Inayati Order Board

Inayati Order Board2019-01-04T17:06:43+00:00

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan - Photo Credit: Karamat HessPIR ZIA INAYAT-KHAN
President, Richmond, VA

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, familiarly known as Sarafil Bawa, is a scholar and teacher of Sufism in the lineage of his grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan. He received his B.A. (Hons) in Persian Literature from the London School of Oriental and African Studies, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University. Pir Zia is president of the Inayati Order and founder of Suluk Academy, a Sufi school of contemplative study with branches in the United States and Europe. He lives with his wife and two children in Richmond, Virginia where he regularly teaches classes at the Astana, the Inayati Order’s North American Headquarters. Photo Credit: Karamat Hess

yaqinheadshot2015YAQIN AUBERT
Vice-President, Richmond, MA

Yaqin Joseph Aubert is the Vice President of the Inayati Order and Director of the Pir Vilayat Center at the Abode of the Message in New Lebanon, New York. Yaqin has been studying 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 within Suluk Academy. He is a founding member and former director of both the Abode of the Message and Mountain Road School, founded on the Abode’s grounds. Yaqin is a storyteller, retreat guide and leads group retreats and seminars in North America. Photo Credit: Hilary Benas

board_mellenMELLEN KENNEDY
Chairperson, Lincoln, VT

Mellen was initiated into the Inayati Order in 2006 and ordained a Cheraga and Shafayat in 2009. She holds the Healing Concentration for the Northeast Region. Mellen was also initiated in Zira’at in 2012, and is a Friend in the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Professionally, Mellen is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and has the honor and joy of serving the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Springfield, 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 teaches “The Sacred Art of Storytelling” and “Speaking from the Heart,” on the extemporaneous style of preaching and speaking.  Before entering the ministry, Mellen earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana. She joined the board in December 2015 and lives, gardens, dances and hikes with her husband in Lincoln, Vermont. Photo Credit: Sabine Photo Art

Vice Chairperson, Richmond, VA

Hakima Elizabeth Normand was initiated into the Inayati Order in 2014. She is a Coordinator in Training and will be a graduate of the Naubahar Class of Suluk Academy in 2020. She received her Doctor of Law degree from Willamette Law School. Her professional career included being a hearings officer, mediator, facilitator and trainer; designing and implementing dispute resolution systems and training courses; and facilitating public policy decision-making processes. Hakima has been a member of the Inayati Order Board since Winter 2017, and lives in Richmond, Virginia. Photo Credit: Sabine Photo Art

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 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. Photo Credit: Sabine Photo Art

Treasurer, Vienna, VA

Jeffrey Raga Spowls is a long-time leader and representative within the Inayati Order. Now that the Inayati Order is in Virginia, near his home, he has returned to the board to assist specifically with the area of financial management. Raga is a graduate of Georgetown Law School and a professional family mediator. He rejoined the board in 2018.


board_huzurnawazHUZUR NAWAZ GERMAN
Brookline, 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. Photo Credit: Sabine Photo Art

Calgary, Alberta

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. Photo Credit: Sabine Photo Art

Advisory Board

board_aminaAMINA HALL
Rochester, NY

Amina Hall is the Vice President of the Inayati Order’s Universal Worship activity in North America. She is also 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. Photo Credit: Sabine Photo Art

board_fazlFAZL PEAY
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. Photo Credit: Sabine Photo Art

Vallejo, CA

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.Photo Credit: Sabine Photo Art

sally-marquis-image-2017JAHANARA SALLY MARQUIS
Santa Fe, NM

Jahanara Marquis was initiated in 2011 after attending classes taught by a lover of Rumi, whirling with Dervishes, and listening to Pir Zia, who brought her “home.” For five years she hosted Gayan Macher’s Caravans in Seattle and continues to do so in her new home of Santa Fe, New Mexico. In her professional life, Jahanara worked for over 25 years in the Environmental Resource profession (USEPA and Seattle Public Utilities). Since 2010, she has been an Executive Coach, working with leaders and teams to lead more authentic and joyful lives. Being with animals is a passion and she has been volunteering with the New Mexico Wildlife Center (rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing injured wildlife) as an animal feeder and board member, and with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter as a puppy socializer and dog fosterer. She lives in Santa Fe with her husband.

board_roshanROSHAN PEAY
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 served on the Inayati Order board from 2014 to 2018. She is retired and lives in San Diego with her husband, Fazl. Photo Credit: Sabine Photo Art

Petaluma, CA

Taj Inayat was initiated into the Path of Inayati Sufism in1967. Two years later she met Pir Vilayat. They became spiritual partners and remained so until his death in 2004. In 1975 Taj and Pir Vilayat founded the Abode of the Message, followed by Taj co-founding Sufi Retreats East/West in 1996. These annual/semi-annual retreat groups continued until 2008. Taj was part of the Suluk curriculum planning committee and has taught at Suluk Academy. In 2013, Taj co-founded  the New Rain program.  It involves group retreats, and an online program designed to help mureeds strengthen and sustain their daily  spiritual practice. Taj held the position of Vice President of the Inayati Order for many years, retiring in 2016, and is currently a member of the Inayati Order Advisory Board.  She holds a MA in Counseling Psychology.  Taj is an active retreat guide, and Inayati Center leader in Petaluma, CA.

tumblr_inline_nhtxxxc6lR1s3dzvbBAYAZID WARE
Atlanta, GA

Bayazid Jonathan Ware, a devotee of the Sufi Message, has served as a member of the Inayati Order’s Advisory Board since March 2016. His prior leadership roles within the Order include Vice Chair – Board of Trustees; Chair of Legal Committee; Chair of Personnel Committee. Bayazid also serves as assistant general counsel to the world’s largest airline.