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The Real-Life Game of Chutes and Ladders

Did you ever play the game Chutes and Ladders when you were a youngster? When we’re young, it seems like a fun friendly game with a relatively low level of competition. We’re striving to reach the finish line, hoping to land at the ladders and climb ahead, and praying to avoid the chutes that drop us back onto those roads we’ve already traveled, darn it!

Only when we get older do we realize the relevance of the game. You know, when you hit one of those chutes and feel yourself falling into the effects of a memory from your past only to have to walk that road again. At least this time it’s a bit more familiar. Maybe you’ll have a better shot at landing at the ladder and avoiding the chutes.

Thank Allah (swta), there is wisdom in the repetition. We’re not expected to get everything right the first time around. It’s like walking the stations on the path to Allah, The Most High.

The first time through, we’re in the station of Listening to the Orders from the Darkness – the station of having forgotten the truth of who we are and why we’re here. We haven’t figured out yet that we’re traveling on a board game.

Then we land on a chute, and we’re going through a second time, this time we’re questioning, as in the second station of the ego, the Station of Still Questioning. This is familiar, we’re recognizing there’s more to the path than the gravel on the road, or the shiny surface of the board game, but we’re not sure which road is best to strive for.

Shoot! Another chute! But that’s okay. This time it’s getting clearer. We’re beginning to have more Faith and Trust. We’re understanding where to place the faith and trust. We’re feeling better about striving to continue on the way.

Here we go again. Another chute. But this time you feel solid. You have trust. You know this is an opportunity for deeper cleaning, and for knowing yourself more completely as you pass this way again without becoming distracted by the voices of the darkness or the voices of the ego. You are living on the inside, traveling in peace regardless of what this path holds on the outside. You are in the station of Security.

Al-humduli’llah, Praise God! Another chute! What a blessed opportunity! Thank You for bringing me along this way! Now I have tasted Your mercy and love! Thank You for all You give to me! I’m sorry that I wasted the time before and did not see Your Face when I traveled along this path. My eyes weep because I see more clearly now. Thank You! This is the station of Not Obeying Anything from the Nafs (Ego).

A chute. As You wish, my Beloved God. I accept what You give. Please teach me and show me Your Truth in everything, on the inside and the outside, and there is no inside and no outside. I am thirsty for the water of Your Love. I am hungry for the knowledge of You. Change me to be what You want from me in every step. Help me to walk only in Your way.

Chute. Yet, there is no chute and there is no ladder. There is no before and no after. There is no beginning and no end. There is only You in every step of the path, in every rung of the ladder, in every inch of the chute. No higher or lower. No winning or losing. Only Allah, The One. The Perfection. Al-humduli’llah!

We are grateful to be on the path of healing, of learning, of wisdom, of mercy.
Does that mean we’ve won? Chute! Here we go again…

 
Children’s games are full of wisdom. If only we had known, and Allah, swta, knows.

Perhaps this weekend you can play with the children in your life, and look for the wisdom in the games that teach them, and the games they teach us.

Have a beautiful, blessed weekend!
With love and gratitude,
Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS

 

Photo credits: © Sergiogen #36091062

 

Preparing to Answer the Call in Your Heart

Just today, I was speaking with a new friend. You might relate to her story.

She has known all her life that there is more to this existence than the mundane physical reality. And with all that is happening in the world today, she can no longer deny her awareness of a greater existence. She feels the spark inside getting more vibrant, and she can no longer stifle her passionate spirit.

She feels the calling to bring peace and healing to the world. Yet, like so many, she has no idea where to go with that sense of purpose, and she is afraid to ask for help for fear that people might think she’s crazy.

It appears more and more people are awakening to an urgency to find and fulfill their purpose. Allah calls whom He wills to his net, and He seems to be using a louder megaphone now than in previous decades.

That is the beauty of the challenging times we are in. The polarization is asking each of us to examine our beliefs and decide what is most important for us. The inner exploration is driving people to seek a higher truth.

And when we are called to serve, Allah asks us to purify ourselves and turn to Him. Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal writes in Music of the Soul, p. 230, that we must be:

“pure and purified,
poor and true and truthful,
judicious and of high moral character;
…genuine and sincere,”
to have “perfect manners (al-adab, the deepest politeness)
and nothing is more truthful than to truly taste.

