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Whirling into Peace with words of Rumi

Guest Speaker: Professor Dr. Mahmud Erol Kilic
(Professor of Sufi Studies at Marmara University, Istanbul)
Sufi Music and Whirling Dervishes

Born in Istanbul, Prof. Dr. Mahmud Erol KILIÇ, graduated from Istanbul University. Beside his formal education he also attended some classical scholars' as well as sufi masters' lessons. After completing his MA in Islamic Philosophy and PhD in Sufism he started to teach Sufi Thought at Marmara University and more recently at Uskudar University in Istanbul. He has many books among them Hermes and Hermetic Thought According to Muslim Thinkers; Levels of Being According to Ibn Arabi; Poetics of Ottoman Sufi Poetry; Travel to Origin, etc. The Poetics of Ottoman Sufi Poetry awarded as the book of the year by Turkish Writer Association in 2004 and translated into French and Albanian. His four books were translated into Persian also. He also worked as a President of Turkish Islamic Art Museum (Istanbul, 2005 - 2008) and then Secretary General of Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States PUIC (Tehran, 2008 - 2018)”. He is married and has two children. He speaks Turkish, English, Arabic, Persian, French.

Date:Wednesday November 15 at 6:30-9 PM
Venue: The Assembly Hall- 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr, Etobicoke, ON, M8V 4B





Ramona Carmelly, Meredith Hall
Hussein Janmohamed, George Krissa
Theresa Tova
The Elmer Iseler Singers
Jarrahi Sufi Choir with Whirling Dervishes
The Bach Children's Chorus

October 28th, 8:00pm
Metropolitan United Church

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Mississauga Halal Food Fest

Jerrahi Sufi Assembly with Whirling Dervishes

Celebration Square, City hall, Mississauga

Saturday, June 6th at 5:30 pm


Aga Khan Museum

Jerrahi Sufi Assembly with Whirling Dervishes

77 Wynford Drive

Toronto, ON, M3C 1K1

Sunday, June 7th at 3:00 pm


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Discourse and Sufi Remembrance Ceremony

Saturday, November 15th 2014,  6:00 pm

American Sufi Cultural Center
880 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977

Discourse and Sufi Remembrance Ceremony

With Sufi Music & Whirling Dervishes

Saturday, November 22th 2014,  6:00 pm

Canadian Sufi Cultural Centre
270 Birmingham Street, Toronto, ON, M8V 2E4


2 - 5 pm

5:30 - 6:45 pm
Special Medieval Menu

7 - 9:15 pm
Holy Blossom Temple Lachan Choir • Metropolitan United Church Choir • Jerrahi Sufi Assembly (feat. Whirling Dervishes)

Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St E, Toronto


Sufi poet from Mecca, Nimah Ismail Nawwab, visited our center with her new Sufi poetry book 'Canvas of the Soul Mystic Poems from the Heartland of Arabia'
May 12, 2012 


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We had a Picnic at Meadowvale Conservation Area on June 12th, 2011

Date: Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Time: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Venue:  Meadowvale Conservation Area (Picnic Area C). 

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We had a Picnic at RK McMillan Park on June 13’Th, 2010

An environmental storytelling event: The Animals’ Complaint Against Humanity

The Animals’ Complaint Against Humanity is a story originally written by the Ikhwan as-Safa, a group of Islamic philosophers, in the tenth century. In their tale, a group of humans become shipwrecked upon an island uninhabited by humans. The humans make a settlement upon the island and quickly begin to oppress and abuse the animals. The animals make a complaint against the humans to the King of the Jinn. What follows is a fascinating story about the meaning of being human and our responsibility towards nature. In this contemporary retelling, the story is relocated to Ontario’s Boreal Forest to help us reflect on Islamic teachings about wildlife conservation in this region. Join us for a magical evening of storytelling. This presentation is for adults and children (8+).

WHERE:Canadian Sufi Cultural Centre
WHEN: 8:30-10pm, Saturday May 1st, 2010

Presented by Wildlands League.



This event was sponsored by
Turkish Airlines / Türk Hava Yolları

Celebration of the life of Willem Poolman

Dr. Willem (AbdurRahim Baba) Poolman, a respected brother of ours, was the head of the Bawa Muhaiyadeen Fellowship in Canada, an immigration lawyer and a kind human being.

He passed away on Sunday June 7 at the age of 86.

Many of the dervishes have attended the gatherings he hosted, and we've always enjoyed his hospitality and friendship. Last year, we celebrated the anniversary of Bawa Muhaiyadeen’s visit to Canada with him with several dervishes attending. His gatherings were fellowships of zikr, warmth, and Divine Love with the blessings of Bawa Muhaiyadeen.


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October 11, 2008

Eid Celebration!

On Saturday Oct. 11 from 5PM on, we will hold our very first Eid celebration at our new facility. This evening will also be the opening ceremony of our new Canadian Sufi Cultural Centre. There will be fun and games plus gifts for the children as well. Dinner will be served at 7PM. So bring your family and friends and let's celebrate this evening with joy and festivities!


January 19, 2008



* Special Prayer at 7:30PM, led by Hafeez Isa AbdulHaqq Jr.

Note: Prayer participants should present by 7:00PM

* Discussions at 9:00PM (Sohbet by Naib Isa AbdulHaqq, Sheikh Tevfik al Jerrahi)

Subject : The importance of the Month of Muharrem and Mystic life of Hz. Hidr (Hizir)

* Dzikir with Jerrahi dervishes at 10:30PM

Address: 5751 Coopers Ave, Mississauga (next to Coopers mosque)

November 9, 2007


Date: Friday, November 9 at 8PM

Place: Roy Thomson Hall

Ticket Price: $59.50 - $39.50

Event: Experience the exquisite spiritual ceremony — the Sema — featuring beautiful costumes, hypnotic flutes, strings and percussion and the amazing sight of dervishes whirling in harmony with the universe. Celebrate the 800th anniversary of the great Muslim mystic and poet Rumi, the inspiration for this astonishing ritual.

Featuring a special introduction by Esin Celebi, the 22nd generation granddaughter of Mevlana and director of the Rumi Foundation.

March 21 & 24, 2007

Event FlyerWhirling Into Peace, March 2007

For the first time in Canada, we proudly presented "Whirling Into Peace", a festival of Sufi Music, Whirling Dervishes, and the Poetry of Rumi, with a special guest appearance by the renowned Turkish Sufi Musician Ahmet Ohzan and his 10-piece orchestra.

Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, born in the year 1207 in Afghanistan, was an accomplished scholar and teacher of the religious sciences. Rumi went on to become the greatest mystical poet of all time. By communicating the absolute love of God through his works, he has attracted spiritual seekers from almost every religious and spiritual path in the world for hundreds of years.

Through this event, we honoured Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi through the ancient practice of whirling, performed by dervishes of the Mevlevi Sufi Order founded by Rumi in the 13th century. Furthermore, we celebrated Rumi's inspiring works through the recitation of his poetry.

Ahmet Ozhan is considered an exceptional singer and a leading representative of the Turkish classical Sufi music tradition. Since undergoing training by masters in the fields of western and oriental classical music, he has risen to the status of an internationally acclaimed performer of traditional Sufi music. Today, he is a celebrity and well-known leader in the art of Sufi music throughout Europe, the US and the Middle East where he performs with his orchestra consisting of traditional instruments such as the ney, ud and bendir.

Times & Dates:

Two shows were scheduled:

Wednesday March 21, 2007
National Arts Centre, Ottawa.
53 Elgin Street, at Confederation Square, Ottawa.



Saturday March 24, 2007
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge St., Toronto.
(just north of Hwy. 401)

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