The Sufi Sunni Muslim community of Osmanli Dergahi invited representatives from local religious, business, government, educational, health and law enforcement entities to a gathering on October 2nd at the Tulip and Rose Cafe in Franklin. I attended, on behalf of Temple Beth El. The Osmanli Dergahi is a traditional Sufi community founded on a commitment to service and spiritual development, located in Sidney Center. Omar Siddiqi explained their mission as “service to God through service to people.” He said that “politics come and go, but what is key is who are your neighbors and what’s your relationship with your neighbors.”
In talking of other religions, Mr. Siddiqi affirmed that “we have a shared set of values and we want to work together towards these values and become better neighbors.” This Muslim community operates a fully functioning farm in Sidney Center, as well as the Tulip and Rose Café. Community members are involved in local businesses in Delaware and Otsego Counties, and their children attend local schools. They welcome visitors, and especially encourage people to come to Zikr, or Chanting Ceremony, on Thursday evenings, asking only for advance notice by email or phone. I conveyed the support and friendship of Temple Beth El and our community, encouraged them to visit us, and told them we look forward to developing a warm and productive relationship.
Debra Marcus, Social Justice Committee