The Cape Town Sufi temple is for everyone. Pop in!

The Sufi temple is a hidden gem for universal worship in Cape Town’s leafy suburb of Newlands, a quick 20-minute drive from the city centre.

Every second and fourth Sunday of the month you can join in a genuine Sufi ceremony from 10h30–11h30am, in the Sirkar Sufi Temple in Newlands — a memorable building described as a “four-frequency icosahedron geodesic dome temple”, designed by architect Heinrich Kuhn.

The Universal Worship service at the Sirkar Sufi Temple is a non-sectarian, devotional service devoted to the unity of religious ideals. The first Universal Worship service was introduced to the world by Hazrat Inayat Khan in an impressive ceremony performed in 1921 in London.

Khan was a master musician from India who received initiation from a Sufi teacher and from other mystics and came to the West in 1910 to spread the Sufi message. Sirkar Van Stolk, Hazrat Inayat Khan’s secretary, came to Cape Town in 1951 and, along with others, established the Sufi movement in South Africa.

The object of the service is to demonstrate the fundamental unity of the great world religions. Readings are usually delivered from the scriptures of six of the living world religions and the writings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. The aim of these readings is often to demonstrate the similarity to be found in these sacred writings. In South Africa, ancient sayings of the African tradition are regularly included.

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