Hazrat Pir-O-Murshid Inayat Khan Over a century ago, the musician and mystic Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927) brought Sufism from his native India to the West. Traveling, teaching and initiating seekers across the United States and Europe, he sowed the seeds of a world movement. Now, as President of the Inayati Order, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan continues his grandfather’s work of catalyzing authentic spiritual development.

These pages provide an introduction to Pir Zia and Sufism as it was lived and taught by Hazrat Inayat Khan. If you would like information beyond what is found here, including details on local centers, please visit inayatiorder.org.


This website grew from the seed of an idea planted by the Message Council of the Inayati Order. Its creators are Eric Mercer and Jennifer Alia Wittman.

Thanks are due to the Shama Suluk class and Tara and Latif Ashiq Hope for their generous support. Valuable input was provided by Wahhab Sheets, Nirtana Deckro, Yasodhara Lillydahl, Muhammadi Zuhal Karamanli, Noor-un-nisa Smallen, Sarida Brown, Sarah Leila Manolson, and Fatima Fay Besharat.

We are still working on translations and other additional features. There is more to come. We hope you will find here some of the things you have long been looking for!