If you direct yourself to the house [of worship], then follow the rules of pilgrimage. First, the intent, second, the readiness, third, the response. Then complete the rituals to face Him in your heart, speaking both by tongue and deed as follows:

‘Here I am, my Lord, at Your service!
Here I am, O Lord,
for Whom there is no partner!
Here I am, O Lord!
Praise be to Thee and Blessing and Lordship.’”

 
If you are experiencing a calling to serve and you can no longer sit on the sidelines, if you are being called to step into what has been destined for you, we would be honored to serve you in preparing yourself to be of the highest service for the highest good in this world and the next.

We invite you to connect with one of our enrollment specialists to see if USHS has something that can help you. Click here to schedule your complimentary consultation.

 
Have a beautiful, blessed weekend!
With love and gratitude,
Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS

 

Photo credit: Adobe Stock Photo © crazymedia #74234721

 

To What Extent Do We Create Our Own Reality?

 

 

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Sometimes ideas and inspirations come to us, and we instantly reject them because they seem too far out of reach. There’s no way we could make the time for it, or have the money for it, or it seems too far from our current reality of how life works.

The following is a transcript from a class taught by Dr. Amany Shalaby, one of our faculty members here at USHS. It came from the poetry class, after she shared poetry from Ibn ‘Arabi, who wrote about creating our own reality.

The question was:
“Can you explain the difference between creating our own reality, such as what is held in Law of Attraction, and surrendering to Allah’s will?”

Amany’s response:

There is a hadith where the Prophet (saaws) said to have good expectations of Allah (swta). Have faith that everything beautiful is going to happen. Ask Allah with certainty that He will answer.

We often ask about worldly things when we don’t know if they will make us happy.

You create your own reality by focusing your perception as things come your way, and your connection to Allah. When things come your way, when desiring something, if it doesn’t open, you understand it is Divine will by understanding that He is teaching you something. You do not take the belief that you are not receiving what you want because something is wrong with you.

You take action, yet accept where you are and enjoy the process and outcome because of a deep perception that is not the outer goal that is in pursuit, but the inner.

For example, if you desire to have a beloved or to have a certain job, it is not the end goal you want. The mind makes it appear that way. It is actually the process of the qualities coming to be expressed, such as the qualities of loving. Or you get attracted to people because they are going to teach you the divine qualities, like Patience.

Focus on the inner more, enjoy the process regardless of the external pursuit or outcome, because you are developing the inside which is to be satisfying.

Scientific research shows that people enjoy the process of making things more than the thing that is made through the process. The working for it is the joy. This is why often when we reach a goal, we are still not satisfied and we want something more. Because we are focusing on the external and after we get it, we may desire something else. This is ok because we are developing more qualities through our desires and pursuits.

Without awareness, we are creating a reality that is not Reality, because everything external is perishable or not always attainable. If our pursuit is the internal and spiritual, no matter what happens you are getting what you want – the desire to be the representative of the divine qualities and the awareness that you are with the Divine Presence and the qualities.

There is a subtle difference between creating your inner reality and creating the external reality – there is a subtle difference that is missing.”

 

 
The bottom line is, it’s about the journey, not about the destination. In our hearts, we want the awareness that we are with the Divine Presence. And Allah, swta, brings us opportunities to realize this Presence through the qualities that come to us to be expressed.

Our task is to keep showing up and keep saying yes to what Allah brings for us in our lives. And, of course, to say “Thank you!”

Have a beautiful, blessed weekend!

With love and gratitude,
Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS

 
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Song of the Love Dogs

Do you have a song in your heart? Perhaps a love song for your Beloved?

Every human heart experiences some sense of separation, and in the separation brews a yearning that draws us to that for which we yearn. It is the connection that we seek.

Sometimes we sense the absence, and we feel the pain of separation. Or we just feel the pain and we don’t yet realize at the base of the pain we are missing the connection with the Lover.

 
I recently had a series of events, perfectly orchestrated of course, that threw me into a core childhood wound. The voice of the wound said, “Sit down, shut up. You don’t know anything. You have no value. Nobody cares about what you have to say.”

I don’t know that anyone ever said those exact words to me, but that is the voice of what stuck inside.

