“At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.
Close the language-door
and open the love-window.
The moon won't use the door,
only the window.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi, A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings
Imam Jamal Rahman
Author, Speaker, Teacher
5.5 hours (total)
Webinar is recorded.
The Divine Garden Awaits
Rumi is one of the best spiritual guides the world has ever known. This is a chance to enter the Divine Garden with him, companioned by one of SDI’s most trusted wisdom teachers, Jamal Rahman. This 4-part webinar series is an invitation to experience what Rumi calls “the fragrance of the beloved.”
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi, or Mevlana, as he is known respectfully by many Sufi faithful, is famed for erudite philosophy and theology. But when we read his poems, we feel he is walking at our side as a true friend — accepting not judging, encouraging us to “go deeper,” inviting us to connect with God, the Universe or however one terms the transcendent reality that connects us all. In the truest tradition of spiritual directors and spiritual companions, Rumi asks open-ended questions that lead us to ask penetrating questions of ourselves. He accepts us as we are and opens the way for us to explore what our lives can be in contemplative union with the Beloved.
Who better to teach us about this timeless spiritual teacher than another spiritual companion from the Sufi tradition – wisdom teacher, author and Inter-faith Amigo, Imam Jamal Rahman?
Jamal has been studying Rumi most of his life. Sitting in Jamal’s circle of love as you contemplative Rumi’s mystic brilliance is a chance to broaden and deepen your concept of spiritual companioning.
Imam Jamal Rahman
Imam Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations. Along with his Interfaith Amigos, he has been featured in the New York Times, CBS News, BBC, and various NPR programs. Jamal is co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. He is a former co-host of Interfaith Talk Radio and travels nationally and internationally, presenting at retreats and workshops.
Jamal’s passion lies in interfaith community building. He remains rooted in his Islamic tradition and cultivates a “spaciousness” by being open to the beauty and wisdom of other faiths. By authentically and appreciatively understanding other paths, Jamal feels that he becomes a better Muslim. This spaciousness is not about conversion but about completion.
Matt Whitney is the Creative Director of SDI. Matt is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who grew up in the Pacific Northwest and lives in Seattle. He works between drawing, painting, photography, video, design and illustration. He is the host of SDI’s weekly podcast, Encuentros en SDI, which engages in conversations around spiritual direction, contemplative practice, and spiritual care. He also works as a certified spiritual director, and is a facilitator trained in Interspiritual Meditation through the Spiritual Paths Institute.
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