STRUCTURE of the SUFI MOVEMENT USA and it’s PURPOSE
Administrative Structure Chart (preliminary, 224K PDF)
Structure of the Sufi Movement
Structure of the Activities
Universal Worship Activity
Brotherhood and Sisterhood Activity
Structure of the SUFI Movement USA
The original Sufi Movement was founded by Hazrat Inayat Khan in London in 1910 but later he moved his family after the WW I and moved to France. He relocated the headquarters of the organization to Geneva, Switzerland establishing the organizational structure and the Headquarters in 1915. The succession of leadership of the Sufi Movement are the Administrative Representatives including the heads of the Five Activities, the Executive Supervisor who is Vice-President and a Secretary and Treasurer. The five Activities of the Sufi Movement are: the Esoteric Activity, the Universal Worship Activity, the Healing Activity, the Brotherhood and Sisterhood Activity, the Symbology Activity.
- The Esoteric Activity is under the leadership of the Pir-o-Murshid Council (a group leadership of the International Representatives), and the Madar-ul Maham is the Secretary.
- The Universal Worship Activity is under the leadership of the Siraj-un-Munir, and the Moin-ul-Maham in Europe and in the USA act as the Secretaries.
- The Spiritual Healing Activity is under the leadership of the Sahaba-e-Safa, and the Bayt-ul-Haram is the Secretary.
- The Symbology Activity is under the leadership of the Most Experienced Farmer and the Dar-es-Salam is the Secretary.
- The Brotherhood/Sisterhood Activity is under the leadership of the Administrative Representatives, and the Peshkar in Europe and the Peskhar in the USA act as the Secretaries.
The purpose of the Sufi Movement worldwide and the Sufi Movement USA is to work towards unity. Its main object is to bring humanity, divided as it is into so many different sections, closer together in the deeper understanding of life. It is a preparation for a world service, chiefly in three ways. One way is the philosophical understanding of life; another is bringing about brotherhood and sisterhood among races, nations, and creeds; and the third way is the world’s greatest need, which is the religion of the day. Its work is to bring to the world that natural religion which has always been the religion of humanity: to respect one another’s belief, scripture and teacher. The Sufi message is the echo of the same divine message which has always come and will always come to enlighten humanity. It is not a new religion: it is the same message which is being given to humanity. It is the continuation of the same ancient religion which has always existed and will always exist, a religion which belongs to all teachers and all the scriptures.
Sufism in itself is not a religion nor even a cult with a distinct or definite doctrine. No better explanation of Sufism can be give than by saying that any person who has a knowledge of both outer and inner life is a Sufi. Thus there has never at any period of the world’s history been a founder of Sufism, yet Sufism has existed at all times.
The many present day Sufi Orders that respect the Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan are a gathering of members of different nations and races united together in the ideal of wisdom; they believe that wisdom does not belong to any particular religion or race, but to the human race as a whole. It is a divine property which humankind has inherited; and it is in this realization the Sufis, in spite of belonging to different nationalities, races, beliefs and faiths, still unite and work for humanity in the ideal of wisdom.
The Sufi Message warns humanity to get to know life better and to achieve freedom in life; it warns humanity to accomplish what he or she considers good, just and desirable; it warns the individual before every action to note its consequences by studying the situation, ones own attitude and the method one should adopt.
The Sufi Message not only guides those who are religious, mystical, or visionary, but it gives to the world the religion of the day: and that is to make one’s life a religion, to turn one’s occupation or profession into a religion to make one’s ideal a religious ideal. The object of the Sufi Message is the uniting of life and religion, which so far seems to have been kept apart. When a person goes to church once a week, and devotes all the other days of the week to their business, how can they benefit by religion? Therefore the teaching of the Sufi Message is to transform everyday life into a religion, so that every action may bear some spiritual fruit.
The method of world reform which various institutions have adopted today is not the method of the Sufi Message. Sufis believe that if evil is contagious, goodness must be even more so. The depth of every soul is good; every soul is searching for good, and by the effort of individuals who wish to do good in the world much can be done, even more than a materialistic institution can achieve. No doubt for the general good there are political and commercial problems to be solved; but that must not derail an individual from progress, for it is the individual progress through the spiritual path which alone can bring about the desired condition of the world.
