A Tribute & Honors to Rumi & Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani and Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani of the Most Distinguished Naqshbandi Sufi Order

April 19th, 2012 | Yale University | New Haven, CT

A beautiful event was held at the Saint Thomas More Center at Yale University last night. Hundreds of people with all backgrounds and professions and came from all walks of life gathered together for an evening of Sufi Meditation, Remembrance, and Healing. Shaykh Bapak Waleed lead and hosted the event which was a tribute to the great Sufi poet and Scholar, Jalaluddin Rumi, and to two pillars of Sufi Wisdom, Secrets, Blessings, and Peace in our time, Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani of the Most Distinguished Naqshbandi Sufi Order.

photo credit: Veysel Umman

Sh. Bapak Waleed returned from an extended tour of Southeast Asia, and other points overseas, just to conduct this blessed event. He brought the warmest greetings and love from the Mureeds (students) of Southeast Asia for Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani.

This gala affair was a unique and special event featuring video documentary, poetry readings in both Farsi and English, authentic and traditional Turkish music with performances of the Ney (reed flute) and Bendir (hand drum), participation in Zikr “Chanting of the Mystics”, Meditation and Remembrance of The All-Mighty and Creator, and of course, Whirling Sacred Spiritual Movements of the Sufis. Never before had such an evening taken place at Yale with such Harmony and Peace with so many attending such an event.


Dr. Shakibai reading
the poetry of Rumi and
speaking on his life.

After the whirling so many expressed their appreciation and being embraced by the Love and Peace of such a blessed event. The light of stars appeared and the radiance of energy filled everyone with Happiness and Joy. Those present felt the Baraka (blessings) of being in a sacred space and connecting their hearts with one another. Some with their eyes closed and hearts open moved form the chairs to the floor to join the circle. Starting with the Zikr and ending with the Hadra everyone’s hearts were lifted, and they were grateful for attending an event of which they had heard of before but never experienced. Shaykh Bapak Waleed shared of the Baraka of the All Mighty and from the connection and love to his Shaykhs, Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani, whose presence was ever felt throughout the whole night.

And as it was time to draw the curtains on this beautiful affair no one wanted to leave. They stayed to continue soaking in the blessings, to express their thanks, and to take the opportunity to ask questions. Those who had entered with questions, now left being fulfilled and accepting the Light of Love. Those with illness or stress felt better by the end of the night, and they felt the benefit of the healing and the blessings. Some attendees spoke of how they had met Mawlana Shaykh Nazim in the past and that the feeling during this session was similar to what they felt at that time. Throughout the evening, the participants were showered in blessings and healing of remembrance through the recitation of sufi poetry, the performance of traditional sufi music, the mystic chanting, and the whirling.

Download the program (PDF) below.

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