PIR ZIA INAYAT-KHAN
President, New Lebanon, NY
Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Ph.D., also known as Sarafil Bawa, is a scholar and teacher of Sufism in the lineage of his grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan. Pir Zia is president of The Inayati Order and founder of The Suluk Academy, a school of contemplative study with branches in the United States and Europe. He is author of Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity, and the Mystical Quest (2012) and Mingled Waters: Sufism and the Mystical Unity of Religions (forthcoming, Spring 2017). Pir Zia divides his time between New Lebanon, New York, and Sureness, France. (pirzia.org)
Vice-President, Richmond, MA
Yaqin Joseph Aubert is the esoteric secretary to Pir Zia Inayat Khan, head of the Inayati Order. Yaqin has been studying in Sufism for more than 40 years and is a senior teacher in the Order. He was a student of Pir Zia’s father Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. Yaqin is a Cherag (minister) in the Universal Worship, and has been a teacher in the Suluk Academy. He is a founding member and former director of both the Abode of the Message, a spiritual community and retreat center in upstate New York, and Mountain Road School. Yaqin is a storyteller, retreat guide and leads group retreats and seminars in North America.
Chairperson, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Roshan Peay was initiated into the Inayati Order in the mid-1990s by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, and is a graduate of the Suluk Academy (Alif and Andalib). Professionally, Roshan is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and a licensed commercial interior designer. The owner of a corporate design firm in Washington, D.C., she specialized in designing office spaces for non-profit associations, law firms, corporate headquarters, restaurants, and retail stores. She served as President of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), a non-profit networking organization for women in real estate, and was also a member of Leadership Washington. Roshan is a member of the Inayati Order Executive Committee, Chair of the Finance Committee, Co-Chair of the Communications Committee, and has been a member of the board since 2014. She is retired and lives in San Diego with her husband, Fazl.
HUZUR NAWAZ GERMAN
Vice-Chairperson & Treasurer, Jamaica Plain, MA
Huzur Nawaz German is a representative-in-training at the Inayati Order center in Boston, Massachusetts, where he teaches a bi-weekly class introducing people to Sufism. He has been studying the works of Hazrat Inayat Khan since 2001, and was initiated into the Inayati Order in 2005. In 2009, he graduated from Suluk Academy (Andalib), and has been active in the Suluk graduate study programs ever since. In his daily life, Huzur Nawaz is a professional airline pilot, as well as a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, working with adults recovering from early life trauma. He has also been a neighborhood organizer, and is currently active in several community organizations. Huzur Nawaz is a member of the Inayati Order Executive Committee, Co-Chair of Communications Committee, a member of the Finance Committee, and has been a member of the board since 2014. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and son.
Secretary, Cambridge, MA
Tajalli Roselli was initiated into the Inayati Order in 2012, and is a graduate of the Suluk Academy (Gulzar). She earned her master’s in Theology from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her received her doctor of law from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Professionally, she has a private immigration law practice focusing on asylum, family-based immigration, and refugee issues. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the National Lawyers Guild (Mass Chapter, Board Member 2014-2016). Tajalli has been a member of the Inayati Order board since the Fall of 2016 and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mureed’s Representative, Sarasota, FL
Mahbood Len Seligman has been a student of Sufism since 2001. He first studied Sufism at the Baraka Center in Washington, D.C., where he led regular universal chant gatherings. Since 2013, Mahbood has been a regular student at Rising Tide International in Sarasota, Florida, where he also provides music for many events, and is one of several cherags supporting the weekly Universal Worship. In his professional life, he is a Ph.D. in Information Technology with over 30 years experience as a researcher and consultant, having published over 60 papers. He is currently the Chief Technologist for the MITRE Corporation which supports the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Mahbood is the National Delegate representing mureeds to the Inayati Order Board, elected by the Inayati Order leadership.
Trustee, Lincoln, VT
M’ellen was initiated into the Inayati Order in 2006 and ordained a Cheraga and Shafayat in 2009. She is a member of the Board of the Healing Order and holds the Healing Concentration for the Northeast Region. She was also initiated in Zira’at in 2012, and is a Friend in the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Professionally, M’ellen is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and serves as consulting minister for the Unitarian Universalist Churches in Springfield and Washington, Vermont. She is co-founder of the Unitarian Universalist Small Group Ministry Network, the founder of Peace and Unity Bridge, an organization dedicated to cultivating friendship and understanding among Muslims and non-Muslims, and also conducts a workshop called, “Speaking from the Heart,” in which she teaches an extemporaneous style of preaching to other ministers, seminarians and lay leaders. Before entering the ministry, M’ellen earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana. She is a new board member as of December 2015 and lives with her husband in Lincoln, Vermont.
