Our Zikr Format

Majlis-e Aashiqaan – the Meeting of Lovers –  is the name we give to our Sufi activities, which we hold separately from our discussion group. Below you can find details of our Zikr format.

CANDLE LIGHTING

اللهم صلّ على محمد و آل محمد
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

اللَّهُ نُورُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ مَثَلُ نُورِهِ كَمِشْكَاةٍ فِيهَا مِصْبَاحٌ الْمِصْبَاحُ فِي زُجَاجَةٍ الزُّجَاجَةُ كَأَنَّهَا كَوْكَبٌ دُرِّيٌّ يُوقَدُ مِن شَجَرَةٍ مُّبَارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونَةٍ لّا شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَلا غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكَادُ زَيْتُهَا يُضِيءُ وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نَارٌ نُّورٌ عَلَى نُورٍ يَهْدِي اللَّهُ لِنُورِهِ مَن يَشَاء وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ

Allahumma sali ala Muhammad wa aali Muhammad
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

Allahu noor assamaawaati wal ardh
mathalu noorihi kamishkaatin feeha misbaah
almisbaahu fee zujaajatin
azzujaajatu ka annaha kawkabun durriyyun
yooqadu min shajaratin mubaarakatin zaitoonatin
la sharqiyyatin wa laa gharbiyyatin
yakaadu zaituha yudhee’u wa law lam tamsashu naar
noorun alaa noor
yahdi-llahu linoorihi man yashaa
wa yadhribu-llaahul amthaala linnaas
wallaahu bikulli shai’in aleem

The Divine is the light of the heavens and the earth
a likeness of Their light is as a niche in which is a lamp
the lamp is in a glass 
(and) the glass is like a brightly shining star
lit from a blessed olive-tree
neither eastern nor western
the oil of which would be lit without being touched by fire
light upon light
The Divine guides to Their light those with whom They are pleased
and The Divine gives parables to humanity
and The Divine Consciousness is all pervasive 

(lighting three candles while saying:)
بسم شاه الله الله
Bismishah Allahallah!

(Everyone says out loud:)
يا الله، يا محمد، يا عليّ
Ya Allah Ya Muhammad Ya Ali

OPENING READING

Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving.
It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.
Come, yet again, come, come
.

FATIHA

(The leader calls out “Fatiha” and everyone reads along)

Bismaillahir Rahmanir Raheem
Alhamdu lillahi rabil ‘alameen
Arrahmanir Rahim
Maliki Yaumid Deen
Iyaaka na’budu wa iyaaka nasta’een
Ihdinas Siratal Mustaqeem
As Siraatal Adheena an’amta alayhim
Ghairil maghdubi alayhim
Wa laddaaleen

In the Name of The Divine, Infinite Mercy, Infinite Compassion
All praise belongs to The Divine,
Sustainer of All Worlds,
Infinite Mercy
Infinite Compassion
Sovereign of the day of recompense,
You alone do we worship,
and from You alone do we seek help.
May we be guided on the straight path,
the path of those who have deserved grace,
not of those who cause anger,
nor of those who go astray.

Ameen

HUZUR
(presence)

The leader will lead everyone in a mindfulness of breath and listening exercise in order to come into presence (the state known as Huzoor). This will be followed by a period of silent zikr of the Divine Invocation:

“Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim”. 

The leader brings this section to a close by calling out “La Ilaha Ila Allah”

MUHABBET
(sacred conversation)

A reading will be handed out and the leader will explain the adaab (manners) before nominating two people to read aloud one after the other.

The leader may explain why the reading was selected or give a short talk about it.

A few minutes silence will be offered for the members of the group to contemplate the readings.

Everyone will be invited to offer their reflections on the reading by going round the circle one by one.

The Adaab (to be read out):

“Reflection should be from the heart, one should not interrupt another. Sharing should never be a commentary on nor a criticism of another person’s sharing. One should be one’s own editor, not speaking too much nor out of turn. One can pass and will be offered a second opportunity to share after others have spoken.”

ZIKR
(remembrance)

(the leader reads the following out loud)

There is nothing but the Divine.
Allah tells us wherever we turn we see their face.
Let us turn towards The Divine in all that we do.
Let us recite these words in unison

Everyone will take three deep breaths and then the leader recites “La ilaha ila Allah” twice before everyone joins in in unison

La ilaha ila Allah

This part will end when the leader calls out in a spoken voice “La ilaha ila Allah”

A short reading will take place from a book of Sufi poetry which is passed around by the leaders, if the book is given to you please either choose a page at random and read the entirety of the poem that begins on that page, or if you prefer not to read aloud please pass it to the next person to you.

The leader may now present the format of the next section:

The exact phrases used at this stage are sacred and are not published online

This part of the Zikr ends when the leader calls out a loud “La ilaha ila Allah”

Another selection of poetry will be read out.

The leader calls out a long Hu, to which everyone joins in in the same manner, taking a deep breath and on the out breath saying Hu:

Hu
َهُو

 

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