Heads Ups (that means more than one Heads Up)

Jun 2, 2017 | Academic Programs, Sufi Healing

I want to give you a heads up about a few projects and exciting changes we’ve got in the works here at UOS.


As you may know, our beloved Nura Laird went through a journey with cancer a few years ago. With her diagnosis, she, Wadude and their two daughters, Sahra and Kamela, bonded together to move through this challenge as a cohesive unit in service and surrender to Allah, bringing healing and spiritual growth to the whole family.Their process was so moving, the medical professionals they worked with asked Nura and Wadude to teach at their hospital. This sparked a passion in them that led to the formation of the Shafiyy Institute for Divinely Guided and Scientifically Sound Healthcare. The Shafiyy Institute offers cancer patients Sufi healing work, complementary and alternative treatments, and comprehensive education programs.

This summer, UOS is partnering with Shafiyy Institute to produce an educational interview series called, “Getting to the Heart of Cancer.” It addresses the spiritual underpinnings of cancer – what the disease can lead us to uncover within ourselves and what it can bring on the spiritual realms.

This interview series also offers many complementary alternative approaches to healing, including nutrition, sound healing, movement and much more. The program addresses grief and including the whole family in the healing process.

Dr. Wadude Laird, MD, is curating and hosting the interviews with healthcare professionals, cancer patients and their families. We’re very excited to bring you this series.

It’s still in production. We intend to launch the series beginning July 18th. Stay tuned for updates about this event.

This is a completely free series that we are making widely available with the help of a grant from the Lloyd Symington Foundation – a small family nonprofit that serves the cancer community by supporting visionary individuals and spiritually grounded programs which offer healing at every level.

We are honored to receive this backing and blessed to have the support and encouragement to get this information to the people who need it.

We hope you can join us for this series, and of course share this information with friends. Stay tuned…


Our Masters of Divinity in Spiritual Healing and Counseling program will now be led by Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe, MD, and it’s now called “Advanced Spiritual Healing of Disease.”Ibrahim is a Master Healer and Murshid in the Shadhiliyya Sufi tariqa in North America. He is founder of the Jaffe Institute, which later became this University of Sufism.

Ibrahim has been on the forefront of spiritual healing as he brings together his medical training, intuition and insight with complementary and alternative training and Sufi Spiritual Healing.

Ibrahim has helped thousands of people heal from a multiplicity of diseases through this method of healing, and he has trained hundreds of students to heal in this way.

We are excited to have Ibrahim bring his gifts to this program and our UOS students.

If you are a current student, you have the option to join Ibrahim if you choose the Advanced Spiritual Healing for Disease track for your fourth year of training.

If you are a graduate of the school and you would like to participate in this program, you are welcome to apply to join Ibrahim and friends for the training program and earn an additional master’s degree.

If you have completed at least two years of training with UOS or have a background in healing in your own right, you are welcome to apply as well. You may be eligible to join the group and receive either a Masters of Divinity in Advanced Spiritual Healing for Disease or a Master Healer Certification.

Classes begin September 10th.

Want to find out more? Click here to speak with an Enrollment Specialist.

Stay tuned for more information. Meanwhile, may you have a blessed weekend and receive all the beauty and richness of this special time.

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