Jamal's Sheikh Ceremony Video
Click on the icon to the right to view a moving and inspirational video commemorating Jamal's sheikh ceremony. The video is a little over 7 minutes long.
On February 15, 2009, a sacred ceremony was held for Muslim Sufi minister Jamal Rahman at Interfaith Community Church in Seattle, Washington (click on the icon above for a video).Jamal's spiritual community, friends, and family bestowed upon him the title of sheikh.The service had added significance, as the officiants included a Sufi, a Jew, and a Christian: Rev. Karen Lindquist, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Pastor Don Mackenzie.Jamal says that in Arabic the word sheikh means elder. He expresses his abiding gratitude to his spiritual community for the title of sheikh. He prefers that he be called by his first name."Consider me an interfaith sheikh," he says. "There is great need for interfaith work."