The Inayati Order

The Inayati Order2017-05-29T17:28:33+00:00

“The objectives: to realize and spread the knowledge of unity, the religion of love and wisdom, so that … the human heart may overflow with love, and all hatred caused by distinctions and differences may be rooted out.”

— Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Inayati Order*, formerly known as the Sufi Order International, is an international organization dedicated to spreading the Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, who first introduced Sufism to the Western world in 1910. The Sufi Message proclaims the knowledge of divine unity—of all peoples, all religions, and all existence—and the religion of the heart awakened to the beauty in all creation.

The Inayati Order operates internationally through a network of centers, and offers a number of programs and activities. These include the courses of the Suluk Academy, the Season of the Rose Summer School in North America, the Zenith Institute Summer Camp in the Swiss Alps, special programs and livestreamed events, and personal and group retreats with teachers of the Inayati Order.

*Inayat is an Arabic word meaning ‘kindness’ or ‘grace.’ In a spiritual context, it refers to the compassionate grace of God bestowed upon creation. It is also the given name of the spiritual founder of the Inayati Order, Hazrat Inayat Khan. Among Sufis, lineages of spiritual teaching and practice often take their names from their founders. Thus, the lineages which trace their origins to Hazrat Inayat Khan are generally known as Inayati lineages. The Inayati Order is the name of the organization representing the Inayati lineage passed directly from Hazrat Inayat Khan to his son, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, and currently led by his grandson, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan. A Statement from Pir Zia Inayat-Khan on the Name of the Inayati Order.