Bridging Spiritual Cultures

"There is a field........

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other" doesn't make any sense".
Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi - 13th century

 

Mission Statement

We aim to enable positive exchange between diverse faiths and traditions to promote understanding of the similarities and common roots of spiritual aspiration across cultures.

We aim to strengthen community cohesion at all levels and deepen an understanding of the spiritual heritage and contribution of Sufism, moderate and progressive Islam, and the Middle Way both amongst Muslims, but also for people of other faiths or no faith.

We aim to achieve this through public events involving cultural and artistic exchanges, educational programmes, and conferences and seminars on related subjects.

Who Are We?

–  BSPC has been formed by Sufi Muslims & professionals spread across the world but especially in Europe, Morocco & North Africa and the Middle East who are inspired by the spiritual teachings of the great Sufi Masters of the Muslim world which inform and deepens our understanding of the Qur'an and the practices of Islam

–  We have Trustees in the UK, France, Morocco, Dubai and Mexico with professional backgrounds, diverse experience and a desire to contribute to a more peaceful coexistence in this world

–  We work on a voluntary basis to promote our events and to deepen our own spiritual understanding through connection with others of different backgrounds, and wish to enable others to do the same

Dr Moulay Mounir Elkadiri Boutchich

How do we explain the great number of those people who speak in the name of Islam today and give it a very bad image associated with violence and murder? These people have a tendency to monopolize Islam and speak in its name. Each one from amongst them thinks that they have the ability to preach Islam and believes that they are amongst those who best stand up for it. It is in this way that they fall into self-satisfaction, egoism and see their hearts become harder despite the fact that Islam is a religion of love and peace, and its true essence is a mercy to all the worlds. These people who seek to monopolise Islam forget that the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) himself used gentleness and wisdom with respect to both muslims and non-muslims alike. They also forget the divine message that was revealed to the Prophet in the Qur'an in verse 159 of surah 3 "It is by the mercy from God , [O Muhammad], that you were gentle and lenient with them! But if you had been rough [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have left your company. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them [from God]." They forget again verse 34 of surah 41: "And as the good action and the bad action are not the same, repel [the bad] by that [action] which is better [the good]; and in this way where there is enmity between you and another, [they may become] as though they were a true devoted friend." Those who wish to monopolise Islam also forget the verse 256 of surah 2: "There is no compulsion in [acceptance of] religion." We must show kindness towards all beings, have a good opinion about them and behave gently with them and in the best way possible. Such good behavior is in reality part of the core principles that are the heart of Islam. We can also recall the saying of the Prophet: "Follow a wrong action with a good action as the good action will wipe out the wrong one." Islam insists especially on nobility of behaviour, on the need to live together in harmony, relying on warm and reciprocal communication, sharing values of openness and tolerance and developing good customs, mores and also virtue. In this is constituted the function of Sufism, which naturally aims for the positive reform of the individual so as to avoid the hardening of his or her heart and to avoid a tendency towards fundamentalism in his or her relations with others.

Upcoming Events

For more details & tickets, please email: info@bspc.org.uk

Sufi Mindfulness Session.
Tuesday 18th October. 5pm to 6pm
Venue: Habakkuk Room, Jesus College, Oxford University

Open to Students of Oxford University
All other enquiries direct to info@bspc.org.uk


Sufi Mindfulness Session.
Tuesday 15th November. 5pm to 6pm
Venue: Habakkuk Room, Jesus College, Oxford University

Open to Students of Oxford University
All other enquiries direct to info@bspc.org.uk


– Concert & Exhibition: 'Bridging Spiritual Cultures' June 2017 (tbc) – London and Paris