Landing back in the midst of that voice was painful, as you might guess. I fell into despair, as if I would reach the end of my life and have to tell God that I couldn’t fulfill that intense inner passion to help people because I truly had nothing of value to give. The thought of having that conversation was as painful as the thought of not being of use in the world.

However, by Allah’s blessings and grace, and these Sufi teachings, I have tools to navigate this terrain. I allowed the pain and the voices to be present, sat in the middle of them and called to Allah. Ya Allah, al-Haqq! O Beloved God, the Truth! Within this pain is Your holy daughter who longs to feel Your love, to be held in Your arms, to be in Your Essence.

Ya Allah, please return me to You. You are greater than any voices, any veils that try to come between me and Your Love. Please wash me in Your water of Mercy. Clean me and make me one with You.

 
Sidi said many times, “Do not stop with the outside pictures.” Go behind and behind and behind, until you reach the truth. One truth in every human heart is that we long to live in union with the Love that created us. And this yearning will return us to the Love we seek.

Last night was the final session of the Poetry of the Sufi Mystics webinar series. We spoke about the state of connection the mystics wrote from, and the state of yearning. Laila Brady, a fellow lover of God and dogs, shared this poem from Rumi:

 

LOVE DOGS

One night a man was crying,
Allah! Allah!
His lips grew sweet with the praising,
until a cynic said,
“So! I have heard you
calling out, but have you ever
gotten any response?”

The man had no answer to that.
He quit praying and fell into a confused sleep.

He dreamed he saw Khidr, the guide of souls,
in a thick, green foliage.
“Why did you stop praising?”
“Because I’ve never heard anything back.”
“This longing
you express is the return message.”

The grief you cry out from
draws you toward union.

Your pure sadness
that wants help
is the secret cup.

Listen to the moan of a dog for its master.
That whining is the connection.

There are love dogs
no one knows the names of.

Give your life
to be one of them.”

by Jalaluddin Rumi

 
If you find yourself revisiting a place of pain in your heart, remember the Love Dogs. Inside your heart is a yearning to be in union with the Love of your Beloved. Don’t stop with the pain. Let the yearning carry you home.

Have a beautiful, blessed weekend!
With love and gratitude,
Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS

 

Photo credits: © Grigorita Ko #84016419

This post is dedicated to the sweet spirit of the Love Dog, Daisy, may she rest in peace.

 

The Delicate Young Flowers of Today’s World

 

HOW DID THE ROSE EVER OPEN ITS HEART
AND GIVE TO THE WORLD
ALL ITS BEAUTY?
IT FELT THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF LIGHT
AGAINST ITS BEING.
OTHERWISE, WE ARE REMAIN TOO FRIGHTENED.
~ HAFIZ

 


Remembering the delicate young flowers of our world today. The Children.

Do you remember what was in the news when you were in Elementary School or Middle School? I may be mixing up fire drills, tornado drills and nuclear war drills, but I remember practice runs where we rolled out of windows or took cover under our desks.

I remember being afraid of a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union, and yet, I’m pretty sure hiding under the desks would not have saved us. The Cold War was in the news daily, and it was reinforced in school. It permeated the culture, and left the children of the day coated in fear like suites of armor.

How is the news of current affairs affecting the children in your life? Every day brings news of another scandal, speculation about tough times ahead, divisive rhetoric and threats of controversy and violence. And now there is fake news, shaking trust in even the most trusted sources.

It’s hard enough being a child in today’s world. Our children need a safe space to express what is on their minds – openly and freely, without judgment. They need to be heard and reassured, just like adults.

Perhaps this weekend you can take time to practice your active listening skills. We never know what will come out of the mouth of a young child when we create a safe space and invite them to share what’s on their minds and in their hearts. And when they speak, be careful not to discredit them. Give love and hugs, then reassurance. If we make them feel wrong, they will be less likely to share in the future.

We want to create a safe space for their delicate flowers to open and emit their fragrance into the world. As Hafiz says, we need to give them the encouragement of light, with unconditional love and hugs. Otherwise, we all remain too frightened.

Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders – each a bright star that is ready to shine.

May you and the children in your life have a beautiful, blessed weekend!

With love and gratitude,
Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS

From Caterpillar to Butterfly: The Marvels of Metamorphosis

Transformation can be uncomfortable, be it personal or global transformation.  Yet if the caterpillar doesn’t shed its skin it cannot become a chrysalis.  If it does not spend the full required time in the chrysalis phase, it does not become a butterfly.

