Inayati Order

Wisdom of the Prophets: Sufism & Islam with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan


Hazrat Inayat Khan tells of how the Light of Unity conveyed by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the words “Nothing exists but God” (la ilaha illa’llah) summed up the messages of the preceding prophets of all lands and all times.

In this sixth and final installment of the Wisdom of the Prophets series, “Sufism and Islam,” Sheikha Fariha al-Jerrahi, Sheikh Ghassan Manasra, and Pir Zia will delve into the gnosis of Islam as it has been lived and described by Sufi mystics through the centuries. Subjects of exploration will include The Affirmation of Unity, Prayer, Fasting, Alms, Pilgrimage, Peacemaking, and Divine Remembrance.

Sheikha Fariha, leader of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Order, communicates the light and life of the Path through sacred songs (ilahis) and elevating rituals of remembrance (zikr). Sheikh Ghassan, of the Qadiri Order in the Holy Land, combines esoteric scholarship with a lifelong commitment to the vital work of interreligious peacemaking. Pir Zia, author of Mingled Waters: Sufism and the Mystical Unity of Religions, on which the series is based, will again play host.

Wisdom of the Prophets is a six-part series of courses, offered in-person or online, which offers students the opportunity to study and practice the inner teachings of the prophets as enshrined in the wisdom traditions that derive from their revelations.

Sufism Documentary Filming at Abode

In November, documentary filmmaker, Chuck Davis, came to the Sufi Ruhaniat International's Jamiat Khas at the Abode of the Message in New Lebanon, New York, to film interviews and scenes for a documentary on universalist Sufism in America.


At the Abode, Davis filmed a dialogue on Sufism and Ecology with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan and Pir Netanel Miles-Yépez, as well as interviews with Deepa Gulrukh Patel (European Coordinator of the Inayati Order), Jennifer Alia Wittman (Executive Director of the Inayati Order), Netanel Miles-Yépez (Pir of the Inayati-Maimuni Order), Shabda Kahn (Pir of the Sufi Ruhaniat Order), and Zia Inayat-Khan (Pir of the Inayati Order).

Sufism Documentary Filming at Season of the Rose

In July, documentary filmmaker, Chuck Davis, came to the Season of the Rose, the Inayati Order's Sufi summer school, in Portland, Oregon, to film the first scenes of a new documentary on universalist Sufism in America.


A major focus of filming was an evening of traditional Qawwali with Sukhawat Ali Khan, at which Mevlevi semazen, Aziz Isaiah Abbatiello, turned. Davis also filmed sessions with Sufi teachers, Taj Inayat and Pir Zia Inayat-Khan.