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  • Al-Ghazali - The Alchemist of Happiness

    Exploring the life and impact of the greatest spiritual and legal philosopher in Islamic history, this film examines Ghazali's existential crisis of faith that arose from his rejection of religious dogmatism, and reveals profound parallels with our own times. Ghazali became known as the Proof of ...

  • Cairo in One Breath

    The Adhan is a 1,400 year-old oral tradition in the process of unprecedented change in Cairo. After 60 generations, thousands of individual muezzins are being replaced by a single voice broadcast from a radio station to wireless receivers as part of a plan put into effect by the Mubarak regime. A...

  • The Furthest Mosque

    Following the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) recommendation to journey to three mosques - (in Makkah, Madinah and Jerusalem), this film sets out in the company of British bass player Danny ‘Hamza’ Thompson to discover the reasons why the last of these three holds such an important place in the hearts ...

  • Somuncu Baba, The Secret of Love

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    Sheyh Hamid-i Vali (1331–1412), better known as "Somunju Baba", was an influential ascetic teacher of Islam in Bursa, Turkey. He was born in Kayseri and died in Darende. He taught at the Ulu Camii (The Great Mosque) where he was installed by Sultan Baye...

  • Circling the House of God

    Dr Martin Lings, a writer and scholar revered all over the world, performed the Hajj, or pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in 1948. Using unique archive material, he recollects his experiences along with his insight into its historical background. The original beauty and simplicity of the Hajj...

  • Dervish, a Spiritual Sojourn

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    Dervish shows a journey to find the tomb of forgotten Sufi master Abu Hashim Madani. Hazrat Inayat Khan traveled from Hyderabad to New York following his guidance, directed to unite East and West with the harmony of music and to spread Sufism. This film captures Sufi traditions and their influenc...

  • Yunus Emre, the Voice of Love

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    The Sufi poet Yunus Emre sets out as a wandering dervish on a journey to understand the meaning of divine love, meeting pivotal historical spiritual figures on his way. Fleeing from the Mongolian invasion, a young and highly devoted Anatolian scholar during the 13th Century embarks on a solo jour...

  • Muriid

    Muriid is an Arabic term literally meaning ‘seeker’ and refers in Tasawwuf (sometimes called Sufism) to the seeker or the student on the spiritual path, usually taught by a guide or Shaykh. This dream-like poetry film follows one such muriid on his path to a spiritual opening as he tries to shed ...

  • Breath of the Beloved

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    Abdurrahman, is interested in the performance and practice of the Mawlid Meşk and goes on a quest to learn and perform this traditioanl musical from a traditional teacher. The number of masters who continue the Meşk tradition, which is on the verge of disappearing today, has decreased considerabl...

  • Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul

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    The story of a blind dervish Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar, together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years.

    The film's complex and nonlinear narrative chie...

  • Descending With Angels

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    Islamic exorcism or psychotropic medication? Descending with Angels explores two different solutions to the same problem: namely Danish Muslims who are possessed by invisible spirits, called jinn. The film compares two systems of treatment that despite differences both share a view of healing as ...

  • Rumi in the Land of Khusrau

    Rumi, the mystic poet, was born in 1207 in Balkh, Afghanistan, which was then a part of the Persian Empire. Amir Khusrau was born in 1253 in Patiali, grew up on the banks of the river Ganges and composed poems of a mystic nature. 'Rumi in the land of Khusaru' is based on Tajjali, a Sufi concert w...

  • The Secrets of the Hajj | Travelling Light Lecture

    Hajj is very much the final frontier for the Muslim; the only pillar of Islam that requires a single execution. Yet the journey to the House of Allah symbolizes man’s true end: a return to the Divine Creator. Dr. Ramon Harvey explores Imam Ghazali’s “The Secrets of the Hajj” explaining the pilgri...

  • Rumi Returning, The Triumph of Divine Passion

    A biography of the great Sufi poet of Love. Filmed on location at Rumi's shrine in Konya, Turkey, and showing the magnificent mosques, architecture, ruins and gardens of Turkey. Featuring the ecstatic dance ritual of the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey that Rumi inspired.

  • I Heart Quran

    Muslims all over the world turn to the Quran everyday to provide themselves with guidance and encouragement in following their faith. We meet four ordinary people who share with us their favourite verse and how they contextualise it, interpret and understand it - in their everyday life. Words of ...

  • Polishing the Heart

    A documentary about the "Ghazali Children's project" a worldwide initiative to bring Al-Ghazali's teachings to children. After a decade of work with a dedicated team of scholars, we see the project in action and hear from teachers, parents and children about its transformative impact.

    Featuring ...

  • The Journey of Hajj

  • When Rumi Meets Francis

    In a world troubled by violence, Pejman Tadayon, an Iranian musician who lives in Italy, expresses through music his conviction that what brings us together is far more important than what keeps us apart. Through his music, he evokes two personalities from the 13th century: Islam's sufi poet Jala...

  • The Hands of Time

    For centuries, clockmakers held an esteemed position in Muslim society as the artisans who build and repair the various instruments of time, an honoured profession, sadly now in decline. In this thoughtful and spiritual documentary, two clockmakers reflect on the intimate relationship that a mast...

  • The British in Mecca

    Every year, over 20,000 British Muslims travel to Mecca to perform the annual hajj. This documentary was recorded during the 2008 Hajj and captures this once-in-a-lifetime journey to the holiest city in Islam.