The Salaam Cafe with Mahmood Sabri and Friends

In the Name of the Divine the Most Merciful the Most Kind

SOAS Spiritual DIalogue Society and The Rabbani Project Present:

The Salaam Cafe: Dhikr of Love with Mahmoud Sabri and friends.14716083_1274055892639754_7885465648830428231_n - Copy

Join us for an intimate evening of Dhikr (remembrance), Qawwali and Tea with special guest Mahmoud Sabri and Julia Katarina

Friday 21st October
8:15pm till 10:30pm
SOAS University
The Brunei Gallery
Thornhaugh St,
Russell Square,
London WC1H 0XG

Room: B102

Open to All.
FREE EVENT – must register via eventbrite

“Never be without remembrance of Him, for His remembrance gives strength and wings to the bird of the Spirit. If that objective of yours is fully realized, that is “Light upon Light”… – Jelaluddin Rumi

‘Don’t give up for lack of presence. Keep moving your tongue in dhikr until your heart looks up to see what all the commotion is. Don’t let your sins silence your heart from calling out to its Lord. ~ Khalid Yasin


Mahmood Sabri is the last survivor of the world known Qawwali Group the Sabri Brothers.
The rhythmic passion of Qawwali music provides a doorway to
lessons that can only be learned by inspirational experience.
Pakistan’s Mahmood Sabri is a master of this spiritual music of
the mystic Sufi way of Islam. By weaving entrancing rhythms with
devotional lyrics, the Mahmood Sabri seeks to provide a bridge to
the divine.


Julia is an English German mezzo-soprano, oud player & cellist who taught music for nearly four years in Palestine. She taught singing, both Western classical repertoire & Arabic song, cello & music theory & sang in church concerts. Previously she co-founded & toured with a chamber opera company in Britain, singing the title role in a staged production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurydice. Julia has completed 3 opera courses, including a Diploma at Birkbeck College, University of London. More recently, she has been playing Persian, Arabic & African music & accompanying herself & other singers on oud and cello. She plays & sings at arts & charity events, Sufi dhikrs & concerts for refugees, alternating between instruments, cultures & repertoires. Julia completed an MSc in Applied Music Psychology at Roehampton University, where she gave many recitals & performed a title role in their first opera production. In January she started Music with Refugees, giving concerts for refugee communities in England & Germany.


Salam means peace in Arabic . The cafe was set up as an alternative to the ‘occupy’ movemnet. Using monthly circles of traditional dhikr (remembrance) to ‘occupy’ different places in London with Peace ,Love, Tea and a much needed wave of Spirituality. This is an event open to all faiths and beliefs and is an innovative way to encourage community cohesion in different areas around the city. It is also an oppurtunity to fundraise and rasie awareness for future projects