1 of 6: In the Heart of the Prophet

Welcome friends, to the first monthly discussion of Women of Sufism. We are very excited to start this study group and ask you to take some time to introduce yourselves in the comments section below, perhaps sharing your intention or hope, and what has drawn you to the book.

February: we will read and discuss the preface, introduction and the section entitled ‘In the Heart of the Prophet’, up to the end of page 18.

43 thoughts on “1 of 6: In the Heart of the Prophet

  1. saimma Post author

    Friends – please see new post on Skype call invitation with Shaikha Camille, and recorded meditation added to Resource page.

  2. Siema

    Salaams Friends, some thoughts though this is longer than i thought it would be! And thanking you for your sharings!

    I realise from the outset that my personal experiences will be reflected in what opens up for me. How did these women deal with the patriarchy and the revolutionary changes brought by Prophet Muhammad? They questioned I have no doubt, with the courage the message gave them. I am left wondering not only what their questions were but also what the answers may have been. I feel a need to know these women because they are a part of us and to bring them into our presence because the ‘love without object’ and resulting equality that the message of islam sparked, has I feel some way to go and I feel we need their help.

    Upon reading the verses from Surah Nisaa, I thought of how women need to reverence themselves, discover who they are, discover “this treasure that has been for so long relatively hidden”.

    The original muslim form of prayer, with men and women praying side by side so beautifully reflects the message, and how the way in which the physical spaces we worship in can say so much about this. This shows to me a community where gender did not automatically make any consider themselves, or be considered, excluded or excused from any service. I don’t doubt that there were challenges, as there are now, and it makes me think of the Prophet Muhammad as having a revolutionary message for the oppressed, and so for women. Umm Waraqa bint Abdallah, who was trained by Prophet Muhammad himself – I have now learned her name and feel a deep love and respect for her.

    Hazret Khadija: In my upbringing, Khadija is much spoken about and revered, and she is the one of these three women that I have grown up knowing about the most. Interesting that she was 40 when they married and the Prophet Muhammad was 40 when he received revelation, what does this tell us I wonder? It occurred to me that Khadija must have had an intimate relationship with the One, and that this must have guided her well before the revelation her husband received.

    Hazret Fatima: Three amazing quotes:

    “..his daughter Fatima, who is looked to as the fountainhead of his descendants” I have not done this, she has been absent in my upbringing as have many of these women. I regret this, I owe her so much.

    “ Fatima is regarded… as the first spiritual head (qutb) of the Sufi fellowship” Amazing. So much is said of Ali, yet I feel a growing connection to Fatima who I believe embodied her father. I was really moved by their father and daughter relationship, and Gods mercy to have allowed her the happiness of being the first to to join him in the hereafter. It saddens and I must admit angers me, that Ali wanted another wife and he spoke to the Prophet (and not her) to talk about this/ask permission. I am reminded as I write this that he was of course human, and this was a result of the patriarchy and privilege men enjoy. I also have come to see, i’m ashamed to say, that I say this with a respect and understanding for Ali that I realise I have not in the past afforded towards Aisha.

    “These four women are considered the four holiest women of Islam” Prophet Mary, Khadija, Pharaohs wife (unnamed in the quran), Fatima – I think all are referred to as mothers, wifes or daughters of men. I believe Mary is the only woman specifically named in the quran. This made me think of how a dervish would not expect or want thanks for their service, yet I feel a need to have them recognised because I guess I feel a need to be recognised -as an equal, and there is much power in naming them for this reason.

    Also, I wonder, is there mention of the ‘four holiest men’? I would also like to try and find to read both Aishas and Fatimas eulogy that are described as being incredibly moving.

    Aisha – oh how things have changed! I have heard growing up that she was a rebellious woman and in many subtle and not so subtle ways, girls were discouraged in wanting to emulate her and instead Khadija’s character was emphasised. I grew up disapproving of her too because of this. Her fight with Ali in particular has been used to discredit her in a way that has not been used towards the men. For example, Ali once suggested to the Prophet that he divorce Aisha. Had he been a woman, I think this would have been seen very differently.

