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the European Branch of the International Sufi Movement, Khatwijk, Holland.

July, 2015
Read Murshida Rabia's Viladat Day Lecture on the Universal Worship page.

June, 2015
Added information about the ISM Summer School in July, 2015 on the Schedule page.

Added information about Murshida Rabia's new book, on the Teachings page.

April, 2015
Read an article about Spiritual Liberty written by Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan. It's also available on the Universal Worship and the Teachings pages.

February, 2015
February 5th is the 88th Urs (anniversary of the passing) of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.

  • Murshida Rabia invites you to a Sufi gathering in Berkeley, CA, for this holy occasion. For details, please download the flyer.
  • Hidayat Inayat Khan extends this Visalat Day message to the International Sufi Movement community.

January, 2015
PayPal Donate buttons have been added to the Home page and the Schedule page. All funds support the work of the Sufi Message. Please give generously.

December, 2014
Murshida Rabia invites all members of the Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan (Universal Sufism) to attend the Holy occasion of his Urs in Berkeley on February 5, 2015. For details, please download the flyer.

October, 2014
On the Music of Hidayat Inayat-Khan website you can download, for free, any of Hidayat's scores for his many compositions. Musicians, conductors and agents are encouraged to request (again, for free) parts for the scores they would like to perform. A future update will incorporate recordings and videos.

September, 2014
Murshida Rabia will be presenting a talk at the Cultural Integration Fellowship on November 2. You can download the CIF flyer or visit the Schedule page for details.

July, 2014

Murshid Hidayat's opening speech for the ISM Summer School, 2014 and Murshida Rabia's presentation to the Leadership meeting prior to the Summer School are now available on the Teachings page.

June, 2014

A message from Moin-ul-Maham, Murshida Ulma Moerenburg who leads the Cherag training in the Netherlands is now available on the Universal Worship page.

May, 2014

A page for Pirani Amina Begum Ora Ray Inayat-Khan (Hazrat Inayat Kahn's wife and Murshid Hidayat's mother) is now available. It includes a message from Murshid Hidayat.

February, 2014

The three Murshidas in the US (Murshida Rabia Ana, Murshida Rani, and Murshida Nuria) reconfigured the singular National Representative seat in the United States for ISM into a collaborative model of co-leadership. See the letter and download the charter from the Charter Information page.

This year's ISM Summer School, Meet Life with a Smile, will be held at Universel Murad Hassil from July 11-27, 2014. See the Schedule page for more information and a downloadable flyer with a registration form.

January, 2014

Dear Friends and Companions,
Please read this invitation to the Federation of the Sufi Message where all members of the many Inayati Orders join together in celebration. May the way open up for you to attend. It is a deeply spiritual and enlivening experience to be with the International community of lovers. Click to download a PDF version of the poster.
Murshida Rabia

December, 2013

See New Year's Blessings from the leaders of the ISM Healing Activity and Universal Worship Activity on, respectively, the Healing Ray page and the Universal Worship Ray pages.

November, 2013

Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan's new book, What We Stand For, is available as a PDF file on the Teachings page.

September, 2013

Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan's opening speech given at the 2013 Summer School is available as a PDF file on the Teachings page.

May, 2013

The Ordination for the students in the 2011-2013 Cherag Training was held on May 4, 2013 at the Cultural Integration Fellowship in San Francisco, CA. See the Universal Worship page for a photo of the recent ordinands and welcome them to the Cherag/a community.

April, 2013

See the Schedule page for updates about lectures and Special Events — including information about the Ordination Ceremony on May 4th and the International Summer School in July (including a leader's retreat before the main session).

For information about the Tipi Springs retreat in June, download this flyer (a PDF file).

February, 2013

 February 5th 2013, 86th Urs of Hazrat Inayat Khan

Our Master said: "The Message will take care of itself because it is a Divine Message."

Many years have threaded away; but may these powerful words still be heard in our time, as an encouragement to all those who are motivated in the work for the Cause, as well as for those who wonder where the ship is sailing in years to come.

Let us feel the Divine Guidance pouring upon us, each time that our hearts are attuned to the Blessings of our Master, who is constantly with us in the spirit of the Message.

The devoted mureeds are light-bearers in the organization activities working for the well being of the “Cradle” of the Message, which was created for the purpose of spreading the call for “Unity of Spiritual Ideals”.

Following the true mystical meaning of “Spiritual Liberty”, different levels of responsibilities are humbly attended, in this “Home’ called Sufi Movement, where Brothers and Sisters meet beyond distinctions and differences, with the purpose of understanding each other and learning from each other.

