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Religions' Sacred Teachings
and Their Inner Meanings
International Symposium
15th December 2013

Seeing God Everywhere:
Traversing the
Spiritual Journey
5th November 2011

An Ancient Psychology
for a Modern Era
The Journey of the ego self
to the Spiritual Self
International Symposium
4th December 2010

One Humanity, Many Faiths
Interfaith Summit
February 2009

Sufi Music and Zikr
by Al Madeheen
September 2008

Moulana Rumi and the
Perfume of Divine Love
International Symposium
December 2007

ABC Radio Interview
December 2007


UNESCO Moulana Congress
Tehran and Tabriz
October 2007

UNESCO Moulana Rumi
Symposium
Istanbul and Konya
May 2007

Conference on the
Iranian Identity
December 2006


Dalai Lama meets
with Muslim and
Sufi leaders
April 2006

Sufi Meditation
on ABC Radio
April/May 2006

Life of Maryam (a.s.)
August 2005

The Unifying Role
Of Mysticism
International Symposium
October 2004

Peace and God Consciousness
- The Journey of the Soul
International Symposium
October 2003

Uniting & Dividing
Humanity - The role
politics & religion play
August 2003

Sufism & Self-Transformation
The Path of Knowledge
and Love
International Symposium
October 2002

An Evening with
Claudio Naranjo
September 2002

Unity Within Diversity
November 2001

The Message of Moulana Rumi
"Listen to the Reed
How it Tells its Tale...."
International Symposium
November 2000

The Need for Sufism in a
New Century - An Old
Tradition for a New World
International Symposium
May 2000


Previous Event:

The Life of Maryam (a.s.)
Mother of Jesus (pbuh)
Through the Eyes of the Qur’an

August 2005


Lady Maryam (a.s.) as a child
with her uncle and guardian
Prophet Zachariah

 


Lady Maryam (a.s.) presenting the
infant Jesus(pbuh) to the rabbis
at the Temple

The Australian Centre for Sufism and Irfanic Studies screened a beautiful Iranian film on the life of the blessed Lady Maryam (a.s.) over the weekend of August 6th & 7th at the University of New South Wales.

This 9 hour mini-series provided a unique and detailed insight into the historic events surrounding Mary's (a.s.) birth and early life. It showed her special relationship with her guardian Prophet Zachariah, her early meetings with Joseph and her unprecedented admittance into the Temple. Largely based on Qur’anic references the film shows her piety, humility, courage and kindness and the historical events surrounding the birth of Jesus (pbuh).

The screening of this important film brought together Muslims and Christians and opened channels for real interfaith understanding. The Christian participants particularly commented on the greater depth of teaching and information about Lady Maryam (a.s.) that exists in Islam, of which they were previously unaware. At the end of the weekend participants had shared not only the watching of this historic story but had also shared open discussion about the different perceptions of the life of Maryam (a.s.) from the Christian and Islamic teachings. Everyone who attended was visibly moved by the film which created a real sense of greater mutual understanding.

The pictures above depict two crucial events in the film of Lady Maryam's (a.s.) life. The first is Prophet Zachariah with the young Maryam (a.s.) at the age of 6 on her journey from her home to live in the Temple, as was her mothers promise to God. Prophet Zachariah, who was not only her uncle and guardian but also her spiritual teacher, had fought with the temple elders and rabbis for the unprecedented admittance of a female to the service of the Temple.

The second picture depicts the pivotal moment of Lady Maryam's (a.s.) return to the city and the Temple entrance after the miraculous birth of Jesus (pbuh). Having returned from the desert the young Maryam (a.s.) has been instructed by Allah (swt) not to speak to anyone when she re-enters the city with the baby Jesus (pbuh). She is being harassed and interrogated by the people and the rabbis, but continues to follow God's order and says nothing in her own defence. Finally she indicates to the temple elder to direct his questions to the baby. He mocks her request and finally, in order to prove the ridiculousness of the suggestion, he speaks to the baby. In a miraculous and powerful moment the baby Jesus (pbuh) speaks.

 

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