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The Light that Shines in the Darkness


Tasnim & Saadi Retreat


March 30 – April 2, 2023


Madison, Wisconsin


 Holy Wisdom Monastery

Neil and Tasnim gather again in Madison after a gap of three years. Taking into consideration the challenges, personal and worldwide, that we have all been through, they will share practices, meditations, teachings, walking meditations, and Dances of Universal Peace, updating the familiar ones with pointers towards what is most pressing now. 


As usual, they will draw from a wide variety of the world’s spiritual traditions, especially the unitive, non-sectarian Sufi lineages of Ibn Arabi, Shahabuddin Suhrawardi Maqtul, and Jelaluddin Rumi, also expressed through the living transmission of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Murshid Samuel L. Lewis, and Murshid Moineddin Jablonski. Other influences they tap into are Zen Buddhism, Jewish mysticism, mystical Christianity, and the Aramaic Jesus tradition.


In a practical sense, the way these teachers talk about light, the nur al Haqq, allows us to discern and know what is actually true in our lives. By using the talisman of the soul, it then becomes possible to distinguish truth from falsehood, even in our day-to-day reality.


“Light upon light, back and back we trace it to its Source....” Sura 24:35


“We take refuge in the break of dawn, the dawn of awareness....” Sura 113:1


“The light shines in and together with the darkness, and one does not understand the other.... This light of right direction, the heart’s GPS, shines within every person who comes into the world” John 1:5, 9 (meditation on the Aramaic text).


Times/Dates: Thurs. (3/30) 7-9PM~Fri. (3/31) 10AM to 5PM~Sat. (4/1) 10AM to 5PM~Sun. (4/2) 9:30AM to Noon 

Retreat begins on Thursday evening (3/30) 7-9PM with an evening of Zikr led by Saadi & Tasnim.

Friday (3/31) 7-9PM & Saturday (4/1) 7-9PM ~ Evenings of Dances of Universal Peace & Zikr with volunteer leaders

Location: Holy Wisdom Monastery    Map: (

Housing: On-site housing is now full.  You may ask to be put a waiting list in case there is a cancellation.   A block of rooms has been reserved at a local hotel.      

Reservations can be made at:  

Be sure to mention the group name “Madison Sufis” to receive a discounted room rate.

Transportation:  A shuttle will be available for attendees between the Baymont hotel and the retreat.  

Taxi fare from the airport to the hotel is approximately $25 [Union Cab – 608-242-2000].  

For more information: Call Basir at (608) 338-0709 or E-mail:

Click on the link below to register for this event using Credit Card:

------------ To register for Saadi & Tasnim March/April 2023 retreat by mail, fill in form below, and mail with check  ------------------------------ 

Registration for retreat with Saadi & Tasnim March-April, 2023 ~ Make check payable to: Madison Sufis 

Mail to: Madison Sufis – P.O. Box 46463 – Madison, WI  53744-6463

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Out of consideration for those with allergies to chemicals and fragrances, we request that everyone refrain from using fragrances and scented products when attending any of our activities or events.

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