May we always be conscious of our responsibility in offering an example of Love, Harmony and Beauty to the world in need.

In heartiest gratitude, your Sufi Brother and Sister
Hidayat and Aziza

December, 2012
Dearest Companions on the path of Love, Harmony and Beauty,

During this special season I send you this Prayer for the Peace of the World by our Holy Murshid, Hazrat Inayat Khan. May his words fill your heart with the joy of knowing the limitless love that is possible when we join our hearts in unified prayer.

May the blessings of all the Holy Ones who have brought hope and wisdom to this world surround you and move you ever forward into the Light of the New Year. May all your dreams come true and may you live with depth of realization that your contribution to the happines of others will to the true fulfillment of your life and your journey on earth.

Blessed Days and most loving wishes to you and your family,

Yours in the Infinite,
Murshida Rabia

Murshida Rabia will present a special talk on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at 4 p.m. at the East-West Mosaic: Alchemy of Transformation salon, 709 Arbona Circle in Sonora, CA. She will address the “Heart of Compassion” theme in mystical Christianity. Following the program there will be a discussion and holiday potluck dinner. A $7 donation is requested but no one will be turned away. Call (209) 533-4208 for reservations and directions. You can download a flyer with more details.

Advanced Notice: There will be an ordination ceremony of seven Sufi noviates on May 4th at the Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA at 11 a.m. All community members are invited to celebrate this special day of blessings for the Bringers of Light and Unity of Religious Ideals and Spiritual Liberty.

November, 2012
Murshida Rabia has updated the inspirational compilation from Robin Laflamme, A Mantra To Live By, and provided this revised version as a PDF file for you to download.

July, 2012
If you wish to contact Murshida Rabia or SMI-USA by postal mail, please write to Sufi Movement International-USA, P.O. Box 52, Orinda, California 94563-1605.

Robin Laflamme has made available an inspirational compilation A Mantra To Live By as a PDF file for you to download.

Mid-July: The Internal Sufi Movement Summer School is in session at Murad Hassil, Katwijk, Netherlands. Murshida Rabia, Murshida Nuria, and many other senior teachers are giving presentations and lectures. Visit the Teachings page for a link to videos provided by Murshida Nuria and her students.

May, 2012
Hamida Verlinden and Murshida Rani have edited a book on the memoirs of Murshida Shazadi: Pages in the Life with a Sufi. You can download a PDF flyer with details about the book. Copies can be ordered by going to its page at International Sufi Movement website or by mailing a check made out for $30 ($25 for the book, $5 shipping) to The Sufi Movement in Oregon and send it to to Murshida Rani at:
Rani Kathleen McLaughlin
2860 SW 66th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97225

April, 2012
Murshida Rabia will be presenting a talk at the Cultural Integration Fellowship on April 29. You can download a CIF flyer for details.

Murshid Hidayat has a new book available: The Sufi Message of Unity of Religious Ideals. You can view more information in the book's announcement.

March performances in Russia of Murshid Hidayat's choir music can be viewed on YouTube at:

January, 2012
Murshida Rabia extends New Year's blessings to all for 2012 and has created a prayer, Throne of the Morning Star, for you to download.

July, 2011
Bios for Khalifah Jauhara Care and Khalifah Alia Michaels have been added to the Home page. Also, you can read an article by Khalifah Jauhara Care from the Teachings page or the Universal Worship page.

June, 2011
Khair-un-nisa Inayat Khan, the youngest child of Hazrat Inayat Khan, passed peacefully from this world on Tuesday May 31 at 10:15pm at a hospital near her home in Berchtesgaden, Germany. She is survived by her brother Hidayat Inayat Khan.

She was born on June 3, 1919. The name Claire was given to her by her older sister Noor-un-nisa. In her early years, Claire trained as a pianist and studied musical composition under Nadia Boulanger in Paris. As the Second World War approached, Claire studied nursing and during World War II she worked in British hospitals. Following the war, Claire moved between the United States and Europe while working and raising her son David Inayat Harper.

In her later years, Claire wrote her memories of life in the Inayat Khan family. Her memoirs will be published by Omega Publications this summer.

Ya salaam Khair-un-nisa Inayat.

May, 2011
On May 7th, Murshida Rabia ordained members of the Cherag Training program in San Francisco. See the Universal Worship page for photos.

At the beginning of April, Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan gave the opening address to the 12th annual Federation gathering. You can download a PDF file of his talk from the Teachings page.

