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. 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.

"Exploring the Planetary Energies - Unveiling the Universe Within"

An in-depth experiential weekend workshop on the Astrological Walks of Sufi Murshid Samuel L. Lewis with Murshida Tasnim including Dances of Universal Peace, Sufi practices, spiritual discourses and dialogue.

Time: Friday, April 24, 7:00pm, all day Saturday, Sunday, April 26, 1:00pm. Place: Here at the Center. Registration $150 for weekend, Friday night only: $10, $15 couple/family. Saturday night Dances - donation, led by local Dance leaders. Partial scholarships available - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Organic, free-range lunch available for $14 Saturday, or bring your own. Questions and Registration: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The "Hey, Kids, Let's Put on a Show" Benefit was wonderful: varied and interesting acts performed with energy and love, and we raised a good amount of money to help our brother after the uninsured hip replacement. Maybe we'll do this again in future!

Aramaic Prayer Series

Hakim is sharing the Aramaic Lord's Prayer zikr during the regular Thursday zikr slot for eight weeks beginning February 12. This will culminate on Holy Thursday, April 2, with a complete performance of all eight lines of the prayer, including the blessing of sharing bread and wine (or grape juice). See details on the Aramaic Prayer at this site (button above). All welcome!

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." - the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace. Handouts of hadith and Qur'an quotes of peace, love, justice and beauty available by request.

Nur Ashki Jerrahi Circle starting our Remote Access Zikrs, and continuing the Wird (Litany) Group.

The Wird (Litany) group is up and running again. This is so powerful! See below.

We have begun the process of bringing Go-to-Meeting capabilities to the Center to bring distant friends, including circle members who have moved and whole zikr circles from other cities, into the room with us. We're getting the bugs out of the technology, but this is very exciting, and the process has begun! Get ready to see old and new friends! Alhamdulillah!

Deepening Practice: The Greater Wird (Litany) of Pir Nureddin Jerrahi. 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 (sharp). Inquire if interested.

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.

Expansion of Dances Leadership

For the first time since the dinosaurs walked, Karima and Hakim are co-leading the Dances! Together! This means a new infusion of fire and air, energy and blissful joy to add to the focused concentration and depth of awareness that Hakim is already bringing. And Conie Borchardt, a fine Dance-leader-in-training, is making a third. Welcome, Conie!

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.


6:30pm Salat (prayer) 7:00 pm Meal 7:15 pm Zikr
Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm | Sufi Ruhaniat International Zikr
2nd & 4th Saturdays 7:00-9:15pm | Dances of Universal Peace

Calendar of Events

Click here to learn more about upcoming events at the Light Upon Light Sufi Center.

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.