ABU DHABI - A Turkish Sufi music group performed a spectacular show as part of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage's (ADACH) programme of cultural events during the holy month of Ramadan at the art exhibition "Islam: Faith and Worship", held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
The music and the ritual of whirling performed by the Konya Turkish Sufi Group are inspired by the famous 13th century Muslim mystic poet and philosopher Jalaluddin Al Rumi.
Rumi was born in 1207 in Afghanistan, but after being exiled, he spent most of his life in Konya in Turkey.
He is the author of the “Rhyming Couplets,” and after his death in 1273 he has come to be considered one of the greatest Sufi masters.
Today he is seen as symbol of love and coexistence.
The event was attended by a large public turnout of UAE citizens and foreign residents interested in the Muslim spiritual music.
The group came from the city of Konya in Turkey, under the auspices of the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
The Turkish performance is part of Abu Dhabi's exhibition "Islam: Faith and Worship", which has recorded over 11,000 visitors so far.
Abu Dhabi's cultural events, held on 8th - 14th of September 2009, include a number of lectures by specialist and scholars on Islam.
The exhibition opens its doors throughout Ramadan everyday at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and every night at 8:00pm - 10:00 pm.
Organised by ADACH in collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the exhibition, which ends on October 10th, 2009, includes nearly 150 art works.
Some of the works of art are displayed for the first time, compiled from seven museums and national libraries in Turkey especially for the exhibition.
The themes include the biography of Prophet Muhammad, the emergence of Islam, elements of faith and worship in Islam, and many other issues.