Introducing the New 4-Part Course:

Origins of the Shadhiliyya Sufi Way

with Hadrat Sam Jaffe

Learn about the heritage and history of the Shadhiliyya Sufi Way with Hadrat Sam Jaffe as he shares what he has learned from over ten years of researching our silsila – the spiritual heritage, or chain of transmission, passed down from one teacher to the next. The rich 1400 year-old teachings come to life in a new way as he talks about the diverse masters and saints that make up our beautiful community.

Here is an excerpt from Class 1, where Sam Jaffe taught about the influential Sufi, Al-Junayd (The full class recording is available upon registering for the series!):

“It’s one thing to meet with a random group calling themselves Sufis, but it’s another to be able to situate yourself as an inheritor of a 1400 year-old tradition with all of this history behind it.”.

– Hadrat Sam Jaffe

Join this by-donation series that welcomes all inheritors of this incredible tradition:

CLASS ONE – March 7th: 

During this class, you’ll explore:

  • The angel Gabriel, Prophet Muhammad and ‘Ali Hassan
  • The early Sunni-Shia split, founding of Morocco
  • Al-Junayd, the father of the Sufis

CLASS TWO – March 14th:

During this class, you’ll explore:

  • Abbul Hassan al-Shadhili
  • Formative period of the silsila while in Egypt
  • Silsila members in Egypt through to the Wafa brothers

CLASS THREE – March 21st: 

During this class, you’ll explore:

  • City of Fez, Spiritual Capital of the West
  • 9 members of the silsila who helped lead the spiritual scene there
  • Silsila until the time of Sidi Ali al-Jamal and al-Darqawi

CLASS FOUR – April 4th: 

During this class, you’ll explore:

  • The students of al-Darqawi
  • The Madani-Yashruti & Buzidi-Alawi Lines
  • Sidi Muhammad al-Jamal

Register for this Online Series today!

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“Hey comrade in arms, forget how tired you are for one second and listen to me sing a love song to the beauty of God. Watch me paint a reflection of the Beloved’s complexion. Just trying to talk about it makes me feel that my body is going to burst. I am like a happy ant in a big granary dragging away a little grain of love. It is just too much for me to bear.”– Rumi

About Your Teacher 

Hadrat Sam Jaffe was raised in a Sufi zawiyya as a child. At the age of 17 he moved to Morocco to begin studying Islam and Arabic. He lived in Fez, Morocco for about 3.5 years. After he completed his bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies at the Markfield Institute in England, and completed his Master’s in Islamic Studies at the University of Chicago. There he specialized in medieval Andalusian (Spanish) Islamic mystical thought. Currently, he lives in Istanbul, Turkey where he continues his studies in religions, philosophies, and mysticism.


He and a colleague from Harvard have also compiled a guidebook to the graves of the saints of our lineage that will soon be published.