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Hug a Tree. Bless the Waters. Shine Your Light!

Hug a Tree. Bless the Waters. Shine Your Light!

Tomorrow is Earth Day, a day to remember the Earth Mother of Divine Compassion that we have been born into for this sacred journey. Allah gives us everything we need to live the life we are meant to live here, to learn what we’ve come here to learn, to fulfill the purpose we have come …continue reading…

How to help someone when they do not want to be helped

How to help someone when they do not want to be helped

We all have people in our lives who seem to struggle a bit harder than we believe necessary. It’s easy to look at someone’s life from a distance and see what they need to do to get their act together. We might offer all kinds of advice, financial support and more, but it seems to …continue reading…

The Real-Life Game of Chutes and Ladders

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 …continue reading…

To What Extent Do We Create Our Own Reality?

To What Extent Do We Create Our Own Reality?

    Quick announcement before today’s article: We’re just 4 weeks away from the start of the Spring Masters of Divinity program. If you are interested in the Masters of Divinity program, please connect with one of our enrollment specialists to begin your application process now. CLICK HERE to connect with an Enrollment Specialist.   …continue reading…

From Caterpillar to Butterfly: The Marvels of Metamorphosis

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 …continue reading…

Our Promise. Our Commitment. Our Challenge.

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 …continue reading…

Women's March: "Saving the Soul of Our Nation"

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 …continue reading…

Special Prayer Call for Inauguration Day

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 …continue reading…

Whether through the Garden or the Fire...

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. …continue reading…

The Love of Allah Transcends Space and Time

The Love of Allah Transcends Space and Time

It’s hard to believe, but this is our last blog communication of 2016. Only one more day left in this year. This is a time of completion – an ending to what has been, in many ways, a challenging year. And it is also a time of transition. Following are a few poems and quotes …continue reading…