Faculty and Staff

Salima AdesteinMaxine Salima Adelstein M.Ed., D.D.

Co-President & Dean of Education

Maxine Salima Adelstein M.Ed., D.D., helps people to discover and embody the deep truth of their beauty and essence through her work as a healer and teacher. Ms. Adelstein is Dean of Education, chair of the Department of Spiritual Ministry and Sufi Studies and a faculty member. She is a master healer who has helped hundreds of clients heal from illness and lifelong emotional pain.

She has a private healing practice in Pennsylvania and teaches spiritual healing seminars nationally and internationally. Her heart is filled with the joy and compassion that result from living in the heart of God.

Kamila ShenmenKamila Carolyn Shenmen, Ph.D., L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.(NCCAOM), M.Th.

Co-President, Dean of Faculty, & Dean of Admissions

Kamila is a graduate and faculty member of the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism. She holds a Doctorate in Computer Science and Molecular Biology and worked for 18 years at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She is also a licensed practitioner of Oriental Medicine, and a former faculty member and Clinic Director of the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Kamila’s search for true healing at the deepest levels eventually led her to Shaykh Sidi Muhammad al-Jamal and the ancient spiritual healing practices of Sufism. Having found on the Sufi way the peace and healing that comes from opening the heart to God’s love, Kamila is blessed to be able to share this path and its teachings with her students, community and clients.

Kamila Carolyn Shenmen is available for speaking engagements and presentations. View or download her Radio One Sheet HERE

Robert Ibrahim Jaffe, M.D., M.D.(H), D.D.

Robert Ibrahim Jaffe, M.D., M.D.(H), D.D., is the past President of the University and a faculty member.  Dr. Jaffe received his  medical degree from the University of Illinois and practiced Allopathic, Complimentary and Homeopathic medicine in Arizona and  Hawaii.  He now resides in northern California.

He founded the Jaffe Institute (now known as the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism) in June, 2000, to bring his comprehensive synthesis of medical, energetic, and spiritual healing to professionals and lay people who want to heal in a complete and holy way by deepening their understanding of why people become sick and what can be done to resolve their illness.

Dr. Jaffe is a master healer, spiritual teacher and Sufi Murshid who has completed over 40,000 healings and helped thousands of people walk further in their personal journeys.

Dr. Jaffe brings an ocean of love, wisdom and healing to those people who are seeking to find the truth and reality of their beings.

Aisha CottenBarbara Aisha Cotten MA, H Ct

Aisha brings more than eighteen years of teaching, healing and counseling experience to the University. She is a past director of the Healing Intensive Program of the Shadhiliyya Sufi Retreat Center and a master healer who specializes in facilitating healing of disease through her ability to bring the healing light deep within the physical body.

Aisha brings the deep love of God and gentle guidance to her teaching of Spiritual Ministry and Sufi Studies.

She has a private healing practice in California and teaches seminars nationally on divine surrender and sexuality in the holy way.

John DaviesJohn Abd Al Qadr Davies, LL.B., M.Litt, M.S., Ph.D.

John Abd Al Qadr Davies, LL.B., M.Litt., M.S., Ph.D., faculty member at the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism, is Co-Director of the Partners in Conflict and Partners in Peacebuilding Projects at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland. After practicing law and psychology and teaching meditation in Australia, he moved to the US in 1982. He has led or partnered in conflict transformation and peace building initiatives in over 25 countries. He has trained thousands of professionals in conflict transformation, prevention and multi-track diplomacy, including political leaders and diplomats, UN peacekeepers, police, educators, religious, traditional and civil society leaders. He has conducted extensive research on the impact of spiritual and secular techniques in promoting peace, which has been published widely. He served as consultant to various US departments and international governments and organizations.

He has dedicated his life to empowering people, organizations and communities in all cultural and spiritual traditions to create sustainable peace, wholeness and personal growth.

Dr. Wadude Laird, M.D.John Wadude Laird, MD

Faculty and Past President

Dr. John Laird is the past President of the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism and a faculty member. He received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in 1976 and has more than twenty years of experience in direct patient care. Dr. Laird was responsible for the passage of landmark legislation in North Carolina in 1994, legalizing the practice of alternative medical therapies. Through his activities as an administrator and healer, Dr. Laird radiates the love of God to everyone he encounters.

His passion and strength inspire students to trust God fully and to give their lives in service to all who need healing and love.

Dr. John Wadude Laird is available for speaking engagements and presentations. View or download his Radio One Sheet HERE

Nura LairdNura Laird, M.Ed.

Nura Laird, M.Ed. is a Dean, a faculty member, and chair of the Department of Peacemaking. Nura has been a student of healing and Sufism since 1977. She has extensive training and experience in community and family mediation and in teaching and counseling children and adults. Since graduating from the Energy Mastery School in 1992, Nura has worked professionally as a spiritual counselor, teacher and seminar leader internationally.

Nura is especially inspired to help restore the real love and peace to families, and to guide her clients and students to bring more love and peace into our world.

Nura Laird is available for speaking engagements and presentations. View or download her Radio One Sheet HERE

Mariam MuhibbaMariam Ruth McGinnis, Ph.D.

Mariam Ruth McGinnis, Ph.D., first worked in the field of psychology in 1964 and earned her Ph.D. in 1971. She has specialized in sexual abuse, pre-verbal trauma, and chemical dependency.

She was on the faculty of Indiana University and has taught in the area of trauma and torture survivors.

Dr. McGinnis is a profoundly gifted master healer and faculty member.  All who know her are blessed.

Rahima SchmallSusan Rahima Schmall, Ph.D., R.N.

