Tuesday, February 09, 2010
February 08, 2010, published in The Asian News, UK
Prince Charles was guest of honour at a celebration of Sufi Muslim culture at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground where he was entertained by whirlers in traditional dress.
Greeted by artists, religious leaders and musicians, he made his way into a hushed hall at the stadium where he enjoyed a musical recitation of the Holy Quran accompanied by a whirling dervishes dressed in traditional costumes.
The Spirituality in Action event celebrated the contributions of Sufi culture and heritage to 21st Century British life.
It shows how Sufism has positively influenced contemporary British society through its unique traditions and cultural practices. The event specifically highlights the importance of religion and freedom of expression on the lives of young people – showcasing examples of rehabilitation through spiritual healing.
Host Shaykh Mohammed Hisham Kabbani, spiritual leader of the Sufi Muslim order [of the Naqshbandiya under the guidance of Shaykh Nazim al-Qubrusi (ed.)], told the prince that he and his mother were in their 'hearts' before he departed with an excited crowd shouting out their blessings.