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Sufi Heart with Omid Safi

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The Sufi Heart podcast with Omid Safi features teachings and stories about a sacred tradition of love, one that manifests outwardly as justice and inwardly as tenderness.  Drawing primarily on the wisdom of the Islamic tradition as well as the legacies of the Civil Rights movements and other wisdom teachings, Omid invites you to a meditation on the transformative power of love and recalling the necessity of linking healing our own hearts with healing the world. 

Omid Safi is director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center. He specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam and frequently writes on liberationist traditions of Dr. King, Malcolm X, and is committed to traditions that link together love and justice.

Omid is the past chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion. He has written many books, including Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and PluralismCambridge Companion to American IslamPolitics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam; and Memories of Muhammad. His forthcoming books include Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Traditions and a book on the famed mystic Rumi.

Omid is among the most frequently sought out speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing in The New York TimesNewsweekWashington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, and other international media. He leads spiritual tours every year to Turkey, Morocco, or other countries, to study the rich multiple religious traditions there. The trips are open to everyone, from every country. More information is available at Illuminated Tours.

19 Episodes
Omid Safi shares wisdom on expanding our circle of compassion, redefining success, the dis-ease of busyness, and how love is synonymous with social justice.
Omid Safi shares a conversation with Marilyn Shannon about listening from the heart, dealing with suffering as we face a pandemic, and the powerful wisdom of the poet Rumi.
Speaking directly to the global crisis presented by the Coronavirus pandemic, Omid Safi offers a reflection on how we can find refuge in love and our spiritual practice even through the most difficult times of change.
Dr. Omid Safi continues to explore the teachings of Rumi, this time focusing on religious pluralism, the essentials for prayer, and returning to a state of presence.
Dr. Omid Safi begins a series of discussions around the teachings of Rumi that illuminates the path of our spiritual journey.
Omid Safi offers a look at the life and teachings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a civil rights hero who had a passion for serving God and mankind equally.Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-72), was one of the leading Jewish theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th century. Internationally known as scholar, author, activist, and theologian. Learn more about Rabbi Heschel's life and teachings at
In this episode of the Sufi Heart Podcast, Omid concludes his exploration of the poem “The Conference of the Birds”.We look at the themes of Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar’s poem which represent our own spiritual journey and relationship with God.Be sure to listen to the first part of this story: Ep. 12 – The Conference of the Birds
In this episode of the Sufi Heart Podcast, Omid shares the celebrated literary masterpiece “The Conference of the Birds” from Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar.
In the wake of the tragic shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, Dr. Omid Safi shares a reflection on responding to chaos with compassion and love.
Omid Safi shares a conversation with Kate Green Tripp, from 1440 Multiversity, about engaging in mysticism and the path of love in the 21st century.
In this episode of the Sufi Heart Podcast, Omid explores the life and teachings of the early Sufi mystic Abu al-Hassan al-Kharaqani.
Omid is invited by Taniya Hussain from the Beat Burnout Summit to talk about the practices that allow us to rekindle the love and tenderness that exists in each of us.Taniya Hussain is a Trauma Recovery & Stress Management Coach & Consultant and the host of the Beat Burnout Summit. Beat Burnout Summit is designed to help social workers and healthcare professionals de-stress, set healthy boundaries and reconnect with their purpose and passion.
Leslie Langbert joins Omid for a conversation about opening our heart to radical love with the practice of compassion.A licensed clinical social worker, Leslie Langbert has a background as a psychotherapist working with children, youth and adults, and has held leadership roles in the non-profit sector. Leslie is also a certified yoga instructor and is a mindfulness meditation facilitator. In this episode, Leslie interviews Omid about the translated poetry found in Omid’s most recent book, Radical Love, and the two talk about the practices of the heart shared through its poetry.
How can we develop a practice of love that starts with ourselves and extends into the world?This time on the Sufi Heart Podcast, Omid looks at love as an action that is cultivated from the inside out and shares the sequence of practice necessary for extending our love equally into the world.
This week, Omid looks at how mystics of the Sufi tradition understood the path of love as something that brings us together into fellowship with one another, into communion with nature and unites us with the Divine.Find show notes and resources:
This week on the Sufi Heart Podcast, Omid reflects on the teachings of social activist Vincent Harding and examines the way that love sparks the flame of justice within us.Fins show notes and resources here: Harding, a historian, author and activist who wrote one of the most polarizing speeches ever given by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in which Dr. King expressed ardent but compassionate opposition to the Vietnam War. In this episode, we look at Harding’s teachings around the intersection of social action and the heart.
On this episode of the Sufi Heart Podcast, Omid explores teachings from the Sufi tradition about the sacredness of love, transcending the ego and finding God’s presence in every moment.Find show notes and links:
Omid reflects on the aspect of all encompassing love that distinguishes the Sufi tradition. He looks at exchange of love between ourselves and the divine that is celebrated in the beautiful teachings, stories and poems from the Sufi tradition and how this path can awaken us to the abundance of love that exists all around us. Find show notes and links:   
Comments (4)

Julie Salehi

please post more. it is helpful in this uncertain time.

May 2nd


Sufi is not related with Islam. liers... you just know nothing about Sufism. Rumi was Sufi and said I am not Muslim. read it carefully.... 💩💩💩💩💩

Feb 12th

Rishabh Udgata

This is a beautiful podcast. It moved me so much. I will share with as many people as possible.

Feb 13th

Zul Rahaman

please please please keep posting. your words soothes my heart

Aug 30th
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