When I was at Red Wiggler Community Farm in Maryland, I tended what we called the Monarch Maternity Ward.  We collected the eggs from the wild milkweed plants before the county would come to mow the fields.  We maintained them as they hatched to caterpillars and grew through their stages until they morphed into the chrysalis stage.  Then we patiently waited for the miraculous emergence of the beautiful Monarch butterfly.

 
Once, when moving some of the plants, I accidentally dropped a chrysalis and it cracked open.  What emerged was a green soupy liquid.  It had no resemblance to a caterpillar or a butterfly.

Do you wonder what happens in this transformational stage?  The caterpillar actually digests itself!  It releases enzymes that dissolve its tissues into a soup.  The only things that survive the digestive process are called imaginal discs.  The soup becomes the fuel for the imaginal discs to grow into the adult body parts.  The discs can actually hold knowledge from the previous stages of life that is transferred to the adult.

The developmental process still holds many mysteries, but we know that what emerges is a beauty that fills us with joy and wonder.

For the seekers on the Sufi path, transformation is inevitable.  We can only see a small part of what really happens when Allah brings us healing and personal evolution for our souls.

We know that the memories and pictures from our past form protective barriers around the heart.  When encased in the water of love and compassion, these barriers are dissolved and can guide us through doorways that lead us to know more of Allah’s Reality.

Sidi said that Allah cooks us in the fire of His Love until we are tender and ready to be consumed.  This is a metamorphosis we can feel and witness from an outer perspective, but there are many secrets behind the mysteries of Allah’s Wisdom.

This is where we rely on faith and trust get us through.  We trust that if we protect and care for the chrysalis and wait patiently, a beautiful butterfly will emerge.  Likewise, if we protect and care for our entire beings – the body, mind, heart and soul – our spirits will emerge and soar to the heavens with our Beloved, insha’llah.

 

These are times of rapid change.  No doubt, Allah’s Wisdom is choreographing a mysterious dance in our universe.  If you are feeling effects of these changes on the inner or outer, take time for self-care, be patient with yourself and trust in Allah’s Perfection.

Take time to watch the moths and butterflies and marvel at God’s mysteries.

Have a blessed weekend!

With love and gratitude,

Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS

Our Promise. Our Commitment. Our Challenge.

Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal is the spiritual guide of USHS. Many of us have taken him as our personal guide as well, and in doing so, we took a Promise. Our promise includes to be honest, to be sincere, to walk straight, to follow the way of the prophets, and to adhere to the true teachings of the Holy Books. Our commitment is to carry the message of peace, love, mercy, justice and freedom all our lives, in what we do and in what we are. We commit to not make any separation between ourselves and any of our brothers and sisters. Our challenge is to maintain the promise and commitment in an ever-changing world that appears like a stranger with every new day, to continue to seek the Face of God in everything that comes before us, to put nothing before God (not even our own fears), to continue to call on The One for help, and to remember to forgive ourselves when we make mistakes. Our challenge is to be content, but never complacent – to trust in what Allah brings, and to be ever-watchful for the opportunities to draw nearer to Truth, Love and Light. In his book, The Path to Allah Most High, Sidi writes:

“Know that the nafs [ego self] in and of itself is not an ugly thing. It is a gift from Allah, but if you are attracted to it and this attraction stops you from drawing nearer to Allah, then it becomes ugly. Remember that nearness is only possible through slavehood, which contains the secret of Lordship. So understand and do not stop with creation; otherwise, that will be all you have.”

  In slavehood, surrendering everything to be a servant for God in this world, the ego is purified. Who we are and what we do becomes not about us, but about service and love. This is what the human heart aspires to reach. In losing our selves, we find everything. Sidi reminds us to “busy yourself with the remembrance of His name by saying Allah or Ya Allah. Be busy with the remembrance and do not be distracted with what appears to you.”   As you move into the weekend, already a month into the new year, may you remember the Name with every breath, and not stop with any outside pictures. As Sidi used to say, “Go behind, and behind, and behind, and behind… until you reach the truth.” May Allah bless you and your loved ones, keep you safe and near to Him. With love and gratitude, Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS  

* Quotes in this article are from The Path to Allah, Most High, pp. 149-152, Al-Mutma’inna: The Nafs in Complete Rest and Satisfaction, The Fourth Station, by Shaykh Muhammad Sa’id Al-Jamal ar-Rifa’i ash-Shadhuli.

