Peace and blessings to all our companions, may everyone be in the blessings and mercy of Allah سبحانه وتعالى
We are pleased to announce our first retreat for the year 2017 in the historical and once an imperial city of Morocco, Meknès.
Located in the highland plateau of north-central Morocco between Rabat and Fès, and also near the Atlas mountains – Meknès makes a perfect location for our spiritual retreat.
We have combined our retreat program with visits to the spiritual city of Fès, nearby visits to historical yet significant sites, zawiyas and an old madrasah of exquisite architecture and history. InshaaAllah, if it is permitted we will be in the presence of one of Sheikh Tamer’s teacher who is also located in Meknès.
This is our third retreat as a group, with companions from different parts of the world sitting in the company and taking knowledge from Sheikh Tamer Degheidy. There is an Arabic saying,
العلم لا يؤخذ من بتن الكتب بل من فم أهله
“Knowledge is not taken from between books but rather from those who are experts in it.”
Our retreats hope to bring back the traditional ways of taking knowledge, which is in the company of our teacher. It is this relationship between student and teacher and the conviction that what is being transmitted is the truth that sets apart traditional education apart from the modern educational process.
SHEIKH TAMER RAFAT DEGHEIDY
Many of us are aleady familiar with Sheikh Tamer. However, I am giving a short brief of our beloved Sheikh for the benefit of our new companions.
Sheikh Tamer Raafat Degheidy is a teacher and guide of Islamic Spirituality, also known as Tasawwuf or Sufism, and has studied with and kept the company of many of the great remaining teachers of classical spiritual training and tarbiyya.
Sheikh Tamer is authorized in several turooq (schools and lineages of Islamic Spirituality), and joined us in the first ever Islamic Meditation Spiritual Awakening Retreat in Malaysia during February of 2016 in what was a profoundly transformative spiritual experience for all who participated.
He is a humble yet charismatic teacher, and brings great value to all that comes in contact with thim.
Professionally trained as a medical doctor, Sheikh Tamer lectures on various spiritual disciplines and teaches a number of classical texts, and believes that attaining spiritual balance is the key to the return of harmony and excellence within our Ummah and in our personal lives.
Sheikh Tamer gives joyously and selflessly in the effort to elevate the energy and consciousness of the muslim community and inshaAllah we will benefit greatly in this third retreat as we have in our previous sessions with Shaykh.