Within the Mevlevi Sama, music plays a very spiritual role. During all the rites of the Sufi orders, there is a belief that there is a direct spiritual union with a universal god. In the textbook, “Music and Spirituality”, it is stated that, “The Mevlevi place a strong emphasis on music, which sends the practitioner’s physical body into a slow dance of graceful and ecstatic turning.” (315). With this, it is notable that in the Mevlevi ceremony, as seen in the YouTube video, that the music is not just an accompaniment, but a necessary component of the Mevlevi, in order to transcend to a state of “ecstatic turning”.
With “Amazing Grace”, however, the use of this piece is different, in terms of for what the song is used for. The textbook states that “Amazing Grace” is used for “commemoratory events [but more] particularly funerals” (p. 288). With this, the song can be used in Church for mass, however, it could also be found in events such as funerals. The end result is that, while the Sema Ceremony is strictly only found with the Mevlevi, a piece such as “Amazing Grace” is not limited to a certain event or faith.