Light Upon Light Sufi Center
Currently Online only.
Our zikrs are ongoing, and we’re holding free introductory Arabic classes in March, details below.
To see other things we’ve done, check out Events and Workshops.
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, 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.
Zikr (also spelled dhikr). 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.
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 or on the image to the right.
Sources are given in a sidebar, as well as some information about pronunciation.
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.
Tuesdays: 7:00pm – 8:30pm Nur Ashki Jerrahi Zikr
Wednesdays: 7:00pm – 8:30pm Chisti/Ruhaniat Dervish Class (zikr)
Free Introductory Arabic Language & Calligraphy Classes
Friday, March 26th 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, March 27th 11:00am to 12:30pm
Events & Announcements
For the near future, all events at the Center will be online only. See below for how to attend zikrs or other events online. We can still be together–just in a different form!
Online Attendance: the Process
We use Zoom, and there’s nothing to download. To attend one or more Tuesday Jerrahi and/or Wednesday Ruhaniat zikrs, let us know by EMAILING US HERE. Because zikr is a profound experience, we do a light one-time screening to protect the space, so tell us a few words about your spiritual journey and why you’re interested and we’ll send you either or both links.
Each recurring event at the Center has a different link; please save the ones you want. At 6:45, fifteen minutes before zikr, click the link to get in. (If something goes wrong with this process, for instance if you lose the link, we can invite you directly as long as we have your email address and we know you want to come. But we won’t be able to do that after the zikr starts.)
To join our Arabic class, or any other classes held in future, REGISTER HERE. (There is no screening for non-zikr classes and events.) Zoom requires us to change links every so often, so if you want to stay current, ask to receive the newsletter.
Free Introductory Arabic Language and Calligraphy Classes
“Welcome to the world of the Arabic language – Welcome to the Universe of the Holy Qur’an.”
Free Introductory Sessions: Fri. 3/26, 7-8:30 p.m and Sat. 3/27, 11 a.m. -12:30
Karima says, “Master teacher Ali is vastly experienced and passionately dedicated to our success. It’s exciting to see old Sufi friends learning Arabic! Private lessons are also an option, and I’m doing that too.” Those who continue after these sessions pay $25 per week (less in a hardship situation). Contact Ustadh Ali for questions at email@example.com or (505) 500-2308. To register contact Karima.
Our Message to You
The condition that we are under in a plague year is the usual condition of a human being, but it’s easier to notice at a time like this. As always, each day could be our last, and the Sufi uses this fact to live more consciously, deeply, and lovingly. The Sufi approach is to remember Allah in all times, places and conditions. We pray daily for your happiness, comfort, safety, and health. May blessings and protection rain down upon you, filling you with joy, and may your learning and growth be accelerated through these difficult times. Stay in contact with those you love online and by phone, keep your practices together. Ya Kafee, ya Shafee. Oh Healer, Oh Remedy. Remember that, no matter what happens, we are eternal beings and nothing and no one that we have loved is ever truly lost!
In the Love and Light of Allah: Ya Wadood, ya Nur, ya Hafiz! Oh Love, oh Light, oh Protector,
Hakim and Karima