Spirituality in Mainstream Healthcare

Jun 18, 2017 | Academic Programs, Divine Names, Sufi Healing

A few years ago, I was talking with a friend who had moved to the US from England. In England, she had worked as an aromatherapist, prescribing and administering essential oil treatments to patients in the hospital. She worked alongside medical doctors as a respected and integral part of the patient care team.

In the US, she could not find work anywhere in the way she had practiced abroad. Here, aromatherapy is something practiced on the side, almost in secret from the medical team.

At the time, I remember being shocked – not that she couldn’t find work here, but that her work was respected in hospitals anywhere!


The same is true for Spirituality. Most hospitals have a chaplain who visits terminally-ill patients, helping them prepare to cross over, but otherwise, spirituality is something that happens separate from any concerns about illness. Chaplains and spiritual practitioners are not commonly a part of the patient’s healing team.

However, that could be changing.

For example, an article published in the Annals of Oncology states:

“Spirituality is an essential element of person-centered care and a critical factor in the way patients with cancer cope with their illness from diagnosis through treatment, survival, recurrence and dying… a treatment plan needs to include the spiritual as well as the physical and psychosocial issues of patients. Chaplains and other spiritual care professionals need to be recognized as the experts in spiritual care and should be integral members of the healthcare team…”1

The same article lists examples of spiritual care treatment plans that include reading from Sacred Text, embodied spiritual practice, and involvement in spiritual community.2

Spirituality is becoming more recognized as integral to healing, more than just a way of coping with disease and preparing for end of life. This is a big win for patients and practitioners alike.

Most of us have been aware of the power of spiritual healing practices in treatment of disease, and now there is an opening being created in the mainstream that could provide more support and accessibility for patients who want this type of care as a part of their healing plan.

This is an exciting time to be a part of this field. The University of Sufism is on the forefront of bringing spiritual healing work to patients with diagnoses that are considered incurable. UOS has been training healers as a University for 11 years, and all of the faculty have been doing and teaching this work for much longer than that.

Dr. Robert Ibrahim Jaffe, MD, has been training healers to use the Sufi healing techniques and healing with the 99 Beautiful Name of God in working with physical disease. Now his program, which works specifically with disease, is being offered as a Master’s track in UOS.

Dr. Jaffe’s groundbreaking training is now being offered in the Masters of Divinity in Spiritual Healing for Physical and Emotional Well-Being. The program is equivalent to the Advanced Practitioner Level of Dr. Jaffe’s Medical Spiritual Healing program.

Ibrahim’s passion is to see our graduates working in the medical field as a part of patient care teams, similar to those described in the article mentioned above.

If you are interested in joining us
at the forefront of a monumental breakthrough in healing,
we invite you to learn more about
the Advanced Spiritual Healing Masters program.

CLICK HERE to speak with an Enrollment Specialist.

May Allah open the doors for all who are suffering to receive the full complement of healing, and for those whom He guides to deliver the holy medicine.

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

P.S. More information on the Advanced Spiritual Healing of Disease program with Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe, MD, is coming soon. Meanwhile, click here to speak with an Enrollment Specialist or click here to apply online.


1. Reference: Annals of Oncology (2012) 23 (suppl_3): 49-55. Published 01 April 2012.
2. Reference: Annals of Oncology (2012) 23 (suppl_3): 49-55. Published 01 April 2012.