June: Inayatiyya Activities, Mid-Atlantic region Newsletter by Jami Klein.

Warm greetings, everyone, I hope you are well.
 
The huge Mormon Temple outside DC has had an open house for two months. Usually it is only open for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, but renovations have just been completed, and the Temple has been open until it is reconsecrated. Besides the friendliness of all the volunteers who were hosting, I was struck by how every area inside was done so beautifully, so caringly, yet with great simplicity. It made me think of the Shaker style of beautiful simplicity, though this did not have the austerity of the Shaker style.
 
I was also struck by how it seemed so ordinary, yet so unusual. The devotion to Jesus was evident, but there were no crosses, which they don’t use as a symbol. It was like a cathedral without a cross, which may not be unique, but is still surprising. So I was reminded how often other religions and other cultures can seem both ordinary and unusual, evoking a sense of both unity and of multiplicity.
 
I love the attitude we’re taught by the Universal Worship. That is, to admire and respect every religion in its unique contributions, while staying aware of an underlying unity, in the search for Love and Truth. Think of how much the West has gained from our contact with Eastern meditation and yoga, learned from one culture which is atheist and another which is polytheist. I think of it as “cultural appreciation,” similar to music appreciation or art appreciation.
 
This attitude is central in our building of the Universel, the vision of a world united in harmony.
Oh Thou, the Maker, Molder and Builder of the universe,
build with Thine own hands the Universel,
our Temple, for Thy Divine Message, of Love, Harmony, and Beauty.
These days we are confronted not only by the conflicts between religion, and between nations, and between ideologies, we have serious cultural conflicts within our country, and within other Western countries. In this culture war it seems much harder to treat those on the other side with admiration and respect.

Much of the conflict is between progressives, committed to overcoming the injustices of our society, and conservatives, concerned that rapid change would destroy norms and values that the social order depends on. On the whole the two sides despise each other, defined as feeling “contempt or a deep repugnance for” someone. Deep rooted moral values and human rights are threatened.
 What would the Universel be within the US?
…There are so many philanthropic societies who are really doing a good work in doing what little they can to help humanity in its suffering and distress….Our special way of working must be peculiar to the Sufi message, even in an outside activity as kinship….In the work of kinship, what especially we can do is to bring forward one principle, and that principle is tolerance. -Social Gathekas, Chapter on Tolerance.
Within the two cultures are many subgroups, of course, and some are very extreme. The extremes are hard to appreciate, though we can sometimes find “a method to their madness” (from Hamlet), a kernel of sense in what seems like madness. But not always. Isn’t that the real test of tolerance: can we tolerate the intolerant?
While some judge another from his own moral standpoint, the wise one looks also at the point of view of another. -Bowl of Saki, July 8
Within our country the Universel would not be a melting pot, a common goal until recently. That no longer works in a world with so much contact between many cultures. Better would be a multicultural society, with a respect and even an admiration for all cultures–including one’s own. The image is each culture sounding its own music note, which could be harmonious with the notes of other cultures. Love, harmony and beauty, we like to say.
Raise us above the distinctions and differences which divide us.
 
Send Thy peace, Oh Lord, that we Thy children on earth, may all unite as one family.
With love and blessings to you all, -Jami
June Offerings on Zoom

The Inayatiyya web site has a fine list of events, so only some of the highlights are mentioned here. 
Many events are listed right on the homepage: inayatiyya.org
For viewing the Inayatiyya monthly calendar choose “Programs” and then “Digital Programs Calendar.”  
For the list view, of each item one by one, choose “Programs” and then “Program Details.”  
For videos of earlier classes go to “Digital” and then “Vimeo.”  
For videos of Taj and Gayan look at https://newrain.info/resources and then “weekly attunements.”
 
