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!

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.


Our annual night of music, chanting, poetry and sacred dance in honor of Sufism's best-known poet. With the Wild Moon Bhaktas, Hakim Bushnell of the Light Upon Light Sufi Center, Rev. Ted Tollefson of Mythos Institute, and you - bring your favorite Rumi poem to share! 7:00 - 9:00 pm, New location: Tula Yoga & Wellness, 99 Snelling Ave. North, St. Paul, MN 55104. Recommended donation $10 - $15. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Friday, December 16, 7:00 p.m. This month: Pow Wow Highway. A spiritual seeker and a passionate activist together on a road trip, both serious and funny. As always, it's accompanied by delicious popcorn and followed by a bit of discussion. (Movie night happens once a month on a Friday evening.)


Mellow evening of sacred songs and prayers, deep and gentle conversation, hot drinks and snacks. Bring what's in your heart to share! Holy Light and Sacred Dark from Judaism, Christianity, Islam and more. We accidentally discovered that people like this gathering, so it has become a tradition. All welcome.


Wednesday Nur Ashki Jerrahi Zikr, Thursday Ruhaniat Zikr and Dervish Class, both at 7:00 p.m. No Dances of Universal Peace & Potluck this month as the 4th Sunday falls on Christmas. We'll resume in January!

Real Islam Feels Like This

"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.


Wednesdays7pm — Nur Ashki Jerrahi Zikr
7pm — Ruhaniat Dervish Class
7pm — Aramaic Words of Jesus
(2nd Thursday of the month)
4th Saturday2-4pm — Dances of Universal Peace
4-6pm — 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.