NUR ASHKI JERRAHI ORDER AND THE CIRCLE OF ISHQ
Our Lineage, Our Practices
The “ishq” in our name means passionate love for God. The primary activity in our Minnesota circle and in our order is the zikr Ceremony of Divine Remembrance, a combination of music, movement and prayer which follows the ancient forms of Islamic Sufism as a path leading beyond ordinary reality into Divine Mystery.
Our order is led by Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi who, with Shaykha Amina Teslima, guides two large circles in New York and Mexico Cities and smaller circles around the world. Our spiritual lineage flows through the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to our founding saint, Pir Nureddin Jerrahi, and his modern successors Shaykh Muzaffer Ashki and Shaykh Nur Lex Hixon.
ALL ARE WELCOME
We honor the holy ones of all religions, and many of our dervishes participate in multiple traditions. Shaykh Nur himself was both a Zen roshi and a Sufi shaykh and was deeply involved with Vedanta Hinduism, Orthodox Christianity and other mystic paths. We believe the world’s religions express countless approaches to That Which can be intimately known but never captured or described. People of every faith and belief system are welcome here!
CIRCLE OF ISHQ
The Twin Cities Circle of Ishq is led by Karima Ashki Nur (Karima Vargas Bushnell) and she is occasionally assisted by her son, Isa Nureddin (Garek) and daughter Aisha (Elizabeth). Karima, an Irish fiddle player, former intercultural relations professional and author of SciFi metafiction, holds the title of khalifa in the order and is currently studying with Imam Bilal Hyde. She was a close student of Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi. Isa Nureddin was initiated as a Jerrahi Sufi at age five and has participated in Jerrahi zikr and the Dances of Universal Peace all his life. He is currently attending college out of state with a major in chemical engineering, and often joins our zikr via computer. He plays bass and performs as an actor and singer. Aisha is a writer, songwriter, and musician who plays, records and tours with several bands, and was born into the Sufi path.
The Circle of Ishq conducts a traditional Sufi zikr once per week and everyone is welcome!
Tuesdays: 7-:00pm – 8:30pm Nur Ashki Jerrahi Zikr
Wednesdays: 7:00pm – 8:30pm Ruhaniat Dervish Class
“The heart of the dervish is a tiny golden ball cast high into the boundless sky of truth by the immense waves of Divine Resonance.”
Shaykh Nur Al-Jerrahi