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Sufi Handbook

Sufi Handbook

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One thing m ust not be forgotten.
Forget all else, but rem em ber this,
And you w ill have no regrets.
Rem em ber everything else,
But ignore this one thing,
A nd you w ill have done nothing.
It is as if a king sent you on
a m ission to a foreign land
To perform one special task for him .
If you do a hundred things,
but not this appointed task,
W hat have you accom plished?
H u m a n b e in g s c o m e in to t h is w o r ld
for a particular purpose,
A nd if they forget it
they w ould have done nothing at all.
J a la l A l- D in R u m i
Th e Tram w ay,
G lasgow
4 to 6 A u g u st 2 0 0 6
W e h o p e y o u w ill fin d th is h a n d b o o k
u s e fu l in le a rn in g a b o u t S u fis m a n d
th e F e s tiv a l. T h e a im is to h e lp to lo o k
m o re d e e p ly in to th is h e rita g e o c c a s io n
\u2013 a u n iq u e n e w e v e n t in S c o tla n d .
A t th is S u fi F e stiv a l y o u h a v e th e
o p p o rtu n ity to d ip in to m a n y stra n d s
of Sufism and Sufi w ays.

T h e w a y o f th e S u fi ju st m ig h t a ffe c t th e w a y y o u lo o k a t th in g s a n d w h a t you do in the future.

P u llo u t C h ild re n \u2019s S e ct io n
pages 3 to 6
Festival Program m e from page 7
Sufi H andbook
S u fi w isd o m c a n still
h it h o m e in a
m o d e rn w o rld
obsessed w ith pleasure
a n d m a te ria l w e a lth
\u2013 o b se ssio n s th a t th re a te n
th e fu tu re o f o u r p la n e t.
World Sufi Festival

T h is h a n d b o o k h a s b e e n p re p a re d w ith g ra n t a id b y th e H e rita g e L o tte ry F u n d , w h ic h is th e m a in s p o n s o r o f o u r e v e n t. W e w is h to a c k n o w le d g e th e fin a n c ia l a n d in -k in d s u p p o rt o f th e fo llo w in g fo r th e F e s tiv a l: C ity o f G la s g o w C o u n c il, M in is try o f C u ltu re G o v e rn m e n t o f P a k is ta n , P a k is ta n In te rn a tio n a l A irlin e s , B a n g la S c o t F o u n d a tio n ,

R o b e rt W is e m a n D a irie s , A R Y D ig ita l, B o u le v a rd S e lf D riv e , M ila n

W e d d in g , S h e r B ro th e rs , U n ite d C a s h & C a rry, U n ite d P o lm a d ie , A n c h u l C o lle c tio n , S n a x 4 U , A a ra m is D u b a i, A w a z F.M ., E a s te rn E y e , A w a z n e w s p a p e r, V illa g e C u rry H o u s e , G ra fx D e s ig n

T h is fe s tiv a l is p a rt o f th e U K -w id e F e s tiv a l o f M u s lim C u ltu re s
w w w .m u s lim c u ltu re s .o rg
A s s o c ia tio n o f P o e try a n d M u s ic
G la s g o w w is h a ll o u r v is ito rs a w a rm
w e lc o m e to th e F e s tiv a l. A d d itio n a l
in fo rm a tio n is o n o u r w e b s ite a t
w w w .s u fife s tiv a l.c o m . W e h o p e a ll o f
y o u e n jo y th e e v e n t.
T h is b o o k le t e n c o u ra g e s u s a ll to

lo o k a t life a fre sh , a n d th in k m ore about who we are and w hat w e do.

W e w a n d e r th ro u g h so m e S u fi sto rie s to g e t th e id e a o f th e S u fi
m e ssa g e in a n e a sy fo rm a n d w e lo o k a t o th e r in fo rm a tio n th a t w e
h o p e y o u w ill fin d in te re s tin g a n d h e lp fu l. E s p e c ia lly w e d ip in to th e
w o n d e rfu l w e a lth o f S u fi p o e try. Y o u m a y n o t h a v e tim e to re a d a ll th is
at the Festival \u2013 so please read the handbook w hen you get hom e.
How to learn m ore
About Sufism
V is it\u2013 Sufism Sym posium 2006 \u2013

E d in b u rg h . In te rn a tio n a l g a th e rin g from 14 to 16 Septem ber, ideal for p e o p le w ish in g to le a rn m o re .

