By Adil James, MMNS
Ann Arbor–December 15–Tuesday night there was an interfaith event designed to open common bonds of humanity through celebration of spiritual music.
Seven different performances of varying kinds were presented to an audience of about 250 people representing several different faiths at the combined syagogue and church–Temple Beth Emeth / St. Clare Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor.
The first performance of the evening was in Urdu, a song sung beautifully by Hera Abedi, called â€œKhuddi Ka Sir-e-nehan.â€
After this there was choir music mixing Jewish songs with Christian ones, and with choir members from both religious traditions in the choir of about 20 singers.
Then there was an adaptation of instrumental music designed to showcase the religious spirit of jazz performances of â€œCompassionâ€ and â€œEl is the Sound of Joyâ€ by John Coltrane and Sun Ra, respectively.
There was a Hindu performance of very beautiful dancing.
Finally and most beautifully there was a beautiful recitation of the Shahada, Astaghfirullah, La ilaha illal Lah, Qasida Burdah, and beautiful English-language qasidas celebrating the Prophet Muhammad (s) by a group of Sufis demonstrating zikr, hadrah, and â€œwhirling dervishâ€ style whirling.
There was also a flute performance and a performance of Amazing Grace.