Khaill Center is a spiritual wellness center pioneering the application of traditional Islamic spiritual healing methods to modern clinical psychology.
1. Khalil in the Arabic language means a very close and dear companion. This word is on a specific scale known as (al-Sifatul Mushabah), whereby in the Arabic language it is used to indicate that the aforementioned trait is consistently and constantly present in the one whom it is used for.
This is paramount to Khalil Center’s work due our mission to form close connections with the ones who seek our assistance, having a sincere desire for the betterment of our companions in faith and humanity. Also, psychological proximity and love grows between individuals that self-disclose very personal elements of their lives to sincere non-judgmental peers.
Alqamah (RA) when he was parting from the world, he provided his son with some final advice regarding the characteristics of a true companion. He said poetically:
‘Oh my son, if you are to take a companion, be the companion of the one whom, when you offer service to him, he acknowledges your service. The one whom when you spend time with him, he adorns you with good traits and when you are going through difficult times, he is there to assist you.
Be the companion of one whom when you extend your hand to accomplish something, he extends his hands to join you. If he sees good qualities in you, he makes you aware of it and if he sees negative traits in you, he informs you of these.
Be the companion of the one whom when you speak, he validates your truth. If you endeavor to take on a difficult task, he encourages you and if you dispute with him in matters, he gives you preference over himself.’ (Mentioned in Bidayatul Hidayah of Ghazali)
The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad our Master (peace and blessings be upon him) is described in the Qur’an:
“There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful.”(9:128)
This verse inspires the work of Khalil Center. As followers of the Prophet of Islam (peace and blessings be upon him) we believe that it is our duty to show concern, intervene, empathize and safeguard the individuals in our community from suffering (prevention) with deep compassion.
2. The Prophet Ibrahim (peace and blessings be upon him) was referred to as Khalilullah. The dear friend of Allah. We derive many spiritual benefits from being connected to our father Ibrahim, the father of the Abrahamic traditions.
3. Khalil Center’s name is also inspired by the great Indian ascetic and saint of the 19th century, Abu Ibrahim Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri (1852-1927) – may Allah be pleased with him. He was known for his combination of vast knowledge, deep piety and connection to Allah and His messenger Muhammad (pbuh). Khalil Ahmad inspired many in his life and spiritually nurtured the next generation of saints. He led a life of abstinence from worldly desires, deeply content with his spiritual connection to Allah, whereby he did not even speak to anyone in the last 24 hours of his life except that he would repeatedly utter the name of Allah until it was the last words that left his mouth prior to his soul being taken back to Him. He was buried in Jannatul Baqi in the city of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).