Inayatiyya Featured Programs (from the Inayatiyya home page)
    Suresnes Sufi Summer School
July 2 to 10, 11 AM to 4 PM EDT, on Zoom, in English
with Shaikh-al-Mashaik Mahmood Khan, 
Pir Zia Inayat Khan Maulabakhsh, 
& Mir Ravanbakhsh Yüzkhan
(cost not yet announced, and may be very inexpensive)
 
Turkiye Retreat and Tour with Pir Zia
Conference July 11-16
Sightseeing Tour July 16-19

Pir Zia at Zenith Camp in Switzerland
“The Call of the Earth”
Week I: July 24 to July 30
Week II: July 31 to Aug. 6. Community Retreat, “Opposites Attract.”
(not known if this is also on zoom)
 
Katwijk Retreat w/ Pir Zia
Aug. 20-21 in The Netherlands
(not known if this is also on zoom)
 
  Labor Day Retreat w/ Pir Zia
Sept. 2-5, Fri eve to Mon noon
      Charles Town, WV
(with housing; 1.5 hours from DC)
Full details on Web site Home page; no zoom.
 Sufi Healing Service for the World
Wed, June 8, and every Wed at noon, free.

New Rain Attunement with Taj & Gayan 
Thurs, June 9, and every Thurs, 12 to 12:30 pm, free
newrain.info/resources 
 
Other major events and resources:
1. Encountering Murshid: A Conversation Between
Sharif Graham & Taj Inayat
Free ~ On Zoom
Sun, July 3, 1 – 3 pm EDT
newrain.info to register and get link

2. Pir Shabda Kahn – Resilience: Cultivating Strength, Stability, and Compassion in These Challenging Times
A River of Guidance Course
Sundays, June 12, 19, 26, 1-2:30 pm Eastern
Each class will be recorded and available to registered participants.  ruhaniat.org

3. Hazrat Inayat Khan’s Esoteric Paper Classes (Gathas and Githas).  These classes for initiates are held on Zoom 
every other Thurs at 9-10 PM.  See the Inayati online calendar for details. Free.
4. New Rain Online, a monthly class with Taj and Gayan  on Saturdays.  If you join the class you get hints twice a week and 
also access to the last five years of classes.  Cost is $29 a month.  Newrain.info
5. The Ruhaniat offers various recorded courses online.  See Ruhaniat.org  Here are a few of them:
~~Pir Shabda: “The Mystical Power of Sufi Breathwork, Mantra and Sacred Sound”
~~Murshid Wali Ali: 
“God is Breath” Series
“A Journey Through the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah,” using
   the book Physicians of the Heart.
~~Zoom courses, of 3 Sunday sessions each, are offered this summer/fall, called “River of Guidance.” 1-2:30 PM EDT
     Pir Shabda Kahn – Resilience: Cultivating Strength, Stability, and Compassion in These Challenging Times
   (see item 2 above)
 
6. Sufi Message Classes from the Sufi Movement USA, monthly on Sat. at noon for 1 1/2  hours, by Murshida Nuria Sabato in Florida. sufi-message.org
 
7. The new Inayatiyya Inner School web site gives details about the school for the Sufi path toward self-realization.  Found from the home page, under About ~ Seven Activities.
 
8.The Message Volumes of Hazrat Inayat Khan are all online, and searchable.  See www.wahiduddin.net and go to Spiritual Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan.  At this site you can also sign up to receive wonderful daily quotes from the Bowl of Saki, emailed with helpful longer passages.

9Audio recordings of Pir Vilayat are available for streaming for free at www.pirvilayatlegacy.net    An easy way to hear some of his very best talks and meditations, and nicely organized.  Other recordings are on pirvilayatcenter.org and those include transcripts to read as you listen.  
10. Retreats and classes by other Sufi and related teachers:
a) Talks by Shahabuddin are available for free on Livestream (search for Rising Tide International).  
 
b) Joy of Movement – ongoing weekly classes with Zuleikha Storydancer, zuleikha.com
11. YouTube has many talks, including talks by Pir Zia and meditations by Pir Vilayat.
 
