On the 742nd Anniversary of the Mevlana’s death, the ‘Night of Union,’ the Municipality of Ümraniye organized a special Sheb-i Arus program at the I.B.B. Atakent Culture Centre. Residents attended the program with great fervour.
Having affected the world with both his works and words, the sultan of souls and of love, Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi’s ‘night of union’ is celebrated with Sema rituals and prayers every year in the month of December. Accepted as the ‘Night of Union’ or ‘Wedding Night,’ the anniversary of Mevlana’s death is celebrated throughout the country. In this context, the Municipality of Ümraniye centers its December events around its ‘Sheb-i Arus’ programs. The first of these programs was the Mevlevi Order (Whirling Dervishes) carried out by Mehmet Fatih Çıtlak and the Mevlevi Ritual Community. Ümraniye District Governor Suat Dervişoğlu, Ümraniye Vice-Mayor Türkan Öztürk, AK Party Ümraniye Municipal Deputy Chairman Hamza Süren, Ümraniye Municipal Directors of Education, municipal unit manager Emre Erkovan, Director of AK Party Ümraniye Youth Section Yasin Çakar, and many residents were in attendance and enchanted by the program at the I.B.B. Atakent Culture Centre.
Specifically touching upon the Mevlana’s understanding of tolerance, Ümraniye District Governor Suat Dervişoğlu said, “With his grand philosophy on tolerance, Hz. Mevlana was an example for all of mankind. Tonight is Hz. Mevlana’s night of reunion, walk to justice. As we celebrate the 742nd anniversary of this sublime night with prayers and repentance, I entreat that they will be instrumental in our salvation, forgiveness and union with Allah.” The ‘Sheb-i Arus’ program ended with prayers made to Hz. Mevlana.
Prepared in for the 742nd anniversary of the Mevlana’s ‘Night of Union,’ The Ümraniye Municipality’s ‘Sheb-i Arus’ programs will continue throughout the week. Below is the list of activities that will take place:
Wednesday, December 16th: Sinan Yağmur’s play; Love’s Teardrops “Shams Trabrizi” I.B.B. Atakent Culture Centre/ Time: 19:30
Thursday, December 17th: Mesnevi Talks - Dursun Ali Taşçı; Mehmet Akif Culture Centre/ Time: 19:30
Friday, December 18th: Mevlevi Composers, Münip Utandı and the Meşk-i Musical Classical Turkish Stringed Instruments Quintet; Prof. Dr. Necmettin Erbakan Culture Centre/ Time 19:30
Sunday, December 20th: Suffism Talks - Ömer Tuğrul İnançer; Ümraniye Arts and Culture Centre/ Time: 19:00
Wednesday, December 23rd: Mavera Turkish Music Community/ “Kademden Kudüme”; I.B.B. Atakent Culture Centre/ Time: 19:30