    I believe Aisha was a woman who was able to be completely true to her nature in a way I would love to be. She had a husband that saw and loved her true nature and did not wish to change it. I winced a little at the description of Aisha as ‘his favourite wife’ – polygamy has always been a subject I find difficult to get my head around.

    With respect, I felt uncomfortable reading of Omars request to be buried in her home. It didn’t seem appropriate for some reason and I felt that Aisha was beautiful and generous for saying yes. I get a sense that she put adab before her own personal wishes, especially as he asked when he was dying. As far as fighting Ali, I am in awe of her courage and decision to fight for justice without worrying about the consequences this would have to her reputation or any perceived limitations of being a woman. Being a woman did not stop her, was this because she had the privilege of having been the wife of the Prophet? The humility with which she dealt with the results of this decision is, well, humbling. I love that she is called “Mother of the Believers”- even if she never had children, she never learned to cook and I admire her and love her for being herself unapologetically.

  3. Anne Gray

    Salaam everyone, this is Anne, follower of Threshold in London for over 7 years. For me this is the second reading of Sheikha Camille’s amazing collection of writings about and by female Sufi teachers and spiritual great ones. I am touched by the reported importance of female teachers in the lives of Ibn Arabi and Bayazid Bestami. I recently read an article by Sad’iyya Shaikh about Ibn Arabi which mentions amongst other things his reported approval of women leading prayer, a rare departure from tradition – other friends may enjoy it; see https://www.criticalmuslim.io/ibn-arabi-and-how-to-be-human/ .I wonder how it came about that Bektashis and sometimes Mevlevis have mixed sema, in contrast to the general practice of gender segregation ? I feel much more comfortable in mixed gatherings and felt excluded during one Sufi retreat in Spain where the most valuable mealtime conversations seemed to take place at the men’s and couples’ table whilst lone women were supposed to sit apart from them. Our own mixed gatherings seem so much more relaxed and one can benefit from the wisdom of both genders more easily.

    I note on the last page of the introduction that Sheikha Camille says ‘Sufism recognises that committed relationship and family are…wonderful vessels for spiritual ripening.’ If only…. I wonder how many sisters come to Islam, as I did, when settled in a long term relationship with a non-religious person, and find that the incomprehension and disinterest in the deen expressed by their partner becomes a block in an otherwise good and loyal relationship ? What to do about this ?

    The lives of Khadija and Aisha inspire me for their generosity and their devotion to the cause of the struggling early Islam. They gave up everything to help the Prophet’s mission. But I am touched also by Aisha having doubts about whether to do battle with Ali. Would that Talhah and Az-Zubayr had taken her advice – the course of Islamic history might have been very different.

    I look forward to working with this group over the coming months and to re-reading this treasure chest of beautiful lives and experiences.

  4. tazeen2016

    Dearest friends,

    Thank-you to Camille Ane and all involved for this beautiful deepening into the Women of Islam. Alhamdulillah, I’ve been part of the (majority female) Threshold UK community and am so very grateful to the unveilings of Love and Friendship this beautiful community of seekers has brought to this heart.

    As a mother, wife, daughter, sister, daughter in-law, sister-in law and aunty I look forward to journeying with each of you.

    Much love

  5. najia

    Salam Alaikum — I am joining you from California. My name is Najia. I just heard of this group today so please give me a moment while I get the book and catch up! Excited to virtually meet all of you, to learn and to grow iA.

  6. AmiraAK

    Salaam dear friends,
    How refreshing it is to read these chapters and know that there are so many women of the Path out there that we can learn from and take example and guidance from. Growing up in the Arab Muslim world, we used to have friends and sisters and cousins with the names ‘Aisha’ and ‘Fatma’ and ‘Khadiga’ and for some reason they often stood apart. As if the weight of their names held a responsibility that was not to be meddled with. Khadija was often considered a bit old-fashioned, grown-up. We were too young then to fully understand. In recent years however, the names became “fashionable again” at least in Egyptian society, and many young girls were named A’isha and Fatimah and Khadija, and parents would insist on a correct pronunciation of the names according to classical Arabic. People would grumble at first but they gradually became more common. I now hear those names being called in a new light. A revered light. A light of wisdom and forbearance and of grace.
    Camille Ane has made these women more human. We used to learn at school elements of their lives, stages, episodes, stories, teachings – hence setting them further apart, holy, revered and more distant. Even though their love emanated strongly in all the teachings, they still seemed to be fragmented; or maybe with the years, the memory of them has become distant. These brief sections of the chapter In the Heart of the Prophet have made them more tangible to me, more rounded, and I can now pursue their teachings with a fuller understanding of their position in Islam and on the Sufi Path. I read them and hunger for more knowledge of them as women and as bearers of the responsibility that the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him, bestowed upon them.

