Advanced Spiritual Peacemaking

A Level 3 Program

About the Program

Advanced 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)

We really are all one family with one father and one mother, and yet most of us have no idea how to make this a reality. Even within our own families and close friendships, we often encounter misunderstandings that are sometimes irreconcilable. What does it take for us to live together as brothers and sisters in love and peace?

This is the focus of the masters in peacemaking. Through study, intense personal development and healing, and lots of practice with new skill sets, you come to understand and embody the reality of one family, and you develop the character traits of the “ones brought near,” those who have subsistence in Allah.

Our focus is twofold

The first is very personal. After learning to cultivate peace in your heart, we support you in growing more love and peace in your own home and family. Then we expand the focus to reconciling and resolving conflicts between individuals, married couples, and groups.

There is absolutely no need for prior training or experience in this field. All our students begin at the beginning. The skills and knowledge taught here are new for all of us; we are not born knowing how to resolve conflict and create harmony. So, no need for you to feel daunted by inexperience.

These teachings are practical, grounded, and applicable in any setting

Our graduates are competent and qualified to minister and give counsel to individuals, families, and groups, to help them transform conflict and heal their relationships, so they can live in Allah’s peace and love.

Some of them develop their own private practice, others incorporate their newfound capability into their current life and work situation, and others find whole new careers and ways to become a peacemaker in a variety of fields.

The astounding transformations you witness within yourself and your classmates and their surrounding lives will fill your heart with gratitude, beauty and grace as you see love restored in families, friendships, and work environments.

Course Description Advanced Spiritual Peacemaking

Instructors: Nura Laird and John Abd al-Qadr Davies

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

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