The Return of Worship at Rumi’s Cave

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions, places of worship have reopened their doors. Rhanie Al-Alas visits Rumi’s Cave, in North West London, to see how visitors there feel now they once again have a place to worship.

When were places of worship reopened?

Places of worship were reopened on April 12th, 2021 along with the easing of some other lockdown restrictions. April was an important month for religions and faith because this year Easter, Passover, Ramadan and Vaisakhi all fell within the month of April.

What is Rumi’s Cave?

Rumi’s cave is a community hub, an arts and events venue and a place of Islamic worship in North West London. Although its roots are in Islam, anyone is welcome at Rumi’s Cave.  

More information on Rumi’s cave can be found on their website:

Who is Rumi?

Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī known mostly as Rumi was a Persian 13th century poet and Islamic Scholar. Rumi was born in 1207 in what is in the present-day Afghanistan and died in 1273 in Turkey, his work is still widely read today and has been translated into many languages.

Who founded Rumi’s Cave?

Rumi’s Cave was founded by Sheik Babikir, an Islamic Scholar, teacher and public speaker. Sheik Babikir is the director and founder of the organisation, which was founded in 2011. Rumi’s cave was inspired by the legacy of Rumi. Sheik Babikir also founded Ulfa Aid in 2004, a charity which supports marginalised, isolated and vulnerable people across the world.

More information on Sheik Babikir can be found on his website:

Photos by Rhanie Al-Alas

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

– Rumi