  7. Daniel

    Dear Phil – “a huge positive magnet for a father” is a wonderful image of Muhammad!

    Reflecting on the chapters concerned with Khadija, Fatima, and Aisha, I am reminded of the Names of God that these women seem to manifest, and have also been interested to discover what words of theirs have been handed down and recorded. Apologies for the length of this reflection…

    Khadija summons forth al-Mumin, the Inspirer of Faith. She was the first to have faith in Muhammad’s message and Camille Ana emphasises how it was she who convinced the Prophet of its authenticity when he feared he was going mad. The words Khadija used to do this are the only words of any substance that have ever been attributed to her as far as I can tell. They are essentially about faithfulness: Allah’s faithfulness to Muhammad and Muhammad’s faithfulness to his community. Here are her words:”I swear by God He would never abuse you. You maintain family ties, you are hospitable to guests, you support the weak, provide for the poor, and help out when tragedy strikes.” Camille Ana does not quote them directly, but we certainly sense these qualities in her description of her. Another Name I think of with regard to Khadija is al-Quddus, the Holy or Pure. We are told she was known as the “Pure One”.

    For me, Fatima calls forth al-Latif, the Most Subtle. Perhaps it is a quotation Camille Ana gives that makes me think of this Name: in the event of the Prophet’s death, she describes Fatima as saying: “It is not surprising that whoever catches the fragrance of Muhammad’s tomb will never know another perfume.” I associate fragrance and perfume with subtlety.

    Another Name I think of for Fatima is an-Nur, the Light, as Camille Ana describes her as a luminous being, the first pole and inheritor of the Prophet’s mystic knowledge. I think male Sufi commentators have often assigned this role to Ali. It gives a refreshing balance to hear it conferred on Fatima, and adds an air of mystery and subtlety to their relationship. It needn’t be a situation of either/or, and aren’t Fatima and Ali somehow one, hidden treasures within each other? And yet they had to work through difficulties in their marriage just like other couples we are told…

    Camille Ana clearly sees significance in the visions of Mary at Fatima in Portugal. Fatima and Muhammad seem to be a mirror image of Mary and Jesus: Father/daughter, mother/son. More pattern and mystery emerging…

    Apart from the quotations used by Camille Ana, I have been able to find precious little in terms of the recorded words of Fatima. There is a eulogy on the Prophet’s death that some Shia sources like to attribute to her, but the fact that Camille Ana does not quote from it, and the fact that it seems to be some extent a diatribe against Abu Bakr, makes me suspect it is not authentic and was possibly fabricated to be used as a polemical weapon in the Sunni/Shia divide. Perhaps someone more knowledgeable can comment?

    Turning to Aisha, she comes across as someone with fierce authenticity: loyal, brave, outspoken, someone who truly lived and was willing to risk making mistakes. I think of al-Haqq, the Truth. What I find most moving is her feelings of repentance at having opposed Ali, and so she also makes me think of at-Tawwab, the Guide to Repentance. It occurs to me that we need to make mistakes in order for this Name to manifest. The Prophet even says in a Hadith: “I swear by Him in whose hand is my soul, if you were a people who did not commit sin, Allah would take you away and replace you with a people who would sin and then seek Allah’s forgiveness so He could forgive them.”

    In terms of the recorded words of Aisha, she seems to have reported a number of Hadith concerning the Prophet. Naturally, they are centred on Muhammad rather than herself, but some I have come across do shed some light on the tenderness of their relationship and give us a sense of who she was. This one is peculiarly moving: “The Prophet used to pray at night while I lay between him and the qiblah like a corpse on a bier.” Fana..?

