want to promote. The Inclusive Mosque Initiative is aiming for a permanent mosque space, so this fundraising event will help us to continue all the work that we have been doing so far. As the UKs first ever Muslim-led interfaith party this event will bring Muslims and non-Muslims together to celebrate faith and music too.’

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The Inclusive Mosque Initiative

Rumi’s Birthday Party, Saturday 28th September 2013, St John’s church, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8TY (6:30-11pm).

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  • Asma

    Hi everyone, how do we get the tickets, do we have to buy in advance? Or can we buy at the door? Also what time does it start? 6:30 sharp?

    September 28, 2013

    • Aliya

      Hi Lalana I have a spare ticket for £15 if you wish to buy via paypal? Ill transfer it across via email if interested thanks aliya

      September 28, 2013

    • Asma

      Thank you dear, I prefer events where I pay at the door :) was there a musician coming tonight? This would have been the first event is attend with this group, so I want to know what type of event it is and what type of crowd it would attract.

      September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Guys if anyone got spare ticket please let me know. Thanks

    1 · September 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Aliya i am experiencing bad internet as am out. it might be late now already.

      September 28, 2013

    • Aliya

      No it's fine I can still get it transferred to you.. Just keep me posted if your able to get through.. :)

      September 28, 2013

  • Aliya

    Salam guys! I have a spare ticket too so if anyone wants let me know :)

    September 27, 2013

    • Aliya

      Yes I do

      September 28, 2013

    • Aliya

      Do you want to email me your details and I will transfer the ticket in your name :)

      September 28, 2013

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