Sufi Heart with Omid Safi show

Sufi Heart with Omid Safi

Summary: 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 Pluralism; Cambridge Companion to American Islam; Politics 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 Times, Newsweek, Washington 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.

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 Ep. 20 – Love, Justice, and Tenderness with Ankhet Rumi | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:56:26

Ankhet Rumi and Omid join together to explore embodying truth through teaching, fighting for social justice, the contemporary American Saints of the Freedom Movement, working with anger, & the divine Sufi poetry and wisdom of Rumi. Returning from a short hiatus, Omid is back with the Sufi Heart podcast, welcoming friend, poet, artist, and fellow podcaster, Ankhet Rumi, to the show. This special episode will be dual-casted, not only appearing here on the Be Here Now Network, but also on Ankhet's self-titled podcast, Ankhet, which illuminates the wisdom of Sufi poet, Rumi, and elucidates Eastern mysticism for modern times, holding deep credence towards the transcendental poetry of existence, social justice, and radical love.

 Ep. 19 – Expanding Our Circle of Compassion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:06

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.

 Ep. 18 – Listening, Suffering, and Rumi with Marilyn Shannon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:53

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.

 Ep. 17 – Finding Refuge in Love and Practice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:49

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.

 Ep. 16 - Fireside Chats with Rumi: Religious Pluralism, Prayer, and Presence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:23

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.

 Ep. 15 – Fireside Chats with Rumi: Love, Suffering and Illumination | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:54

Dr. Omid Safi begins a series of discussions around the teachings of Rumi that illuminates the path of our spiritual journey.

 Ep. 14 - Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:48

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

 Ep. 13 – The Conference of the Birds part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:29

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

 Ep. 12 – The Conference of the Birds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:22

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.

 Ep. 11 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Message for Today | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:03

Ep. 11 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Message for Today

 Ep. 10 – Finding Compassion Amid Chaos | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:03

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.

 Ep. 9 – Mysticism in the Modern Age | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:59

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.

 Ep. 8 – Kharaqani, the Saint Who Breathed with God | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:47:20

In this episode of the Sufi Heart Podcast, Omid explores the life and teachings of the early Sufi mystic Abu al-Hassan al-Kharaqani.

 Ep. 7 - Rekindling Our Tenderness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:11

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.

 Ep. 6 – Practice of Compassion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:26

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.


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