  8. Phil Davies

    Hi everyone, as I have no experience within a Sufi tradition please excuse any errors of etiquette, no disrespect intended. Lessons and inspiration for my own life are the lens I try to focus through in reading, otherwise my reading remains on the intellectual only.
    I was struck by the impulse that led Camille to write this book and how many of my impulses are of the selfish nature. Camille’s hope is to open my/our understanding of the Sufi way; may I take the opportunity offered. The many women unknown to us and, perhaps, unknown in their own time who lived a life of love. When there is so much sadness in the news today how many people who we will never know are living that life of love today? The support Kadija gave to Muhammad, how do I support people likely to be misunderstood? I have one daughter and I was struck by the relationship between Muhammad and Fatima, it must have been like having a huge positive magnet for a father. The life of prayer and teaching that A’isha led is very touching along with her faith in smiling and preparing for her imminent death.
    Best wishes for your own reading

  9. uzmataj

    My reflections on the 1st part…I missed the acknowledgements I often miss the detail, so I reread, thank you – so beautiful, what great Mothers we have…

    I was also really taken by Fatima’s story; with the love between a father and daughter. I felt a softening of my heart for my dear Prophet Muhammed. “Fatima is regarded by some Sufis and theologians as the first spiritual head (qutb) of the Sufi fellowship.” How little I know about Fatima the Prophets daughter – I forget about her. I have been trying to build a relationship with Muhammed, how precious that I found Fatima. I dear friend many months ago gave me a necklace with Fatima’s hand, it feels more precious. Intention = learn/reflect/find more about Fatima…

    Beautiful blessings to Khadija, Fatima, and A’isha.

  10. adila

    Hello friends,

    My name is Adila. I consider Threshold to be my family of friends, and am local to the London group.
    It has been lovely reading people’s intros & comments so far.

    For me, reading the text is an opportunity to explore and understand something about our history and humanity.

    To date , I hesitate to say but will do so anyway, I have known myself and my sisters to be invisibilized, silenced and shunned from spaces that are our own. I didn’t even know this until encountering real life examples of spaces being shared, and much of these significant encounters took place within Threshold. Its sometimes suggested that the imbalances that we experience might be subjective, or merely reliving a collective memory, but this denies any opportunity to create balanced spaces, and this is something I hope and pray for.

    Specific to this month’s reading: I was particularly struck by how the women & men came to life for me. I was touched by Fatima and Mohammad’s relationship. She was called Umm Abiha (the mother of her father) and their relationship was one of great tenderness. I am enjoying the opportunity to relate and learn from them, and experiencing a new found love for all: they are becoming real for me.

    Salam and love!

  11. Sadat

    Salam dear friends, my name is Sadat.

    I have the good fortune to be a part of the Threshold community here in the UK. I’m a husband to Amnah, and a father to Mona, our beloved one-year old daughter. I feel deeply privileged to be a part of this study group.

    Thank you dear Saimma and everyone involved in opening this space, and for all who are sharing your hearts here. My intention, my hope, is to deepen in love and affection for each of you dear souls gathered in this sacred space.

    Much love,

  12. Daniel

    Dear Fatimah and Friends,

    I too was moved by the Acknowledgements. Normally, these would be something I might skim over in a book, but Camille Ana’s are full of such poetry and thoughtfulness. It feels really natural to have Eve’s name precede Adam’s, Khadija’s precede Muhammad’s. It not only honours the feminine but also somehow makes the men more accessible, less monolithic. We sense them in relationship, in love.

    And these ancient prophets and sages (male and female) flow so naturally into Camille Ana’s loved ones, friends and helpers. It is as if she is weaving them into one fabric, where everyone has their place and everyone is accessible and intertwined.

    The light verse is quoted at the end of the Preface:

    “…an olive tree that is neither of the east nor of the west…”

    In the context of this book, these words made me think of the Ruh, the divine Spirit that is beyond the duality of male and female, within the “glass” that is each soul. And this olive tree seems like our deeper family tree, the tree of life and light that links us all.

