Cultivating the Heart:

Reflections on the Qur'an and Spiritual Wisdoms

Program Dates: Saturday, August 24–Thursday, August 29, 2019
Arrival: August 24. Departure: August 30

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The Program:

Cultivating the Heart: Reflections on the Qur'an and Spiritual Wisdoms

Join us for an intimate, holistic experience that will energize the body, uplift the soul and nourish the mind.

Our Scholars

Dr. Mariam Sheibani, Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans and Shaykh Hisham Mahmoud will teach in the mountains of Granada this summer. Also in attendance will be Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah and Shaykh Muhammad Haydara al-Jilani.

In the course of six days, we will embark upon a wide range of discourse and practical training that will cover the following:

Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans

The Refinement of Souls | Ahmad ibn ‘Ata’ Illah al-Sakandari

The Refinement of Souls is a translation of Imam ibn Ata Allah Sakandari's, may Allah be pleased with him, Taj al-Arus al-Hawi li Tahdhib al-Nufus. It is a concise manual consisting of spiritual instructions, aphorisms and private discourses.

The author has included numerous references to the Qur'an and Sunnah, as well as illuminating stories and similitudes, in the course of explaining religious themes such as repentance, the effects of sin, the nature of the struggle against the lower self, envy, reliance on divine planning and many others.

Dr. Mariam Sheibani

Divine Love, Longing, Intimacy, and Contentment 

Based on Book Thirty-six of Imām al-Ghazālī’s Revival of the Islamic Sciences on Love, Longing, Intimacy and Contentment, this class will explore the pivotal role of divine love in Islam. Imām al-Ghazālī establishes the necessity of the love between God and man and argues that the virtues and spiritual stages that precede love, like repentance, patience and gratitude, engender love, while the spiritual stages that follow from love, like longing and contentment, result from it. Beginning with the discussion of love in the Qur’an, Sunna, and the precepts of the lovers, we will explore the meaning of man’s love for God, and God’s love for man. We will study the causes of love that al-Ghazālī outlines, and which he uses to demonstrate that God is the only truly object truly worthy of our love. We will also study some of the fruits of love, namely longing, intimacy, and contentment. Finally, we will supplement our discussion by considering what it means to love others for the sake of God, which Imām al-Ghazālī outlines in Book Fifteen on The Ethics of Companionship.

Imām al-Ghazālī’s Book Thirty-six on Divine Love, Longing, Intimacy and Contentment has been translated into English and published by The Islamic Texts Society. The translation is excellent and can be found on the ITS website or on Amazon. It is encouraged (though optional) to purchase the book for both preparation and for use during class. For preparation, we recommend starting with Imām al-Ghazālī’s Introduction to the Iḥyā’ (pp. VII-XVI) and the translator’s Introduction (pp. XXI-XLII).

Shaykh Hisham Mahmoud

Marvels of the Qur'an | Seven Keys to Unlock Seventy Meanings

"Do they not reflect deeply on the Qur'an, or have hearts locked themselves out?" (47:24). This seminar will cover various approaches to tadabbur, that divine invitation to contemplate the layered meanings. Every verse in the Book of Allah withholds seventy meanings according to `Abd Allah b. `Abbas, yet there is a key to open every door of meaning, allowing locked hearts to, ultimately, mirror their own reflections on the Word of God.

Daily Schedule

We will have approximately 4 hours of instruction punctuated by meals, prayer times, breaks and optional activities.



Accommodations & Pricing


Bunk beds accommodate up to 12 people, with indoor bathrooms, wardrobes, blankets, bed sheets, pillows, etc. They also have a rest area with sofas. Men and women have separate dorms. 

$825 per Adult
$425 per Child (3-12 yrs)


The upper floor of the building has hotel-like rooms, with ensuite or shared hall bathrooms. The lower floor is good for large families and has studios and two or three room suites, a few with a separate kitchen.

$1,200 per Adult
$425 per Child (3-12 yrs)


Beautiful, newly constructed apartments 15 minutes from the Rosales campus. Some have small kitchens and sitting rooms. Must have your own transportation to/from Rosales Campus.

$1,200 per Adult
$425 per Child (3-12 yrs)



Register for the Rosales Retreat

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must book your accommodations and pay in full in order to register.


Registration Form:

Prices are shown per night in the registration form below. However, you must book the full 6 nights.

Important Notes: 

  • Payment in full per person is required to register.

  • In order to register, you must select an accommodation type. 

  • Rooms that are based on double occupancy must be booked by a minimum of two adults. If you are a single person in a double occupancy room, please be aware that you will be charged for two adults, not one.

Easy Steps to Register:

  1. Choose the number of people in your party, select Search.

  2. Choose your accommodation based on the total number in your party (including children). Specify the number of rooms and the number of adults.

  3. If you are booking with children, make sure to use the "Add Child(ren)" item at the bottom of the booking form before you select Next Step.

All payments made through PayPal. Major credit cards accepted. 

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Registration includes:

  • Tuition for all classes

  • Lodging

  • All meals, drinks and snacks

  • Transportation to and from the airport [designated departure and arrival dates and times from Madrid Airport (MAD)].


An Oasis team member will respond within 24 hours. Contact us at


Frequently Asked Questions


Here are some commonly asked questions regarding our trip.


  • What is included in the cost?

  • How do I complete my registration?

  • Can I pick who is in my suite?

  • Can we purchase a day pass?

  • Will we have personal time with the Shuyukh?

  • Are there children's activities?

  • Are there activities for adults?


  • Is there a group flight to Madrid?

  • What are the dates we should travel?

  • If I arrive to the retreat late or depart the retreat early, how will I get to/from the airport?

  • Who do I contact to buy my plane tickets?

  • What are the transportation options to/from the Madrid airport?