Women’s March: “Saving the Soul of Our Nation”

A message from Dr. John Abd al-Qadr Davies:

Whether inauguration day on Friday was a difficult day for you or not, you can take heart from what followed on Saturday.  The Women’s March on Washington and its companion marches in every state of the nation and around the world were held in close to 700 cities.

The gathering was bigger and more inspiring than anything I’ve seen in Washington, an estimated 500,000 spilling way beyond the national mall (almost triple the inauguration crowd according to crowd scientists, though still short of Obama 2008), with another 750,000 in LA, and several cities with 100-250,000, well over two million in the US alone.

There was no violence, no arrests – a joyous, energized and celebratory crowd, cheering each other and dancing in the streets even as they waited for and squeezed into trains and buses to the mall. Women (and men – no exclusions) of every age and color, Muslims (including many with pink or American-flag-themed hijabs), Hispanics, LGBTQs, even police with pink pussyhats.

A moving sea of signs and banners were backed by waves of chanting and cheering:

  • Support of immigrants and refugees was displayed by pink statue of liberty hats to welcome them; “We are the Wall Around Trump and He Will Pay”; “Bad Hombre” shirts.
  • An inclusive democracy by “This Is What Democracy Looks Like”; “Women’s Rights Are human Rights.”
  • Greens for energy and climate responsibility with “Protect Our Mother for Our Unborn Children – Stop Fracking.”
  • Women marching for dignity and respect, equal rights and pay, empowerment, pro-all-of-life through signs like “Make America Kind Again”; “We the People Are Greater Than Fear.”
  • Organizers worked hard to promote a non-partisan atmosphere, and progressive voices of all stripes mostly softened their criticism with humor, such as “Make America Anti-Fascist Again”; “Make America Think Again”; “Trump Did Unite America”; “Free Melania.”

The speakers and organizers were powerful, diverse role models for women and men everywhere – activists, senators, feminists, film makers and actors, artists, singers and poets, mothers and children. Linda Sarsour called for a coming together of all the progressive social movements: “civil rights are moot if we don’t have a planet in 30 years”.

Bernice King (Martin Luther King’s granddaughter) quoted her mother Coretta: “Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.” I believe that is a call for all of us.

USHS has asked me to lead an 11-session webinar series beginning on Jan 31 on what Allah may be asking of us in these “interesting times” of polarization over not just policy, but the values our nation stands for, we stand for, that guide our actions.

Values such as justice, compassion, peace and freedom; dignity, truth, kindness, caring, respect, strength, humility and love – loving for our brothers and sisters what we love for ourselves. “Living Peace – Riding the Waves in Turbulent Times” offers support for Sufis and all people of integrity for rising to the challenge that the inauguration and the Women’s March represent for all of us.

We can realize and sustain the values that brought so many together, that represent the soul of the nation and the soul of the human race, both through deepening the inner work that is needed to truly embody these values that represent the higher, God-given human nature, and also through accepting responsibility (khalifa) for putting our unique gifts into constructive action to help and protect others in need, whatever their color, gender or creed.

 

With love and gratitude,

Dr. John Abd al-Qadir Davies

 

 

 

Are you feeling unsure how to proceed in our increasingly divided world?

You’re invited to join Dr. John Abd al-Qadr Davies to

learn from a professional peacebuilder how to navigate the challenging road ahead.

 

LIVING PEACE: RIDING THE WAVES IN TURBULENT TIMES

begins in 1 week, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

CLICK HERE to learn more and to register

 

John Abd al-Qadir Davies is Visiting Associate Professor and Co-Director of Partners in Peacebuilding at the University of Maryland’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management, co-founder of the Masters in Peacemaking Program at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, and Director of the Living Peace Program at the Farm of Peace.

 

He has led peace initiatives in over 30 countries around the world, co-developed conflict and genocide early warning systems for the US government and international coalitions, and trained UN peace keepers from many countries.

 

He mediates conflicts between couples and within communities, organizations and families and leads retreats and workshops for those seeking peace and reconciliation at all levels of life.

