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Sufism: A Hidden Treasure - City Circle Talk

City Circle are holding a rather fascinating talk on the topic of Sufism.

After the talk, we can get together and goto Melur restaurant for a bite to eat and discuss the talk and just socialise. Please confirm if you joining us at the restaurant.

Many British Muslims today suffer a double alienation: on one side from a dogmatic expression of Islam lacking in love, and on the other side from a materialistic culture that leaves little room for the spiritual dimension of life.

Contrary to the prevailing stereotype of Sufis being other-worldly and cultish, Sufis have been associated with many of Islam's most practical and beautiful accomplishments. But Sufism is above all about the inner transformation of the human being, resulting in increased capacities of presence, will, and love. It's stock in trade is marifa, inner knowing, through which the heart is purified and real remembrance of God is possible.

This presentation will discuss the above issues and more.


Kabir Edmund Helminski is co-founder and co-director of the Threshold Society a non-profit educational organisation and has been working within the Mevlevi tradition of Sufism for about thirty years alongside his wife Camille Helminski. He has developed programmes that provide a structure for practice and study within Sufism and spiritual psychology and is author and/translator of numerous books and volumes of Sufi literature including many works of Rumi, and two books on Sufism: Living Presence, A Sufi Way to Mindfulness and the Essential Self (1992) and a collection of essays, The Knowing Heart (1999).

Kabir began the study of Sufism with Suleyman Hayati of Konya and was officially recognized as a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order of Sufism in 1990, by the late Celalettin Celebi, former Head of the Mevlevi Order. From 1980 until 1999 he was the director of Threshold Books, one of the foremost publishers of Sufi literature. Between 1994 and 2000 he toured with the whirling dervishes of Turkey bringing the spiritual culture of the Mevlevis to more than 100,000 people. His books have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, Turkish, Russian, and Indonesian. He has an M.A. in transpersonal studies from the Institute of Transpersonal Studies and an honorary Ph.D. in literature from Selçuk University Konya Turkey. He has lectured at hundreds of institutions and in 2009 was named as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in association with Georgetown University. He is one of the signatories of "A Common Word Between Us and You", an open letter by Islamic scholars to Christian leaders, calling for peace and understanding. He resides with his family in Louisville Kentucky USA.

Free entrance. All welcome. No reservation needed. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30.

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  • Safia

    Didn't get in as it was full :( ... will look out for the video :)

    March 16, 2014

  • Imran

    Didn't make it in unfortunately. Was a few mins late and it was packed out. Will come earlier next time.

    March 15, 2014

  • Robbie

    Would need to find out more, but my understanding is Islam is about personal transformation AND reforming society for better. The impression I got was the focus was on the former, which may make Sufi's prone to working on being happy with what they have and accepting the world as it is, rather than doing what they can to change it.

    March 15, 2014

    • Seyad M.

      Personal transformation leads to a reformed society.

      1 · March 15, 2014

    • Robbie

      Yes if you accept the belief that the social world around us is a projection of our collective inner selves. It may be a rational-unmystical approach but for me its an empirical question - Sufism has a long pedigree, what is the historical evidence that it enables positive social change? I don't know- I would have to research it.

      March 15, 2014

  • Zulfiqar D.

    Any chance we can get access to the video of the event? Btw great talk thanks for organising it.

    March 14, 2014

    • Sajid

      Salaam, City Circle will be putting the video up on their website over the next few days inshallah

      1 · March 15, 2014

  • Seyad M.

    Any chance a video can be made available of the talk.. Couldn't get in :(

    March 15, 2014

  • Mahbuba

    This was an excellent talk. This is one of the best talks I have been to for a long time. The words of the speaker were wise and inspirational and I am glad I went! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    March 14, 2014

  • Rubina A.

    wonderful event

    March 14, 2014

  • Nazia

    Sorry still stuck at work!

    March 14, 2014

  • Victor

    Apology, can't make it, working, next time, enjoy yourselves

    March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm working sorry :(

    March 14, 2014

  • Twana C.

    Hi can i join today?

    March 14, 2014

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