About Us

The Purpose of Life is to Make God a Reality

Whoever may read these words—a warm welcome to you!

Ongoing Activities

  • Sufi Practices and Meditation:  Classes held once month September through June:  7:15-7:30pm sitting meditation; 7:30 class begins; 9pm class closing. Meeting the 1st Tuesday of each month except for meeting the 3rd Tuesday in September and January. The theme for the year is “Healing”. Classes will explore the art of healing using the Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat Khan, and the current teachings of Pir Zia Inayat Khan.  These teachings include a focus on the sacred names of God as a way to restore ourselves to a place of health, vitality and connection.  An exploration in healing for ourselves, our relationships, families, communities and ultimately for the health of the country and the world. A dynamic part of each session is the practice of Zhikr, a ceremony of Remembrance; singing; chanting and the beauty of prayer.  Classes are appropriate for both the beginner and the experienced seeker.  The nature of many of the Sufi teachings require consistency, please consider a dedicated commitment to attend classes regularly.  Classes scheduled; Sept 19, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 16, Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 1 and June 5.  Three Sunday morning classes will be added through the course of the year.
    The Center is led by Zarifah Kadian and Nur Azad Mangold (and others) who have been studying and teaching Sufism for over 40 yrs.  (Please let us know if you will be attending class for the first time, Gail Jamila,  gwellock@verizon.net)
  • Universal Worship:  This beautiful ceremony celebrates all the worlds’ major religions with readings, chants, candle lighting, music, meditation, and celebration. The service is followed by a potluck feast and social hour.  The next service will be held, Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 11am.  The theme of the service is “Holding it All:  Joy and Sorrow”.  All are welcome!  Fall Universal Worship 2017
  • Kinship: A form of community service open to all.  Special one-day Sohbet and Practice to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia, “Making Our Spiritual Path Relevant in the World”, a Kinship Activity to benefit the Hope Project, New Delhi, India.  Making Our Spiritual Path Relevant in the World
  • The Baraka Center Facebook:  Check out what The Baraka Center of Washington, D.C. is saying on Facebook.


The Baraka Center is dedicated to the study and practice of contemporary Sufism. It is a center of The Inayati Order: A Sufi Path of Spiritual Liberty. Regular classes are offered as well as special events such as retreats, guest teachers, community outreach, and musical events. The Center is located in a quiet neighborhood in Chevy Chase, Maryland and offers a friendly and inviting atmosphere to all who are drawn to its doors.

Many are drawn to Sufism through the great Persian poets Rumi and Hafiz and ask, “What is Sufism”? The answers are as varied as the people who answer that question. At the Baraka Center, we believe that Sufism is that essence which unites person to person and eventually person to God. We believe that all beings have within them what they need to find their purpose in life while maintaining their connection to Oneness amidst the complexity of living on earth. Sufism makes it possible to relax the tension that constricts the heart and to dispel the clouds of doubt and fear. This is accomplished through the science of breath, the practice of concentration and meditation, the opening of the heart through purification and devotion, and the dedication to the sacred service of a suffering humanity.

Baraka Center Coordinators

Screen Shot 2014-09-07 at 9.47.09 AMNancy Zarifah Kadian and Jack Munawir Mangold are psychotherapists in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland, integrating the psychological and the spiritual. Jack is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and Nancy leads ongoing women’s groups and retreats. Both have studied Sufism with their teacher Pir Vilayat Khan for over 30 years, teach in The Inayati Order: A Sufi Path of Spiritual Liberty, and serve as co-coordinators of the Kinship activity of The Inayati Order. Their great love for God and humanity is the guiding impulse that that shapes all of their work.