12. Tara Brach, of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC, has countless meditations, talks and courses online, on Radical Compassion and every other subject, at tarabrach.com. By donation.
Local Calendar
 
Thurs, June 2 – [Baltimore and Zoom] – Ziraat and Healing Class, 7 PM, first Thurs of the month. mumtaz.kammerer@yahoo.com

Sun, June 5 – [Silver Spring live & on Zoom] Deep Listening Circle: Music, Poetry, Meditation.  On zoom and also in person!  If you are vaccinated and healthy: “Welcome! You are invited to come – in person – to the OneCircle Center at 3804 Littleton Street, Silver Spring, MD for our Deep Listening Circle.  We will be happy to see all of you!  11 AM to about 12 noon. 
     “We have been gathering in our circle every single month since 1996 and each month we respond to a theme. The theme for June is ‘A Circle of One.’ Please take the opportunity to be an active part in the Circle and contribute a creative offering based on our theme.”   -Love, Stream Ohrstrom, Tania Gerich, Gloria Kozel. 1onecircle1@gmail.com  facebook.com/onecircle  Go to Facebook for zoom link.
 
Tues, June 7 – [DC area and onlineClass at the Baraka Center in Takoma Park, MD, 7 – 8 pm, usually every 1st and 3rd Mon.  Led by Raqib and Rafia.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7612262808  barakacenterdc.org  gwellock@verizon.net or Baraka Center DC on Facebook

Thurs, June 9 – Weekly New Rain Attunement with Taj and Gayan at noon for half an hour.  Every Thursday, free.  See Home page or newrain.info/resources

Thurs, June 9 –  [Charlottesville and online] Universal Sufism: Explore the Spiritual Path of the Heart.  Every Thurs at 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  This week’s topic is Tolerance rabiapovich@gmail.com

Sun, June 12 – [Zoom from Takoma Park] Sunday Healing Service at 10:30 AM, usually held weekly at 11:00https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7612262808  
barakacenterdc.org  gwellock@verizon.net  

Sun, June 12 – [Balt and online] Universal Worship in Baltimore, on zoom Monthly on the 2nd Sunday, 11 am EDT.  Celebrate the world’s religious traditions in a beautiful worship service.   mumtaz.kammerer@yahoo.com  

Fri, June 17 – Urs of Pir Vilayat, the anniversary of his death in 2004.

Sun, June 19 – Birthday of Pir Vilayat. At the Abode in NY State, a celebration includes Universal Worship and brunch IRL (in real life). Hopefully to be on zoom.

Mon, June 20 – [DC area and onlineClass at the Baraka Center on Zoom and in Takoma Park, MD, 7 – 8 pm, every 1st and 3rd Mon.   Led by Raqib and Rafia.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7612262808  barakacenterdc.org  gwellock@verizon.net or Baraka Center DC on Facebook.

Future  

Individual Transformational Retreats Available –  [Charlottesville] “The corona virus has invited us to spend more time alone. Have you taken time to be alone with the Alone?  When we take time and create an intention for a retreat, we are invited to release the stress and weight of our worldly interactions, move at our own pace, and delve deeply into our inner life. Retreats from 2 – 6 days available in comfortable private space. Contact Rabia Povich, certified Inayatiyya retreat guide, for more information.”  Rabiapovich@gmail.com

July 2 to 10 – Suresnes Sufi Summer School – See major events, above.

Sun, July 3 – [DC, Zoom] Deep Listening Circle: Music, Poetry, Meditation.  Interactive in person/Zoom event at 11 AM.  1onecircle1@gmail.com   See June 5, above.

Sun, July 3 – Sharif Graham and Taj on Hazrat Inayat Khan. 1-3 PM EDT, free.  See major events, above.

Tues, July 5 – Birthday of Hazrat Inayat Khan, in 1882.

Sept. 2-5, Fri eve to Mon noon – Labor Day Retreat w/ Pir Zia.  Charles Town, WV, with housing; 1.5 hours from DC. Full details on Web site Home page; no zoom.

Regular Classes

   Takoma Park, MD – The Baraka Center. Classes are held online 1st and 3rd Mondays, 7-8 PM on Zoom.  Classes explore the Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat Khan, and the current teachings of Pir Zia Inayat Khan. Led by Raqib and Rafia.  For more details: Jamila, gwellock@verizon.net or see Baraka Center DC on Facebook.
 