w w w .su fisy m p o siu m .o rg
W eb\u2013 Try these w eb searches
w w w .ze n su fi.c o m /sto rie s o r G o o g le
search \u2018Sufi story\u2019
R e a d\u2013P rin c ip le s o f S u fis m (P a p e rb a c k )
b y N a h id A n g h a
S u fism : Th e Tra n sfo rm a tio n o f th e
H e a rt(P a p e rb a c k )
b y L le w e lly n V a u g h a n L e e
Essential Sufism(P a p e rb a c k )
b y R o b e r t F ra g e r, C lif t o n F a d im a n ,
Jam es Fadim an
A bout Love and Peace
F o r C h ild r e n
Read - Peace, Love And Vegetables
(H e rb th e V e g e ta ria n D ra g o n )
(Paperback) by Jules Bass, D ebbie
H arter (illustrator)
A b o u t W o r ld R e lig io n s
V is it\u2013 S t M u n g o \u2019s M u s e u m o f R e lig io u s
Life and Art, 2 Castle Street,
Glasgow G4 0RH
T h e B u rre ll C o lle c t io n Is la m ic G a lle ry,
Pollok Country Park,
2 0 6 0 P o llo k s h a w s R o a d ,
Glasgow G43 1AT
R e a d\u2013Is la m
b y P h ilip W ilk in s o n a n d B a t u l S a la z a r
F o r C h ild r e n
Read - A y a t J a m ila h : B e a u t if u l S ig n s :
A T re a s u r y o f Is la m ic W is d o m
fo r C h ild re n a n d P a re n ts(A e so p
P riz e /P a p e rb a c k )
b y S a ra h C o n o v e r, F re d a C ra n e ,
V alerie W ah l (illu strato r)
The Facts About Islam
b y A lis o n C o o p e r
T h e O x fo rd C h ild re n \u2019s
A t o Z o f W o r ld R e lig io n s
by Anita Ganeri
F o r A d u lts E x p la in in g to C h ild re n
Is la m E x p la in e d (P a p e rb a c k )
b y T a h a r B e n J e llo u n ,
Franklin Philip (Translator)
T h e K in g f is h e r B o o k o f R e lig io n s ,
F e s t iv a ls , c e re m o n ie s a n d b e lie f s
a ro u n d th e w o rldby Trevor Barnes
Sufi H andbook
S u fi H a n d b o o k
R e s e a rc h a n d D e v e lo p m e n t:
w w w .m e la n g e .o rg .u k
Illu s tra tio n s b y
Jo a n n a B o y c e .
D e s ig n a n d P ro d u c tio n :
w w w .lu n a ria .c o .u k
A ll c o p y rig h t re s e r v e d . Ju ly 2 0 0 6
S e v e ra l b lin d p e o p le w e re b ro u g h t in to a la rg e te n t,
w here an elephant w as kept. \u2018N ow you can find out
w h a t a n e le p h a n t is ,\u2019 th e y w e re to ld . E a c h b lin d p e rs o n
fe lt a d iffe re n t p a rt o f th e e le p h a n t's b o d y.
A fte r th e y h a d c o m e o u t o f th e te n t, o n e o f
them was asked:
\u2018W hat does the elephant resem ble?\u2019
F ro m th e re p ly, \u2018T h e e le p h a n t is lik e a p illa r,\u2019
it w as clear that this blind m an had felt the
a n im a l's le g .
\u2018N o ,\u2019 s a id a n o th e r, \u2018th e e le p h a n t is m o re lik e a
w a ll.\u2019 A th ird d is a g re e d , s a y in g :
\u2018L ik e sailclo th ,\u2019 w h ile a fo u rth cried :
\u2018L ik e a h o s e .\u2019
Each of them w as right, of course.
T h e o n e w h o h a d fe lt th e e le p h a n t's b e lly

c o m p a re d it to a w a ll; th e o n e w h o c o m p a re d it to sailclo th h ad felt its ear; th e o n e w h o said it resem bled a hose had felt its trunk.

To d a y, S u fi p o e try, m u sic a n d id e a s
tra v e l th e w o rld in s e c o n d s \u2013 th a n k s to
th e In te rn e t. It w a s n o t a lw a y s s o .
In e a rly S u fi tim e s th e S u fi w o u ld tra v e l
th e w o rld o n a d o n k e y, ta k in g m o n th s
to re a c h a d e s tin a tio n , if n o t y e a rs .
S o it w a s a s lo w m o v e m e n t o f id e a s .
T h e
E le p h a n t
and the
B lin d
M en
N o w a d a y s n e w s tra v e ls fa s t a ro u n d th e
w o rld . Yo u c a n d o w n lo a d to y o u r

m o b ile o r c a tc h u p w ith e v e n ts a s th e y h a p p e n o n y o u r ra d io , T V o r c o m p u te r. It w a s n o t a lw a y s s o .

