Shadhiliyya Sufi Communities
Offerings from Shadhiliyya Sufi Center

The Shadhiliyya Sufi Center in N. California regularly offers a variety of educational programs and retreats in the ancient Shadhiliyyah Sufi path, as taught to us by our guide, Sidi Muhammad al Jamal.

For more information on teaching programs from the Shadhiliyya Sufi Center in Northern California please see the Event Calendar.

From the Event Calendar: click a particular event & a drop down menu should appear with more information & an Event Link to go to participate before, during or after an event. 

Residential Volunteer Program Print E-mail

The Door to the Residential Volunteer Program is Now Open

Create, live and work in spiritual community as it was envisioned by our guide, inshaAllah.

Beloved Brothers & Sisters of the Path,

In the Name of God the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate, the door has opened and guidance made clear for a Residential Volunteer Program at the SSC Mother Center in Pope Valley, California.  This very special program will offer a unique opportunity for students of Sidi, and provide much needed support for the Mother Center and our greater community, inshaAllah.

In 2005 while teaching at the Center Sidi said, “On this night God sent me the order to give this land [in Pope Valley] a name. The name of this land is ‘The Land of Peace and Love’. Why this name? This name is for those beloveds who come to live here, to hold peace and love. This means the one who carries the real love and peace. Allah shows me that everyone who comes here comes because he is thirsty for peace and love. Not only for himself, but he wants to carry the peace and love for all the people everywhere in this world. These, my beloved children, are the seeds of the tree.”

It is our intention to create a program that will give beloveds a chance to contribute to our guide’s vision. Bring your skills, experience and heart, and put them to use for the Face of Allah at the Mother Center, and we will provide for you a holy container to live and work in. While serving Allah, you will also have the opportunity to practice and live the teachings and deepen your walking through taking part in a spiritual community that is founded in the teachings of our guide Shaykh Muhammad Sa’id al-Jamal ar-Rifa’i as-Shadhuli, the Qur’an and the sunnah of our Prophet peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.  In addition to working with other beloveds to manifest Sidi’s vision, there will be opportunity to study, worship and do daily practices together. We intend that this program will be a richly rewarding for all who take part and a blessing for the Mother Center.

For this important foundational service we are looking for beloveds who are committed to their own growth and applying Sidi’s teachings; who have the self-knowledge, strength and himma to live in a close spiritual community; who are willing to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work of preserving and nurturing the Land and caring for it as we move forward; who are firm in their walking and are able to give support and be earth for their beloved brothers and sisters; who love Allah and His Prophet and are willing to form the holy container that receives guests and students in all their different states and stations; who are humble, willing to learn; who take full possession of the promise they took with our guide and who are called to be of service through their commitment to spreading peace and cultivating harmony as their primary intention.

As a Residential Volunteer you will be asked to follow all established ethics and guidelines and participate with the upkeep and needs of the Center for a minimum of 20 hours a week. Participants may seek part time outside work, if needed, as long as their employment doesn’t interfere with their commitment at the Center. The Land is particularly in need of beloveds with experience in farming and raising animals, to support our next steps toward making our land productive in the way Sidi wanted.

If you are guided to take part in this program please know that the minimum commitment is 90 days. The first step in the process is to fill out the Residential Volunteer Application, and then complete an interview, followed by a drafting of terms of mutual agreement for your participation in this program.

At this time we are looking for a maximum of eight Residential Volunteers.  If you have any questions about this program and whether or not it is right for you, please speak with a member of the SSC Residential Committee, or send your questions to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

As our guide would say “The door is open! Take your chance!”

Peace & Blessings,

The SSC Residential Committee

Abdul Latif Howard 401-360–4562

Sukayna Mau 503-201-2562

Nur Hrabko 213-435-4325

Jamila Killough 413-259-8166

Abdallah Kotsch 352-443-8313

Yunus Tierney 707-332-1628

Ramadan 2020 Print E-mail

Invitation to Spend Ramadan at our Mother Center

May 14 - 24, 2020

As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, dear beloveds,

Welcome to the HOLY MONTH of the QUR’AN, the Blessed Ramadan, in a special, holy place--Pope Valley, California

"If anyone wants to walk in the way, and to live in the garden, then he must leave his body, his heart and his soul, and only be with God, to be with Him face to face.  You cannot go left or right.  You must walk straight and not speak to anyone, only to God; not see anyone, only God; not walk with anyone, only God." (The station of At-Taslim (the surrender to God) in Music of the Soul p 44)

All Sidi's beloveds are warmly and lovingly invited to come together again in the holy month of Ramadan for retreat, community and immersion in the practices which bring us closer to our Lord.  We will gather at the Mother Center, which our guide blessed and loved as a gathering place for us and which so many have been generously supporting and preserving with their prayers, time and gifts.

