Zia Inayat-Khan

A Higher Union

William Blake

William Blake

Often it is asked, if God is good and beautiful, why is there so much evil and ugliness in the world? The answer is that the Creator has endowed humanity with freedom. We are free to choose love, and the virtues and inspirations that love kindles, or to choose lovelessness, and the dark shadows that lovelessness casts.

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Persian and Indian Visions of the Living Earth

SchoolOfTabriz1From the Caspian Sea in the west to the Bay of Bengal in the east stretches a vast and undulating tract of the planetary crust marked by soaring peaks, scorched deserts, and fertile river valleys.

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September Message

 9 September 2013

Toward the One

Dear Companions on the Path,

May these lines find you well.

Following a summer of travels, I have just returned with my family to the Abode of the Message. It is good to be back.

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Turkey Ramadan 2013

Somewhere between East, West, heaven and earth lies Turkey. Wherever we have turned here—in Istanbul, in Haci Bektash, in Cappadocia, in Konya—we have found the face of the Friend. As we prepare to leave tomorrow, our hearts are full of thanks for the kindness of our gracious hosts: Dr. Mehmet and Zehra Muge Kasim, Mehmet Soran, Fazal Mai, Hadiye, Nurunnahar, Gozem, Aysen, and Sheikh Celaleddin and Maylee Loras.

Remembering My Father

Pir Vilayat photoYesterday was the Urs (anniversary of a Sufi master’s passing), and tomorrow is the birthday, of my father, Pir Vilayat Inayat-Khan (1916-2004). Among the many things for which he is remembered is his passionate love of sacred music.

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Shama Graduation

Mu-in al-arwahOn the misty morning of June 8th at the Abode of the Message, the Shama class of the Suluk
Academy celebrated its graduation.

As their project, the class cleared and marked an enchanting woodland trail, known as Jamil Loop, leading from Chair Factory Road (past the Abode farm and pond) to the Sanctuary atop Mt. Lebanon.

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The Good Life Lab

Good Life Lab CoverWe have been born into a world that is fast changing. Never have so many men and women lived upon the earth. Never have men and women taken so much from the earth. The planet is groaning under the strain of our demands. Glaciers are melting, rivers turning toxic, rubbish heaping up, species vanishing—all that we may keep up a way of life that gives us happiness. But are we really happy?

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Summer Camps

ZenithInstituteIn the 1920s Sufi seekers used to gather in Suresnes, France each summer for two months of sacred study, practice, prayer, and remembrance. After the Second World War the municipality appropriated the large Sufi garden to make room for urban sprawl and the Summer School moved elsewhere.

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Parvana Suluk Class Graduation


On April 6th the Parvana class of the Suluk Academy celebrated its graduation at Fazal Manzil in Suresnes. The members of the class hail from France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Lithuania, and Spain.

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Objects of the Order

Meditation Course1.    To realize and spread the knowledge of unity, the religion of love and wisdom, so that the bias of faiths and beliefs may of itself fall away, the human heart may overflow with love, and all hatred caused by distinctions and differences may be rooted out.

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Ten Sufi Thoughts

book cover imageTHERE ARE TEN PRINCIPAL SUFI THOUGHTS which comprise all the important subjects with which the inner life is concerned:

1. There is One God, the Eternal, the Only Being; none exists save God.

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Sufi Meditation and Contemplation

Sufi Meditation CoverIn India in the 1950s my father collected a large stack of old Sufi books in the form of lithographs and manuscripts. These books were mostly the works of saints of the lineage to which my father’s father belonged, and most of them have not been published since the nineteenth century. Among the authors represented were (by attribution) Khwaja Mu‘inuddin Chishti, the founder of the Chishti Order in India; Dara Shikuh, a Mughal crown prince and Qadiri Sufi; and Shah Kalimullah Jahanabadi, a major systematizer of Chishti teachings, and founder of the Kalimi line of the Chishti Order.

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