Pacific Northwest Sufism and Islamic Spirituality Conference
￼Friday, March 15th 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm & Saturday, March 16th 8:00 - 7:30 pm
MET Community and Educational Center | 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Tigard, OR 97223
Free parking at Conestoga Middle School. Free shuttle service to and from MET Center.
Join us for an uplifting conference that will bring together people of good faith to share the ح beauty of Sufism, its relationship to Islam, and its importance in today’s world. Our two ب keynote speakers, Shaikh Kabir Helminski and Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, will present their wisdom and knowledge on Sufism and Spirituality in Islam. The keynote speeches will be followed by a panel discussion of local Sufi leaders, small group discussions, dinner, and finally dhikr (remembrance of God). Inclusion, dignity, respect, religious understanding, inspiration, hope and community building are intended outcomes of this conference for all who attend.
Shaikh Kabir Helminski codirector of the Threshold Society
Kabir Helminski is an author, a translator of the works of Jalaluddin Rumi and others, and a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order which traces its lineage back to Rumi, His books on spirituality, Living Presence and the Knowing Heart, have been published in at least nine languages. Among his most recent books are Love’s Ripening, Rumi on the Heart’s Journey, and Holistic Islam. He has toured as Shaikh with the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey bringing Sufi culture to more than 100,000 people. He speaks widely on Sufism, often in an interfaith context.
Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Instructor at Tayseer Seminary
Zaynab Ansari spent a decade studying Farsi, Arabic, and traditional Islam in the Middle East, graduating from Abu Nour Institute in Damascus. She completed undergraduate degrees in history and Middle Eastern Studies at Georgia State University and subsequently pursued graduate coursework in world history. She is a contributor to various non-profit Islamic educational portals, including SeekersHub and Lamppost Productions. She currently serves as an instructor at Tayseer Seminary which provides a one-year intensive in Islamic Studies for the Muslim Community of Knoxville.
Friday, March 15th (7 p.m.—9 p.m.)
- 7:00 p.m. Welcome & Introduction
- 7:15 p.m. Keynote speech by Shaikh Kabir Helminski
- 8:30 p.m. Q&A
Saturday, March 16th (8:00 a.m.—7:30 p.m.)
- 8:00 a.m. Registration9:00 a.m. Introduction
- 9:20 a.m. Keynote Speech by Shaikh Kabir Helminski
- 10:50 a.m. Keynote Speech by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch and Dhuhr Prayer
- 1:30 p.m. Panel Discussion & Small Groups Q & A
- 5:15 p.m. Dinner and Asr Prayer
- 6:15 p.m. Universal Dhikr
"You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don't. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly." -Rumi.