What We Stand For

We follow the principle that "there are as many ways to God as there are human souls." We move in two directions: horizontally outward to embrace wider and wider visions of community among all beings, and vertically toward the heights of Divine Awareness and the depths of Inner Reality (which are one and the same). Friends within our community walk many paths: traditional and modern Sufism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, the Red Road of the Native Americans, and more. Our common thread is participation in Divine Reality, the living landscape of the soul and spirit, which includes this beautiful Earth and all authentic sacred paths. Everyone welcome - any culture, color, gender or orientation, nation, religion! We will embrace you.

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.


New Workshops Coming this Fall!

Mysticism and Practice in World Religions

Indian saint Sri Ramakrishna used to say, "There are some who have heard of sugar, some who have tasted sugar, and some who can go and eat it whenever they like." This "sugar" is spiritual reality, directly encountered and minutely described by mystics throughout the ages. Discover the surprisingly similar stories and 'road maps' left by these pioneers of the unseen worlds. Taught by Karima (M.A.)

Qur'anic Arabic for Native and Non-Native Speakers

A crash course emphasizing the principal skills of Classical Arabic through texts from the Qur'an and ancient Arabic poetry, beginning with simple phrases, then moving on to longer sentences and texts. No previous knowledge necessary. "Every sufi is a poet, and to be a poet, one must be erudite in grammar. If one does not understand the structure of grammar, one will not understand the structure of God's way, as Ibn al-Arabi would have it." - Mohammad Sharafuddin, Ph.D. (Our professor for this class)

Mining the Jewels, Sewing the Quilt: A Deep Encounter with Passages from the Generous Qur'an

What does it mean that, "Allah is the Light of the heaven and the earth," or that 'You cause the day to enter the night and the night to enter the day, bring forth the living from the dead, and the dead from the living'? What are "the Keys of the Unseen" and "the Doors of Subtle Grace," and why is it that, "Surely with difficulty comes ease?" Explore beloved Qur'anic passages and the endless treasures within. Drawing on Physicians of the Heart, the Morning Litany of Pir Nureddin Jerrahi, Shaykh Nur's Three Days of Prayer, al-Qushayri's Subtle Allusions (an unmatched collection of Sufi commentaries), and your own insights, you'll begin your patchwork quilt of blessing, support and sustenance. Even a drop from the Luminous Ocean is still the Ocean! (Taught by Karima) Register here.

The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names

One of the greatest treasures in Islam/Sufism is the presence of the Asma al-Husna, the 99 Beautiful Names of God, which are found in the Qur'an. Actually there are more than 99, but where 100 would symbolize and telegraph completeness, the use of 99 implies that there is always more, that Divine Names are infinite. These are far more than just names: they are the qualities and attributes of Allah, which also make up the universe and our own interior and exterior worlds. Various Sufi teachers and lineages have made slightly different collections of the Names over the centuries, some of which have been translated. Physicians of the Heart is surely the most complete, in-depth and detailed collection available in English.

The aspects of God found in other world religions are here also - and more. God can be encountered in any of these aspects: as the Guide, the Evolver, the Protecting Friend, the Beautiful, the Subduer, the Forgiver, the Light, the Subtle, the Responsive, the Alive, the Gatherer and many more. Like the Tree of Life in the Kabbalah, like the Buddhist picture of compassionate and wrathful deities -- like other schematics of the multiverse seen from different points of view -- the Names of Allah include the balancing of opposite Names. So, we find the First and the Last, the Manifest and the Hidden, the Constrictor and the Expander, the Delayer and the Expediter. Each Name can be encountered within the teaching and testing that is our life, our path, as we meet and melt into Divine Being, the Consciousness within every consciousness. Would you like to see a table of the Names? For condensed explanations of each, boiled down from descriptions in Physicians of the Heart, as well as short translations and pronunciations, click here. Sources are given in a sidebar, as well as some information about pronunciation.

Musings: Excepts from the Operating Manual for Human Beings

Real Islam Feels Like This  - and other religions and traditions have similar teachings!

"What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrong of the injured." "You will be with those you love." - the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace. Handouts of hadith and Qur'an quotes of peace, love, justice and beauty available by request.

We are an interfaith organization, and our purpose is Divine Love and Knowledge.

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.


Wednesdays7-8:30pm — Ruhaniat Dervish Class
7-9pm — Nur Ashki Jerrahi Zikr
4th Sunday2-4pm — Dances of Universal Peace
4:15-6pm — Potluck 

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.