FALL RETREAT on Khidma (Service)
Friday, October 19- Sunday October 21, 2018

Join us for spiritual rejuvenation and clarification through practice and reflection on Khidma (service), a key doorway to the practical application of Islam and Tasawwuf in daily life.

Abu Huraira (ra) reported that the Prophet (sal) said:

“Whoever removes some difficulty of a believer in this word, Allah shall remove some difficulty from him on the Day of Judgments. 

Whoever provides some comfort to the sufferer, Allah shall provide some comfort here and in the hereafter.

Whosoever covers someone’s faults here, Allah shall cover his faults here and in the hereafter. As long as a person is busy helping his brother, Allah keeps busy helping him.”

 

RETREAT ACTIVITIES
Schedule will offer a balance of time for individual reflection and study as well as collective service and suhbat.

  • Participants will gather in the Masjid for prayers, recitation, meditation (instruction and practice)
  • Dars by Authorized Sufi teacher, Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid
  • Opportunities for Service in the Khanaqa will include:

Harvesting in the Organic Gardens: learn about organic gardening and late Fall harvesting while serving the community and providing greens for that night’s meal.

Cooking in the Kitchens: work side by side with other seekers in the professional kitchen, learn to cook healthy, vegetarian dishes, and contribute to the community meal.

Landscape management: Enjoy the beauty of nature at the height of Fall Color, working with a team to clear trails, rake leaves, and beautify the landscape.

 

FACILITY:
Held on the lush, 80-acre facility of the World Community, a working Sufic Community and Khanaqa, established in rural Virginia in 1979. The property includes a stream, forest, and fields; sports facilities, walking trails, and an organic garden; as well as private homes, a school, mosque and shared kitchen and dining hall.  This venue offers beautiful opportunity for personal reflection away from the distractions of daily life.

Meals: All meals are cooked by volunteers who are members of the Khanaqa and are served, family-style, in the Dining Hall. Food is prepared with care, emphasizing a whole plants-based diet featuring locally sourced, organic and mostly vegetarian menus.  We can accommodate special needs (gluten free, vegan, allergies, etc.) with advance notice. When in season, much of the produce comes from our organic gardens.

Housing: The World Community guest facilities can accommodate families (including spaces with a small kitchen) as well as individuals.  Men and women’s facilities are separate.  Linens are provided.

REGISTER NOW 

Registration will close Wednesday, October 10.  Accommodations are limited so please register early to guarantee your space.

Retreat Fee $125 per person, $35 children. Families (of 3 or more) can receive a 10% discount. Fee covers meals and two nights of accommodations.  Registration fee can be paid by via PayPal.

Your tax-deductible donations to continue the work of the Khanaqah are gratefully accepted. The World Community, 1329 Prosperity Dr. Bedford, VA 24523.

The World Community® is a not-for-profit religious organization, registered with the IRS under code 501(c)3. Organizations within The World Community® include The Circle Group®, responsible for publications, and the World Community Education Center®, a school for grades K-12.  Located in Bedford, VA, 4 hours southwest of Washington, D.C., 2 hour north of Raleigh, NC.

Join us during the Holy Month of Ramadan for a weekend of spiritual rejuvenation and clarification. A schedule of suhbat, prayer, recitation, and meditation will uplift our souls, deepen our Iman, and increase our understanding of Islam and Tasawwuf in daily life. IMG_2375

2018 Dates: Friday June 8 to Sunday the 10.

Retreat begins Friday at 1:00pm with for Khutbah  by Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid and end Sunday after Dhuhr Prayer. Please e-mail us if you wish to stay for a longer period to make itikaf.  We are happy to accommodate you.

Held on the beautiful 80-acre facility of the World Community in rural Virginia, the retreat provides  a venue to seek the blessings of the month of Ramadan in the company of fellows seekers and away from the distractions of daily life.Home cooked

All meals (suhur and iftar) are provided.  We offer healthy, organic and locally sourced  foods, cooked by World Community volunteers and can accommodate special needs (e.g. gluten free). Cabin and guest apartment style housing is available for individuals (separate areas for men and women) and for families. We have limited space, so please register early.

Please REGISTER here.  If you have questions, feel free to contact us .

