Instructors: Nura Laird and John Abd al-Qadr Davies
Spiritual Peacemaking is established upon the principle that Allah created all of humanity from a single soul to become one family with one father and one mother. In the Qur’an it says,
“Surely We have created you from a man and a woman and made you (diverse) peoples and tribes, so that you might come to know one another.” (Qur’an 49:13)
Through study and intense personal development, you come to understand and embody this principle, and you begin to carry the qualities of “the ones brought near,” those who have subsistence in Allah, swta.
In this program, we have a dual focus. One is very personal and begins with your self and your own family because the real peace begins in the home with family healing. You receive deep personal healing and profound walking through these teachings. The other focus is on forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict transformation between individuals and groups. This is how humanity becomes one family in Allah, swta.
These teachings are practical and grounded and can be applied in any setting. Peacemaking graduates are competent and qualified to minister and give counsel to individuals, families and groups, to help them transform conflict and heal their relationships, to live in peace and in proximity with Allah, swta. Your heart will be filled with grace, beauty and gratitude as you witness love restored in families, friendships, communities and work environments.
“When we began I had very little hope about my (marriage) because of my level of hurt and distrust. We’ve moved past that hurtful situation to a place of mutuality and empathy. I shake my head in amazement. I couldn’t imagine a miracle like this could be possible.” – M.H.
Curriculum topics include:
- The real Islam as taught by Sidi Muhammad al Jamal
- Leadership and peacemaking as exemplified by the Prophet (saws)
- Sacred, heart-centered communication
- Relationships established in the heart, soul and secret
- Healing and transforming conflict with individuals and groups
- Islamic community building and governance
- Islamic teachings on justice, tolerance and pluralism
Spiritual Peacemaking Course Descriptions and Credits
851 Sufi Perspectives On Conflict and Peacemaking: A Theoretical Foundation – (3 Credits)
From a Sufi perspective true and lasting peace only comes from surrender (islam) to the guidance and orders of Allah swta. The roots of conflict stem from an absence of divine peace, love, mercy, freedom and justice that are the foundation stones of Sufism and Islam. This course explores the essential functions and dynamics of conflict, and the spiritual and non-violent strategies for transforming it into sustainable peace and development.
852 Islam & Peacemaking – (3 credits)
This theoretical course examines the intimate relationship between Islam and peacemaking, the resources Islam provides for peacemaking, and distinguishes between the real Islam and its misappropriation in support of terrorism, oppression and other forms of violence.
853 Developing Qualities of Sufi Healer as Peacemaker – (2 credits)
This course offers spiritual practices and healing skills drawn from the Sufi tradition through which students become competent Sufi peacemakers and healers who embody the peace, love, mercy, justice and freedom of Allah and who are capable of transforming conflict in the Sufi way.
854 Adab of Communication – (2 credits)
This course provides a methodology that enables people to communicate in a sacred, heart-centered way. The keys are the Sufi principles of adab (politeness) and ikhlas (highest divine courtesy) based on the Sufi belief that all people carry the divine sifat (qualities). This methodology fosters effective communication between people and across cultures, even amidst the most protracted conflicts.
855 Applied Transformational Healing Through Sufi Peacemaking– (2 credits)
This course offers practice in the application Sufi peacemaking in the interpersonal, family, community and organizational arenas, with an extended focus on intergroup and national levels as time allows.
856 Individual and Group Mentoring – (1/2 credit)
Students receive guidance on walking others through conflict, on further development and application of their peacemaking skill set, on crafting their peacemaking practicum, and on their soul’s journey to the world of Allah, so that they truly embody Allah’s qualities in their role as peacemakers.
857 Case Studies – (1 credit)
Students complete a minimum of three case studies in which they track the progress of specific parties in conflict over the course of at least three mediation sessions for each case study. In this way they receive the benefit of working longitudinally on several distinct conflicts.
858 Sufi Perspectives Advanced – (1/2 credit)
This teleclass series examines the writings of Muhammad al Jamal on peacemaking and on the example of the Prophet (saws). Topics include: roots of conflict and violence in childrearing; conflict dynamics and field theory; women’s role in peacemaking; and prejudice, pluralism and inter-group conflicts.
859 Islam and Peacemaking Advanced – (1/2 credit)
This teleclass series addresses the themes of democracy, non-violence, and human rights in Islam, as well as the life of the Prophet Mohammad (saws) as peacemaker and negotiator. Students gain a solid foundation in their understanding of Islam as the way of peace.
860 Mastering the Arts of Sufi Peacemaking Advanced – (1/2 credit)
This teleclass series allows students to practice specific skills related to their personal life such as reconciliation, prejudice reduction, and healing family lineage issues around violence and conflict. Students develop refinement and subtlety as they master the art of heart- and soul-centered communication in a wide range of contexts.
861 Zawiyah – (4 credits)
Personal retreat allows students to deepen their heart and refine their character to become the instrument in Allah’s hands, thereby enabling them to be more effective peacemakers.
862 Community Peacemaking Practicum Service Project – (12 credits)
This course provides the opportunity to participate in a wide range of humanitarian and peacemaking service projects with a focus on integration and application of Sufi peacemaking principles. It includes fieldwork, journaling, mentoring and supervision, and a Masters thesis in the form of a final written paper, project or presentation. In addition, all students organize and participate