Universal Chaplaincy is Affiliated with:
The Shadhiliyya Sufi Order Communities
Universal Chaplaincy is endorsed by the following organizations:
Islamic Society Leading Muslim Americans
Muslim Women's Organization (MWO)
knowledge for Living
"As a retired chaplain who served in the correctional, hospital, and Academic environment for 30 years, I recognize in Amany the qualities necessary to be an excellent chaplain and Educator. I have known her for 18 years. She is open-minded, sensitive, and has a centered presence rarely seen. She is humble, modest, sincere, unbiased, objective, open, and possesses exceptional coping skills. She is empathic while maintaining emotional stability. Amany celebrates and embraces diversity and has the highest sense of ethics."
Imam Abdurrahman Sykes
Master of Religious Practice, LCSW
Chaplain at Rollins College.
"It is my pleasure and honor to share my thoughts regarding Amany Shalaby, in the role of a chaplain she is above par. She is an overall compassionate knowledgeable individual. She is for sure my all-around ‘go-to’ person. I have known Amany for over 10 years and her commitment to her work is exemplary. I am confident that her professional skills along with her compassion and sensitivity make her a powerful addition to any organization. Her knowledge in her field of study has proven over and over again to be above par. For sure, she is one that seeks to perfect any endeavor she is committed to."
Founder of Knowledge for Living Inc.
This class, in just this half of the semester, has really built a greater understanding of emotions and the underlying needs of the spirit. Without this class, I would have been healing symptoms without addressing the deeped demands of the spirit.
think Amany Shalaby is a treasure for our community. Rather than shying away from issues or difficult conversations, she encourages us to dig deeper and try to develop a richer understanding and always connects us back to the Divine. While building an understanding of our tradition, she incorporates these principles into a curriculum that applies to our lives today.
Sadaf Fatima Saied
Muslim Women's Organization
Alhumduallah! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the program!!! I am in the class now and I can attest to how wonderful, informative, deep, supportive, healing, and transformative this class has been in addition to all the outer knowledge we have been taught and have been learning! With Amany Shalaby and Rifqa Guillot how could we not be receiving deeply on the inner and outer?! It is professional training for those who seek to become formal chaplains and it is also excellent training for those formally or informally supporting family, friends, community members, clients, and others as well. So many useful perspectives, tools, and knowledge. I love love, love this program, the teachers, and the participants. Allah has blessed us with this gem! Those who know Amany as a teacher, will only love and appreciate her even more and for those of you who do not know Rifqa, you will be in for a treat! They are a high-caliber team with deep insights, knowledge, experience, integrity, kindness, love, mercy, compassion, and lots of WISDOM! Ya Allah Ya Hakim!”, Carol Zahra Lee, Owner/Director at Lumina Healing Services.
"I’m so grateful for the deeply transformative and intimate experience we have had together in this beautiful program and for the holy container that Amany and Rifqa have held for us to grow together. Alhamdoulillah! Rifqa – my teacher. What I learned through you is how to be with myself and others wherever we are, how to accept and love myself more completely, how to be vulnerable and engaged with my humanity while surrendering to Allah, how to value the gifts that Allah has given me, and how to gracefully and cheerfully accept this lifelong journey of continuous transformation and growth and development in Allah’s womb. May Allah bless and reward you and elevate your station and keep guiding you closely and giving to you through His Generous Quran. Amany – my teacher. What I learned through you is how to cultivate joy and belonging through my intimacy with Allah, how to develop the inner love and peace and mercy and freedom and justice of the tree of life while also developing the outer bark and protection of the Sharia, the Quran, the sunna of our beloved walking Quran Prophet Mohammad SAW and all of Allah’s prophets SAW. May Allah bless and reward you and elevate your station and make you a bridge between all people of all faiths and mercy for all of humanity.", Nura Laura Benghal, peace mediator, and member of the Shadhiliyya Sufi Community.
