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. There's no zikr Thursday, December 24th. You're invited to the following instead.

Back at the regular place: Will update soon!

CHANGE OF LOCATION for zikr, Wednesday January 13.

Wednesday's 7:00 p.m. zikr will be at the home of Wanda (Nur Fatima) al-Ahad's family on the 4000 block of 4th Street in South Minneapolis. Nur Fatima is a longtime spiritual story teller and Jerrahi dervish, a student of Muhammad Jamal, a bee keeper and director of the Magnolia Tree Institute of Ancient Wisdom in Louisiana. She and her mother are excited to have our zikr there! Call her at (612) 824-2869 or me at (612) 229-1231 for the address.

Murshid S.A.M.'s Urs

This Friday is Murshid S.A.M.'s Urs (anniversary of the passing from the body, sometimes called the Wedding Day). Therefore, Thursday night zikr will be all Samuel L. Lewis! Wonderful original Dances of Universal Peace and songs from Murshid Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti (S.A.M.) Come and enjoy!

Field Trip to Daybreak Press Global Bookshop

Next Saturday, January 16, is the Circle of Ishq of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi (wow, long one, taking a breath) is visiting, hosted by awesome store owner, spiritual teacher, national speaker and social justice activist Anse Tamara Gray. 724 Washington Avenue S.E. Get in touch if you need a ride, or meet us there. In RSVP will help us know how many are coming. A joyful meeting of shining hearts!

Lifting the Boundaries: Muzaffer Efendi and the Transmission of Sufism to the West

The revised edition is out! Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi says, "Muzaffer Efendi [is] a soul glowing with love for God and compassion for God's children. Embracing all seekers of light, he made them feel at home in the mystical center of their own tradition." Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi says, ". . . a wonderful account, and Muhammad Jamal weaves in Efendi's own mystic speaking throughout the text. Efendi also is a Mevlana of love and wisdom . . . . It was the power of his love that opened the gates of a new era, the era of love." Order from www.fourworldspub.com .

 Shaykh Muhammad Jamal, who recently graced us with a lovely zikr and Dances weekend, has an impressive online collection of Jerrahi sufi and Hazrat Inayat Khan-based music you can hear or download. Listen at http://www.blannwattsgenealogycom/FourWorldsPub/SUFI%20MUSIC%Downloads.htm .

Aramaic Prayer Class 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

I'm told that it "offers the good of Jesus without the cultural baggage, providing another way in that may make it more accessible to some." Several alternative translations of the Lord's Prayer and Beatitudes. Guitar accompaniment, body movement, and a chance to sing and learn these beautiful melodies and words. Learn more about these practices and this broad and deep field of study.

Nur Ashki Jerrahi Zikr

We've added instrumental accompaniment with the bouzouki. Makes it more powerful! Come and see!  What Shaykh Nur called, "The joyful uproar of the lovers!"  

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.


1st & 3rd Tuesdays 7pm — Aramaic Words of Jesus
Wednesdays7pm — Nur Ashki Jerrahi Zikr
Thursdays7pm — Ruhaniat Dervish Class
2nd & 4th Saturdays7pm — Dances of Universal Peace

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.