We are all a SIMOURQ, but we are always seeking SIMOURQ

Why SIMOURQ?


There are few who do not know the legend of SIMOURQ; however, the presence of SIMOURQ is not limited to Ferdowsi's Shahnameh. One of the works that centers on SIMOURQ is "The Conference of the Birds" published by the Persian Sufi poet Farid al-Din Attar. This noble work is one of the masterpieces of Persian mystical literature, written in the 6th century of the Hijri calendar.
This grand work has been translated into European languages. Moreover, Jean-Claude Carrier, a renowned French playwright, in collaboration with Peter Brook, a renowned British director, wrote a play based on "The Conference of the Birds," staged in several cities worldwide.
SIMOURQ in Attar's work is entirely different from SIMOURQ in Shahnameh. While in Shahnameh, SIMOURQ is a legendary bird who sometimes aids Zal and Rostam, in "The Conference of the Birds," SIMOURQ is the mundane manifestation of God whom other birds decide to seek.
In Sufi literature, the human soul is compared to a bird and its body to a cage. This bird is always eager to escape from the cage.
The story of "The Conference of the Birds" begins: all the birds gathered and said that they needed a king to submit to his kingship and recognize him as a ruler. Let's search for him, find him, and live in his shadow and cling to his cord. Obey him, listen to his orders, and follow his commands. We have heard that there is a king called SIMOURQ, whose command flows to the east and west. Let us go to him and surrender ourselves to him.
In this story, a group of birds, representing seekers of God's path, seek SIMOURQ, who is the manifestation of truth, in search of their kingdom. Meanwhile, the Hoopoe is the guide and elder of the birds. They travel to Qaf Mountain, which is SIMOURQ's abode.
At the beginning of the journey, some birds give up on continuing the journey. The Hoopoe tells the story of Sheikh Sanan and encourages the remaining birds to continue their journey. The birds have seven cities ahead of them on this difficult path, which refer to the seven lands of pilgrimage. These cities are respectively:
  • Talab (search, request)
  • Ishq (love)
  • Ma'refat (knowledge)
  • Isteghnâ (detachment - self-sufficiency)
  • Tawhid (unity of God)
  • Hayrat (amazement)
  • Faqr and Fana (poverty and annihilation)
Many birds traverse these valleys. They are lost. And of all these birds, only thirty birds remain and reach the place of SIMOURQ. In truth, the 30 -Mourq (thirty birds) themselves are those thirty birds who became "SIMOURQ" after traversing the seven lands.
Each of us who has left home, family, country, and city in search of SIMOURQ (peace and a good life) towards the Qaf mountain (new land or country) and dons the clothes of migration, we ourselves are SIMOURQ and wander in search of SIMOURQ.

« Immigrants are like birds seeking a king or a utopia. But they do not know that everything is within their own being; they just have to learn, integrate, and improve »

E. TARINIA
ALL CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES OF THE SIMOURQ ASSOCIATION ARE VOLUNTARY AND WITHOUT ANY FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE LUXEMBOURGISH GOVERNMENT, PARTY, OR SPECIAL ORGANIZATION

SIMOURQ is an information and education association for integration in Luxembourg

In the small country of Luxembourg, having a comprehensive association that can produce content based on the needs of immigrants and newcomers can foster better interactions between cultures and aid in societal integration. Even the second generation of immigrants shows a strong inclination toward self-cultural discovery, and the sense of national and cultural belonging is a common feature within the immigrant community.
Facilitating and strengthening the effective presence of the immigrant community in Luxembourg in social, cultural, and economic domains, based on cultural interests and respect for all ethnicities and religions, could be one of the functions of an effective association that should be formed according to the needs of the Luxembourgish immigrant community.
Preparing news, reports, videos, photos, educational content, providing accurate information, producing documentaries documenting the activities of the immigrant community, showcasing successful immigrants to the Luxembourgish people and officials, can all be part of the SIMOURQ association's chapters.
The SIMOURQ association was established solely to inform and serve the Luxembourgish immigrant community and does not pursue any objectives of specific groups, whether political, religious, etc. We aim to provide you with good news and information in different languages for public use.
All the facilities on this site are entirely free and are meant to serve and aid in the integration of the immigrant community in Luxembourg.
Finally, we emphasize that this site has no financial or non-financial affiliation with any institution or organization and does not support any specific party, group, opposition, government, religion, or politics.

"The SIMOURQ Association believes in spreading culture and safeguarding the Persian language as a pillar of Aryan cultural identity. Our aim is to assist in immigrant integration and promote kindness among cultures in Luxembourg. Our association remains independent of any political, religious, or nationalist ideologies. We kindly request refraining from passing judgment or labeling our activities before evaluating them."

Completely autonomous, without any specific financial, governmental, or organizational support

Information and education

Coverage of Luxembourg news;

Publication of books and magazines;

Creation of educational videos;

Production of news and video reports;

Showcasing successful immigrants;

Digital services;

Sports and entertainment programs;

Cultural exchange workshops;

Human Rights

Human rights activities;

Supporting popular legal and democratic movements and activities;

Defense of women's rights;

Protection of children's rights;

Support for LGBTQIA+ rights;

Protection of animal rights;

Preservation of nature and natural resources;

Clean air and green earth activities;

Integration and training

Informing and assisting migrants;

Specialized training sessions;

Language courses for children and adults;

Translation and interpretation services;

Psychology workshops;

Organizing cultural and traditional ceremonies;

Artistic and intercultural activities;

Sports and entertainment programs;

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History and Prohibitions of the SIMOURQ Association

The SIMOURQ Association was founded in 2009 by Ehsan Tarinia, an independent journalist, with the aim of assisting the Iranian community living in Luxembourg through the website IRANIANLUX. It began under his direction, and in 2013, by attracting enough volunteers and members, it was registered, and its first board of directors was formed. Until 2015, it continued its activities in the field of integration and information for Iranians. In 2015, it changed its name from IRANIANLUX to "Association of Intercultural Kindness in Luxembourg," abbreviated as AIKL. In a new form of activities covering more languages for immigrants from Arab countries, it included Kurdish, Persian, English, French, and German. In 2018, while maintaining all previous activities and pursuing its objectives, the association's name was again changed to "SIMOURQ," with a specific objective and language to help integrate a specific community in Luxembourg.
The SIMOURQ Association has been able to continue its activities in the field of immigrant integration and assistance in Luxembourg from 2009 to the present day without any financial assistance from the government or any organization, and of course, without financial support, it is never possible to continue. In this regard, the SIMOURQ Association obtained small sums from its two activities: document translation services and book editing services, with the support of the association's patron companies, rendering the association financially independent.
Red lines or prohibitions of the SIMOURQ association: Prohibition of any cooperation and relations with governments, groups, parties, organizations, and individuals holding opinions and beliefs including: religious or political extremism, racism, anti-women, anti-animal, anti-freedom of expression, anti-human dignity, anti-freedom of choice, anti-freedom of opinion, anti-LGBT and intellectual, pro-violence, terrorist... such as the fascist regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its supporters.