We are inviting our whole community to join us for this special
Khalwa for Arafah

What is the Hajj?

The Hajj is the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, which every adult Muslim is expected make at least once in his or her lifetime. The pilgrimage rite begins on the 7th day of Dhū al-Ḥijjah (the last month of the Islamic year) and ends on the 12th day.

This year, we are holding a virtual “walking” of the hajj that you can find out more about here.

What is the holy day of Arafah/Arafat?

Also referred to as the Day of Repentance and Acceptance of Supplications, Arafah/Arafat is the second day of the hajj that commemorates the Prophet’s Farewell Sermon (peace and blessings be upon him) and completion of the message of Islam. We are coming together for a special, FREE khalwah (or personal night of prayer, see below) with our fellow spiritual seekers to connect with and capture the unique, holy light of this time.

On July 8th, 2022, beloveds around the world in our Shadhiliyya Sufi Community will be taking part in a night of prayer for the Day of Arafah/Arafat, where it is said that no prayers or supplications are rejected.

“It’s the night of forgiveness. These are the most holy nights of the year. Only Lailat al-Qadr is similar to it. No one should miss khalwa this night.”

– Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe

What is a khalwa?

A khalwa is a personal night of prayer, where you travel deep within your heart to supplicate to and align with the powerful stream of Divine Light that is present.

Ibrahim Jaffe, Salima Adelstein, and other Murshids from the community will be opening the gathering, and from then the prayers are done silently and individually. Space is held by the group to sit in as you make your dua’s (prayers).

**First timers: Please make 500 repetitions of each prayer and 1/2 hour gazing at the Name eyes open, then 1/2 hour visualizing the Name in your heart with eyes closed.

**Non-first timers: Please make 1000 repetitions of each prayer, plus one hour gazing at the Name with eyes open, silently saying “Allah”, and one hour with eyes closed holding the image of the Name in your heart, silently saying “Allah”.

We pray that you all receive many blessings, and that you will join us for this powerful night.

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Topic: Making the Inner Hajj July 2022 ~ Khalwah
Time: Eastern Daylight Time (US and Canada)

Jul 8, 2022, 8:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Jul 9, 2022

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Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe

Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe is a physician, Sufi Master Healer, and Spiritual Guide pioneering Medical Spiritual Healing (MSH) – the integration of western medicine and spiritual practice to heal disease and improve health and wellbeing. After studying and witnessing healing from many spiritual healing traditions including Hindu, Kundalini, Homeopathy, Tibetan Medicine Buddha, Japanese Zen, Philippine psychic surgeons, South American shamans, Hawaiian Kahuna and more, Dr. Jaffe discovered the spiritual healing of the Sufis.

Salima Adelstein

Maxine Salima Adelstein M.Ed., D.D. helps people to discover and embody the deep truth of their beauty and essence through her work as a healer and teacher. She is a Murshid Murabbi Ruhi, (Sufi Spiritual Guide) in the Shadhilyya Sufi tradition, a rank given to her by her guide, Sidi Muhammad al-Jamal.  Ms. Adelstein is Co-President, chair of the Department of Spiritual Ministry and Sufi Studies and a faculty member for the University of Sufism and the Institute of Spiritual Healing. She is a master healer who has helped thousands of clients heal from illness and lifelong emotional pain

Kamila Shenmen

Kamila Carolyn Shenmen, Ph.D., Dipl.Ac., Dipl.C.H., M.Div., co-president of the University of Sufism, holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism and a Doctorate in Computer Science and Molecular Biology from the University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France.

She worked for 18 years at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and is also a certified practitioner of Oriental Medicine. Kamila has been a healing practitioner in the Sufi tradition since 2003.