Hey, Sufi-oriented people... I was wondering if any of you are actually members of a specific Order, and if so, what your experience with that has been like. I've been really getting into the lectures and teachings available from Kabir Helminski and the Threshold Society (went through their 99 Day Program correspondence course last year). I feel like these teachings and the teachers I have worked with (at a distance) really get to my depths, really help me educate my heart, even though sometimes I have qualms about various things.
I was really only in Qatar for 5 days, so I definitely didn't get a full layout of what life there is like. Because of the immigrant workforce, it really didn't feel too much like I was in a Muslim or Arab country, although there were more mosques and the hotel room had a sticker on the ceiling indicating qibla. I got together with an expat moms group, a mix of people from all over the place. One American woman said she never experienced homesickness because being in Qatar was very much like being at home in the midwest. But there were definitely more Muslims around, so I bet it would be a great chance to meet others. One way it was very different from the US was that it was very family friendly in terms of attitudes and scheduling, alhamdulliLah! As for learning Arabic there, I think I'd have to consciously make an effort to interact with Arabs and ask them to speak Arabic with me even though they can speak English. It might be easier than learning Arabic here, but actually I'm not sure! English is definitely the dominant language.