Poem for Ramadan and Reminder of Ramadan Retreat 6/8-6/11 with Imam Bilal

RamadanRetreat2016Ramadan Retreat with Imam Bilal Hyde

Thursday June 8 - Sunday June 11, 2017
at the Shadhiliyya Sufi Center in Pope Valley, California

a new translation by Imam Bilal Hyde:
Ramaḍān is finally over!
One by one, all the roses in the garden are slowly fading away.
Only a few of my old friends are left, the last ones are just waiting to leave this place.
Hey Sāqī, look up at the sky!
It's the first night of the crescent moon--
more delicate than the subtle shimmering beneath a new bride's secret smile--
delicious as sweet wine stolen from the lips of a lover's kiss.
---Divan-e-Hafiz #241
Ramaḍān is expected to start May 27 this year when the new moon is visible. We hope to gather together to share its blessings, near the time of its full moon. **Please let us know soon if you will be joining us!**

Guided by quiet meditation and fasting in the sacred month of Ramaḍān,
we will immerse ourselves into the Breath of Infinite Compassion,
the five stages of the Illuminated Prayer, and the silent fast of Mary, Mother of Jesus.
This retreat facility located in Napa Valley is a former healing spa built in the late 1800's around a natural mineral water source. It is situated on 118 acres within 575 acres of remote beauty. The Center is held as a place of prayer and spiritual renewal.
Shared rooms and baths.  We will arrange ourselves men/women dormitory style.
We share two meals each day: suhur – before dawn; and iftar –fast breaking and dinner after sunset. We will be served delicious meals using halal meat, organic fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk and other ingredients whenever possible.
A light lunch of sandwich/salad (fee applies) is available to anyone who is not fasting.
Please plan to arrive by 7 PM on Thursday. The program starts with Iftar about 8:30 PM and ends with Dhuhr on Sunday about 1:17 PM.
Imam Bilal has decided not to have appointments the Monday after the retreat.
To secure your space, please submit a retreat fee of $350 before 6/1. This includes teachings, lodgings, and meals.
A confirmation with detailed information will be sent upon receipt of your funds.
The retreat is open to all; no prior experience is necessary and fasting is optional
Send registration fee payable to Subhana Ansari (Ramadan Retreat in memo line), 1150 Hazel Dr., Pinole, CA 94564
For more information contact subhana@nuraniinstitute.org