    Baltimore
Universal Worship, 2nd Sun, 11 AM on Zoom. 
Ziraat and Spiritual Healing class, 1st Thurs, 7 PM. mumtaz.kammerer@yahoo.com
    
   Charlottesville, VA: Blue Ridge Sufi Community
rabiapovich@gmail.com or ron.povich@gmail.com
Classes Thurs 7-8:30, on zoom.
Individual retreats offered, see July 1 above, contact Rabia
 
   Philadelphia: Sufi Order of the Greater Delaware Valley 
Sufi Teachings, a class on Zoom with Telema, every Sun. at 7 pm
https://philadelphiasufi.org telema@verizon.net
 
   Scranton & Allentown, PA
Weekly Githa Class Mondays at 7:30 on zoom
Contact Fattah! at frenz2cathy17@ahealingplaceonline.com

   Richmond: The Astana, astana@inayatiyya.org, 518-794-7834, Headquarters of the Inayatiyya.
 See inayatiyya.org ~ programs ~ digital programs calendar, or on the Homepage.
 
   Address of The AstanaHeadquarters of the Inayatiyya: 112 E. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219,   518-794-7834
    astana@inayatiyya.org   www.inayatiyya.org    
Local Calendar  [Note: For all the national events, more information can be found on the inayatiyya.orgweb site, using the digital calendar.] Sun, Oct. 3 –[Zoom fromTakoma Park] Sunday Healing Service at 10:30 and Universal Worship Service at 11 AM. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7612262808  barakacenterdc.org  gwellock@verizon.net Sun, Oct. 3 – [Silver Spring live & on Zoom] Deep Listening Circle: Music, Poetry, Meditation.  On zoom and also in person!  If you are vaccinated and healthy: “Welcome! You are invited to come – in person – to the OneCircle Center at 3804 Littleton Street, Silver Spring, MD for our Deep Listening Circle.  We will be happy to see all of you!  11 AM to about 12 noon.        We have been gathering in our circle every single month since 1996 and each month we respond to a theme.  The theme for October is ‘Heart of Service.’  Please take the opportunity to be an active part in the Circle and contribute a creative offering based on our theme.”   -Love, Stream Ohrstrom, Tania Gerich, Gloria Kozel. 1onecircle1@gmail.com facebook.com/onecircle  Go to Facebook for zoom link.       Popular OneCircle House Concerts (begun in 2004) are back!!  You are invited to an in-person concert with world class musicians Ronn McFarlane (lute) & Carolyn Surrick (viola da gamba).  Sat, Oct. 16 at 7:30 PM.   www.RonnMcFarlane.com Sun, Oct. 3 –  [Zoom from RVA] Sufi Teachings class with Pir Zia at 3-4:30.  These weekly classes are key teachings, not to be missed, and are a great way to keep up with Bawa’s latest teachings.  This week continues six months on Nature Meditations: Hazrat Inayat Khan’s Ensouled Cosmology.  See Inayatiyya Home page.  These talks are free, and stay online to be available afterwards.To the eye of the seer every leaf of the tree is a page of the holy book that contains divine revelation. – Hazrat Inayat Khan  Mon, Oct. 4 – [DC area and onlineClass at the Baraka Center in Takoma Park, MD, 7 – 8 pm, every 1st and 3rd Mon.  Led by Raqib and Rafia.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7612262808  barakacenterdc.org  gwellock@verizon.net or Baraka Center DC on Facebook or Thurs, Oct. 7 – [Baltimore and Zoom] – Ziraat and Healing Class, 7 PM, first Thurs of the month. mumtaz.kammerer@yahoo.com Thurs, Oct. 7 – Weekly attunement with Taj and Gayan at noon for half an hour.  Every Thursday, free.  See Home page or newrain.info/resources Thurs, Oct. 7 –  [Charlottesville and online] Universal Sufism: Explore the Spiritual Path of the Heart.  Every Thurs at 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  This semester topics are from the Gatha series on the subject of Metaphysics (Tassawuf).  rabiapovich@gmail.com Sun, Oct. 10 – [Balt and online] Universal Worship in Baltimore, on zoom Monthly on the 2nd Sunday, 11 am.  The theme for Oct. is Peace.  Celebrate the world’s religious traditions in a beautiful worship service.   mumtaz.kammerer@yahoo.com   

Sun, Oct. 10 –  [RVA and Zoom] Sufi Teachings class with Pir Zia at 3-4:30 weekly. Preceded by Sama at 1:30.