April, 2011
On April 8-10, Murshida Rabia presented a 3-day seminar in Truckee, CA about "The Unity of Religious Ideals" of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Several upcoming events have been added to the Schedule page:

  • May 1: Buddha Birthday talk by Murshida Rabia on Abhidhamma: Buddhist Ethics, Psychology and Philosophy
  • May 7: Ordination of members of the current Cherag Training program
  • June 4: The first CSF Salon with Dr. Hilary Anderson presenting Chakra System Revisited: An Integral Approach

Also, a teaching by Murshida Rani has been added to the Teachings page recently. You can also view her bio.

February, 2011
You can view (and, if you wish, download) a Visalat Day message from the headquarters of the International Sufi Movement.

January, 2011
The Teachings page now includes links to a lecture from Murshida Nuria and to an essay from Khalifah Saqi. You can now view brief bios for Murshid Karimbaksh, Murshida Nuria and Khalifah Saqi.

October, 2010
In October, Murshida Rabia participated in an interfaith panel at the San Jose Convention Center after a teaching by 14th Dalai Lama. To read an article about the interfaith panel and information about Murshida's contribution, vist http://www.baycitizen.org/blogs/citizen/under-same-sky-interfaith-summit-bay-1/.

From Yusuf Leo Schuman: The breath of Sheikh Jamshed Kenneth Storer left his body this morning, October 8th, 2010, at 3:15am, in the near companionship of dear friends, and with the resonance of beautiful zikr still echoing in his room.

September, 2010
Vist http://www.sufimovementincanada.ca/messages/hejiratDay2010.html for Murshid Hidayat's message for Hejrat Day, September 13th. This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan's journey.

June, 2010
A new book by Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan is now available for purchase online. Visit An Introduction to the Message in Our Time. This book is written with great clarity and it provides the essential substance the Sufi Message. It subtly highlights the universal quality of the Message for it articulates the connections between the Message of universal Sufism and Hinduism, Yoga, Zoroastrianism, and other spiritual and religious traditions. Click the Preview Book link here or on the main page linked above to read the first 15 pages.

May, 2010
Links have been added to the Teachings page to audio and video recordings from the Federation of the Message meeting held in Petaluma, CA at the end of April and the beginning of May. Also, there is now a link to a video of the 83rd Visalat Day celebration held at the Sufi Temple in Katwijk, Holland in February, 2010.

February, 2010
Murshida Rabia gave a speech at the Centennial Urs Celebration of the Sufi Message given by Hazrat Inayat Khan on February, 5, 2010. You can download a PDF version (212 KB) of her speech. It's also available from the Teachings page.

January, 2010
Please send any postal communications to:
Dr. Ana Perez-Chisti
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
1063 East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303

January, 2010
Information about the International Sufi Movement Summer School, Universel Murad Hassil, Katwijk, Netherlands in July is now available on the Schedule page. There's also information there about the Federation meeting in the US at the end of April through the beginning of May.

December, 2009
from Hidayat Inayat Khan

New Year's Message 2010

"The Alchemy of Happiness"

Perhaps there is a secret key to resolve the paradox in which the self-created ego is constantly defocusing itself from the true self within. This psychological misconception of reality generates complexes where one makes oneself unhappy within the horizon of one's own restricted mind-world, as well as being a nuisance to others.

Mastery over this dilemma could be accomplished through endless struggles with the ego, steadily confronting this iron faćade with the flames of love offered to others without any expectation of return. This process is traditionally known as the "Alchemy of Happiness".

Happiness, which is the secret goal of our destiny, can only be truly experienced when it is discovered without any detriment to others, and in which case, it is then the ego that bears the sacrifice of its own unfoldment. But one can only offer happiness to others if one knows how to dispose of it, in the way of precious jewels that then become available in accordance to the sense of appreciation of the receiver.

In this connection, one could imagine oneself facing a closed door, knowing that on the other side precious vases containing happiness can be reached, but the key to the door must be found. That mysterious door symbolizes the door to the heart, and the key symbolizes the sword of wisdom with which the ego is to be vanquished. There are golden keys, silver keys, copper keys and iron keys, but one also needs to know how to use the key once one has found it. All methods have their qualities but what is important is to be aware of what type of self-discipline is practiced, and what is the true purpose of the efforts made?

If no accomplishment is discovered on the path of the "alchemy of happiness," one might be tempted to simply break open that symbolical door, but to one's disappointment, the precious vases would also be destroyed, and nothing would remain other than one's own restless and untamable ego.