 

You’re invited to join Dr. Davies for this informative and experiential program.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Thank you!

Special Prayer Call for Inauguration Day

I just got off the phone with Dr. John Abd al-Qadr Davies, faculty and co-founder of the Masters in Peacemaking Program here at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism.

 In the midst of his busy schedule, he has agreed to join us for a prayer call today, Inauguration Day in the US. 

Abd al-Qadr is super-busy, in the middle teaching of a 3-week intensive program at the University of Maryland on Multitrack Diplomacy: Transforming Violent Conflict.  He had a combination of professionals and graduate students from 10 different countries in his program.

And Dr. Davies is taking time out to be with us on this special day, to offer words of wisdom, peace and healing.

 

He reminded me today:
“It’s important to come together, for us to remain positive and look for the opportunities for positive change that come when so many boundaries are being broken. It is important that we not allow ourselves to be pulled into the dynamics of negativity and fear.”

 

Dr. Abd al-Qadr Davies will be saying a few words about how we can respond for the good of our country and our people.  Then we will engage in an ancient Sufi meditation practice called Remembrance.

 

You are invited join us in person for a half-hour call.

It’s TODAY, FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017

at 1:00 PM US Eastern / 10:00 AM US Pacific

Just CLICK HERE to listen to the replay

 

Abd-al-Qadr has a wealth of experience directly mediating conflict between countries and individuals.  He has led peace initiatives in over 30 countries around the world, co-developed conflict and genocide early warning systems for the US government and international coalitions, and trained UN peace keepers from many countries.

He also mediates conflicts between couples and within communities, organizations and families and leads retreats and workshops for those seeking peace and reconciliation at all levels of life.

He lives his mission for peace in all areas of his life.  He is truly a gem to have teachings at our University.

 

We hope you’ll join us in prayer today.

If you are not available at the time, a replay will be available here after the event. You are welcome to attend and to share this information with friends as well.

 

Event has ended:

CLICK HERE to listen to replay.

 

May Allah bless you and your loved ones, keep you safe and near to Him.

With love and gratitude,

Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS

 

 

Whether through the Garden or the Fire…

In one week, we will be inaugurating a new president in the United States.  Regardless of where you stand on politics, we cannot deny that many people are quite anxious about the changes.

There are many unknowns.  It’s difficult to predict what will unfold and what we’ll be asked to navigate in the year ahead.

At the heart of most people, we want safety and security for ourselves and our families, and most want what is best for the world.  However, we can have drastically different opinions about what is needed to bring that about.

And only Allah, swta, knows for sure.

We are on a journey in physical bodies to learn the lessons Allah gives for us and to fulfill the purpose Allah designs for us.  Sometimes we walk through the garden, and sometimes through the fire.  This is in Allah’s wisdom.

We are not The Knower; Allah is Al-Alim.  We must be cautious to not fall into believing we know better than The One.  Yet, we are called to navigate the challenges Allah brings to us in a way that is straight, aligned with the teachings brought by the prophets and messengers of Allah.

All of us who are called to be healers, ministers, peacemakers and leaders need to be equipped to help those we are called to serve.  This is true for individuals, parents and community leaders as well.

To help with this, our beloved Dr. John Abd al-Qadr Davies, faculty of USHS Department of Peacemaking, is offering a webinar series called “Living Peace: Riding the Waves in Turbulent Times.”

Abd al-Qadr writes:

“We are blessed to live in ‘interesting times,’ beyond the sublime order of angelic existence, and to seek the gifts that are hidden in the apparent uncertainty and chaos that periodically threaten to overwhelm us.

This year’s federal election has blown away some comforting assumptions about where we stand, so this webinar series is a timely response to help us make sense of the challenges we face as a nation, an ummah, a community or family, and as all of humanity.”

 

You are invited to join us for this webinar.  Click here to learn more about it.

Partial scholarships are available.  If you need assistance, please email Maryam at customercare@sufiuniversity.org.

 

Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal write in Path to Allah Most High:

“May Allah protect us from the arrogance of our nafs and the evils of our nafs by His mercy; for surely He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy and the Noblest of the noble.”

 

May Allah bless you and your loved ones, keep you safe and near to Him.

With love and gratitude,

Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at USHS

 

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