"Really valued the mentorship of both Amany and Rifqa. Both pushed in in a different manner, Rifqa general in a very focused and direct manner, zoning in on particular issues, while Amany encouraged me, in general, to keep a broad mind when approaching spiritual religious issues.", Adam Stadheim, Imam, and student of Islamic studies.
"I was attracted to this program because of Amany’s knowledge, sincerity, and humility. I’ve come to appreciate even more your inner strength and devotion. As an engineer, you have a unique way of approaching spirituality – a systematic way of structuring proof, which strengthens conviction and sends doubt packing. As a mystic, you bring the facts to life, experienced through the feelings of the heart and the wonderment we experience by witnessing the miracles of Allah’s expansive creation. All that has come together in this group appears to be a reflection of you. Your hidden pearls are coming ever more clearly into view.
To Rifqa Guillot: You have continued to bridge for us the teachings of Allah and His Essence into the practice of Allah with His Presence as manifest through His Creation. What good is knowing Allah if we do not practice Allah in every interaction? If we do not seek to understand Allah through understanding each other, and then helping each other to understand ourselves? This is the reminder you bring, the keys to compassion, love, peace, and unity.", Debra Mastura Graugnard, M.Div., Creator and Founder at Joyfully Living Wellness
Amany: I am so moved with the gentle ways you gift the world spiritual knowledge and guidance. I have learned a lot from witnessing the ways you offer care and the ways you engage with religion. Your authenticity and control over ego are so refreshing to find in a leader and make your impact that much more potent. Every piece of advice and insight you offer I sit with for the rest of the week. This is a testament to the power of your words. My only wish and advice to you are to continue to expand your influence in the community as I think what you offer is hard to find for ordinary Muslims. May God facilitate that inshAllah.
Rifqa: You have shown us the ways vulnerable leadership is often the most powerful. You allowed us into your heart, fears, and triumphs and by doing so, shared with us so many lessons. This is in addition to the concrete knowledge you unapologetically inserted into our conversations, making us think about the issues from different perspectives or more carefully. The questions you always threw at me to consider may have been a blip on your radar but were major for my growth. They were always the questions I needed to sit with. My only feedback is to continue to share the pieces on psychology’s intersections with the themes we touch that you have insight about more formally. Thank you for your courage and your leadership." Jaylan Abd Elrahman, M.ED. and Currently in a Ph.D. Program of Counseling Psychology
Amany, you exhibit beautifully what religious and spiritual look like when combined together. The humility and expansiveness that accompanies your knowledge and wisdom have taught me volumes, and Rifqa your observation is like a laser beam that pierces through the thickest of fog and hits its destination right on target. So many times in class you accurately articulated things that I too was thinking about but didn’t have the words to express. You both have been a very positive influence for me and taught me how to approach an issue, where to look, and how to navigate a conversation.", Zia Habib
"Amany; I appreciated your balanced even keen nature that holds the hearts steady while you gently encourage each one to grow. I deeply respect the knowledge you bring to your classes and your patience with the group. Your dedication to helping beloveds with seeking knowledge is a real gift to all of us.
Rifqa; I appreciate your direct honesty, I always know where you are and how you are because you don't try to hide and be different from your own truth. I value your wisdom and practical insights into people. You encourage me to keep it simple and just speak the truth. You love and give with such a beautiful heart.”, Abdul Latif Dan Howard, Owner/Acupuncturist at Shen Garden Acupuncture.
"Amany - You are an amazing leader. You are so understanding and gentle and balanced and keen in your observations. I feel how much you are completed with playing a healing role in the world. Your story has inspired me to find what I was meant to do in life and to always do it with kindness and with the intention of making what’s around me healthier and expressing Allah’s love.
Rifka - Whenever you talk I feel like I have more to explore and I feel an excitement for learning more about myself and the world. You love people and you are always excavating it seems to me, no matter how many lessons you’ve gathered - it’s not enough. I am so happy I met your adventurous spirit. It has made me more thrilled with life.", Denisa Hoxha, Social Worker.
