Welcome friends. There is a saying of the Prophet Muhammad which states that faith began as a stranger and it will return in strange ways. And ours, surely, is a strange day. So many of us find ourselves in quarantine, with fear and anxiety all around. Yet we are not hopeless. The very traditions that we are rooted in promise us that love is more divine than hatred, that knowledge is more luminous than ignorance, that light is more divine than darkness. In this journey we are not alone: we have more than a thousand years of spiritual traditions to tap into, draw from, and be sustained by. These online courses are designed to reach deep into these life-giving traditions, and intellectually, spiritually, and aesthetically rejuvenate you. May we all emerge rejuvenated, nourished, sustained, rooted, and ready to bring the fruits of these inner journeys to heal a broken world.
Founder and Main Instructor of Illuminated Courses
A gifted teacher: Omid has been nominated 10-times for professor of the year awards.
Award-winning author and public intellectual.
Omid is currently a professor at Duke University specializing in Islamic spirituality and contemporary thought.
The teachings shared here are rooted in the ancient Sufi tradition of Radical Love, the Mazhab-e ‘eshq. This luminous current of Islamic mysticism begins with a bold claim: There is, ultimately, One Love.
Love is not merely a sentiment, but the very unleashing of God on Earth. It's love that brought us here, and it will be love that will deliver us back Home.
This Path of Radical Love is best exemplified through sages like Rumi, Hafez, Attar, and others we will be introducing you to in our courses.
When Love moves out into the public square, we call it justice. When that same Love moves inward, we recognize it as tenderness.
The same love calls us to be fierce in establishing the Beloved Community and yet tender in our intimate relationships.
Here we will trace the prophetic legacies of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Rabbi Heschel, among others.
إِنَّ اللّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالإِحْسَانِ
This is God's command: justice & love.
"Dr. Safi draws lessons from this rich history to help us consider what we can learn from these teachers to bring peace and harmony to our lives in our modern world."
"And what better way to journey to the very heart of the Sufi tradition guided by Omid, a scholar who has dedicated much of his life to studying Rumi's work, and perhaps more importantly, embodies the radical love that was the essence of Rumi's teachings."
"Through Omid we experienced the Sufi teachings of Radical Love and mystical knowledge not just as an academic exercise but a way of life. Omid’s vast knowledge of Islam and Muslim History & Civilization and his deep interest and practice made the Sufi path come alive for me."
"I came with limited knowledge of Islam and even less of Sufism and came away with a deep respect for the mysticism and power of love and an open heart that are amongst the pillars of this beautiful way of life. Many thanks to Omid! I intend to incorporate these teachings into my own life and hope to learn more."
"The beginning of a lifelong journey of understanding and reflection, I can’t think of a better guide on the path than Omid."
"The overarching themes were the uplifting thoughts of great Sufi masters on love, tenderness and kindness and the commonality of these virtues across the main religions of the world."
"If you’re looking to break open your heart through Rumi, this is for you! If you’re looking to learn something about Sufi Islam, this is for you!"
"The experience with Omid is one after which anyone participating will inevitably grow immensely."
"It was both uplifting and soul satisfying! "