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Wisdom of the World Religions - Sufism, the mystical dimension of Islam

07/11/2024 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM PT


Sufism, often referred to as the mystical dimension of Islam, delves into the depths of spiritual experience and transformation. In this course, we embark on a journey to explore the intricate facets of Sufism, unraveling its essence and its relevance in contemporary contexts. Discover the three principles—knowledge, love, and integrity—and the five pillars—repentance, reliance, remembrance, love, and pursuit of knowledge—that guide Sufi spirituality. 
Through a blend of reflective inquiry, experiential learning, and contemplative practices, this course offers a transformative exploration of Sufism that transcends boundaries of faith and culture. By embracing Sufi insights and practices, we will endeavor to transcend the limitations of the ego, cultivate an expansive heart, and deepen our capacity to serve authentically in alignment with the divine purpose
Thursday, Jul 11, 6:30-8:30 pm
Instructor: Imam Jamal Rahman
Location: Zoom (link information will be sent out a few days prior to class and on class night)
Tuition: $25 until 8pm 7/7, $30 after 
This is part 5 of the 11-part series on the Wisdom of the World Religions. Visit the Wisdom of the World Religions information page to learn more about the series. 
Imam Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations. Along with his Interfaith Amigos, he has been featured in the New York Times, on CBS News, the BBC, and various NPR programs. Co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University, he is a former host of Interfaith Talk Radio and travels nationally and internationally, presenting at conferences, retreats,, and, workshops.
Jamal's passion lies in interfaith community building. He remains rooted in his Islamic tradition but cultivates 'spaciousness' by being open to the beauty and wisdom of other faiths. Through the process of an authentic and appreciative understanding of other paths, Jamal feels that he is becoming a better Muslim. This spaciousness is not about conversion, but about completion. Jamal has an abiding faith in the power of heart-to-heart connections to encompass differences and dissolve prejudices. 
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