Retreat Fee $135 per person, $75  for college students, and $35 for children under 12. Families (3 or more) 10% discount. Fee covers meals  (iftar and suhoor) and two nights of accommodations.

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Sample Schedule of Events:

  • 4:00    Suhuur provided
  • ~5:00    Salaat al-Fajr in Masjid
  • 12:30 Dars given by Guest speaker TBA
  • 1:30 Salaat adh-Dhuhr in Masjid
  • 2:00 Dars given by Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid
  • (Rest and Personal Ibada)
  • ~6:30 Salaat al-‘Asr in Masjid
  • Qur’an Recitation and Muraqabah
  • ~8:30 Salat al Maghrib in Masjid
  • 9:30  Iftaar provided in Dining Hall
  • 10:30 Salaat at-Taraweeh in Masjid
  • 12:00 Salaat at-Tasbeeh

Other activities included: Qur’an recitation, muraqabah, suhbat and dhikr Allah, late night suhbat and tea, walking/contemplation in Nature.

 Registration fee for your food and housing can be paid by via PayPal.

Additional donations to continue the work of the Khanaqah are gratefully accepted.

The World Community® is a not-for-profit religious organization, registered with the IRS under code 501(c)3. Organizations within The World Community® include The Circle Group®, responsible for publications, and the World Community Education Center®, a school for grades K-12.  Located in Bedford, VA, 4 hours southwest of Washington, D.C., 2 hour north of Raleigh, NC.

Join us at the World Community on Friday, October 10th– Sunday October 12th 2014,  for spiritual rejuvenation and clarification through practice and reflection on Khidma (service), a key doorway to the practical application of Islam and Tasawwuf in daily life.

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Fall colors over pond at the World Community

Abu Huraira (ra) reported that the Prophet (sal) said:
“Whoever removes some difficulty of a believer in this world, Allah shall remove some difficulty from him on the Day of Judgments.  Whoever provides some comfort to the sufferer, Allah shall provide some comfort here and in the hereafter. 

Whosoever covers someone’s faults here, Allah shall cover his faults here and in the hereafter. As long as a person is busy helping his brother, Allah keeps busy helping him.”

RETREAT ACTIVITIES

Schedule will offer a balance of time for individual reflection and study as well as collective service and suhbat.

Groupwork in Garden

Group work in Community’s organic garden

  • Participants will gather in the Masjid for prayers, recitation, meditation (instruction and practice)
  • Dars will be offered by Authorized Sufi teacher, Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid
  • Opportunities for Service in the Khanaqah will include:
    • Winterizing the Organic Gardens:  learn about organic gardening and late Fall harvesting to provide greens for that night’s meal.
    • Cooking in the Community Kitchen: work side by side with other seekers in the professional kitchen, learn to cook healthy, vegetarian dishes.
    • Landscape management:  Enjoy the beauty of nature at the height of Fall Color, working with a team to clear trails, rake leaves, and beautify the landscape. 

FACILITY:

Groupwork in Woods

Group work team clearing forest trails

Held on the lush, 80-acre facility of the World Community, a working Sufic Community and Khanaqah, established in rural Virginia in 1975. The property includes a stream, forest, and fields; sports facilities, walking trails, and an organic garden; as well as private homes, a school, mosque and shared kitchen and dining hall.  This venue offers beautiful opportunity for personal reflection away from the distractions of daily life.

Meals: All meals are cooked by volunteers who are members of the Khanaqah and are served, family-style, in the Dining Hall.  Food is prepared with care, emphasizing a whole plants based diet featuring locally sourced, organic and mostly vegetarian menus.  We can accommodate special needs (gluten free, vegan, etc.) with advance notice. When in season, much of the produce comes from our organic gardens.

Housing: The World Community guest facilities can accommodate families (including spaces with a small kitchen) as well as individuals.  Men and women’s facilities are separate.  Linens are provided.

REGISTER NOW

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Single maple leaf on lichen

Registration will close Friday, October 3.  Accommodations are limited so please register early to guarantee your space.

Retreat Fee $75 per person, $25 children. Families (of 3 or more) can receive a 10% discount. Fee covers meals and accommodations.  Registration fee can be paid by via PayPal.