The Sufi Message belongs to all. The principle work that the Sufi Message has to accomplish is to bring about a better understanding between East and West, and between the nations and races of this world. And the note that the Sufi Message is striking at the present time is the note which sounds the divinity of the human soul. If there is any moral principle that the Sufi Message brings, it is this: that the whole of human is like one body, and any organ of that body which is hurt or troubled can indirectly cause damage to the whole body. And as the health of the whole body depends upon the health of each part, so the health of the whole of humanity depends upon the health of every nation. Besides, to those who are awakening and feel that now is the moment to learn more about the deeper side of life, of truth, which is the purpose of the work we hope to accomplish in our Sufi Universal Fraternal Institute, the Sufi Message extends a helping hand without asking to what religion, sect, or dogma the person belongs. The knowledge of the Sufi is helpful to every person, not only in living his or her life rightly but in regard to one’s choice of religion. The Sufi Message does not call a being away from their belief or church: it calls upon the being to live it. In short, it is a pathway intended by God to unite humanity in brotherhood and sisterhood and wisdom. (Compiled from the Sufi Message Volume IX by Hazrat Inayat Khan)
The Sufi Message and the Sufi Universal Fraternal Institute aims at neither glorifying a past master, not is it a believer in any present one. Neither does it wait for the coming of another but considers the self as its master, and the world as its school. It learns its lessons from each experience in life thus being free of a chief or a leader.
“While in life’s sea we are sailing, toward the goal of our soul’s desire, we must pass by all that meets us, and patiently always aspire. Let our heart as compass guide us and the boat our faith will steer, day or night through wind or storm, we must row and need not fear.” Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.
Universal Worship Activity
This has two main activities: the Universal Worship and the Confraternity of the Message.
Participants in the Universal Worship are:
- Cherag: officiating
- Siraj: officiating and taking care of the preservation of the Service and may ordain Cherags or Cheragas
- Moin-ul-Maham in Europe and US: Secretaries to the Siraj-un-Munir
- Siraj-un-Munir: Head of the Universal Worship Activity
Participants in the Confraternity of the Message are:
Mureeds: who have an affinity for the Confraternity
Conductor of Confraternity: may lead the Confraternity in a group
Leader of Confraternity: in a Center
The Brotherhood and Sisterhood Activity
This activity has as object to bring into practice the basic theme of the Sufi Message which is to be a true brother and sister to all and to all religions:
- Local Representative
- Regional Representative
- National Representative
- Continental Representative
- Peshkar in Europe and US: Secretaries to the president of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Activity
- Co-Presidents: Head of the Brotherhood and Sisterhood Activity
The Healing Activity
This activity is the activity of Spiritual Healing
- Conductor: Conductor of the Ceremony
- Leader: Leader of several Conductors in one town
- Shefayat: Regional Representative of the Healing Activity
- Kefayat: National Representative of the Healing Activity
- Bayt-ul-Haram: Secretary to the Sahaba-es-Safa
- Sahaba-es-Safa: Head of the Spiritual Healing Activity
The Symbology Activity
This involves a deeper understanding of the meaning of symbols in our daily life, with two activities: Ziraat, a symbolism of farming, and the Element Ritual, a ritual of element, movement and color.
- Experienced Farmer
- Dar-es-Salam: Secretary to the Most Experienced Farmer
- Most Experienced Farmer:Head of the Symbology Activity
The Esoteric Activity
This is the Esoteric School on Inner Culture of the Sufi Movement and the practices of opening the keys to the inner life.
- 1. Elementary: Study Circle
- 2. Junior: Study Circle
- 3. Senior: Study Circle
- 4. Associate: Advanced Circle
- 5. Licentiate: Advanced Circle
- 6. Initiate: Advanced Circle
- 7. Naqib: Inner Circle
- 8. Naqib: Inner Circle
- 9. Naqib: Inner Circle – has right of Bayat for 1st initiation
- 10. Shaikh/Khalif: Higher Circle – right of Bayat up to and including 6th initiation
- 11. Murshid: Higher Circle – right of Bayat up to and including 10th initiation
- 12. Pir-o-Murshid: Higher Circle – right of Bayat all grades
- Madar-ul-Maham: Secretary to the Pir-o-Murshid Council
- Pir-o-Murshid Council: Head of the Esoteric Activity