Sufi Spiritual Ministry & Healing
A Level 3 Program
About the Program
The Master of Divinity and Advanced Certificate in Spiritual Ministry & Healing is designed to:
Deepen your mastery as a Sufi spiritual healer through mentoring to deepen and expand your healing skills; expand and deepen your experience of the healing prayers and formulas; learn Prophetic Medicine and remedies; understand the wisdom and healing nature of this ancient tradition; understand the deeper mysteries behind death and grief, birth, marriage, and other major life transitions; learn how to give to the hearts what they need in these times of change; learn how to be earth, as well as learn skills to comfort, support, and uplift the spirit in times of crisis; discover how to minister hope as medicine.
Mastery of your walking
Exponentially advance your walking as you study the role of women in the Qur’an and the role of Insan al-Kamal and the Qutb. Understand what it means for you personally and for your walking; learn about the lives of the prophets and receive more deeply from the rich prophetic tradition in this Sufi way; study the Prophet’s life (pbuh), sayings, manners and diet, as well as how he was as a leader, minister, healer, diplomat and messenger as a model and example to live your life more fully; deepen your relationship to the prophets as you study and learn their example to help make the completion in your life with these teachings as a model for successful living; expand your walking and experience to be with the Ibrahim, Musa, Isa, Muhammad of your time; open the deeper, advanced teachings offered in Sidi’s books. Learn how to use these teachings to further your walking, open the deeper secrets, and practically apply them.
Develop mastery as a spiritual teacher
Learn skills as a spiritual teacher to recognize what people are witnessing and support them to open to Allah swta and help them take the next step closer to Allah swta whether you are a healer, community leader, or teacher; mastery in the development of your healing and service in the world; develop community-building skills of any type of group that you may lead or in which you hold membership; learn the Shura process and conflict resolution that applies to any group.
Create a life plan to keep your energy in balance
Plan and implement a practicum that reflects what your heart yearns to manifest; understand and know the stations more deeply so that you recognize the keys in each station that need to be unlocked for yourself and others so that you can walk more deeply; deepen skills as a spiritual healer and teacher so that you can help people get unstuck and know what the prescription in for that situation; develop spiritual leadership mastery; receive coaching that supports you in all ways – practical and spiritual – for all aspects of your life.
Course Description Sufi Spiritual Ministry and Healing
Instructors: Salima Adelstein, Aisha Cotten and Hamid Werder
Once the journey to God is complete, the journey in God begins
In the Spiritual Ministry and Healing major, we explore the infinite journey in God. It provides the foundation for living a life with God in the world.
Students learn the principles of love as a transformative power; how to care for yourself, the earth and others, moment by moment. Ceremonies and healings for major life transitions, such as births and weddings, illnesses, natural disasters and death are addressed.
Course work includes practicum and research in orphanages, hospices, children’s hospitals and centers, relief efforts, sustainable agriculture enterprises and green and natural building eco-villages.
We explore the inner and outer dimensions of the perfect servant of God, Insan-al-Kamal, the angels and the jinn, female spirituality in Islam, the inner meaning of Islamic rites and the spiritual significance of the Qur’an.
“The experience deepened my healing skills, my walking on our Sufi path, and especially my closeness to Allah.” – C.D.
Curriculum topics include:
Love as a transformative power
Healing in every moment – words that heal the heart, soothe the soul and uplift the spirit
Inner and outer dimensions of Insan-al-Kamal
Litanies for protection from illnesses & disasters
The vision and nature of hope for the future
God as Love and Light
Death and the Barzakh
The angels and jinn
Female spirituality in Islam
Spiritual significance of the Qur’an
Inner meaning of Islamic rites
The Life, Tradition and Sayings of the prophets
Spiritual Ministry & Healing Course Descriptions and Credits
821 | Sufi Principles and Techniques of Spiritual Ministry
This course examines the roles and responsibilities of a minister in the Shadhiliyya Sufi way. It explores the issues of major life transitions, birth, relationships, marriage, crisis intervention, death and dying. The focus will be on blessings, protections, and how the word can be used to comfort the heart, soothe the soul and uplift the spirit.
822 | Crisis, Death and Dying
This course provides an understanding of the dynamics of the death and dying process. Various Qur’anic passages and Hadiths will be discussed and specific skills addressed to help those in crisis.
823 | Sufi Perspectives on the Prophets of the Way
This course offers an in-depth study of the healing principles exemplified in the lives of the prophets; Ibrahim, Musa, Isa, Maryam, Yusef, Ayyub and Muhammad. The focus is on developing the qualities of a Sufi healer who embodies and carries the message of the peace, love, mercy, justice and freedom of Allah, swta.
824 | Healing in the Way of the Prophets
This course offers practical tools for the treatment of specific spiritual illnesses. Sidi’s remedies and healing formulas will serve as the basis for study.
825 | Angels Unveiled: A Sufi Perspective
This course explores the Qur’anic references to the angels’ eschatological functions. A journey into the belief and faith sets the context for study.
826 | Women in the Qu’ran
This course highlights the role of women and an understanding of the Qu’ran’s perspective on the status of women. This course explores the gap between the reality of woman in Islam and the popular conception of oppression of women. Case studies of relationship issues will be presented and practical tools demonstrated.
827 | Sufi Spiritual Principles Evident in the World
This course will investigate the research into current world issues (i.e. aids in Africa, stem cell research, sustainable agriculture, green buildings, global warming, organ donation, orphans and orphanages, the plight of war-torn children) and how Sufi spiritual principles can be applied.
828 | Sufi Spiritual Retreat (Zawiyah) Practicum
This course provides the opportunity for residential study of the 7 stations of the heart, the five pillars of Islam, the 99 holy names, and the unveiling of the secrets of the love of God.
829 | Advanced Sufi Spiritual Retreat (Zawiyah) – SMS 8018
This course goes deeper into the holding and walking of students through the first journey to God and the second journey in God. It creates the foundation to build a community ministry.
830 | Individual and Group Mentoring
Students receive guidance on walking others through major life transitions, death and dying, birth, marriage, relationships, crisis intervention; on crafting their ministry skills; strengthening their foundation for living a life with God in the world and support on bringing their service projects to fruition.
831 | Spiritual Ministry Service Project
This course gives students the opportunity to develop a personal plan of service to carry their ministry into the world. It involves fieldwork, journaling, mentoring and supervision. In addition, students organize and participate in a residential healing intensive.