Donations to continue the work of the Khanaqah are gratefully accepted. The World Community, 1329 Prosperity Dr. Bedford, VA 24523. The World Community® is a not-for-profit religious organization, registered with the IRS under code 501(c)3. Organizations within The World Community® include The Circle Group®, responsible for publications, and the World Community Education Center®, a school for grades K-12.  Located in Bedford, VA, 4 hours southwest of Washington, D.C., 2 hour north of Raleigh, NC.

unseen worldThis series of Sunday talks called “Strangers”  focuses on the Rijalu-l-Ghayb, travelers on the path of Truth. Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid’s  engaging talks reveal profound insights and intuitive understandings regarding the unseen world.  The gathering was held at the Islamic Study Center in Charlottesville, VA.

Al Khidr: Keeping the Company of Those who See – We say that the knowledge of all things, the known and the unknown, belongs to Allah. At the same time, He has established that there are those to whom special knowledge is given: faithful believers, messengers, saints, shuyukh. We have to choose to be of those guided to that knowledge. We have to remember that this is a choice to be made every moment of the day – eventually; continuously and constantly – to remember to remember.

Salman Farsi (raa): The Guide and the Guided – We are speaking today about what brought Salman Al Farsi (as) from a village near Isfahan, deep in the Persian Empire, to the top of the date palm in Medina to hear the news of Rasuulu-Llaah (sal) and from there to become one of Rasuulu-Llaah’s (sal) most trusted companions and advisors, and from there a teacher of the tabaceen.

Nasir Khusrow- The Persian -Now we meet another traveler on the path of truth: Nasir Khosrow, and spend a day with him and his journey, his poetry and teachings. He affirms the value of seeking until one finds, of being a true and determined believer.

This series was available live on the Circle Group webcast.

 

Ulul al-Azim, The Great Ones – In this series on Seven Sundays (2012-2013) talks  focus on the  seven great prophets in duruus  by Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid and Shaykh Noorudeen Durkee given  at the  Islamic Study Center, 108 10th Street Charlottesville, VA.

The previous talks in this series by Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid are now available on our Video Channel

To read excerpts and download PDF for Talks in this series:

Nov 3, 2013: Al Mahdi (as)

June 23, 2013 : The Prophet Mohammed (sal)

May 19, 2013The Prophet Isa (as)

Mar 17, 2013: The Prophet Musa (as)

Feb 3, 2013: The Prophet Ibrahiim (as)

Dec 2012: The Prophet Nuh (as)

Nov 2012: Adam and Hawa (as)

 

Join us in Charlottesville for further investigations and discussions into the three Nights of Light:

Laylatu-l-Mir’aj, Laylatu-l-Bar’aat, Laylatu-l-Qadr

Three sessions: three teachers, Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid, Shaykh Noorudeen Durkee and guest speaker, Ustadh Sayed Zain ul-Abedin

July 8th, 11:00 to 5:30, at the Islamic Study Center, 108 10th St, Charlottesville, VA

Voluntary Donations accepted, luncheon served.

Or join us on webcast: http://www.telspanvenue.com/Five_Sundays1

 

Shaykh  Ahmed Abdur Rashid

Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid is the khalifah of the late Hazrat Azad Rasool (may Allah’s blessings be upon him) of New Delhi and an authorized teacher of the Naqshbandiyya, Mujaddadiyya, Qadriyya, Chishtiyya, and Shadiliyya Sufi Orders. He has applied the essence of Islam and Tasawwuf to contemporary issues for more than thirty years through programs in education, leadership training, sustainable development, peace building, and cross-cultural relations.

He has established a number of Montessori preschools as well as a small, private school for grades P-K through 12. Founder of the World Community, a spiritual center in southwestern Virginia, he sits on the boards of advisors of the Islamic Studies and Research Association (ISRA) and the International Association of Sufism and served as a delegate to the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations.

He has lectured at the State of the World Forum 2000, the Asian Conference on Religion for Peace, the International Symposium on Science and Consciousness, the Sufism Symposium, the Islamic Unity Conference, conferences of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) and the Muslim Peace Fellowship, Kent State University, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Sweet Briar College, and Johns Hopkins University, among other forums.

