Sufi Radio | Hajj stories and reminiscences

On the bi-weekly unique radio program, Sufism: The Heart of Islam host Wendy McLaughlin talk to Sufis from all walks of life in order to find out what it means to be a practicing Sufi in America. She interviews all across from sufi teachers to lay practitioners to authors; as she says, in order to give her listeners “a more complete view of Islam than is shown in the conventional media.”

In spirit of annual holy pilgrimage, Hajj season, on this week's show (Monday, December 10) Wendy will host a trio of interviews from people who have completed the Hajj. It will include fascinating stories and reminiscences of the Hajj by Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee, who took more than half a month to go by Ship from Detroit to Jeddah so he could be in retreat for that time before his first Hajj; he describes being on Hajj in the early 70's as one part spiritual homecoming, one part feeling like he was caught in a Mad Max movie.

Hajjah Noura Durkee tells of the thrill of accompanying her friend, a very courageous and tenacious woman who just happened to be blind, through the crushing throngs all the way up to the kaaba to kiss it.

and Amr Rashid describes making Hajj in a wheelchair, and then being humbled by the sight of a woman making tawwaf, circumambulating the kaaba, on all fours.

i can't wait to listen to their colorful, bizarre and sublime experiences from the sacred pilgrimage, Hajj!

[>] Pls mark your calendar this Monday, December 10, 5:30pm Pacific Standard Time for tuning in to KWMR. To tune in from anywhere in the world, please go to and click on the ON AIR sign under the cow (direct streaming link). The show airs live, so if you're listening from another time zone, please make sure to adjust accordingly.

. About the Interviewees of this weeks broadcast
:: Shaykh Abdullah Nooruddeen Durkee is the khalifah in the Western Hemisphere of Shaykh Ibrahim Muhammad al-Battawi, of the Shadhuliyyah-Badawiyyah order for the Illumination of Hearts and Tranquillity of the Self.

Shaykh Ibrahim was a professor of Islamic Philosophy at al-Azhar University in Cairo for twenty five years and is now retired but continues in his 80's teaching and conducting weekly hadrah in his Zawiyah on Azhar Street in Cairo, may Allaah keep him and grant him good health. Shaykh Ibrahim granted Shaykh Noorudeen an ijaza [diploma] for teaching, preaching and taking the bay'ah in 1986 CE. Presently he is the Director of an-Noor Educational Trust and the Green Mountain School. more here.

:: Amr Rashid has been a teacher of Quran for over 20 years. She is a published poet and formerly edited and published a magazine called, The Seeker. In addition to being involved in Muslim and interfaith work, she helps run an after school program for refugee children in her community of Charlottesville, Virginia. She was born in India and raised in Chicago.

:: Hajjah Noura Durkee is an author, editor, illustrator and lecturer on subjects from the Qur'an and the Seerah, particularly (but not exclusively) as they relate to women, children and families. Her background includes an MA from Stanford University in Fine Arts, three years' study in Makkah, and five years in Egypt. She reverted to Islam in the late 60's, and since then has traveled extensively, studying with several shayukh, including Shaykh Ali Ashraf, of Cambridge University, Shaykh Ibrahim al-Battawi from al Azhar, and her husband, Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee.

. Host and the Program: Wendy McLaughlin herself a muslim and initiated into sufi path, has been hosting the bi-weekly show, Sufism: The Heart of Islam, on KWMR: West Martin Community Radio, since September 2005. KMWR - can be heard on the radio in parts of the San Francisco Bay Area at 90.5 or 89.3 FM. Also please check out the website at where you can download past shows onto your computer or iPod from the Archive page.

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