Shaykha Naila Amat-un-Nur is the Head of Pakistan Chapter of Sufi Order International, an organization dedicated to “Universal Sufism” founded upon the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. She came upon the Path circa 2004 through the initiation of, first by Sufi Master Inayat Khan in a veridical dream and immediately afterwards by his grandson Pir Zia Inayat. This all occurred at a cross-road of time as 2004 was also the year of Pir Vilayat Khan’s passing away from the world and veiling with the Beloved, may Allah be pleased with him.
Amat-un-Nur received the permission to teach as well as to initiate as a Sufi Teacher in 2008. She gives regular teaching classes and hold zikr gatherings at her home-run center in Lahore, Pakistan. She also holds a Masters in Comparative Philosophy: Islamic and Western.
Another very vital dimension of her work is the rediscovery and re-affirmation of the sacred role and relevance of the Feminine in Islam through spiritual awakening. In a world fractured by increasing separation, exclusion and intolerance, the work of spreading the light of spiritual consciousness has become crucial. In this direction, Shaykha Amat-un-Nur has concentrated on much scholarly and spiritual work through her many seminar offerings and conference presentations at home and abroad. She has been a presenter at various symposia internationally, such as in India, France, Austria, Germany, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, and Switzerland. At home, she has been a regular invitee at the Loyola Hall Symposium founded in Lahore in 2013 for developing Christian-Muslim spiritual dialogue for the promotion of peace and harmony.
As part of her spiritual work, she has been given the additional responsibility by her Teacher, Pir Zia Inayat Khan, to develop spiritual kinship ties in the South Asian region. She offers regular spiritual Sohbets open as well to her disciples internationally through web platforms.
Shaykha Amat-un-Nur will be exploring the following themes as part of her 3-day contribution at the retreat.
- Exploring our connection with Water through spiritual hermeneutics.
Before being born of dust we are creatures of Water: A spiritual redefinition of what it means to be human. I will be using Quranic and Hadith references plus allusions to teachings of Sufi Masters to expound on the meaning and relevance of water as a spiritual symbol. What role does water play in our creation and the influence it exercises over our beings? What does it mean to be human in terms of our water identity/heritage?
- Earth spirituality and sacralization of matter
Introducing the idea of sacredness in the life of the world. We are sacred not just in spirit but in body as well. How do we heal the divide between spirit and matter to make our selves whole? The desacralization of matter has led to a fragmentation of our being. Unless we see the world and all it contains just as sacred as our spirits and the Divine, we will not be able to make a return to Unity. I will draw upon sources such as Shamanism and Sufi teachings that are earth-based and nature-oriented to demonstrate the relevance of seeing matter as sacred.
- The mystical salience of the miracle of walking on water
She will talk about the idea of freedom/detachment/unconditional love as the ultimate station of the evolved human being. Walking on water is synonymous with living in the world yet not being of it. Drawing upon the teachings of the Sufi Masters she will teach the way to this freedom and how to accomplish this miracle in our lives.
Her most recent engagement was speaking at International Transpersonal Conference (ITC) in Prague:http://www.itcprague2017.org/speakers/shaykha-amat-un-nur