On May 14, 2016, Sara Gordon, daughter of American-Muslims, Susan and Gilbert Gordon, was married to Palestinian-American Jamal Halawa in a Sufi ceremony, in Chestnut Ridge NY. The Jerrahi Order of America, a sufi “dergah,” was founded by a small group of American-Muslim converts in the 1970s and has since grown to over 200 members. Current members are a robust mix of cultures, nationalities and ethnic backgrounds.
Nuranisa Rae, whose mother is Turkish and father American, helps Sara button up her wedding dress.
Nuranisa Rae helps Sara button up her wedding dress.
On May 14, 2016, Sara Gordon, daughter of American-Muslims, was married to Palestinian-American Jamal Halawa in a Sufi ceremony, in Chestnut Ridge NY.
Zia Halawa, Sara’s soon-to-be step daughter practicing her viola while Sara finishes getting ready. She will play while Sara enters the mosque.
Sara and Zia discuss when and for how long Zia will play her viola.
Smoking one last cigarette before heading out.
Dawud Gordon, Sara’s older brother, walks her to the mosque. Her father, Gul baba Gordon, has MS and is unable to walk her himself.
Nuranisa Rae poses for the camera.
Sara and Jamal are blessed by the sheikh.
Sara and Jamal exchange wedding vows according to Islamic.
Sara and Jamal give each other their wedding rings.
Sara and Jamal hug each other after being pronounced man and wife.
Sara signs their wedding contract.
Sara and Jamal cut the wedding cake made by Aisha Oswald, one of the American-Muslim founding members of the mosque.