God says: " I was a Hidden treasure, so I wanted to be Known, Hence I created the creatures in order to be known " Hadith Qudsy
The Mevlani order takes its origins from Konya, Turkey, the founder is the renowned poet, theologian, and Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Muhmmad Bahlki Rumi (d.1312). Following a meeting with the Sufi mystic Sham's i-tabriz, Jalaluddin Rumi after years of being an Imam will reach enlightenment and would produce poems that are still to this day memorized and recited.
The Mevalni Order is principally recognized by the Sema ceremony, a type of Dhikr (remembrance of God) performed by the whirling dervishes on stage in a perfect symphony to reach a unique breath that synchronizes with the breath of the Universe thus to reach illumination, enlightenment and divine revelation. In other words, Art and meditation is a link to the Divine, one has to either whirls in a dancing form, or sing in a reciting form meshk, produce paper garnement etc... all through God's remembrance.
The Mevlani order is considered by mainstream Muslims as an extreme form of worship, falling outside the teachings left from Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him, so it is considered as bidha. Officially illegal in Turkey under the previous order of Ataturk, the UNESCO world heritage participates in the preservation of Rumi's legacy.
750 years later, the Mevlani order succeeds in spreading around the Muslim World. Principally in Central Turkey and North of Iran where Jalaluddin Rumi's wisdom is taught to children. But also in Egypt, India, local communities in Europe, Canada, and the USA perform Sema to spread the illumination and beauty of the synchronization between Man and God.
The main spiritual practices within the Mevlevi Order are as follows:
Dhikr: invocation of the Divine Names which is believed to purify the heart
Sema (sama): the whirling ceremony
Study of the Quran and Rumi’s works (especially his poetic masterpiece the Mathnavi)
Spiritual conversation led by the shaikh (sohbet)
Meditation (known as muraqabah in Islam)
Adab (developing courtesy and mindfulness
Irfan is a school located in Konya that teaches practices taught by Jalaluddin Rumi. Practises of Sema, calligraphy, mesk, sohbet and much more activities that offers a seeker of illumination to find their inner-art, and develop the skill through complete meditation and focus on God's names.
The perfect spiritual retreat for anyone that seek the Love hidden in the Heart.