From Hazrat Inayat Khan:
The effort of the Sufi Message is to give the opportunity to those serious seekers after truth that they may come in touch with the deeper side of life.
No doubt truth is never taught, truth is discovered. It is not the wonderworking, it is not the life of phenomena that is the sign of the seeker. It is in the search for truth that God is found; it is in the finding of God that truth is realized.
But where is God to be found? God is to be found in the heart of [hu]man[s].
About Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan
Hazrat Inayat Khan was born in Baroda, Gujarat, India on July 5, 1882 into Persian nobility, As a youth, Inayat was brilliant in poetry and music, yet his deepest inner calling was in spiritual matters.
Inayat's early life primarily revolved around music, and he was given many awards and medals of honor for his magnificent singing. Following a vision of meeting a Sufi teacher, he met Muhammad Abu Hashim Madani who trained him and initiated him in the into the Chishti Order of Sufism. He also studied with masters of the Suhrawardiyya, Qadiriyya and Naqshbandi traditions.
On September 13th, 1910, destiny brought Hazrat Inayat Khan "from the world of lyric and poetry to the world of industry and commerce." He sailed from Bombay to America, where he introduced Universal Sufism to the United States in 1910 before continuing his journey to Europe.
In this journey he was fulfilling the last words of his Murshid, "Fare forth into the world, my child, and harmonize the East and West with the harmony of thy music. Spread the wisdom of Sufism abroad, for to this end art thou gifted by Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate." His brothers Maheboob Khan and Ali Khan, who left careers in India to share his hardships and his work, were his companions on that journey. Within a year they were joined by Inayat's youngest brother, Musharaff Khan.
Initially, their public performances centered on Indian music. In addition to the musical performances, Inayat gave Sufi lectures that were often held in bookstores or homes. He traveled between the major cities in American such as New York and San Francisco, and back to the European continent, lecturing in many countries across the globe. He offered his Message to anyone
who would hear it even if only three people attended.
Inayat traveled widely in America and Europe from 1910 until 1920. During his travels in America, he met the woman destined to become his wife and companion, Ora Ray Baker, from New Mexico. He eventually set up a residence in France with his family, where he focused on summer schools, classes and lectures.
Between 1910Š1915, Inayat founded the International Sufi Movement and travelled widely, inspiring many and teaching the Sufi Message from California to Moscow. His lectures were transcribed and edited by his students to create the series which is today often called The Sufi Message. He cultivated an inner school, called then the Sufi Order or the inner school of the original organization the Sufi Movement. The International Sufi Movement was incorporated in 1923 under Swiss law.
Hazrat Inayat Khan traveled to Holland, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, and back to San Francisco. He was happy to see there Murshida Rabia Martin, who he called, "The mother of the Sufi Movement in the United States". She took him to the Khankah, Pir Dahan, which she established in Marin and which later became a center for Murshid Samuel Lewis, the founder of the Sufi Ruhaniat International.
Ora Ray Baker -- Pirani Ameena Begum (to whom Inayat also gave the name Sharda) -- bore four children: two girls, Noorunnisa, born January 1st, 1914; and Khairunnisa, born June 3rd, 1919; and two boys, Vilayat, born June 19, 1916; and Hidayat, born August 6th, 1917. Their first child was born in Russia, and the remaining three in England, where they sheltered during the First World War.
In 1926, because he was becoming physically exhausted from his schedule of travel and work, he decided to go home to India to rest. However, his popularity was so great in India that he found himself once again traveling to spread the Message. While in India, he became ill. Following a brief period of illness, Inayat Khan departed from this world on February 5, 1927. His dargah (burial tomb) is in Delhi at the Nizamuddin Dargah complex where the founder of the Nizami Chishtiyya, Shaykh Nizamuddin Auliya (died 1325), is buried. (Pirani Ameena Begum passed away in Paris in 1949.)
Hazrat Inayat Kahn's youngest son has been instrumental in the Internation Sufi Movement. Another branch holding Murshid Inayat KhanÕs impulse formed under the guidance of his eldest son, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. The Sufi Order International was established in the late 70Õs in the East Coast in an old Shaker community and named, The Abode of the Message.
Centers of the Sufi Message brought by the teachings of
Hazrat Inayat Khan are now vibrant in Holland, Italy, France, England, Russia, Canada, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Argentina,
Norway, Israel, and many centers in the United States.