Past Meetup

Sacred Music, Poetry and Whirling Dervishes (fundraiser for Africa)

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"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." Mother Teresa

While many of us have heard of the recent humanitarian catastrophe in Somalia and Ethiopia, imminent famine also threatens thousands of people in West Africa. Due to consecutive years of drought and resulting crop failure, a food crisis is unfolding in countries such as Senegal, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. At least 7 million people are threatened by starvation in these countries. Life there is a struggle in the best of times and many communities are at risk of starvation, while we live a life of plenty.

We cannot feed the world, but we can certainly make a difference. Thankfully, there is a direct connection between Sufi community members of The Inner Garden and the village of Irim in northern Burkina Faso. The people of Irim have appealed to us directly to support them in this time of great hardship. More specifically we are connected directly with a not-for-profit organization in Burkina Faso who have the know-how and logistics to deal with the famine situation. All that is needed is our financial contribution.

“The way you can tell the depth of a person’s enlightenment is by the breadth of their service to others.” Zen Master Kobo Daishi,

The situation is dire and urgent but we have the opportunity to make a difference.

Please join us for an evening of insight, poetry (including Rumi), music and Sufi whirling in support of a community in tribulation. All performers and artists are donating their time to ensure all money earned from this evening will go directly to those in need.

Musical performers during this evening include:

Aydin Buyar Sencan Aruci - Saz (Turkish Long Neck Lute)

Ergun Gulbay – kanun (Turkish stringed instrument)

Agah Ecevit - ney (reed flute)

Fatih Tandogan - bendir (frame drum)

Other Presenters include:

Theodore Tsaousidis (on the art of generosity)

Sheniz Janmohamed (spoken word artistry)

Tickets are $25 each and we are asking everyone to purchase tickets online prior to the event @ FYI, $50 feeds an entire family in Burkina Faso for one month.

“Feed the hungry and visit the sick, and free the captive, if he be unjustly confined. Assist any person oppressed, whether Muslim or non-Muslim.” Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

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