His articles have appeared in “Taking Back Islam” (Michael Wolfe, ed.),The American Muslim, World Affairs, Education and Urban Society, Sufism Journal, Man and Development, and other publications. He has also published several books, including “ Islam and Democracy: A Foundation for Ending Extremism and Preventing Conflict“, and “Applied Sufism: Classical Teachings for the Contemporary Seeker“. Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid has been the khalif of Hazrat Azad Rasool since 1984.

Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee

Shaykh Abdullah Nooruddeen Durkee is a Muslim scholar, thinker, author, translator, and the  Khalifah (successor) of the late Shaykh Ibrahim Muhammad al-Battawi of the Shadhdhuli  School for the Tranquillity of Being and Illumination of Hearts in the Western Hemisphere. His  teachers include Shaykh Umar Abdullah (ra) of the Comoro Islands, Shaykh Seyed Ali Ashraf (ra) of Dhaka and Jeddah, and Shaykh and Qadi (retd) Muhammad al-Jamal ar-Rif’ai of al-Quds ash-Shareef in Jerusalem. Presently, he is the Director of the Green Mountain School and the Islamic Study Center of Charlottesville, Virginia. His major contribution is in the area of education, and for many years specifically in the realm of teaching reading, writing, and reciting of Qur’anic Arabic.

Shaykh Nooruddeen is the founder of the Lama Foundation and Dar al-Islam in New Mexico and a prolific writer and editor of more than a dozen books, the most recent of which is the  Transliterated Tajwidi Qur’an, acclaimed as the most easy and comprehensive transliteration and translation of the Qur’an for non-Arabic speaking Muslims. He regularly attends and speaks at major international conferences and serves as a khatib and an imam for various
nearby Muslim communities on the Eastern coast of United States. He also serves as an advisor to ISRA and actively participates in their activities and conferences in support of spreading the love of Allah (swt) and his Messenger (saw).

 

Ustadh Syed Zain Al Abedin

Syed Zain Abedin

Syed Zain Al Abedin is an active and well respected caller to Islam in America.He is originally from Hyderabad, Deccan, India. Born in a family of illustrious spiritual guides and scholars tracing its roots to Holy Prophet Muhammad (saws) through Imam Husayn Radi Allahu Anhu and Sayyida Fatima Zahra Radi Allahu ‘Anha, he inherited the ancestral qualities of dedication and humility which form the key components of his personality.

He was educated in India and the US and holds degrees in Business and Public Administration. In 1989 He established his own business which he still owns and operates. His Islamic education was done at the hands of his father late Hazrath Syed Mahmood Sahib, who was a poet and scholar specializing in critical research in the history of Islam. Furthermore he studied Qur’an, Arabic,Fiqh, and Islamic spirituality under local ulama and teachers of Hyderabad.

He has been actively involved in Islamic work in America. He is the founder and president of ISRA (The Islamic Studies And Research Association), which is a growing national movement with representation in 7 states. Previously he has co founded and served in a number of Islamic organizations and mosques in America as Imam and Khateeb.

Currently he also serves as one of the Khateebs of Islamic Center of Florence in Florence, South Carolina. Additionally he delivers Juma Khutbas to Muslim inmates at Turbeville Correctional facility in Turbeville, South Carolina and The Federal Correctional Institution in Bennettsville, SC.

He is an inspiring speaker and a tireless organizer. He has lectured and participated in many national and international conferences. He represented ISRA in the world Sufi conference organized by the Moroccan Government in Sidi Shikir near Marrakesh in 2005. At present he lives in rural South Carolina with his his wife and family. For more information about him and ISRA,  visit ISRA Website @ www.IsraInternational.com

What? Why? Who? Where? and When? –  Tasawwuf  Now. A series of 5 talks  Answering Questions for the Sincere Seeker, under the auspices of Shaykh Ahmed Abdur-Rashıd and Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee, held at the Islamic Sufi Study Center, 10th St., Charlottesville, VA.

