Panel on Sufi Vision of Islam: Sufis in the Twin Cities share their experience of love in Islam
Panelists: Sadaf Rauf and Jamila Kosobayashi
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium
St. Paul Campus
Free and open to the public
The panelists will be sharing their stories of Islam through their practice of Tasawwuf, the Spiritual and the contemplative tradition in Islamic faith. They will share their Sufi vision of Islam of unity, love, harmony and tolerance. Join us to hear how their Islamic experience leads them to engage in interfaith relations to build bridges in society.
Jamila Kosobayashi is a convert to Islam and has been a student of Islamic spiritual and contemplative tradition Tasawwuf since 1999. Her interest in the intersection of psychology and spirituality commenced a journey leading her to Islam and its mystical tradition. She completed both her undergraduate as well as graduate studies at St. Cloud State University, and is a licensed psychologist. Jamila has also has an interest in interfaith activities; she participates in several interfaith dialogue groups believing face to face interactions are key to developing understanding and appreciation.
Sadaf Rauf is connected with a spiritual chain, Naqshbandia Muhammadia (SalAllah-o-Aleihei Wa Alehei Wassallam) for the last 30 plus years. In her words:"It is the never falling support, inspiration and motivation from my Shaykh, His eminence Muhammad Naqeeb ur Rahman from Eidgah Sharif Rawalpindi, that encouraged me to come to the US and pursue a PhD degree in Education". Her desire is to continue teaching as well as working for immigrant, refugee and under-privileged students after this doctoral program. Sadaf says: "Interfaith is not new to me—my shrine has been actively engaged in interfaith around the globe for almost two decades. My stay in the US provided me with a wonderful opportunity to closely observe the intricacies of interfaith relations and personally participate in the interfaith activities for a better world for our coming generations."