WHAT IS THE SUFI MESSAGE?

The Sufi Message is the perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty brought to the United States in 1923 by Hazrat Inayat Khan, the Sufi Master from India born into Persian nobility (July 5th, 1882-February 5th, 1927). While traveling in the United States he met Ora Ray Baker in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Pirani Amina Begum Ora Ray Inayat-Khan became his wife in 1912 and later the mother of their four children: Noor-un-Nisa, Vilayat, Hidayat and Khair-un-Nisa. He founded the International Council and revised the Constitution of the International Movement which was incorporated for the first time according to Swiss Law in Geneva in 1923. (Biography, p. 177)

Hazrat Inayat Khan was born in Gujarat, India and was initiated into the Chishti Order of Sufism. He also studied with masters of the Suhrawardiyya, Qadiriyya and Naqshbandi traditions. He left traditional Sufism behind when he established the Sufi Message, which grew throughout the 20th century up to the present. Heijrat Day, September 13th, 1910 is celebrated by Sufis remembering his journey from India with his mission to bring the Sufi Message to the Western world.

The Sufi Message later known as Universal Sufism has many followers around the world. Many practice Zikar for remembering the Divine Source as well as performing esoteric practices derived from ancient Zoroastrian, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and Islamic traditions while adhering to the Unity of Religious Ideals.

Hazrat Inayat Khan’s Twelve Sufi Message Volumes are published by SerVire for the International Headquarters of the Sufi Movement, Geneva. The Biography of Pir-O-Murshid Inayat Khan is published by East-West Publication, London and the Hague.

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