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life peirod: 1882 - 1927  |  place of birth : Baroda, INDIA

   children : Noor-un-Nisa, Vilayat, Hidayat, Khair-un-Nisa

nationality : Indian  |  occupation : Founder of The Sufi Order International.. Musician.. Sufi Teacher.. Writer

teacher/guru : Muhammad Abu Hashim    |    spouse : Ora Ray Baker (Pirani Ameena Begum)

education : Music as a subject at Academy of Baroda  

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We grown-up people think that we appreciate music,

but if we realized the sense that an infant has

brought with it of appreciating sound and rhythm,

we would never boast of knowing music.

The infant is music itself.


  Some people look for a beautiful place,

others make a place beautiful.


“ The words that enlighten the soul are

more precious than jewels. ”



" Inner Life " ... " Mastery Through Accomplishment " ... " Education: From Before Birth to Maturity " ... " The Soul Whence and Whither " ... " Cosmic language " ... " Biography of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan " ... " In An Eastern Rose Garden " ... " Prayers: The Prayers and Remembrances of the Inayati Sufis " ... " The Smiling Forehead " ... " Healing and the Mind World The Sufi Message " ... " Song of the Prophets " ... " Gayan: The Song of Divinity " ... " Creating the Person: A Practical Guide to the Development of Self Revised Edition " ... " The Sufi Message: Mysticism of Music, Sound and Word v. 2 " ... " Complete Works of Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan: Lectures on Sufism 1922-26 II " ... " Gayani Meditations - Volume One " ... " Sufi Message: Path of Initiation " ... " Health and Healing: The Purification of Mind and Body " ... " Index to Volumes 1-13 " ... " The Sufi Healing Order's Conductor's Manual " ... " The Purpose of Life " ... " The Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan " ... " The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Vol. 2 " ... " The Hand of Poetry: Five Mystic Poets of Persia " ..." The Sufi Message, Volume Viii Sufi Teachings " ... " Flower Garden " ... " A Pearl in Wine " ... " The heart of Sufism " ... " Spiritual Dimensions of Psychology " ... " The Soul's Journey " ... " Mastery: Developing Inner Strength for Life's Challenges " ... " Nature Meditations " ... " The Wisdom of Sufism: Sacred Readings from the Gathas " ... " The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan: The alchemy of happiness " ... " Rassa Shastra: Inayat Khan on the Mysteries of Love, Sex, and Marriage " ... " Spiritual Liberty " ... " The Mysticism of Music, Sound and Word " ... " Tales " ... " Sufi Mysticism " ... " The Art of Being and Becoming " ... " Complete Works of Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan Originat Tests: Sayings I " ... " The Art of Personality " ... " The Music of Life " ... " Sufi Message of Spiritual Liberty " ... " The Awakening of the Human Spirit " ... " A Sufi Message of Spiritual Liberty: The mysticism of sound and music " ... " The bowl of Sâki " ... " The Complete Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan " ... " Complete Works of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan: Lectures on Sufism 1924 II " ... " The Inner Life " ... " The Unity of Religious Ideals " ... " The Gathas … The Mysticism of Sound " ... " The Mysticism of Sound and Music " ... " Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism " ... " Mental Purification Ans Healing " ... " The Divinity of the Human Soul " ... " Dance of the Soul: Gayan,Vadan,Nritan (Sufi Sayings) "

Inayat Khan was the founder of The Sufi Order in the West in 1914 (London) and teacher of Universal Sufism. He initially came to the West as a Northern Indian classical musician, having received the honorific "Tansen" from the Nizam of Hyderabad, but he soon turned to the introduction and transmission of Sufi thought and practice. Later, in 1923, the Sufi Order of the London period was dissolved into a new organization, formed under Swiss law, called the "International Sufi Movement".

His message of divine unity (Tawhid) focused on the themes of love, harmony and beauty. He taught that blind adherence to any book rendered religion void of spirit. Branches of Inayat Khan's movement can be found in the Netherlands, France, England, Germany, the United States, Canada, Russia and Australia. Primarily he represented the Chishti Order of Sufism, having received initiation into the Nizamiyya sub-branch of that order from Shaykh Muhammed Abu Hashim Madani, but was also initiated into the Suhrawardiyya, Qadiriyya and Naqshbandi. His spiritual lineage (Silsila) follows a traditional lineage from Ali ibn Abi Talib, through Abu Ishaq Shami the founder of the Chishti order, to Nasiruddin Chiragh Dehlavi (d. 1356).

With the Shaykh's encouragement Khan left India in 1910 to come to the West, traveling first as a touring musician and then as a teacher of Sufism, visiting three continents. 

In 1922, during a summer school, Inayat Khan had a spiritual experience in the South Dunes in Katwijk, The Netherlands. He immediately told his students to meditate and proclaimed the place holy. In 1969 the Universal Sufi Temple was built there. Khan returned to India at the end of 1926 and there chose the site of his tomb, the Nizamuddin Dargah complex in Delhi where the founder of the Nizami Chishtiyya, Shaykh Nizamuddin Auliya (died 1325), is buried. Khan died shortly after, on February 5, 1927.

Inayat Khan set forth ten principles that formed the foundational principles of his Universal Sufism: There is one God; There is one master; There is one holy book; There is one religion; There is one law; There is one brotherhood;There is one moral; There is one object of praise; There is one truth; There is one path.

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