Sufi Holy Man Teaches Peace and Healing in U.S.

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One of the Middle East's most passionate and long-time peace advocates visits Lake Arrowhead, California, July 18-22 to conduct free classes teaching peace through the holy Sufi way.

Hundreds of Americans are waiting patiently to greet and learn lessons of peace and healing from a spiritual guide. They will gather in a ballroom in a resort at Lake Arrowhead the week of July 18-22 with great anticipation, eagerly awaiting the chance to sit at the feet of a holy man and absorb his teachings of peace, love, mercy, justice and freedom.

Although this 70-year-old man is considered by many to be one of the holiest men on Earth, and comes from the very cradle of Christianity in Jerusalem, he is not a Christian. He is a Muslim, and a Sufi. He is Shaykh Muhammad Said al-Jamal ar-Rifa'i ash-Shadhuli, affectionately called Sidi by his seven million students world-wide. And when this humble servant of God enters the ballroom, he brings the pure light of God with him that is rarely seen in other religious leaders, say his followers.

Usually modest, humble, and gentle in his manner, Sidi is roused to passion when speaking of his work for world peace. He is vehemently against war and killing, destroying homes, preventing aid from reaching the needy, destruction of natural resources, and imprisoning innocent people. He is a passionate advocate for world peace, the unifying force of spiritual love, mercy, justice and freedom for all people everywhere.

His audiences say that just listening to him speak can be an inspirational and healing experience, and that his message of peace from the Middle East gives hope for real and lasting world peace.

This extraordinary man and spiritual guide is scheduled to lead special classes for healers and peacemakers to help translate Sufi concepts of peace into practical life skills. All are welcome to join Sidi’s classes; enrollment in The Jaffe Institute Healing School is not required. There is no charge for the classes for first-time students, but donations are accepted.

The classes are scheduled during the Jaffe Institute’s summer Healing School session July 18-22, 2005, which is held at the Lake Arrowhead Resort in Lake Arrowhead, California. For registration details, please visit the Jaffe Institute’s web site at


Sidi’s advocacy for world peace began with his forefathers. He is a descendent of the Prophet Muhammad through his ancestor, Shaykh Ahmad ar-Rifa`i. He was born in Tulkum in the Holy Land in 1935. He is the spiritual inheritor through the Shadhili line from his Guide and Master, Shaykh Abdu-r-Rahman Abu-r-Risah of Halab of Syria, and has worked hard to keep Sufism alive as a school of thought and spiritual knowledge. In 1997 Sidi restored the 1000-year-old Sufi Council that served in the Holy Land. He has been a teacher and central figure at the Masjid al-Aqsa or the Dome of the Rock for many years.

A retired judge, Sidi made his first visit to America in 1994 and continues to accept invitations to visit the USA each year to give seminars and teach at schools and centers across the United States. Recognized by world leaders as an international spiritual guide, Sidi was one of the primary speakers invited to the United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit in August 2000.

The head teacher at one of the three holiest mosques in Islam, Sidi is a prominent spiritual leader at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, and is one of the best known spiritual leaders in the Muslim community. He is also Head of the Higher Sufi Council in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, as well as a long-time advocate of world peace.

THE JAFFE INSTITUTE OF SPIRITUAL HEALING & SUFISM: The Jaffe Institute of Spiritual Healing & Sufism is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering world peace through love, healing, service, and leadership. The Jaffe Institute's Healing School and community initiatives have taught thousands across the US holistic healing techniques based on Sufi principles.

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