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.(1)
We see only exteriors but the inner realities are hidden from our perception. Our bodies live in this world, but our inner beings live in another dimension, another realm. Access to this inner being is the entire function of the spiritual way.(2)

Mission Statement

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

We aim to strengthen community cohesion, mutual aid and learning at all levels, and to deepen understanding of the spiritual heritage, and contribution of Sufism as the knowledge of Islamic spirituality. This spirituality is the heart of Islam, at one and the same time rooted in traditional practice and a lived reality, fully engaged with the issues and challenges of the contemporary age. It both shares and shows a middle way for people of faith or no faith. 

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

Foundations of Sufism

Throughout the history of Islam, wise men and women gifted with understanding have consecrated their lives and their research to studying the sources of the heart’s tranquility. They have scrutinized the human soul and sought out its defects and their remedies. They have constructed a science of education and laid the foundations of spiritual progression which constitute a true asset for the heritage of humankind. This science is known by the name of Sufism.

Sufism transcends time and space, drawing inspiration from the Qur’an, the Prophetic tradition and teachings of spiritual educators with a recognised spiritual pedigree or ‘silsila’.

It is in this way that Sufi education ensures the realization of noble conduct, true acts of goodness, and the values of mercy, peace, tolerance, love and unity, whilst promoting these values together with the rejection of hatred, violence, extremism and exclusion.

The Reality of Islam

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.
Dr Moulay Mounir Al Qadiri Al Boutchich

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 deepen our understanding of the Qur'an and the practices of Islam relevant to the contemporary age.

We have Trustees in the UK, France, Morocco, Dubai and Mexico with professional backgrounds, diverse experience and a desire to contribute to more peaceful coexistence, active citizenship and positive human progress in this world.

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

Upcoming Events

For more details & tickets, please email:

Sufi Mindfulness and Meditation
Saturday 18th March 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Saturday 22nd April 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Saturday 13th May 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Venue: Fitzrovia Community Centre, London W1W 6DL

Sufi Mindfulness Session.
Tuesday 25th April (TBC) 5pm to 6pm
Tuesday 16th May (TBC) 5pm to 6pm
Venue: Habakkuk Room, Jesus College, Oxford University
Open to Students of Oxford University with Rev. Megan Daffern
All other enquiries direct to

Art, Peace and Contemplation and the Big Iftar
All Saints Church, High Wycombe, HP13 6RF
Saturday, May 27th, all day interfaith arts and spirituality and shared iftar time (expected: 9pm)

Concert & Exhibition: 'Bridging Spiritual Cultures' (Dates TBC) – London and Paris

Past Events
Seminars and Concert
Women and Spirituality, the three Abrahamic Faiths, seminar and concert
Jesus College, Oxford University, Feb 2016
with Wadham College Chaplain and Oxford Jewish Congregation and Oxford Asian Women’s Support Group

Concerts & Poetry Reading & Shared Meditation
The Abrahamic Faiths, song, poetry and meditation
with Students Christian Union and Jewish Society and BSPC
LSE Faith Centre, London

Sufi Mindfulness Session.
Regular twice a term sessions open to all as part of Jesus College Mindfulness sessions from October 2016 onwards 5pm to 6pm
Venue: Habakkuk Room, Jesus College, Oxford University
Open to Students of Oxford University with Rev. Megan Daffern