ISS centre in Pout

Every spiritual tradition must have its own headquarters, often in the form of a centre which symbolises the essence of the teachings and accomplishments of the spiritual tradition. It is also a focal point for adherents from all over the world to experience their beliefs at a practical level. In the absence of such a centre, the teachings of the spiritual tradition are bound to remain a mere theory which is unlikely to bring any positive change to society.

The International Sufi School has acquired 10 hectares of land in the village of Pout in Senegal for the establishment of its headquarters. The land is a space where the adherents to its philosophy of non violence are presently experiencing the conditions for the making of a global peace village in the 21st century based on the teachings of non violence and service of Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba.

A pre requisite for the making of a peace village is the making of the peace citizen. The work being conducted in Pout provides the real conditions for the transformation of the adherents into peace citizens. The foundations are being laid for an economy and society geared towards peace and service to humanity through the active participation of all those committed to this ideal.

A return to the Earth for sustainable peace and community building

The International Sufi School Khidmatul Khadim in collaboration with the humanitarian organisation Third World Family Humanitarian is pioneering a global peace and community building project through agriculture and farming. This project, based on several hectares of farmland, is inspired from the thought of Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba (ra) who said:

“Be like the earth – It absorbs all the unwanted waste of mankind but in return it only gives back good: plants, flowers and fruits”.

At the International Sufi School we believe that to restore peace in society it is imperative to go back to the origin of conflicts and wars in order to address the root causes of violence and hatred and find true solutions towards lasting peace. All conflicts and wars have an economic causative factor. Greed and selfishness are often the cause of conflicts and violence, a cause that finds its origin at the level of the earth. The richness of the earth’s resources triggers in man the desire to acquire and hoard resources, often at the expense of others. This gives rise to an inequi table distribution of the earth’s resources among individuals, communities and nations.