Religion and spirituality
It certainly is a splendid building. The Sufi temple lies at the south of Katwijk’s promenade, surrounded by dunes. The temple carries the name Universal Murad Hassil and was built in 1969. It is owned by the International Sufi Movement, and the only one in the world. Services are held every Sunday. On top of that, there’s a wide range of activities like reflection meetings, study evenings, concerts and other cultural activities aimed at personal growth, servitude and reflection.
Sufism finds its roots in Islam. As a religious movement, Sufism identifies itself as an interaction of religious and spiritual influences. It supplies methods to realise ideals. Freedom to find your own way is at the forefront. The Universal Sufism does not intend to be a new religion, but aims at unity between all people and respect for every person’s religion and culture.
The Sufi temple has a square shape and a roof with a gold-coloured dome. The square stands for stability and strength. The transparent dome symbolizes the human heart that –facing Heaven - opens itself to the divine light. The temple hall measures 13 by 13 meters and can accommodate approximately 120 people. Opposite the entrance, there is a stage with an altar for the Universal Services. Above the altar, you’ll see a candle in a copper candle holder, that to some symbolises God and to others ‘the flame that burns in each of us’.
If you would like to visit the temple, please use the information below to contact the manager.
2225 JS Katwijk aan Zee
Telefoonnummer: +31 (0)6 38279529
Website: www.soefitempel.nl (only in Dutch)