ISFANDARMUZ MAGGIE HANNA
Isfandarmuz Maggie Hanna has been a student of Sufism since 2000. A graduate of Suluk Academy (Salsabil), she periodically offers classes in her hometown of Calgary. In her professional life, Isfandarmuz has a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology, and is a resource explorationist in both mining and oil and gas. In recent years, she has consulted as an Innovation and Technology Scout for the Canadian Oil Sands with an emphasis on reducing environmental footprint and energy intensity, identifying technology under development for use in our post-carbon future. Currently, she is Vice President of Innovation and Technology for two clean tech startups, and a public speaker on Energy and Innovation topics. Isfandarmuz has been a member of the Inayati Order board since the Fall of 2016, and lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with her husband and son.
RAQIB MIKHAIL KOGAN
Tacoma Park, MD
Raqib Mikhail Kogan is a graduate of Suluk Academy (Kafur), actively involved in the Sufi Healing Order. Professionally, he is Medical Director of the George Washington Center for Integrative Medicine in Washington, D.C. Born in the former Soviet Union, Raqib emigrated to Israel and then to the United States, where he obtained his medical degree from the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He followed this with a Primary Care and Social Medicine Track Residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., which led to his joining the faculty there as an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care. Raqib currently serves on the board of the Healing Order, and has been a member of the Inayati Order’s board since the Fall of 2016. He lives with his wife, Farista, and sons in Tacoma Park, Maryland.
HAKIMA ELIZABETH NORMAND
Hakima Elizabeth Normand was initiated into the Inayati Order in 2014, and is a regular participant in Taj Inayat and Gayan Macher’s New Rain Retreats, New Rain Online, and part of the organizing team for an Inquiry Group in Washington. She received her Doctor of Law degree from Willamette Law School and has thirty-five years of experience as an administrative judge, hearings officer, mediator, arbitrator, facilitator and trainer, designing and implementing dispute resolution systems and training courses for private and public agencies, and facilitating public policy decision-making processes. She currently works freelance as a hearings officer, doing unofficial judicial hearings for government and quasi-governmental agencies, particularly in the areas of public housing and land use. Hakima has been a member of the Inayati Order board since Winter 2017, and lives in Portland, Oregon.
Amina Hall is co-founder and co-leader of the Rochester Center for Sufi Studies in Rochester, New York. In the business world, Amina has founded multiple consulting firms to facilitate organizational transformation for large and small companies alike, providing executive leadership development for over 200 CEOs and their teams over the years. Amina has provided consultation and development support to many non-profit boards as well, serving on and chairing more than twenty non-profit boards of trustees. She currently serves on the board of the Rochester Business Alliance and is Chair of the Women’s Council Board of Directors. Amina is a graduate of Suluk Academy (Alif), an Inayati Order representative, active in Universal Worship, the Healing Order, and Zira’at. Amina is a member of the Executive Committee, and was a member of the board from 2007-2017. She lives in Rochester with her husband, Husam Richard Bachner.
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Fazl was initiated by Murshid Samuel Lewis in 1969, and a year later, became a student of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, with whom he lived at the Hurkalya Center in Novato, California. During this period, Fazl served as Pir Vilayat’s West Coast Representative, coordinating retreats for him in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as leading his own classes. Fazl is a cherag in the Universal Worship, a sheikh in the Sufi Ruhaniat International, a former Inayati Order center leader in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and an active member of the Baraka Center in Washington, D.C., before relocating to San Diego in 2011. He is a former member of the board of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and currently serves on the board of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Professionally, Fazl was a successful commercial real estate developer in Washington, D.C., developing high-rise office buildings, restaurants, hotels, senior living communities, golf courses, and multi-family properties. He retired in 2005, and was a member of the Inayati Order board for over ten years.
Hadi Reinhertz has been a student of Sufism in the Inayati Order since 1981. He was the coordinator of the West Coast Sufi camps from 1982 through 1992, and served as the Director of the Abode of the Message, a retreat center community operated by the Inayati Order, for more than two years, beginning in 2000. In his professional career, Hadi was an educator, functioning both as a teacher and principal for forty years. Currently, he works for Loyola Marymont University as a field supervisor monitoring and mentoring candidates in the Teach for America Program. Hadi and his wife, Shakina, are the leaders of an Inayati Order center in Vallejo, California, and he served on the Inayati Order board for fourteen years.