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First 99 tickets are on offer at £15, there after they are £20

Date: Saturday 28 September 2013
Time: 7pm - 10:30pm
Location: St Johns Church, 73 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8TY
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“We rarely hear the inward music, but we're all dancing to it nevertheless.”- Rumi

Saturday 28th September 2013, St John’s church, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8TY (doors open at 6:30 till 10:30pm).

The Inclusive Mosque Initiative is a collective of Muslims from a variety of backgrounds working to promote and practice inclusive, accessible Islam. Recent press interest in IMI includes the BBC, Asian Network Radio and Salaam magazine.

The Inclusive Mosque Initiative is passionately committed to inclusivity, to interfaith growth and communication across communities. We hold regular spiritual, social and educational events across the UK, and are fundraising towards a zero-carbon mosque space.

This September we are excited to present Rumi’s birthday party, a conscious concert in remembrance of the great Sufi poet, Islamic theologian, jurist and mystic Jalaluddin Rumi who said, 700 years ago, “Come, come, whoever you are”. This event will affirm his message, and like our future mosque, welcome families, people of all faiths, and be accessible to everyone. It is a fundraising event with all profits going towards building a permanent IMI space, a space designed to be welcoming and suitable for every user, and a community resource that assists the most disadvantaged across society. The event showcases UK Muslim and interfaith artists and promotes our inclusive ethos, whilst fundraising for our future mosque.

The featured artists are well known in the UK, come from a range of backgrounds and are fantastically different. Performances include;

•The Berakah Project, highly acclaimed interfaith musical ensemble fusing Jazz,Classical and Middle Eastern influences (

•Pearls of Islam, the up and coming women using African and Middle East drumming and Traditional Arabic and English nasheeds to promote Sufi-inspired Islam (www.

•Poetic Pilgrimage, spoken-word and Hip Hop duo ‘using Music, Art, Words, Love and Prayer to change the world’ (

•Our guest MC for the night will be Jaheda Choudhury, of Ajah UK, the ‘alternative Hip Hop band [who] detonate the stage with their high energy, high octane live performances. Spitting bars in English & Bangla’ (

Of the concert, organiser Dervla Shannahan said; ‘We are really looking forward to this event, not only for the awesome music but for the inclusive message behind it; Rumi is a perfect example of how life-affirming Islam is and can be. As our biggest event yet, this concert will bring Muslims and non-Muslims together to celebrate faith through music.’

For more information contact Tamsila, Inclusive Mosque Initiative: 07570292685 /

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

Was a 13th century Persian poet, Islamic theologian, Sufi mystic and jurist. He devoted all aspects of his life to tawhid-the union with the One. To do this he used music, poetry and dance as paths toward reaching God. His principles on love where the ego is destroyed through music and then resurrected, resonates for all people;

“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come , come.”

This event is held two days before the officially recognised day of Rumi’s birth. In the spirit of love, music, poetry, dance and Tawhid we are hoping to achieve profits for a physical space that is an inclusive mosque.
Where the money goes:
• Towards a permanent physical space where people’s differences are seen as strengths and where we can share in spirituality and practice
• To put on more events that connect the present to our spiritual and artistic past
• For a mosque space that runs a 24hr soup kitchen for whoever needs it
• Towards a mosque space that offers refuge to travellers and refugees that have no recourse to public funds
• To invest in the next generation by providing camps and trainings in deen and life skills
• Towards an inclusive Islamic practice that genuinely values women and minorities.

“In the house of lovers, the music never stops, the walls are made of songs & the floor dances”- Rumi

Where Everything Is Music
Don't worry about saving these songs!
And if one of our instruments breaks,
it doesn't matter.

We have fallen into the place
where everything is music.

The strumming and the flute notes
rise into the atmosphere,
and even if the whole world's harp
should burn up, there will still be
hidden instruments playing.

So the candle flickers and goes out.
We have a piece of flint, and a spark.

This singing art is sea foam.
The graceful movements come from a pearl
somewhere on the ocean floor.

Poems reach up like spindrift and the edge
of driftwood along the beach, wanting!

They derive
from a slow and powerful root
that we can't see.

Stop the words now.
Open the window in the center of your chest,
and let the spirits fly in and out.

-- Jalaluddin Rumi