Goal: Build faith-based communities
Dr. Umar continues to travel across the world in an effort to edify and cultivate communities. With trips to 22 countries this past year alone, our hope is that we begin the process of reform and renewal; reforming our own hearts and our own communities in an effort to please God the Exalted.
Zawiyah: Spain, Egypt, North America
The Zawiyah program expanded this past year to 3 retreats a year on 3 continents. The Zawiyah serves more than 550 participants from 15 different countries and has helped us in our goal of building faith-based communities. New Zawiyah locations coming soon.
Balanta Tribe Project
An opportunity arose from the blessings of our teacher’s work in West Africa. Responding quickly and with the support of our dynamic team on the ground in Cairo, Egypt, we came together as a community and raised more than $30,000 for a large population as they entered Islam. This project is only the beginning of an effort to support this community with basic needs, education, and social enterprise. We hope to launch a larger campaign and bring this effort to the Muslim community in a hope to make this a sustainable project.
Qadrriya Association Gambia Annual Conference
Each year, the QAG conference in the Gambia gathers more than one thousand West Africans together for a day of companionship and learning. Participants gather to break bread and learn from Dr. Umar and others under the guidance of Shaykh Muhammad al-Jilani. Oasis has successfully sponsored the event this past year, and seeks to support this project on an annual basis.
Oasis Artist Retreat
This year we ambitiously ran a pilot program, our first ever Artist Retreat. This small retreat gathered 20 talented Muslim musicians, filmmakers, poets and other artists for a short 3-day retreat that focused on their experiences as cultural producers and their role as believers and spiritual vanguards in contemporary society. This first cohort was overwhelmingly appreciative and grateful for this opportunity, and we hope to continue supporting them as well as new artists in future intimate retreats.