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The Mercy Circle

A Community Service held by sisters Maryam Hand and Shamsa Houck
Bismillah ar Rahman ir Rahim.

As salaamu alaykum, dear brothers and sisters in the Way,

Over the past year I have witnessed, (and you may have also), an increase in episodes of emotional and mental stress among the beloveds in our community.  This personal suffering has also caused a high degree of community distress around the country, as beloveds attempt to aid and care for those in their community who are suffering from untreated or undertreated mental health issues and their corresponding life challenges.  As a result, SSC is currently looking at ways to provide real and effective help for these communities and beloveds, which will take a little time to manifest.  In the meantime, two beloveds have heard and responded to Allah's call and initiated a prayer and healing circle aimed at this issue.  Below is their information and an invitation to join in a community-wide prayer circle in support of those experiencing psychological symptoms, and the people who love and care about them. Personally I am very grateful for their initiative!  Peace and blessings, Wahida Kass, SSC Board

What is our name?
The Mercy Circle

Who do we serve?
Beloveds or their families, friends, acquaintances who are suffering or struggling with psychological distress and/or mental illness (formally diagnosed or self-selected, temporarily having problems or chronic, anything from anxiety to severe psychosis.)

The people who love and care for the beloveds with psychological distress/mental illness. They need special prayers of support.

Who are we?
We are beloveds who have taken hand with Sidi and who want to help create a prayer net of support for people with psychological stress or mental illness as described above in “Who do we serve?” We hope, inshallah, to be doorways for Allah's Mercy and healing to reach this population. We may struggle with psychological vulnerabilities and/or mental illness ourselves or we may just be called to serve in this way. In the spirit of Unity, we recognize that when any part of the body is suffering, the whole body suffers too.

How do we structure our service?
We are committing to praying **Sidi's Authentic Invocation Prayer in the new healing book on Mondays and Thursdays (easy to remember because these are the fasting days). You can pray at any time it is convenient on Mondays and Thursdays but when you pray, make the intention to join The Mercy Circle group heart, and then make the intention to pray for all the beloveds who need this kind of support as well as the people who care for them and suffer with them.

Insha'llah, all members of the Mercy Circle will  have each other’s names, and emails so that we can remain connected and support each other. We will always hold a blanket intention for all beloveds suffering from psychological distress and/or mental illness but we will also allow people to contact us with names of beloveds who need support.
(Please send the prayer requests to Shamsa Houck at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). All members of the group will be sent an updated list of requests several days before the new prayer week begins. We will also regularly check the belovedbeloveds list serve for applicable prayer requests.

Beloveds who are interested in joining the circle please contact Maryam Hand at
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How will we get the word out?
Word of mouth. We will also send this email to the belovedbeloveds list, the university, community leaders, the farm, the land, and anyone else we can think of to tell. YOU ARE FREE TO FORWARD THIS EMAIL AND HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

When do we start?
We have started! You can jump in at any time, but we ask that you make a 3 month commitment to praying on Mondays and Thursdays.

**What is Sidi’s Authentic Invocation  and do we have to use it to be a part of the Mercy Circle?  A beloved who wanted to join the circle asked me this question.

**Sidi left us with a powerful healing formula called The Authentic Authorized Invocation in his last healing book , The Gift of Healing. It is preferred, but not required, that this prayer be used. Group members who don't have access to the book will be given instructions.

For more information, please call Maryam Hand at 502 648-1244 or email her at 
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Sincerely,
Maryam Hand and Shamsa Houck