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If you look closely at the upper left corner of this photo, you’ll see the sheikh who presides over the Sema. He stands on a red sheepskin that symbolizes the birth and existence of humanity. Together, the sheikh and sheepskin act as a spiritual “lightning rod,” channeling the essence of the Creator. Note that Dervishes turn with one hand up to Allah, and the other down towards Earth, keeping none of the Creator’s blessing for themselves. A Dervish is meant merely to act as the conduit for Allah’s love. Photo from Hodjapasha website.

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