The Green Mountain School is actively dedicated to making known in English language and Arabic transliteration the ahzab, adhkar, awrad and du’aa’ of Sidi Abu’l Hasan ash-Shadhdhuli, may Allah sanctify his secret, which have informed, inspired and delivered to spiritual salvation many thousands of people from all over the world for more than 800 years.
Sidi Abu’l Hasan said, “Of all the Ways there are two: the way of traveling (suluk) and the way of attraction (jadhb). Our way is the Way of Jadhb. Our beginning is their end. Their beginning is our completion.”
“Who is illumined in the beginning is illumined in the end.”
The Green Mountain School is the third school Shaykh Nooruddeen has founded.
The first was established in 1969CE/1389H on Flag Mountain in New Mexico. This school was the site of the first purpose-built masjid ever erected in New Mexico.
The second school he founded was Dar al-Islam, established by him in Abiquiu, New Mexico in 1980/1400. In addition to its use for the Islamic education of children, it has been used for teaching by such well-known teachers as Shaykh Seyed Ali Ashraf, Shaykh Umar Abdullah, Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani and Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller and Imam Hamza Yusuf, and well as his own Shaykh, Sidi Ibrahim al-Battawi among others.
Shaykh Nooruddeen started the Green Mountain School, named after the mountain ridge on which he presently lives, in 1995 when he returned from Egypt. The major concentration of the school was and continues to be the teaching of the Qur’an.
The Green Mountain School also serves to make more widely known some of the thinking of Shaykh Nooruddeen on many contemporary issues. These can be found in various written, audio and visual forms on this website.
The School also serves as a local conduit for the dispersing of zakat and sadaqah to those mentioned by Allah It sponsors a weekly ma’idatu-l-rahmah (table of mercy), which gathers together orphans and widows from the refugee community, local university students and professors, and others among the poor, lately imprisoned and broken hearted to eat together, pray together, make dhikr together and read Qur’an together.
The Green Mountain School, in concert with An-Noor Foundation, has for more than seven years run a prison chaplaincy for both men and women in maximum security state prisons. This has been augmented and widened by a correspondence program which now has spread to provide copies of Qur’an and monthly letters to over one hundred and seventy individual Muslim prisoners in more than twenty-six prisons all over the country who are keen to know more about classical, traditional Islam, given the onslaught of Wahhabi/Salafi extremism. To combat these extremist tendencies, the school provides authentic information about traditional Islam using books and visual materials from among such teachers and guides as Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller, Shaykh Hisham al-Kabbani, Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal, Shaykh Ibrahim al-Battawi, and others teaching along the same lines.
These lectures, books, pamphlets and materials, drawn from a wide variety of the traditional sources, give the inmates, who are often heavily influenced by extremist viewpoints, a more complete idea of the possibilities within the world of Islam than they would find otherwise, since most of them have embraced Islam within the context of being imprisoned and are often unaware of the larger ummah, especially its historical and scholarly inheritance, other than as an abstraction.
The Green Mountain School supports cooperation among the turuq and in this area has worked closely over the last eight years with the Islamic Study and Research Association (ISRA) in spreading the love of Allah and His Prophet, blessings of peace be upon him and his family, in reviving the public celebration and gathering for the Mawlid an-Nabi and the Isra and Miraj held annually in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC. He maintains friendly and brotherly relations with the two teaching shaykhs who are active in the same geographical area: Shaykh Ahmad Abdu-r-Rashid and Shaykh Harun ar-Rasheed al-Faye. Shaykh Nooruddeen has also devoted much time and effort over the past two years to the teaching of the basic principles of Islam, Iman, Ihsan, and Iqan as well as Reading, Writing and Reciting Qur’anic Arabic to the students of the Shadhdhuli shaykh from the sacred precinct of al-Quds ash-Sharif and his long-time friend, Sidi Muhammad al-Jamal, whose message and call for peace, justice, mercy, love and freedom he wholeheartedly shares.
‘Insha’Allah you will find on this website useful materials in the realms of the written word as well as that of the spoken, chanted and visible word.
You may communicate with the School by writing firstname.lastname@example.org
“When the help of Allah comes and the Opening, and you see people entering the religion of Allah in multitudes, then hymn the praises of your Lord and seek His forgiveness. Truly He is ever accepting of repentance.” (Q 110:01-03)