Opening of a Zawiyyah at the Mother Center
Since the time of the first Sufi masters, students have travelled to the zawiyyah of their shaykh to study the teachings of the way and to receive guidance and help in walking the Path to Allah. The Mother Center is now establishing a permanent zawiyyah for our beloved guide Sidi Shaykh Muhammad Sa'id on the land in order to make the teachings of our Shaykh accessible for retreat and study and to establish a "place" where the teachings of "our" Shaykh are held sacred. At this time, Sidi has requested that the Shadhdhuliyyah Zawiyyah be especially for women to come to a safe comfortable place to receive guidance. This does not, however, exclude men who wish to come. There are many available rooms to stay and the mosque is also a place to sit in quiet retreat and study.
Taking knowledge of the way and purifying your body, heart, and soul is an individual responsibility and involvement in this way is necessary. One aspect of involvement is the purification of the soul from temptation. This science searches for the ills of the selves and corrects them by revealing healing and remedies so that the self attains strength and prosperity. The University of Spiritual Healing successfully fulfills this purpose and more at the Mother Center.
Studying in the zawiyyah is another aspect offered to students following the way. It provides a space where the nafs is free from activity in the lower world and protected from everything that leads to darkness and to extinguishing the light of the heart. It is a place of seclusion to be alone with your Beloved God and absent from the demands of worldly life. The leader in the zawiyyah is one who has walked the path with the guide and helps to support the student to polish his or her heart, facilitate the way of the disclosure of the lights, and walks with the student on the road, so that reaching Him is easy and Allah grants you ease.
An invitation is open to all those who are students of our Shaykh who want to dive into and drown in the Ocean of the Way to take the gnosis from his spirit and understanding of how to walk to Allah in this world and the next in this way through his heart and his spirit and his beloveds who follow this holy way.
Open January 10-20; February 7-14 and February 21-28.
“Each retreat program is designed to meet the spiritual needs of each beloved who attends. Beloveds can come from any place along the path. Each seeker works to build a foundation through writing our Guide Sidi Muhammad al-Jamal’s teachings, retreating into remembrance, growing more familiar with the form of the prayers and practices, or asking questions.