“This is a series that is structured around five questions: What? Why? Who? Where? and When? Inshaa’a-Llaah through these talks we will answer some of these questions, as they apply to Islam, Sufism, and your lives.  More importantly, I hope this series will provide you with ways to think about your own questions – to address them, by developing the inner capabilities and outer practices that will increase your spiritual capacity and your relationship with Allah (Subhaanahu wa ta’aalaa), and to refine the means to approach the Divine Presence.” – Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid

Read excerpts from each talk, watch video, download original transcript or listen/download audio file.

Answering the Question – WHAT? by Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid given October 30th, the first in the ‘Tasawwuf Now’ series.

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Answering the Question – WHY? by Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid given December 4th, the second in the ‘Tasawwuf Now’ series.

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Answering the Question – WHO? by Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid given January 15th, the third in the ‘Tasawwuf Now’ Series.

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Answering the Question- WHERE? by Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid given February 19th, the fourth in the ‘Tasawwuf Now’ Series.

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Answering the Question – WHEN? by Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid given April 15th, the 5th in the Tasawwuf Now Series 

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Free will donations, large or small, are always welcome and thankfully accepted.


Peace and justice for all.

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5 More Sundays, a series of talks on Peace, Justice, Mercy, Love and Freedom with Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid and Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee and their guests, presented at the Islamic Study Center in Charlottesville.


As well as suhbat with the Shaykhs, there was Qur’an recitation, Na’at and Qasa’id, prayer in jama’a,  good company and good food.  Join Us at the next session: Travel, June 19th.

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Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid

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Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read, watch or listen to  Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid’s talks from  5 More Sundays” (2010-2011) series.

Oct 24th: PEACE – Travels on the Road to Peace: A Life Time Journey in the Search for Truth and Happiness

Dec 5th: JUSTICE –  Weight-ing for Justice: Seeking the Balance

Jan 23rd: MERCY – Drinking from the Well-Spring of Mercy

March 27th: LOVE Preparing the Chamber of the Heart for the Beloved

April 24th: FREEDOM Everything Has Its Price, Even Freedom

View Shaykh Nooruddeen’s talks “5 More Sundays” (2010-2011)

View the Guests talks “5 More Sundays” (2010-2011)

To read , watch or listen to suhbat from the previous sessions:

5 Sundays on Tasawwuf” series – Oct 2009 to May 2010

To read, watch or listen to the  suhbat from  previous series – “Nights of Light”  – June 2010 to Aug 2010

Islamic Study Center is located at 108 10th  St., just off  Main St, Charlottesville, VA

Contact  us for more information on upcoming events.

 

walk_to_masjidThe Circle Group’s Ramadan Retreat is an opportunity for spiritual rejuvenation and clarification, through practice, of one’s understanding of Islam and Tasawwuf in daily life.  A schedule of suhbat, prayer, recitation, and meditation will uplift our souls and increase our piety and our understanding.

Held on the lush, 80-acre facility of the World Community in rural Virginia, the retreat provided a venue  to seek the blessings of the month of Ramadan away from the distractions of daily life. 

 

Sample Schedule of Events:woodsy_lights

  • 4:30     Suhuur provided
  • 5:30     Salaat al-Fajr in Masjid
  • 12:30   Dars given by Guest speaker Dr. Sulayman Nyang
  • 1:30     Salaat adh-Dhuhr in Masjid
  • 2:00    Dars given by Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid
  • (Rest and Personal Ibada)
  • 6:30   Salaat al-‘Asr in Masjid
  • Qur’an Recitation and Muraqabah
  • 8:00     Salat al Maghrib in Masjid
  • 8:15     Iftaar provided in Dining Hall
  • 9:30     Salaat at-Taraweeh in Masjid
  • 11:00   Salaat at-Tasbeeh

study_masjidOther activities included: Qur’an recitation, muraqabah, suhbat and dhikr Allah.

Videos of the talks from this retreat are available through our CG Video Channel playlist.

Or listen to the audio and read the pdf file:

“Muraqabah, Muhasabah, Mushahadah Part I”

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and “Muhabbat and Muraqabah Part 2”

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The World Community® is a not-for-profit religious organization, registered with the IRS  under code 501(c)3.  Organizations within The World Community® include The Circle Group®, responsible for publications, and the World Community Education Center®, a school for grades K-12.

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