    Much love,


  13. fatimahlove

    Dear friends,

    I share below my initial reflections on the pages for this month:

    I love the way camille aney writes her ‘acknowledgements’ at the start. She writes as someone who is moment by moment conscious and connected to our grandmothers and grandfathers in spirit… She is constantly and consistently affirming and honouring unity.

    This continues through the paragraphs of the intro and beyond. The opening lines say everything:
    “Since the beginning of consciousness,human beings, both female and male, have walked the path of return, of recognition and reunion with the Source of Being. Though in this world of duality we may find ourselves in different forms, ultimately, within Truth, there is no male or female, only being…” My heart is enlivened by so may of the sentences I read.

    I read with great interest that the most recognised of male Sufi saints had female teachers. There is something in the male-female-student-teacher dynamic which again points to wholeness and unity I feel. I feel sad that young men and women of our tradition are not aware of the stories of these women of spirit and the awesome role they played. In the current often segregated and male centric environment for teaching of Islamic Education, it feels that so much is lost by the lack of even the presence of the respected female guide.

    Aisha is clearly a remarkable woman but even after reading this chapter many times, my heart still struggled to warm to her. I think I could never get past the fact that she led an army against Ali (though that in itself shows something of the strength of her spirit…) however, what stood out for me today, and touched my heart was her continual regret for this, so much so that she denied herself the privilege of being buried alongside her husband whom she must have so dearly loved.
    It feels important that Aisha never had children of her own. I wonder what her feelings about this may have been. I wonder if she had ever longed for a child…
    I am touched by the story of her and the Prophet standing together and praying at night for hours, tears cascading down their cheeks! The unity of that vision is softening. I am touched and inspired by the devotion of all 3 women.
    The image of the beloved Prophet of God sewing and mending sandals just makes me marvel! No wonder we are encouraged to emulate him. He has the balance of humility and majesty… And more.

    I look forward to reading your sharings in due course.

  14. Hana

    PS – Phil and Sharazad (and any other friends here), if you would like to connect in person in London too, you are so very welcome!!
    We meet near Angel on Friday evenings- do get in touch if you would like to: thresholdsociety@yahoo.com

  15. Hana

    Dearest Friends,
    What a blessing to be travelling in this stream together!

    My name is Hana. I am lucky to be part of the Threshold London Group and international community!

    One of the first things that drew this heart to this particular path was witnessing the respect, equality and love between women and men, in fact all people, within the community, modelled above all by our beloved Sheikhs Camille and Kabir. It was refreshing, mesmerising and ‘just felt right’- particularly to one familiar with a more traditional South Asian Muslim upbringing in which segregation was encouraged, but never convincingly explained, and it felt that women’s stories were not always heard. The realisation came that this also applied to the Western culture I knew.

    In contemplation of the balance and unity necessary to health and wholeness, it feels that working towards restoration of the balance between masculine and feminine is of profound importance in our times: internally, societally, in nature, in ‘his’tory…It was touching to read in the introduction that this is work for men and women to do together, indeed perhaps it is within and beyond gender also. May this work together, by Grace and Guidance, go some way towards this in tiny steps.

    Above and beyond, just looking forward to getting to know these Beloved Ones better, may we be nourished by their beings and learn deeply how to love and serve through their stories.

    Much Love, Hana

  16. fatimahlove

    Dear Ones.

    I have been enjoying reading these beautiful posts. The snippets you have given, make me feel connected even to those of you I have never met…I live in Manchester and have been with the Threshold Society for a few years having been part of a regular dhikr group in both Huddersfied and Altrincham held with beauty and love by Saimma and Daniel before they moved to Kendal. We hope inshallah to have something regular in the wider Manchester Area soon.

    I am looking forward to journeying with the Women of Sufism both those in the book, and those of you here on this thread (and the Men of Sufism, here present). I look forward to the inevitable joy of learning from each other. My hope is that this period of study and reflection strengthens our connection to each other, and ultimately the divine feminine… And that this connection may inshallah inform all that we do… All that I do… Ameen

    Much love

  17. AmiraAK

    Salaam dear friends, my name is Amira and I currently live and work in Djibouti. I’ve left a part of my heart with the London Threshold group for safekeeping and I return there whenever I can. I first started reading Women of Sufism when I was on the Turkey trip in 2014 and it seems that my original copy got stranded in Yemen early last year as I was embarking on a new journey. I hope it has fallen into gentle hands. My intention is to learn from the blessed women of our tradition depicted so graciously by Camille Ane, and to be guided by their character and faith. Looking forward to treading this path with you all.

