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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Special Sufi Night at El Dhamma Theatre

El Mastaba Center for Egyptian Folk music present a special Sufi night mixed with the Zar of Abul Gheit Dervishes on Thursday March 1, 2013 at El Dammah Theatre for Free Arts.

Tickets at the counter 30 EGP
Tickets by reservation 20 EGP Note: The reservation will be cancelled at 9:00 PM
Door open at 8:30 PM, the concert starts 9:00 PM
Address: 30 A El Balaqsa Str., Abdin- Downtown Cairo
For more information please visit
Reservations at  or 011 50995354/02 2392676

"Abul Gheit is the name of an island near Qaliyubia where a queen called Anja once lived. She used to enslave people to work for her in her limitless property for next to nothing.
Sheikh Hassan Ebeid did not like that! Hassan was a religious man, who had given up on any greed or material aspirations. He was called Hassan Al Ghitani, which means the one who always resides the 'gheit' or field.
Hassan used to help the poor, mistreated farmers and workers of queen Anja and in the remaining time he would be praying in the fields. One night he found a dead body floating a canal near a field where he spent the night praying to God. He buried it carefully and fell asleep. During his sleep he was touched by a soft whisper of a messenger of God, who promised him that God will care for him and protect him.
Queen Anja tried to kill him several times, but never succeeded as he was protected by God's mercy.
People started calling him Sheikh Abul Gheit and his fans came from all over the country to enjoy his presence and witness his miracles.

Sheikh Abul Gheit died in 1830 and his son Sheik Attallah Abul Gheit followed his footsteps. He had lots of fans and devoted admirers and was known for his Zikr nights all over Egypt.
One night Sheikh Abul Gheit (the son) was present in an area called Arab Al Mahdi, which was filled with Sudanese people and where Egyptian and Sudanese Zar music were very popular. The leader of this area was a tough man named Mohamed Morgan, who wouldn't allow anyone to have any entertainment or Zikr without his permission. During a confrontation, Sheikh Abul Gheit prayed that God would purify Morgan's soul. The next day Morgan became Abul Gheit's most devoted follower. He joined him in every journey and lead the Zikr nights after Abul Gheit's death.
Morgan was the link between the two areas and the two types of music. Through him and his sons and followers, a new and very unique kind of music came to life. With constant traveling and experimenting Abul Gheit's dervishes created an exceptional fusion of music that are so different from the Zar music yet deeply connected with it. This is a new kind of Zar that does not believe in 'ghosts' or 'spirits', but uses music as a tool for spiritual awakening and touching the deepest levels of the soul.

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