Divine Guidance

It’s Blame Someone Else Day – an-nafs al-lawwamah

Our beloved Maryam Reimer forwarded me a link to one of those fun-day calendars that lists all the obscure days of observation, and yes, today is called "Blame Someone Else Day" in honor of the first Friday the 13th of the year. We could have a lot of fun with this one. Today could be …continue reading…

The Presence and the Essence

How would you like to experience the ancient mystical jewels of the Sufi traditions of the Middle East brought to you in a peaceful setting right here in the states? What if you could receive these jewels hand-crafted for your personal walking to guide you into even deeper realities within your own heart? Why stop …continue reading…

Reflections on the Isra' and Mi’raj - Part 3

Reflections on the Isra’ and Mi’raj – Part 3

REFLECTIONS ON THE ISRA’ AND MI’RAJ by Amany Shalaby, Ph.D. PART 3 of 3 In the Name of Allah, The Grantor of Universal Compassionate, the Grantor of Spiritual Mercy The following is a continuation from Part 2 of Reflections on the Isra’ and Mi’raj, an article written for us by Amany Shalaby, Ph.D., faculty of …continue reading…

Reflections on the Isra' and Mi’raj - Part 2

Reflections on the Isra’ and Mi’raj – Part 2

REFLECTIONS ON THE ISRA’ AND MI’RAJ by Amany Shalaby, Ph.D. PART 2 of 3 In the Name of Allah, The Grantor of Universal Compassionate, the Grantor of Spiritual Mercy The following is a continuation from Part 1 of Reflections on the Isra’ and Mi’raj, an article written for us by Amany Shalaby, Ph.D., faculty of …continue reading…

Reflections on the Isra' and Mi’raj - Part 1

Reflections on the Isra’ and Mi’raj – Part 1

REFLECTIONS ON THE ISRA’ AND MI’RAJ by Amany Shalaby, Ph.D. PART 1 of 3 In the Name of Allah, The Grantor of Universal Compassionate, the Grantor of Spiritual Mercy “Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allah) Who took His slave (Muhammad ) for a journey by night from Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) to the farthest mosque (in Jerusalem), the neighbourhood …continue reading…

We are made to give and receive love…

You know how God sends opportunities for love and healing and when we’re ready they show up all around us so we can’t miss them? If you’ve been on this path more than a week, you probably get what I’m talking about. This week has been full of gifts showing up in myself and in …continue reading…

Earth Day & Everyday Guidance on Caring for the Earth

Being Earth Day, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of Sidi’s teachings about the our home planet. Sidi spoke often of caring for the earth, her soil, plants, animals, streams, oceans and air. Sidi warned us of actions and practices that harm the earth. He advocated for eating organically-grown foods and fish …continue reading…

A Warm Welcome for New Friends

Today we welcome a new group of students to the University and the Shaddhiliyya Sufi Retreat Center. Our Year 1 Spring class formally begins their USHS journey tomorrow. I’m not sure if this feels more like a time of conception, birth, marriage or death. The journey is filled with cycles of transformation – a range …continue reading…

Principles of Peacemaking in Sufism

Recently, Nura Laird, our USHS Dean of Faculty and Chair of the Department of Peacemaking, was interviewed on a KWMR radio program called Pieces of Peace. When I heard the interview, I was blown away by how eloquently she explained the Sufi Principles of Peacemaking which are the underpinnings of the Peacemaking program that she …continue reading…

Sufism is about the Knowledge of the Heart

Sufism means purification. The Sufi path is about purifying the heart – washing away all of the veils that have covered over the inner truth to reveal the true knowledge that exists within. The poet Rumi said, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers you …continue reading…