Shaykh ‘Abd al-Wahid Pallavicini’s spiritual practice and metaphysical orientation gave him the resolve to return to Italy and bring home the blessings he received in the East. Upon his initial return, Italy in the seventies and eighties was a stranger to Islam; the country had yet to experience its current level of Muslim immigration.
After having been totally unknown for many years, the shaykh’s orientation has become well received in Italy.
During those decades, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Wahid Pallavicini would meet with the ambassadors of Islamic countries for Friday prayers (jumu’ah). Oftentimes they were unable to gather even the minimum number of seven men needed to perform the ritual properly. As he worked to serve the first generation of Italian Muslims, the Shaykh contributed to the establishment of the Islamic Cultural Center of Italy that now manages the Great Mosque of Rome.
At that time, the visionary Persian prince Abolghassem Amini was the Secretary General of the Islamic Center and he exerted great effort in establishing the Cultural Center and the Great Mosque of Rome.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Wahid Pallavicini, has functioned as an intermediary between Christianity and Islam since 1986 when he was in Assisi as one of the members of the Muslim delegation invited by Pope John Paul II to participate in the first meeting with the representatives of the world religions.
He continued to bridge the two faiths during the years he acted as an ambassador between the Mosque of Rome and the Vatican.
He channeled a metaphysical quality still present in both the Muslim and Christian Orthodox communities of the East. Abiding by the teachings of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Wahid Yahya Gue´non, he did not intend to bring the metaphysical message to Christianity itself—which has always had this perspective and always will— but rather to the institutional structure of Catholicism.