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Meeting Cancelled This Sunday (9/30) & Lailat al-Qadr

From: Nicole
Sent on: Saturday, September 29, 2007 3:24 PM
Dear Beloveds,

I'm writing on Laila's behalf to let you know that the meeting will 
be cancelled once again this Sunday (9/30/07). Laila feels very sorry 
about this (she's usually very consistent about holding meetings!), 
but it's been a tough Ramadan for her, she still hasn't unpacked from 
Sidi's visit, and she needs to catch up on her classroom teaching 
duties.

But for those of you who are new--don't despair! There will 
definitely be a special meeting on Lailat al-Qadr (the holiest night 
of the year for Sufis and Muslims and the night of the Prophet 
Muhammad's Night Journey and receipt of the Qur'an from the angel 
Jibril [Gabriel]), which is scheduled for the night of Monday, 
October 8. There will be an all-night khalwa (prayer service), during 
which we will each make our own individual Night Journeys and 
practice al-Wird (a set of four prayers for the purification of the 
four layers of the heart) and be connected to the heart of our guide, 
Sidi al-Jamal, through a spiritual link. This is an event not to be 
missed!

We will gather at the Saratores in Riverwoods for Lailat al-Qadr 
around 6:00 pm on Monday, October 8th (those who are fasting may 
bring your own food, but if possible, we prefer that you eat in 
advance), do evening prayers together, and then start the khalwa 
after prayers. Be prepared to spend the night--or at least a good 
part of it!--so come in comfy, loose clothing, with blankets and 
pillows if you think you might need them. The text of the prayers 
will be provided, and newcomers are typically given fewer recitations 
than older students, so they can ease in more gently.

It is understood that some of you may have to work the following day, 
but even if you do, please try to make it! In my own personal 
experience, khalwas are nights full of beauty and light, when we are 
given the chance to deeply heal and purify our own (and even 
ancestral) wounds and negativities and come closer to God. It is 
truly an event not to be missed.

Hope to see you all there!

Salaams,
Salaam Nicole

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