A Mystical Journey – The Musical Concert in Paris – Article by Karim Imamdad Hunzai

In Paris on 8th and 12th December,2008, it was a historical concert of the Sufi music which was performed by the 60 talented artists from the Muslim world, Pakistan, Algeria, Bosnia, Iran, Syria, Tajikistan and also from North America to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Imamat of Mawlana Hazir Imam. It was a unique occasion in Paris which is the capital of the Europe … Continue reading A Mystical Journey – The Musical Concert in Paris – Article by Karim Imamdad Hunzai

France Visit – Updates from theismaili.org

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Thursday, 11 December 2008

GJ France - Performers gather for a photograph with Mawlana Hazar Imam at the conclusion of the Jamati institutional dinner. Photo Akbar Hakim - theismaili.org

Today Mawlana Hazar Imam granted the final Darbar of his Golden Jubilee to the Jamat gathered in Paris, France. Hazar Imam was joined by Prince Amyn, Princess Zahra, Prince Rahim, Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya at Parc des Expositions, where thousands of members of the Jamat from France and around the world had gathered for the historic occasion.

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Silencing the drums of war – A Mystical Journey, 2008 US tour

From Al Jazeera English – By Mark Levine

The festival, organised by the Ismaili Council of the United States, also serves as a reminder to both Muslim Americans and a broader western society of Islam’s long history of inclusiveness.

For 1,400 years, the religion has embraced a number of cultures and traditions, and art and music have long been central vehicles for expressing and sharing the faith with others.

Shortly before his death in 1997, the Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti declared that “music is the weapon of the future”.

Since then, however, more than $3 trillion has been spent on far deadlier weapons of war which are fought in the name of peace and stability.

But these conflicts have brought neither peace nor stability.

Not all Christians, Muslims and Jews are enamored of these wars. But as a Canadian television host recently pointed out, though violent people constitute a small minority of their religion’s followers, “they sure make a lot more noise” than those in the mainstream.

Imagine if Muslims, Jews and Christians decided to combat that noise with musical, cultural and religious harmony of their own? Perhaps the three Abrahamic faiths could drown out, and even silence, the war drums that seem to grow louder each day.

Such a strategy is being tested by performers of A Mystical Journey, a 2008 US tour that features dozens of Sufi musicians from across the Muslim world, including Pakistani rock superstar Salman Ahmed, Algerian chaoui (Berber) legend Houria Aïchi and the Dalahoo Sufi Ensemble from Iran.

Their concerts, which premiered in Canada, are spiritually uplifting tributes to the often ferocious joy and love that have long characterised mystical Islam’s experience with the divine, and through it, humanity’s potential for spiritual transcendence and renewal.

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A New Milestone in ‘Mystical Journey’

From Indo-American News.

“Politics and theology do not make a culture,” Dr. Amirali Popatia, President of the His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States, pointed out in his address at the pre-event reception. “There is much more, including the arts, from architecture and literature to music.”

He pointed out the bias or ignorance in stereotyping Muslims from the actions of a minuscule minority. “Unfortunately, the lens through which many view Muslims is narrowly focused on either a small minority or on their actions. Few are aware of, or recognize, the rich history and pluralistic nature of the Muslim world which ranges from Morocco to Malaysia and includes 1.2 billion people from some 45 countries.,” he said.

Dr. Popatia said that the Aga Khan has rejected the prevailing thesis of “Clash of Civilizations” between the West and the Islamic world and instead has described it as a “clash of ignorance.”

HOUSTON – A Mystical Journey rolled on to a new milestone in Houston with thunderous applause and standing ovations by a nearly packed auditorium at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Sunday, March 30.

The concert of Sufi music and other expressions of devotion from the Muslim world, organized by His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States, included nine performances by over 60 artists and musicians that took the audience on a journey through the ages, traversed by Muslim mystics and saints, in their spiritual quest which found expression in devotional music, qawwalis, dhikr and ginans.

Sufism has often been described by its exponents as “a science through which one can know how to travel into the presence of the Divine” and end the duality of body and mind, spiritual and temporal, and self and divine. The esoteric theological doctrine, based on the love of Divine, influenced generations of Muslim poets, singers and artists.

