About the Sufis


The Sufi Path

Sufis practice a 1400+ year old spiritual tradition that emphasizes love and devotion toward the Beloved, however an individual may conceive of it, and actively encourages all people to seek depth in their own particular path. Rather than focusing on and adhering to certain beliefs, creeds, and dogmas, Sufi practice is spiritual in nature and is concerned only with an individual's transformation into a gentle, compassionate, and gracious being. A Sufi's ultimate goal is to attain to waliyat, or closeness to the Beloved. This notion is synonymous to the ultimate goals of other traditions such as enlightenment, moksha, sainthood, self-realization, God-realization, etc. From a Sufi standpoint, they are all one and the same--actualizing the spiritual potential within oneself and attaining freedom from the shackles of the self-concerned ego--a goal that can be attained by anyone, regardless of their path.


Sufi orders trace their origins through a strong lineage of spiritual masters. The Qadriya Sufis trace their lineage back to Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani RAA. The Sufi master lived almost 1000 years ago and was known for his exuberant, effulgent love of the Beloved. He was also famous and venerated for many amazing miracles and sublime writings that have been preserved to this day. Following his example, Qadriya Sufis live a life of gentle simplicity, tolerance, compassion, and intensely joyous devotion to the Beloved.

As Qadriya Sufis, we believe that every spiritual path leads to the same goal. What matters is not the path one chooses, but how much one practices the spiritual principles of the path. As H. Rumi, a Sufi master, once said:

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."

For more information on the Qadriya Sufi Tradition visit: QSFA.orgthirdbook
Free Sufi meditation sessions: Thursdays, 4:15-6:30 at 1113 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL
Fridays, 6:00-7:30 at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana YMCA