Sufi Holy Man brings Message of Peace, Prayer


The head teacher at one of the three holiest mosques in Islam will be in Minnesota on September 2-4 to deliver a message of peace, love, mercy, justice and freedom from the Muslim world. Shaykh Muhammad Said al-Jamal ar-Rifa’i ash-Shadhuli, affectionately called Sidi by his seven million students worldwide, is a prominent spiritual leader at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. He is head of the Higher Sufi Council in Jerusalem and the Holy Land and a long-time advocate of world peace.

His teachings in Minnesota will take place September 2-4 hosted by the Minnesota Sufi Center. To register, please call Phil or Kay at 952.995.9046 or email [email protected]. Complete details are available at

Sidi 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 in the land of Syria, and is one who has kept Sufism alive and at work as an institution, and as a school of thought and spiritual knowledge. In 1997 Sidi restored the 1,000-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 has continued to be invited here 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.

This extraordinary man and spiritual guide is scheduled to speak throughout the U.S. this summer and fall. Sufism is an ancient spiritual tradition based in the love of God, and Sidi, as a Sufi scholar and master healer, transmits the deep love of God to all. Sidi shares the message of God sent to us through all the prophets throughout time. Sidi’s message is one of immense love, personal discovery and transformation, healing and illumination.

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