Rahima Schmall, PhD. R.N.  is a faculty member and department head of the Spiritual Healing and Counseling for Physical and Emotional Well-Being program.  She is a psychologist, registered nurse and master spiritual healer who has successfully brought spirituality into her clinical practice and teaching for over thirty years.  She is also the director of the Healing Intensive Retreat at the Shadiliyya Sufi Center.

She has a deep love of God and is gifted at creating a safe and nurturing space in which people with physical illness or emotional pain can work through their issues to find peace, wholeness and harmony.  As a teacher, she has a passion for helping each and every student develop their own unique gifts as a healer and human being.

Susan Rahima Schmall is available for speaking engagements and presentations. View or download her Radio One Sheet HERE

Paul WerderPaul Hamid Werder

Paul Hamid Werder is president of LionHeart Consulting, Inc. and has been a successful consultant in organizational change and leadership for twenty-five years. Mr. Werder is a faculty member at the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism and teaches in the Spiritual Ministry department. He has merged his traditional business acumen with spiritual healing skills to empower leaders to work from the prophetic light that he refers to as inner wisdom. He supports students to discover their unique God-given talents and express them completely with deep humility.

The ultimate result of these students’ contribution to humanity is their ability to align their clients with the light of Allah while standing up to the darkness in the world.

Paul Hamid Werder is available for speaking engagements and presentations. View or download his Radio One Sheet HERE

Amany ShalabyAmany Shalaby, Ph.D.

Amany Shalaby graduated as an electric engineer from`Ein Shams University, Cairo, Egypt 1985. She obtained her Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies from Islamic College of Advancing Studies, Middlesex University, London, UK in 2002 and her Master’s degree in Comparative Philosophy of Religions in 2014 from the Islamic College of Advancing Studies, Middlesex University, London, UK.

Amany works as a translator of Islamic books and teaches in diverse study circles across the states on Islamic spirituality. Amany is the author of The Essence of Creation and the forth-coming book of poetry, Hidden Pearls.

She is a co-founder of Radiant Hands Inc., an organization that helps single mothers in need, and Nur Corner Institute.

Amany Shalaby is available for speaking engagements and presentations. View or download her Radio One Sheet HERE

Said bin Yunus

Said bin Yunus is striving to be a humble servant of God through his work as the Imam of the Shadhiliyya Sufi Center and a guest teacher at the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism. After attending two universities, he discovered deep happiness, personal healing, and a meaningful life by embracing Sufism and traditional Islam. As an American convert, he has a foot in two worlds, one western and one Sufi/Islamic, and his 11 years of study and experience help to create bridges of understanding. His greatest passion is sharing the wisdom, beauty, strength, and love that emanate from this way.

In his work as Imam at SSC, Said leads prayers and dhikrs, offers teachings, and hosts retreats in the zawiyah.  At the USHS, Said strives to open a deeper understanding (fiqh) of the practices of the way, empowering each individual as they walk their own path to Divine Light, Love and Mercy.

Guest Lecturers

Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi, Ph.D.

Guest Lecturer: Sufi Studies, Mystical Feminine Studies

rosina-fawzia-gold-borderFawzia was born in Baghdad and spent her childhood in Iraq and Lebanon. Her grandmother initiated her into the culture and traditions of the Middle East where belly-dancing played a major part as an expression of the world of the feminine. She holds a PhD in Islamic studies. She completed her Arabic, Islamic and ethnological studies at the Universities of Vienna and Cairo.

Fawzia then spent 12 years in Jerusalem where she brought up her children and worked at the Institute for the Promotion of Palestinian Agriculture and at the University of Jerusalem, while deepening both her theoretical and practical knowledge of Sufism under the guidance of Sidi Shaykh Muhammad Al-Jamal. She has been living in Vienna with her husband and their three children since 2001. She has been teaching Sufism for over 20 years. She holds workshops in various countries and works particularly with women.

Mastura Debra Graugnard, M.Div.

Guest Lecturer: Food-Body-Spirit Connection, Body as a Vehicle to Know God


Mastura Debra Graugnard has been involved with The University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism since 1998, and currently serves as the University Relations Coordinator. She is also a spiritual healing practitioner, a teacher and program facilitator, a writer and blogger.

Mastura has been a spiritual seeker for about 30 years, and a student of Sufism for the past 20 years. Mastura’s journey began with the “incurable” diseases of hypoglycemia, fibrocystic disease and ulcerative colitis. Refusing to accept these ailments as a permanent part of her future, she embarked on a healing journey which taught her healing for the body, mind, heart & spirit.

In addition to her work with USHS, Mastura established Joyfully Living Wellness, her private healing practice, and The Community for Conscious Living, an online community dedicated to Personal Transformation for Universal Harmony. In all settings, her work is based on Sufi teachings and spiritual healing principles with a mission to help people world-wide to discover the health they want, the joy they deserve and the love that they are!

Ahmed Manawy

Guest Lecturer: Arabic language, Quranic Recitation

Ahmed-Manawy-gold-borderBrother Ahmed Manawy, a native Arabic speaker, hails from Cairo, Egypt, where he spent the first half of his life. He started his Qur’anic studies at age 10, when he spent 4 years studying in Saudi Arabia. His studies included reading and writing Quranic Arabic, Tajweed Quranic recitation, and memorization of the Qur’an. He received his bachelors degree in Commerce from Ain Shams University in Cairo before emigrating to the United States.

For the past ten years he has been working as an accountant in LA. He carries a deep love and respect for the guidance and wisdom of the Qur’an, and is passionate about helping others to read the Qur’an. He has great himma to assist the sincere seeker to deepen their relationship with the Qur’an so that they can begin to read and recite Qur’an from the Arabic calligraphy, allowing the sounds to enter and transform the heart. He believes in a collaborative approach to learning, and has great patience with the beginning student.

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