Sun, Oct. 10 – [DC and Zoom] Dhikr in the lineage of the Nur-Ashki Jerrahi.  8-9 PM. Also on Oct. 24 (2nd and 4th Sundays).   ellen.wertheimer@gmail.com   

Fri, Oct. 15 – Kinship Circle: The Intersection of Love and Justice, with Omid Safi.  3-4:30 PM. kinship@inayatiyya.org See Web site.

Sun, Oct. 17 –  [RVA and Zoom] Sufi Teachings class with Pir Zia at 3-4:30. Preceded by Inayatiyya Global Meditations at 1:30.
 Fri, Oct. 22 – Inayatiyya Virtual Khanqah, monthly, 2-3:30 PM Sat, Oct. 23 – Kinship Tea.  “All are welcome to this offering, an opportunity to meet and commune with each other, and to enhance camaraderie within the wider community. Bring your tea or coffee and connect.”  12 to 1:15 PM on Zoom.   kinship@inayatiyya.org  See Web site. Sun, Oct. 24 – Zikr with Zuleikha at 1:30.  4th Sundays. Sun, Oct. 24 –  [RVA and Zoom] Sufi Teachings class with Pir Zia at 3-4:30 weekly. Preceded by Zikr with Zuleikha at 1:30. Sat, Oct. 30 – That which transpires behind that which appears.  Retreat practices of Pir Vilayat, led by Devi.  “Boundless States, Planes of Being, Stages of Samadhi, Working with Light.” 12 to 3; $50 Sun, Oct. 31 –  [RVA and Zoom] Sufi Teachings class with Pir Zia at 3-4:30 weekly.  Future   Individual Transformational Retreats Available –  [Charlottesville] “The corona virus has invited us to spend more time alone. Have you taken time to be alone with the Alone?  When we take time and create an intention for a retreat, we are invited to release the stress and weight of our worldly interactions, move at our own pace, and delve deeply into our inner life. Retreats from 2 – 6 days available in comfortable private space. Contact Rabia Povich, certified Inayatiyya retreat guide, for more information.”  Rabiapovich@gmail.com
Mon, Nov. 1 – [DC area and onlineClass at the Baraka Center in Takoma Park, MD, 7 – 8 pm, every 1st and 3rd Mon.   Led by Raqib and Rafia.  For more details: Jamila  gwellock@verizon.net  or see Baraka Center DC on Facebook.
 Sun, Nov. 7 – [DC, Zoom] Deep Listening Circle: Music, Poetry, Meditation.  Interactive in person/Zoom event at 11 AM.  1onecircle1@gmail.com   See Oct. 3, above. Sun, Nov. 7 –  [RVA and Zoom] Sufi Teachings class with Pir Zia at 3-4:30.  Thurs to Sat, Nov. 11 to 13 – [Zoom] Gleaning the Harvest: An Autumn Retreat.  Three days, led by Amida Cary, 11 AM to 7:15 pm daily, $150 to $225 sliding. Nov. 20 & 21 – Love Human and Divine.  Retreat with Pir Zia, hosted by Inayatiyya UK.  6 AM to 12:30 PM EST, cost £150
 Regular Classes
   Takoma Park, MD – The Baraka Center. Classes are held online 1st and 3rd Mondays, 7-8 PM on Zoom.  Classes explore the Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat Khan, and the current teachings of Pir Zia Inayat Khan. Led by Raqib and Rafia.  For more details: Jamila, gwellock@verizon.net or see Baraka Center DC in Facebook.     BaltimoreUniversal Worship, 2nd Sun, 11 AM on Zoom. Ziraat and Spiritual Healing class, 1st Thurs, 7 PM. mumtaz.kammerer@yahoo.com       Charlottesville, VA: Blue Ridge Sufi Communityrabiapovich@gmail.com or ron.povich@gmail.comUniversal Sufism, every Thurs 7-8:30, on zoom.Individual retreats offered, see Nov. 1 above, contact Rabia 
   Philadelphia: Sufi Order of the Greater Delaware Valley 
Sufi Teachings, a class on Zoom with Telema, every Sun. at 7 pmtelema@verizon.net
 