This will be a simple but deep retreat with intimate and organic teachings, daily practices, Qur'an recitation, reading and writing Sidi's books, and community ifthar and suhoor, tarawih and dhikrs.   Together we will turn in loving surrender to our Lord, praise Him with all our hearts and souls and ask for His forgiveness and protection.  

If you are coming to the Mother Center to celebrate Ramadan this year, we hope you will please complete your registration as soon as possible, so that we will know the dates you will attend and the numbers necessary for the gathering of supplies for this Holy Month.

In keeping with the model behind our new creation, we are happy to say that there is no specific charge for this event, your room or board. Everyone contributes purely for the Face of Allah what they can and what their heart is moved to give. You may make your donation in advance or during your stay. Giving in advance is a blessing because it allows us to purchase initial supplies with ease, and is greatly appreciated, insha'llah. We sincerely thank Allah for his generosity and care of all of us!

We encourage you to be very generous with your donations and zakat, as giving purifies all aspects of our life!

Ma salaama,

The SSC Programs Committee with Mahdi al Jamal, local beloveds, and the SSC Board of Directors

Questions?  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Register for Ramadan at the Mother Center
Notes about your stay:  Please bring your own bedding and towels and any supplies for specific dietary needs. Meals will be provided at the beginning and end of each day’s fast. Everyone will be called upon and expected to give help with chores and all aspects of living together during the month, according to what they can give.

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Upcoming Events

Ramadan is Coming!

The 1st Night of Rajab: We anticipate the first night of Rajab will be on Friday, February 12, 2021. This night is very special because it is one of five nights during the year during which Allah accepts all of our personal prayers. He does not turn any of them away on this holy night. Insha'allah, one of the Murshids or teachers will host a khalwa on this night via zoom in order to give all of us a holy space for prayer and supplication. 

** More information on the 1st Night of Rajab **

** More information on the khalwa on the 1st Night of Rajab and how to join in **

The 27th Day of Rajab: Al-Isra' wal Miraj, the Night Journey of the Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam is commemorated each year by Muslims around the world. On the night of March 10, 2021, all are encouraged to spend time contemplating the miraculous events of the Night Journey. We will, insha'allah, host a khalwa via zoom that evening. More information will be available as plans are solidified. 

** More information on the 27th Night of Rajab **

Mid-Shaban: This night at the middle of Shaban (March 27, 2021) is a night on which the destinies of all people are decided for the upcoming year. It's also a night Allah forgives us for our sins. We usually have a khalwa to give all of us the chance to ask for forgiveness all night long. 

** More information on Mid-Shaban **

Month of Ramadan: We anticipate Ramadan will begin on the night of April 12th, after sunset. Ramadan is a month of intense spiritual practice, fasting from sunrise to sunset, and insha'allah, increased nearness to Allah. We offer many tele-conference calls and zoom conferences during the month. A full schedule will be posted when plans are solidified. 

** More information on Ramadan **

Healing Intensive Retreat Print E-mail

April 15th-19th, 2020

The SSC Programs Circle is excited to announce our next Healing Intensive Retreat at the Mother Center, led by Rahima Schmall, Ph.D., R.N. and including Dr. Wadude and Nura Laird, Na’ama McCreedy and Sabura Tierney, along with other experienced local healers and bodyworkers.

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for anyone in need of healing and/or deep inner work. You will receive individual assessments and attention, nourishing food and practices, spiritual healings and body work to assist you in opening your heart to the Divine light of healing. These retreats are powerful and transformative events for attendees!

Limited spaces available, so if you are interested, please call Rahima Schmall at 707-318-4470, or email her today!


What’s included: The cost is $1,100  plus $200 for meals and includes:

  • initial and final individual assessments,
  • four healings
  • two bodywork sessions
  • daily classes to support your healing and connection to Allah
  • room and board
  • Wednesday evening through Sunday 2 pm

Some scholarship funds may be available.

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