  18. Blood Ink Diary -ssd

    And, well, my dear friend Anna from Louisville had gifted this brilliant book (signed by Ms. Camille Helminski !) on my last birthday. ‘Women of Sufism’ is a highly significant book, for, it arrests and compels the heart and mind to instantly commence dialogue, thus, I believe this platform shall serve the purpose to exchange our respective individual and collective thoughts to engage in the narrative. I look forward to being part of the Threshold Society (even belatedly as I reside at Toronto) and to expand and evolve as a woman interested in the esoteric and exoteric inspiration in Sufism.

    Thank you, dear Saimma, for lighting the path to shared knowledge !

    Ya Haqq !

  19. Shazreh Hussain

    Salaam, dear friends
    I am delighted to have this opportunity to study Women of Sufism with all of you. It has been a source of inspiration for me for so many years.

  20. Sharzad

    Peace an greetings to everyone. I am totally new to to meetings but have some familiarity with Sufism which started for me back in 2004 but have not gone on further with it. Sufism,however has helped me to come closer to God and my faith.

    I did not know that there are gatherings devoted to Sufism in London. I hope by joining these inspiring meetings, especially Women of sufism, I come closer to learning more about Sufism and understanding it from other’s point of view and become more inspired.

    With best wishes and love


  21. Shelley

    Hello everyone,
    I have just returned from meeting with the beautiful people of Threshold at the San Fransisco retreat. I look forward to the opportunity to learn from Camile and all of you here.
    Much Love

  22. Phil Davies

    Greetings to all. My name is Phil Davies, I live in Birmingham in the UK. This is my first time I have joined in any activity of the Threshold Society. I am a practicing Buddhist but have read and listened to articles and teachings on your website for some time. I have previously read Women in Sufism and found the lives of the women portrayed deeply moving and inspirational. I am looking forward to sharing with and learning from the groups thoughts. Love for all, love to all

  23. Anna

    Salam dear sisters (and Brother Daniel! – you are an honorary sister :), I am blessed to be part of the Threshold circle in Louisville and I am grateful to be with all of you in this space. I have been *meaning* to read the book for some time, so al hamdulillah to have this opportunity to read and share Women of Sufism with other hearts on the path. My intention is to learn from and connect with those beautiful souls who came before us and discover those who have, as the book’s subtitle puts it, so often been the hidden treasure of our tradition.
    Much love,

  24. Mohamed Najeeb

    Peace and greetings to all.

    My name is Najeeb and I live in Singapore. Very much interested to be part of the group and would like to learn more about women in Sufism. Would also like to be take part in Threshold society’s practice. Would love to know if there is any group activity in Singapore or Malaysia

  25. uzmataj

    hello dears, my name is uzma taj, I live in London and attend the Threshold group here; I am Siema Taj’s sister, I love women!, I love being a women..
    l am looking forward to learning, and sharing reading this wonderful book…thank you for this blog.
    “Women is a ray of God. She is not just the earthly beloved: she is creative, not created.” pxxv …

  26. Valerie

    Salaams Fellow Travelers,

    What a joy to read this text full of love, lessons and miracles with like minded friends. I love this book and am eager to read it again with this group. I live in Washington DC and am grateful for our local group that meets monthly, thanks to God.

  27. Daniel

    Greetings Friends,
    I am Saimma’s husband and fellow heart travelling the Sufi Path. I look forward to exploring the lives and sayings of these inspirational women with you all.

  28. Tanda-Khadijah

    Salams to all! My name is Tanda. I live in Calgary, Canada and am a mum to a five year old boy. I have struggled on the path of tasawuf for a number of years and am feeling very heartened to be able to approach such an incredible looking text with you all! I can’t wait to start studying this rich history, thank you for allowing me to join in this group, it is greatly appreciated.

