“Oceans of Mercy: African American Sufi Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area,” a documentary by Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé , SKSM Vice President for Academic Affairs, and his doctoral student David Dezern. "Best Documentary" award at the 2004 New Way Film and Faith Festival sponsored by the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education at the Graduate Theological Union.

“The result (of the film) is an honest, sincere and often funny account of what faith and Sufism means to six African-American Muslims in Oakland.” – The Oakland Tribune

Over a period of five months in 2002, Farajajé and Dezern followed six African American members of Masjid Al Iman, where Farajajé is a member of one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most diverse religious communities. Here in this storefront mosque Afghans recite in Arabic the Dhikr Allah, the remembrance of Allah, alongside Egyptians, Koreans, Filipinos and African Americans.

The film’s interview subjects range in age from an 8-year-old boy to a middle-aged woman, who explain the meaning in their lives of this mystical branch of the Muslim faith.

“The documentary was designed to place in the public eye a segment of the Muslim experience that’s not on people’s radar screens,” Farajajé said.

To schedule a showing of “Oceans of Mercy,” or purchase a DVD-format copy for $20, contact Noach Dzmura at Starr King School.


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