   Richmond: The Astana, astana@inayatiyya.org, 518-794-7834, Headquarters of the Inayatiyya.    ~Sufi Teachings, every Sun. at 3, with Pir Zia    ~2nd Sun. Sema, with Zikr and music, at 1:30
    ~Weekly Sufi Healing Service for the World, Wed. at noon    ~Kinship Third Friday Gatherings,  3 to 4:30 PM.      ~Haywanat, Monthly Young Adults gathering, third Fri. at 3. See inayatiyya.org ~ programs ~ digital programs calendar, or on the Home page. 
   Address of The AstanaHeadquarters of the Inayatiyya: 112 E. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219, 518-794-7834
    astana@inayatiyya.org   www.inayatiyya.org    

Tuesday class offering is changed to Monday class!

Dear friends,

We have to reschedule our bi-weekly free classes from Tuesdays to Mondays due to changes in Raqib’s hospital schedule. We hope we will see on on 1st and 3rd Mondays of the each month! Time remains same: 7-8pm. Drop ins are welcome!

Classes are still held on Zoom. Here is our Zoom link (permanent).

February 5th 2022: Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid’s 95th Urs

On this, our most sacred day of the year, we will celebrate life and spiritual legacy of our beloved Murshid, Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927). We dedicate our Baraka class on Tuesday, February 7nd to Murshid’s Urs. Join in remembering his life, Zikr and poetry.

If you are interested in reading about Murshid’s life, visit this link:

https://www.pirzia.org/hazrat-inayat-khan/

Let’s celebrate Rumi!

Dear Dervishes!

We dedicate our next Tuesday night class on December 15th to celebration of Rumi’s life and poetry. December 17th is a day of Rumi’s passing, which is called by sufis Urs, or a day of Marriage.

Bring your favorite Rumi (or other Sufi poets) poem to read during class. Let’s immerse in beauty and ecstasy!

Suluk Global

from Inayatiyya website:

SULUK GLOBAL ONLINE PROGRAM
A very special opportunity for murids worldwide.
Application deadline June 1st. Acceptances sent by June 20th.

As the world is on pause, and the future of gathering in-person uncertain, we are taking an adventurous and clearly guided step and moving Suluk online for a special 2020-2022 class.

Our Suluk Global Online Program will begin in September 2020 and graduate in June 2022. We anticipate accepting 80 students into the program, representing the Inayatiyya’s muridship within four global regions: Oceania (Australia & New Zealand), Middle East & Asia, Europe & North America.

If you are an initiate of the Inayatiyya’s Esoteric School and have ever desired to intensively study the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), this is the time. Since Suluk’s founding in 2003, 477 students have graduated from our two-year course worldwide, with something more than a conventional credential – a greater depth of self and insight into life.

Read more and apply HERE

“…we intended to be known as the Inayatiyya..”

Latest news from Pir Zia and Astana:

Dear Companions on the Path,

As the virus continues its worldwide migration, each day brings news of another friend becoming ill. The poignancy of our interconnectedness has perhaps never been so palpable. We live in each other. May our healing prayers reach one another across land and sea. May our hearts fly to each other over hill and dale. May this ordeal only deepen our solidarity and our determination to pour our breath into the breeze of compassion that blows through everything.

Inayatiyya - A Sufi Path of Spiritual Liberty

In Arabic, the word for loving-kindness is ‘inaya. A few years ago, we transitioned from the name The Sufi Order to The Inayati Order. In doing so, we honored our founder Hazrat Inayat Khan and affirmed the ideal of loving-kindness as our core aspiration. At the time, we made it clear that we intended to be known equally as the Inayatiyya, and that we would eventually move entirely to that name.

