Category: Soul

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Learn to play Turkish style oud in London
 

For some, the oud is the “king of instruments”. Made of wood, this short-neck, pear-shaped stringed instrument is similar to a lute. Its origins date back to the earliest Arab civilisations with the instrument’s name derived from the Arabic for ‘the wood’ [al-oud]. Its popularity quickly spread and today, the oud forms a core part […]

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Experience the Winter Solstice in the East End with Yoga Connects

Shacklewell Lane Mosque – the UK’s first Turkish owned mosque that seeks to cater for modern Muslims – is hosting the Yoga Connects’ Winter Solstice on Monday evening. This privately-run event, rooted in Shamanic tribal beliefs, is open to people of all levels, from beginners to advanced yogis, helping to bring as many people together […]

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Healing sounds of ancient Turkey: talk and concert by Latif Bolat

Turkish mystic Latif Bolat is a modern-day troubadour, travelling the world sharing his love and knowledge of Sufi culture: its music, poetry, stories and spirituality. On Friday 16 Dec. this award-winning artist, author and lecturer will be at the Yunus Emre Institute in London to present an enlightening evening of words and music from ancient […]

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Cyprus Islamic Association to host a ‘Kandil ve Lokma Gecesi’ at the TCCA

This Thursday, the Cyprus Islamic Association will be hosting a special prayer night and an inspirational talk by Hoca Husayn Hashim El Bakayi – a well-known religious personality in the British Turkish Cypriot community. Held on Regaip Kandili Gecesi, which this year occurs on 7th April, this holy night of prayer, where candles and minarets […]

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Alevi Folk band Vengi Dersim to make UK debut in Glasgow

An Alevi Folk band from Holland will be making their first appearance in Britain next month following an invitation from the youth wing of the Glasgow Alevi Cultural Centre and Cemevi. Vengi Dersim, a trio based in Rotterdam, will perform at a concert at the Pearce Institute in Govan on Sunday 17 April. The event […]

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Mosque in Turkey welcomes Ramazan - the holiest month of the year
Why Ramazan is the holiest month of the year

  Described in Turkish as ‘12 ayın sultanı’ (the queen of 12 months), Ramazan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. During this 30-day period, Muslims fast between the hours of sunrise and sunset as they consciously reconnect with God (Allah) and their faith. Any good deeds and all prayers during this time count […]