"Amany: Holy, wise, beautiful integration of all the avenues of Knowledge. Able to brilliantly lead people beyond their challenge with just the right amount of “religion” and practical compassion. My experience is that Amany teaches Sidi’s teachings in a way that is “right” and unique in-depth and practical application to what I’ve learned from Sidi’s other teachers. She inspires me and nurtures me in a way that is balanced mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Rifqa: Holy, wise, and able to see where people really are in a deep way, able to connect and then provide insight that is just the right medicine at just the right time in a beautiful, transforming practical way. Rifqa sees wisdom in everything. Her comments are profound and sometimes seem “magical” because they are so on-target!", Kim Rahmana Phipps, a member of the Shadhiliyya Sufi Community.
"Rifqa: Our teacher, guide, sister, companion… soft, strong, grounded, flying, merciful, unique... compassionate, beautiful, loving friend. The Wisdom is given to her, from him, by Him, for Him, through Him…she passes on to every heart around her…young and old. She is joy…teaching through her “being” …that everything is held in joy… everything is a gift from Him she says…she sees the gift, the love, in everything…in all of us. And so we are cracking, we are opening, we are healing, we are lifting, we are elevating, we are transforming …receiving…through her blessed heart… by His love… that flows, like purified waters pouring through her holy being. She is the invitation through which we draw close. She is a gift from Allah for what it means to let go, to trust…deep surrender…and to say “ La illaha illallah , Muhammad Rasulullah.
Amany: A guide sent from The Guide…the knowing teacher…the beloved sister, the sincere friend. The humblest…the heart, her inner being elevated up high. Yet humble. Beautiful Humility. This is the epitome of height. A servant once said:“ Oh Allah, guide me to the one who will guide me to you”…and …she appeared. She said…let us begin with “ Bismilahi Rahmani Raheem…”. Humble. Loving, open, yearning, excited, ready, content, and willing… “ labaik Allahu ma Labaik” says her surrendered heart. And here we are… walking… the Muhammadan light…with her heart…it is so bright…light upon light. Her beautiful words, her beautiful love, her care, her continuous giving…deep deep deep teaching …heart space…grace…an expression of His Infinite Love ...His Infinite Giving…His Infinitely Merciful embrace.", Mariam Morabet, student of the Shadhiliyya Tariqa.
"Amany: The dynamic between me and my beloved sister and teacher Amany is ever-evolving. Today I feel she is an important teacher for me on a more multi-dimensional level of the spiritual and of how to integrate the “Reality” in the world as a true servant of Allah. Due to my ever-present trust in her integrity and knowledge, I signed up for this class. My love and appreciation for her gifts have only grown through this experience. Thank you, my dear friend, sister, teacher, fellow lover of Allah.
Rifqa: The dynamic between me and my beloved sister and teacher Rifqa has also evolved but even more so than with sister Amany as I did not before look upon my sister Rifqa as “my” teacher. Even though at a deep level Allah (swta) sends everyone for me as my teacher. It’s interesting to reflect on this at this time in the course. I am learning much from sister Rifqa as she truly embraces and trusts the expression of Love that Allah is sending through her “right now... at the moment”. Her example is helping me to trust in the unique expression Allah sends through me in being more authentic and open and brave.", Kathleen Na`ama McCreedy, Hospice Volunteer, and member of the Shadhiliyya Sufi Community.
I have known teacher Amany Shalaby for many years. I'm a student at the University of Spiritual healing and Sufism and have met Amany through the Shadhiliyya Sufi community. I have always felt comfortable around her. She is an outpouring of the unconditional love of a mother. I have sought her spiritual direction in times of questions and doubts and she was always here to offer me deep listening. She has helped me connect to my true self to find my answers. I truly consider Amany a spiritual mother. And it such an honor to have her in my life.”, Sanaa Zerrou, a member of the Shadhiliyya Sufi Community.