Discussions in recent days between the International Board, the boards of various countries, the Message Council, the Astana, and myself have culminated in the agreement that now is the time to conclusively take up the name the Inayatiyya. In doing so, we are reaffirming Murshid’s original vision, which envisions the Order (also known as the Esoteric School) as one of several Activities collectively united within a single Movement dedicated to the service of God and humanity through work of various kinds. Our work contains an initiatic order (or tariqa), but contains other modes of participation and service as well.

Murshid seeded seven Activities. Five remained active through the twentieth century: the Esoteric School (i.e., the Order), Kinship, Universal Worship, Healing, and Ziraat. The sixth, The Knighthood of Purity, was revived and given full form in 2010. As we now adopt the name the Inayatiyya, there is timeliness in at last recognizing the proto-Activity Music as the seventh and final Activity of our Movement.

Murshid’s murshid blessed him saying, “Fare forth into the world, my child, and harmonize the East and the West with the harmony of your music. Spread the wisdom of Sufism abroad, for to this end art thou gifted by Allah, the most merciful and compassionate.” As his work advanced in Europe, Murshid appointed “Musical Representatives.” Following his father, Pir Vilayat gave great attention to music as a spiritual art. Today there are many capable and inspiring musicians among us. An effort is underway to revive the songs of the Gayanshala and the hymns of Shaikh-ul-Mashaik Maheboob Khan. There is an opportunity to intentionally sustain and transmit our canon of sacred songs and to infuse elevated music into all of our gatherings.

It gives me great pleasure, now, to introduce to you the pioneer Vice Presidents of Music in the Inayatiyya, for North America and Europe respectively: Tarana Sara Jobin and Ophiel van Leer. Please join me in giving a hearty welcome to these inspiring musical trailblazers as they enter their new roles. Tarana and Ophiel are working closely with the Inayati Musicians Guild, and all musicians in our Movement are warmly encouraged to join this collaborative fellowship. The Guild meets regularly at the Astana and online for practice sessions, or meshk.

Dear friends, in this strange time in which we find ourselves, I hope you are well. I send out prayers toward you every day. I feel your prayers, in turn, and I am grateful for them.

Yours ever,

Pir Zia 

Letter from Zarifah and Nur Azad

Dearest Friends on the Path,

As many of you may know we have been slowly moving into a new stage of our lives.  Our son Aramique and his family have moved to Costa Rica and we have decided to join them for the winter.  We leave on October 17th and we are very excited for this new adventure. We will now officially step down as the coordinators of The Baraka Center as we begin to make these major life changes.  

We are thrilled to pass the baton to Rafia Farishta Gabriel and Raqib Misha Kogan.  We have been sharing the classes with them this last year and we are so happy that they have accepted this responsibility with the  wholehearted blessings of Pir Zia. We are so fortunate to have these dedicated and competent successors who will take the Baraka Center to the next stage of its evolution. Our dear Jamila Gail Wellock will continue to be the great support for The Baraka Center that she has always been over the years.  We hope all of you who have been a part of this Center will give Rafia and Raqib your full and loving support.

The Baraka Center has been our home, our passion and the expression of our deep dedication to the Sufi Message of spiritual liberty. Zarifah began weekly classes at The Baraka Center in May of 1992 and Nur Azad joined in September 2000.  It has been one of the great gifts of our lives to be a part of such a wonderful and dedicated spiritual community.  The Baraka Center has been an anchor for so many of us and we have all been nurtured by its presence and by all the people that have joined us in embracing the Message. So much has happened here in this house, this Center.  Classes, seminars, gatherings  and hosting Pir Vilayat, Pir Zia, Shahahabuddin, Atum, Aziza, Devi and countless others.  Universal Worships,  celebrations, bike-a-thons, retreats, concerts, parties….so much life, love,  joy and deep purpose. 

We personally can never completely thank The Baraka Center, which includes all of you, for all that we have been given over these many years.  We will of course from time to time be guest teachers as classes continue remotely.  Classes will begin next Tuesday September 15th 2020 and will be held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7pm-8pm.

With deepest love and gratitude, Zarifah and Nur Azad

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