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The Helpers

The Helpers

There is a famous quote by Fred Rogers that describes what his mother would tell him when he was a child and saw scary news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s …continue reading…

A Day in the Life... during Ramadan

A Day in the Life… during Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan is upon us. Ramadan is a time of deep prayer and fasting. It brings many special gifts, and recommendations for many extra practices. If your life and schedule are already full, it can feel daunting to try to fit all the practices into your day. Alima Moosa, a community leader …continue reading…

[VIDEO] The Presence & The Essence Retreat - Q&A with Kamila and Salima

[VIDEO] The Presence & The Essence Retreat – Q&A with Kamila and Salima

Welcome! 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?   In this video, Kamila Shenmen and Salima Adelstein, co-Presidents of The University of Spiritiual Healing and Sufism, are sharing about the upcoming retreat, …continue reading…

Happy Birthday Sidi!

Today’s post is dedicated to our guide and teacher, Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal, on this special day – his BIRTHDAY! If you knew Sidi personally, you know he did not like us to make a fuss about his birthday, but sometimes we just couldn’t help ourselves.  And I still can’t! We’ve been collecting stories to …continue reading…

Unraveling the Conundrums of the Workaholic

Unraveling the Conundrums of the Workaholic

  I had a rare moment with my father last week. At 94, he relayed to me his regret of having worked so many hours and not being there for his children. “Your mother raised you. I wasn’t there for any of it. If I could do it over, I wouldn’t work so much. I’d …continue reading…

Date Changes & Time-Sensitive Opportunities

We sent out a notice earlier this week about the upcoming webinar, Qur’anic Arabic for Beginners. First, I want to apologize for the late notice. With Ramadan and recent travels, I seem to have fallen a bit behind. Secondly, I want to announce a date change for the start of this webinar. You have a …continue reading…

A Child's Unconditional Love

A Child’s Unconditional Love

  Happy Father’s Day! This week our beloved, Nur Preston, has offered an article to share a bit of his experience as a father. When God created children, He created them with unconditional love toward their fathers. No matter how the father treats them or behaves around or toward them, they have a pull toward …continue reading…

Updates and FAQ’s

There’s a lot moving here at USHS as the 2015-16 classes come to a close and we prepare for the new classes to begin in the Fall. I thought I’d share a bit about what happens between sessions. Salima Adelstein is just returning from co-hosting a trip to Morocco with Fawzia Al-Rawi, while Kamila Shenmen …continue reading…

Connecting with the Guide… a gift for you.

Today’s newsletter brings a message and gift for you from our co-Presidents and Alumni Committee. As-salaam alaykum beloved Shadhiliya Sufi community members, Recently the USHS alumni committee sponsored a class by our Imam Sa’id bin Yunus on the topic ‘How to stay connected to our Guide now’, as part of the alumni teleclass series. As …continue reading…

A Simple Message from the Prophet (pbuh)

Just one simple message to share today – a saying from the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, a man of kindness and divine light. This is a simple message and a profound one. "Be kind. For when kindness becomes a part of something, it beautifies it. When kindness is taken from something, it leaves …continue reading…