  29. Siema

    Hello Friends,
    I live in London and attend the Threshold circle here.
    Thank you for this, such a blessing for this time!
    I wish to be able to connect with this text from the heart, and allow whatever comes from the souls of these Grandmother’s of tradition to guide, love and balance. I have, in the last year and a half in particular, been reflecting with a Feminine Divine and it has been both joyful and sad. It will be interesting to see how this book reads/teaches with this perspective having opened up. Thank you Camille Ani for your loving strength and whale heart. Interestingly, Camille Ani speaks of the amazing whales heart in the recent newsletter video aaand… the cover of the book is `Smoke of Ambergris` which is believed to come from whales! Sending you all much Love xxx

  30. Rahima

    What a joy to have this opportunity to connect and study with my spiritual family. I live in Madison, Wisconsin US and look forward to this with love and gratitude.

  31. saimma Post author

    “Welcome everyone – drawn to this Love!”

    Thank you to everyone contributing and reading so far! A couple of folks have asked about purchasing the book – I have added a resource page with links to Amazon UK and USA but you may also have local bookshops that may (should!) stock a copy 🙂

  32. Patzia Gonzalez

    Greetings to this lovely circle of lovers. I’m a Threshold member, living in Canada, originally from Mexico. The theme of Women in Sufism is dear to my heart. I am looking forward to reading and studying about Sufi Women with other lovers and friends and, like Saimma, hopefully take the guidance unvelied into my own life and be of service.

  33. Karima

    Greetings to All
    My name is Karima and I am currently living in Lisbon, Portugal. I have lived before in Pretoria, South Africa and in Maputo . Mozambique. I have subscribed to the Threahold newsletter as I am fascinated about Rumi poetry and The Dervish dance. I get inspired and get a feel of peace when reading about these type of literature. It is a way of gaining knowledge and applying it to my day to day life. I am on a spiritual path and looking forward to spend some quality time with our digital community.
    1 – how do I have acess to the book?
    2- I will be travelling from 7th Feb till the end of the month and will have limited acess to the internet. Please bear with me if I fall behind on reading or posting.
    Wishing you all a blessed day. Love and light

  34. Abadi

    Salaam ‘Alaykum
    My heart sang when I read the invitation earlier today while at work and so…. thank you Camille for this!
    My connection with Threshold has been through gatherings attended in past years and more recently being a member of the a virtual community. I suppose longing has only made the heart soften and become more open to possibilities.
    My intention in joining the Study Group is to deepen in the feminine aspects of this Sufi Path and what drew me to the book….well, most simply the example I have felt in Shaika Camille’s presence.
    much love,
    Abadi Jehne Morse

  35. Noshiena

    Peace and blessings to all. My name is Noshiena and I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I am treading on a new Path discovering this journey and keen to be part of a supportive online community, being inspired by the teaching and learning of Sufi women and deepening my own spiritual awakening. I donot have the book and wonder how I could access this. I look forward to our journey together.

  36. muslimasmile

    Peace and blessings everyone. I am excited to have this opportunity to join you in this study. i was part of the Vancouver Threahold group but moved away a few years ago. I have missed our sufi gatherings and look forward to being in touch through this group.
    I have only browsed Women in Sufism and look forward to joining you as we discover the beauty of the lives of women and thie connection to the Divine, and how their lives are or can be reflected in our own.
    Salaam shalom shanti

  37. Jennifer Helminski

    Peace and greetings to all the sisters gathering here in study of the beloved women of God. I look forward to learning and sharing together.

    My name is Jennifer and I live in New Jersey. I started on the Sufi path many years ago but lived a great distance from any supporting community and found difficulty in deepening my practice on my own. I find great inspiration in reading about the lives of these blessed women and hope that we can all grow in our Light by their example.

  38. saimma Post author

    Greetings fellow students! I live in Kendal, England and am part of a Threshold circle here.

    Having read Women of Sufism over the years, I am excited to study it with a community of fellow lovers. My intention in this group is to deepen my appreciation of the feminine Sufi heritage, understand how it has inspired women and men over the years, and hopefully take the guidance unveiled into my own life and work. I look forward to hearing from and sharing with you all.

    With love

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