Jennifer Alia Wittman

Jennifer Alia Wittman on Finding the Burial Place of Rabia Martin

Jennifer Alia Wittman, executive director of the Inayati Order, tells the story of how she found the grave of Murshida Rabia Martin (d. August 30, 1947), the first American Sufi initiate of Hazrat Inayat Khan and his successor in North America, on December 4th, 2015, and speaks on the significance of honoring the Sufi women leaders of the past. This interview was filmed at the Abode of the Message in New Lebanon, New York, in November of 2016.

This is a special feature from the film, Living from the Heart: Universalist Sufism in America (release: September 2018). To pre-order the DVD, or to receive a notification about the Vimeo download, go to:

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).