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A Mystical Journey – in New York

From Narmeen Makhani’s blog: On Saturday evening, my friends and I decided to attend a Sufi musical concert in New York called A Mystical Journey. They mainly attended it because I really really wanted to go and checkout an Islamic musical concert out of sheer curiousity and because a lot of people I know recommended it. It turned out be AWESOME. I was amazed at … Continue reading A Mystical Journey – in New York

India West article on A Mystical Journey in San Fransisco

Next tour is in Dallas March 29, Houston March 30, and New York April 5. Click above to read the article. —- Also, another interesting blog post: but the real mind blower came from damascus, syria where the worlds oldest music is said to have originated. tahleeleh with sheikh hamza chakour is one of the world’s best known groups devoted to classical arab music. after … Continue reading India West article on A Mystical Journey in San Fransisco

Chicago Radio Program highlights Choir Hazreti Hamza

Chicago Public Radio’s program Radio M recently profiled Choir Hazreti Hamza, a group of sufi singers who are performing at A Mystical Journey – Sufi Music and other Expressions of Devotion from the Muslim World, which is a Golden Jubilee International Programme commemorating the Golden Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan. Choir Hazreti Hamza is a choir which performs in the naqshibandi tradition of … Continue reading Chicago Radio Program highlights Choir Hazreti Hamza

Eboo Patel on A Mystical Journey

His blog post at Washingtonpost’s On Faith: Who Sings for Islam? The piece I was going to write – “Who Speaks for Islam”, based on the exceptional new book by Dalia Mogahed and John Esposito – is going to have to wait for another day. Last Saturday night, I went to see A Mystical Journey, a concert bringing together Muslim musicians from all over the … Continue reading Eboo Patel on A Mystical Journey

Expressions from A Mystical Journey in Chicago

From Tanya Ghaziani at Fellows Alliance This past Saturday I attended a concert entitled A Mystical Journey: Sufi music and other Expressions of Devotion from the Muslim world. The concert included a variety of artists from different countries, including Salman Ahmed, member of a popular Pakistani rock band Junoon, who undoubtedly was the crowd favorite to Choir Hazreti Hamza, a Sufi Bosnian group that was … Continue reading Expressions from A Mystical Journey in Chicago

A Mystical Journey in Chicago – Public Radio Report

A mystical journey may also be in order. Stop two of our Three to See is Saturday Night, where you can witness the music, dance and poetry by some of the Muslim world’s most talented performers. The U.S. tour is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the spiritual leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, an ethnically and culturally diverse people. Nizar Jiwani is … Continue reading A Mystical Journey in Chicago – Public Radio Report

A Mystical Journey Concert at SMU showcases Muslim music

From Esther Wu’s column at Dallas News

While this concert will be of great interest to followers of the Muslim faith, Rafiq Lakhani, spokesman for the council, said target audiences include non-Muslims as well.

“In today’s world, there needs to be better understanding of Islam,” Mr. Lakhani said. “And these types of international initiatives, expressing the faith through music and dance, help to change stereotypes and show the diversity that exists within the Muslim world.”

Music has always played an integral part in the religious experience – from the Jewish liturgical poems heard at the Temple in Jerusalem in biblical times, to Gregorian and Buddhist chants and gospel and contemporary Christian music.

Now, North Texans will have a rare opportunity to hear and learn more about the devotional music of the Muslim world.

“A Mystical Journey: Sufi Music and other Expressions of Devotions from the Muslim World,” will be presented at 2 p.m. March 29 in McFarlin Auditorium at Southern Methodist University.

The concert is being presented by the Aga Khan Council for the USA to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, the imam or spiritual leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.

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Houston Chronicle is giving away a pair of tickets to A Mystical Journey concert

Houston Chronicle is giving away a pair of $150 tickets to the March 30 concert in Houston, “A Mystical Journey”. Go to http://www.chron.com/channel/houstonbelief/ Click on the AMJ banner, read the contest rules, and complete the sentence “I Believe…..” To read the Chronicle’s article on “A Mystical Journey”, please visit http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/5621002.html Continue reading Houston Chronicle is giving away a pair of tickets to A Mystical Journey concert