About SUFI Friends, the Institute and Courses

Dear Friends and Learners,

First, I would like to sincerely thank all the community of friends and colleagues who have helped with ideas and images to create this SUFI Institute website for the Sufi Message. Gratitude goes to the following people who donated so generously to the construction of our site: Ben, James, Adeeba, Taaj & Andrew, Sara, Sophia, Saqi, Meena, Amrita, Naheed, Mahbud, Jay Lev, Khaliq, Tanzen Two-Feather, Robin and Inayat. Without your generous help we could not have gone forward to make this site a reality. May it expand and grow in support of the arising needs within all peoples lives.

Hazrat Inayat Khan who has inspired this SUFI site has also influenced many Sufi Orders so that they could develop and advocate their type of transmission of his teachings. These many Sufi Orders have variable content and translations but overall the inspiration comes from one prophetic messenger, that is Hazrat Inayat Khan who synthesized four Sufi lineages, Chistiyya, Naqshabhandiyya, Suhrawardiyya, Qadiriyya and began a new Cause by calling the spiritual themes of Love, Harmony and Beauty, the Sufi Message of Spiritual Liberty. Applying his inspiration, this statement below reflects the true essence of our Institute.

To be a Sufi in practice means to be a true human being living a life of the heart and enhancing the attitude of well-being for the benefit of all.

The Sufi Universal Fraternal Institute provides wisdom and simple applications for promoting spiritual, physical and mental health modalities useful in our time. The drop down menu on the Institute Page will bring you into information about the following:

  1. Our purpose for each course,
  2. The courses available to study,
  3. The directors of the courses and the start dates,
  4. The online community and how it works

As you investigate the drop-down menu under the Institute, you will find further information about the Faculty, Admission, Courses, Tuition and News.

Feel welcomed, feel greeted and feel united within the true sense of collaborative learning.

Yours in infinite blessings and service and again deep gratitude to our donors,

Ana Perez-Chisti, Ph.D. President

SUFI Courses and Purpose

Class will begin January 25th 2020

Start Date of Course: We will begin our online course January 25th 2020 at 6pm-8pm PST. Please adjust your time for your location. A Zoom invitation will be sent our to those who have registered for the class an hour before class begins. Just click on the web address that is in the invitation email and I will admit you into the classroom.

Instructor: The course will be offered by Rabia Ana Perez-Chisti,Ph.D

Subject of Study: We will review the mystical meanings that reveal truth and wisdom as given to us by Hazrat Inayat Khan as well as reviewing perspectives from the ancient religious scriptures and commentaries.

Registration: For those members who are interested in signing up for the course please write an email to sufimovementusa@gmail.com After receipt of your message you will be given a registration form and code for connecting up to our meeting.

Meeting Times: We will meet for the first series, twice a month for six weeks starting Saturday Jan. 25th; Feb 8th; Feb. 22nd; Mar.14th; Mar. 28th; Sat. April 11th, at 6pm PST. Assignments will be given for your contemplation and study. The following dates will be given in the class for the second, third and forth sections of the series.

Commitment: I ask that students commit to the full twenty-four weeks of classes structuring the full course so that the class formation remains intact as no one will be able to enter after the start date of January 25th 2020. Please register by the last week in December 2019. The texts can be (ordered from Amazon.com or other cyber distributors)  for the course:

  1. Suf Message Vol. IX: The Unity of Spiritual Ideals by Hazrat Inayat Khan.Geneva: International Headquarters fo the Sufi Movement. 1963.
  2. Sufi Message Vol. V-The Sufi Message of Spiritual Liberty; Love, Human and Divine; Metaphysics by Hazrat Inayat Khan Katwijk, Holland: SerVire Press, 1962, 1973, 1979. Read pages, 191-232.
  3. Women and Religion by Majella Franzmann, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2000. Read the whole book.
  4. One River, Many Wells by Matthew Fox, N.Y.: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penquin, 2000, 2004. Read pages. 101-185

Looking forward to seeing you all in our online class. Wishing you all many blessings and insightful realizations as we view the collective contributions of these three authors.  May peacefulness abide with all people and may we open our hearts toward greater understanding.

Blessings all, Murshida Rabia Perez-Chisti, PhD.