T ro u b a d o u rs, tra v e llin g sin g e rs a n d
s to ry te lle rs w o u ld tra v e l fro m v illa g e to

v illa g e , to w n to to w n , b rin g in g th e
n e w s a n d s in g in g th e ir s o n g s ,
a c c o m p a n y in g th e m s e lv e s o n th e ir
m u s ic a l in s tru m e n ts . T h e o n ly w a y a
n e w s s to ry g o t o v e r a m o u n ta in w a s fo r

a tro u b a d o u r o r o th e r tra v e lle r to b rin g

it b y d o n k e y \u2013 o r if th e tra v e lle r w a s ric h e r, h e c o u ld a ffo rd a h o rs e .T h e se tro u b a d o u rs w o u ld te ll th e s to rie s o f w h a t w a s h a p p e n in g th ro u g h s o n g ,

c o m p o s in g s o n g s a s th e y tra v e lle d
around and picked up m ore new s.
In a c o u n try su c h a s Tu rk e y th e re w o u ld
b e a c o m m u n ity h o u s e fo r th e tro u b a d o u r
o r tra v e lle r to s ta y. In th a t h o u s e v illa g e rs
w o u ld g a th e r to h e a r th e n e w s th ro u g h
lis te n in g to s o n g s a n d p o e try In Tu rk e y

there are over 30,000 such songs handed d o w n , w ritte n d o w n o v e r th e g e n e ra tio n s a n d n o w m a n y a re re c o rd e d .

W e ste rn E u ro p e a lso h a d th e se
tro u b a d o u rs a n d th e o n e s th a t tra v e lle d

in Tu rk e y w o u ld a ls o g e t in to F ra n c e
a n d S p a in . In th o s e d a y s th e re w e re n o
b o rd e rs , n o v is a s . A tra v e lle r c o u ld g o

a n y w h e re in a n y c o u n try.
In th e m id d le a g e s , a c o n flic t b e g a n
b e tw e e n C h ris tia n ity a n d Is la m ; tw o
re lig io n s th a t lik e Ju d a is m c o m e fro m
th e s a m e p a rt o f th e w o rld a n d a ll
h a v e a c o m m o n b e g in n in g in th e fa m ily
o f A b ra h a m .
T h e c o n flic t m a d e it h a rd e r fo r th e
tro u b a d o u rs to c o m e to W e ste rn
E u ro p e . T h is m e a n t a b ig c h a n g e in
th e in s tru m e n ts th a t w e re h e a rd in
W e ste rn E u ro p e .
E a ste rn so u n d in g in stru m e n ts w e re
re m o v e d in th e w e s t. T h e re a re m a n y
m o re m u sic a l sc a le s in th e E a ste rn
in s tru m e n ts th a n in th e W e s te rn
in s tru m e n ts , a ro u n d 1 5 tim e s a s m a n y
scales. W estern m usic has only 20
m u s ic a l s c a le s . S o w h e n it c a m e to

c o m p o sin g m u sic , w e ste rn e rs lik e M ozart w ere lim ited in a w ay that e a ste rn e rs w e re n o t.

T h is d iv is io n in th e M id d le A g e s m e a n t

th a t th e d iffe re n c e s in th e w a y o f life ,
in th e w a y o f b e in g , in s im p le th in g s
lik e fo o d , b e c a m e g re a te r.

Art and m usic have alw ays been
p ro v id in g w a y s fo r u s to e x p re s s
o u rs e lv e s a n d re fle c t o u r s e n tim e n ts .

W h e n w e lo o k in to o u rs e lv e s w e s e e
lo ts o f d iffe re n t le v e ls o f fe e lin g ,
d iffe re n t le v e ls o f jo y, d iffe re n t le v e ls
o f s a d n e s s , d iffe re n t le v e ls o f k in d n e s s ,
d iffe re n t le v e ls o f a n g e r.(c o n t. o v e r)

T h e e le p h a n t 's b o d y
did have all those parts,
but they w ere not the elephant.

T h o s e w h o w e a r b lin k e rs in m a tte rs o f fa ith a n d b e lie f a re lik e th e b lin d m e n
d e s c rib in g th e e le p h a n t. E a c h is rig h t u p to a p o in t, b u t th e w h o le tru th e m e rg e s
o n ly if th e y g e t to g e th e r a n d h a rm o n is e th e ir c o n flic tin g v ie w s , in s te a d o f
c ritic is in g o n e a n o th e r a n d fig h tin g in th e d a rk .

S p re a d in g id e a s a b o u t p e a c e a n d lo v e \u2026 a n d a ls o th e la te s t n e w s
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