Sufi Chanting (Dhikr)


The purpose of Sufi Chanting (Dhikr – which means the Remembrance of God) is to purify your heart and soul. It’s also said that Dhikr softens the heart.

The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Everything has a polish, and the polish of our hearts is Dhikr of God”.

Sufi Chanting is based on the use of divine words and phrases, that were conveyed to the Prophet Muhammad by the archangel Gabriel or at times directly by God. These words and phrases are repeated to form sound vibrations and rhythms that have the power to heal and elevate the soul. The chanting provides a focus to your mind, whilst releasing the energy encased in the sound, that vibrates through your body. They have particular effect on the energy or subtle centres in your body.

Sufi Chanting is an effective way of stabilizing and freeing the mind, whilst enhancing awareness, concentration and intelligence. When the sound vibration merges with the thought vibration, there becomes a state of oneness, peace and rest.

God says to us in the Quran, “Verily in the Remembrance of God do hearts find rest.” (13:28)

Other benefits of Dhikr are that it :

  • Brings blessings upon the person doing Dhikr
  • Is a form of spiritual cleansing
  • Brings serenity and dignity
  • Is the foundation of good deeds
  • Is a form of charity
  • Induces a greater love for God, which in turn induces a greater love for his Creation.

The Prophet said, “If you pass by the groves of Paradise, be sure to graze in them,” and someone asked, “What are the groves of Paradise?” to which he replied, “The circles of Dhikr.”


“Whilst this jeweled lamp is not yet extinguished,
Trim its wick and supply it with oil immediately.
Do not say ‘Tomorrow’ for many tomorrows have already passed.”
~ Rumi



Melbourne Sufi Chanting (Dhikr)

We extend a warm welcome for you to join us at our Melbourne Sufi Chanting evenings, held every Thursday.

The format includes a short talk on Sufism and then the Dhikr, which we perform in a circle, chanting divine names and phrases in particular rhythms that have a beneficial effect on your body, mind and soul. This continues till about 8.15pm. You are welcome to leave then or join us for a cup of tea or coffee and some friendly conversation till about 8.45pm.

Entry is free. Sufi Spirit is a not for profit organization.

DATE  1st Thursday in each month
TIME  7.10pm prompt start
WHERE  St. George’s Church Centre
296 Glenferrie Road, Malvern 3144