Spiritual Seclusion: Khalwa in Islam

Towards the goal of attaining enlightenment and a deeper connection with the Divine Presence of God, one of the most powerful spiritual practices in Islam is that of khalwa, or spiritual seclusion. Khalwa was practiced by the Prophet Muhammad (S) througout his life, both before and after receiving revelation. In fact, it was during immersions in khalwa that the Prophet …

Laylatul Raghaib, Suggested Practices and Amaal

Islamic spirituality is designed to provide continual opportunities to cultivate a greater level of consciousness and intention, for remembrance, awakening and presence. One such occasion is Laylatul Raghaib (also spelled Ragha’ib), which falls on the evening of the first Thursday of the Holy Month of Rajab. Such opportunities are not only valuable for spiritual development, but they are essential, for …