In all religious scriptures one comes across the term "Love" expressed in so many various contexts, which can also be symbolized in the shape of a heart with wings flying in freedom from all egoistic limitations, guided by the light within. But what is the feeling heart? Is it not the Temple of Love, and if so, could one possibly invite the Beloved within that Temple if the ego is there to block the access to the Goal?

Fortunately we dispose of free will, and with that power, we all possess consciously or unconsciously the secret of happiness, for which we are destined.

In gratitude and with all best wishes for the New Year, and with all our love from Hidayat and Aziza

  The different type of "keys" (swords of wisdom) could be understood as the various methods used in the moulding process of the ego, called "The Art of personality".
  The "Temple of Love" could be understood as the "Temple of God".
  The "Beloved" could be understood as "The Divine presence".
  The "Goal of Happiness" could be understood as the "Awakening to Spirituality",and many more of these references to the Esoteric school.

October, 2009
Information about the Pir-O-Murshid Council and the Executive Committee of the Sufi Movement International has been finalized and now appears on the SMI USA home page.

Murshida Rabia will start a new two-year Cherag training in January, 2010 and local esoteric studies classes in the spring of 2010. See the Schedule page for more information.

May, 2009
The Executive Committee of the Sufi Movement International on 4/20/2009 issued a statement about the formation of a Pir-o-Murshid Council to address the issue of shared leadership and succession. You can download the official statement as a PDF file (.5 MB).

January, 2009
The Sufi Movement in Canada has a new web site: http://www.sufimovementincanada.ca. You may want to visit the site developed by Fazalunissa Carole Harmon. The link to the web site on our Links page has been updated.

April, 2008
On the Teachings page, you may now read the lecture that Pir-o-Murshid Hidayat gave at Mysticism of Sound Conference in Vancouver in October, 2007.

March, 2008
On the Teachings page, you can now listen to streaming audio of Murshida Rabia being interviewed by Ryan Romiger about Sufism and emotions in his graduate-level course at ITP. Also, there are new links on the Links page for CDs and downloadable music. These include The Symphonic Works of Hidayat Inayat Khan and works produced by Jelaluddin Gary Sill: The Singing Zikar of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Wazifa I and II, and The Chromatic Zikar/Suras.

June, 2007
On the Teachings page, you can now listen to streaming audio of Murshida Rabia being interviewed by Wendy Salaam on her KWMR program Sufism: The Heart of Islam.

June, 2007
A letter to siraj(a)s, cherag(a)s and candidate-cherag(a)s from Ulma Moerenburg, SMI Moin-ul-Maham, has been added to the Universal Worship page.

A New Year's Message from Pir-o-Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan (December, 2006)

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Message,

In view of the coming New Year, let us always keep in mind that in our sacred task as representatives of the Message of Spiritual Liberty, the "Spirit of Guidance", is always present, silently guiding us on the path, inasmuch as we feel our responsibilities toward the spreading of the Message.

Each one of us could be seen as an individual lamp shining out in different shades of light. The brightness of that light varies in accordance with the inner condition of the heart, although all are blessed with the same current of the "Spirit of Guidance", guiding each in different ways, and in so doing, contributing to the Divine Cause, assigned to us all by providence.

May this New Year offer to us all, the opportunity of inspiring experiences in unison with our Master, and may the blessings from above be constantly with us.

Most heartedly, your affectionate Brother and Sister

Hidayat and Aziza

You can now listen to streaming audio of Murshida Rabia online. Go to the Teachings page to listen to Murshida Rabia discuss Tawhid (Unity) with Dr. Mehri Pirooz.

Alhumdulillah! You can now purchase Pir-o-Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan's Symphonic Works online from cdbaby.com and the iTunes Store. See the Links page for information.

Sufi Movement International - USA has a new mailing address. To mail donations or other communications use:

Sufi Movement International - USA
P.O. Box 195
Orinda, CA 94563

Alhumdulillah! The property on 63rd Street has been sold!

In the Name of the One, Murshida Rabia

A New Year's Message from Murshida Rabia (January, 2005)

New Year's Greeting graphic

As this New Year opens to us, may our hearts, minds and intentions turn to the inward motivation
that wishes to remove suffering and harm from all beings.

Let our resolve rest in the calm, clear tapestry of awakened conscious connections.

In this way every relationship
between mother, father, daughter, son, teacher, guide, friend, stranger, plant, animal and space
inclusively benefit from our vibrant effort
that reveals woven karmic threads of ever-expanding goodness.

Be the Light you wish to see!

All Blessings of Peace for 2005

Rabia Ana Perez-Chisti
Sufi Movement International of the USA

Click to download a printable copy of the New Year's blessing (NewYear2005.pdf 784kb).

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