Representing Two Orders

Sufi Ruhaniat International and Nur Ashki Jerrahi

Sufism is both the mystical inner tradition of
Islam and the aquifer of spiritual depth that exists beneath the surface of life, taking different forms in different times, places and cultures.

The dervish, or Sufi student, is a door between the worlds - the inner and the outer, the seen
and the Unseen, the self and the Self. Inshallah
(God willing), our Center is also such a doorway.


A spiritual practice intensive with Murshida Tasnim Fernandez on the Element Breaths, Walks, and Turns

Friday, 9/26 at 7pm, Saturday 9/27 9am, Saturday evening 7pm, Sunday am TBA

Sometimes we need to flow like Water.  Other times require the stability and balance of Earth.  Then again, the pulse and heat of Fire may serve, or the unforeseeable swirl of Air.  The Element Breaths and Walks can present exactly the right tools for the varied conditions of life.

The Element Breaths and Walks are part of the body of practice that underlies the Dances of Universal Peace, but these Breaths and Walks can have a much wider application.   Each Breath contains both transcendence and practical utility.  Each human being is a unique lens for the experience of the Elements.  Hazrat Ali says, ”Know thyself and thou shalt know God.”  Join us to move strongly and directly toward self-knowledge, toward skillful ease in relationship, and toward comfort of being.

In 1971, Murshida Tasnim was initiated by Hazrat Pir Vilayat Khan into the Sufi Order of the West. Tasnim co-founded the International Network for the Dances of Universal Peace with Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz in 1982.  She has studied Spiritual Dance and Walk with Murshid Wali Ali Meyer including the Element Walks, the Astrological Walks, Centering Walks, and Walks of the Masters, Saints, and Prophets.  She is an ordained Cherag (minister) and a Siraj (authorized to train and ordain new ministers) of the Universal Worship of the Church of All.  She is an inspired and inspiring speaker.

When: September 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2014.   This is the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the last weekend in September.

Where: Friday night and Saturday day will be at the Triune Masonic Lodge, 1898 Iglehart Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Saturday night and Sunday morning will be at The Light Upon Light Sufi Center, 3754 Pleasant Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55409.

How Much: $150.00.  Some partial scholarships are available.  Contact Hakim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To prepay: send money to Karima Bushnell, 4005 Garfield Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55409.  Please make checks out to Light upon Light Sufi Center.

Can I Come For Part Of It?  People always ask this.

Friday night - $15.  All of Saturday day - $100.  Saturday night - $20.

Coming for part of Saturday day is not an option.  Coming just Sunday is not an option. The building of the group consciousness is an integral part of the experience. Too much coming and going interferes with its building, so we don’t encourage coming and going.

How Do I Sign Up? Email Karima at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Put "Registration" in the topic line.

Where Will I Stay? This is a nonresidential retreat, which means we are responsible for our own housing.  There are a limited number of local folks willing to host people for the weekend.  Contact Connie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need a place.  If you are in the Twin Cities and willing to have someone sleep on your couch, please let Connie know that as well.  There are, of course, many hotels as well, if that is what suits you.

What Will I Eat? We are responsible for our own food with the exception of Saturday lunch for which we will have catered box  lunches.  If you have special needs in regard to food it's best to both let us know and bring or buy your own supplies.  We have restaurants and co-ops of all kinds.  There will be an extra charge of $8.00 (we think, we haven’t priced it out yet) if you want a box lunch.

What if I need to talk to an actual person?  Karima (612) 229-1231 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Hakim (612) 205-3319 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dervish Class

The regular Sufi Ruhaniat International zikr is changing names. It will now be called Dervish Class. It will meet at the usual time, Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Dervish Class will still be a zikr, but it will also include practices of mastery that support the zikr. These practices illuminate the nature of Soul and help build a spiritual toolbox to meet the needs of Life. This begins in September. You can expect to work hard in this class. Visitors are welcome but should come prepared to exert themselves.

Deepening Practice: The Greater Wird (Litany) of Pir Nureddin Jerrahi. 
Scheduled by request.

A seminar at the University of the Real and a bath in the Fountain of Divine Love, both at once. Most traditional sufi orders do a litany of this kind. The form varies, but the words are taken from the Qur'an, prayers of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and the founder of the particular tariqa (sufi order). We use both Arabic and English. This is an advanced group for diving deeper and experiencing some of the hidden treasures within the Indescribable Ocean.


Contact Us

Light Upon Light Sufi Center is located at 3754 Pleasant Avenue in South Minneapolis. For information call Karima at (612) 229-1231 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Most events are free or request a small donation.


 7:00-9:15pm | Nur Ashki Jerrahi Zikr
Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm | Sufi Ruhaniat International Zikr
2nd & 4th Saturdays 7:00-9:15pm | Dances of Universal Peace

Calendar of Events

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What We Offer

Zikr The Sufi Ceremony of Divine Remembrance: Sitting, standing, and moving circles of music and prayer invite ecstasy as souls meet beyond personality. Our zikrs flow from the traditional practice of the mystics of Turkey, India, and the Middle East. People of all religions and traditions are welcome.

Dances of Universal Peace Drawing on the sacred phrases, scriptures, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music, and movement into a living experience of unity, joy, peace and integration. Easy and satisfying, all dances are taught for beginners each time.

Aramaic Words of Jesus Based on the work of Dr. Neal Douglas-Klotz and his seminal book, Prayers of the Cosmos, these practices and Dances use the words of Jesus in Aramaic, the language in which Jesus spoke and taught.