Today Eryn, the Hubby and I went to the Canadian Sufi Cultural Centre for a short afternoon of dhikr, or meditations on God. I’m hoping that someone will gift me a camera for my birthday, so we can have a nicer record of future outings (*cough* and access to SPACE for the Doctor Who premier next week). The center is quite gorgeous and filled with light and colour that my phone just can’t capture.
Little miss Imamah wanted to lead prayer.
How could I say no?
She spent a lot of time playing around the minbar, and it’s a really great space for her. While there is a “women’s section,” the lines between this and the main hall are often fluid. The women tend to pray on a small, raised platform — so men and women are effectively side by side, instead of women praying behind the men.
We stared with Yasin, the 36th chapter. Known as the heart of the Qur’an, there are many blessings associated with this recitation. We then performed the Ratib of Imam al-Hadad — invocations compiled by a 17th century sage — and finished off with a series of songs.
It was a bit much for Eryn, so we played for a bit, making pillow forts in the women’s section.
It didn’t take long for her to get tired out, nurse and fall asleep behind the curtain.