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Structure of the International Sufi Movement

Structure of the International Sufi Movement

The Sufi Movement was founded by Hazrat Inayat Khan and the Headquarters Office is in Geneva, Switzerland. The co-presidents of the Sufi Movement are the co-Representative Generals (the Heads of the five Activities). The Executive Supervisor is vice-president. The five Activities of the Sufi Movement are: the Universal Worship Activity, the Brotherhood and Sisterhood Activity, the Healing Activity, the Symbology Activity and the Esoteric Activity.

According to the articles of incorporation, the Headquarters of the International Sufi Movement comes under the direction of officers, among whom some occupy an administrative function, while the others are appointed Secretaries entrusted with the responsibility of guarding the standards of the five Activities of the Sufi Movement.

The five principal officers are: the co-Presidents (co-General Representatives), the Vice-President (Executive Supervisor), the General Secretary, and the Treasurer. Besides these five principal officers, there are seven Secretaries, one (or two) for each of the following activities: the Esoteric Activity (Sufi Order), the Universal Worship Activity (including additional activities), the Spiritual Healing Activity, the Symbology Activity, and the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Activity.

  1. The Esoteric Activity is under the leadership of the Pir-o-Murshid Council, and the Madar-ul Maham is the Secretary.

  2. The Universal Worship Activity is under the leadership of the Siraj-un-Munir, and the Moin-ul-Maham in Europe and the Moin-ul-Maham in the US act as the Secretaries.

  3. The Spiritual Healing Activity is under the leadership of the Sahaba-e-Safa, and the Bayt-ul-Haram is the Secretary.

  4. The Symbology Activity is under the leadership of the Most Experienced Farmer and the Dar-es-Salam is the Secretary.

  5. The Brotherhood/Sisterhood Activity is under the leadership of the Co-Presidents, and the Peshkar in Europe and the Peskhar in the US act as the Secretaries.

The Pir-O-Murshid Council: The Seat of the Sufi Movement International

The project of a "Pir-o-Murshid Council" is to be understood as being a remedy to such regrettable events regarding the subject of the succession. The idea is for there to be a continuation of the Leadership, rather than an interruption following the succession.

This Council could be seen as the "Seat" of the title of the founder of the Sufi Movement. It is composed of appointed members who come together with the responsibility to be collectively attuned to the stream of The Message in our time. The members do not vote, but they hope to come to a consensus on matters regarding the work done in the various Activities, following which the final decisions are then entrusted to the Executive Committee, where they are handled on a voting basis.

Pir-o-Murshid Council members from the left: Murshida Nuria Sabato, Khalif Sattva van Dorssen, Murshida Rabia Perez-Chisti, Murshida Ulma Moerenburg-Poelstra, Murshid Karimbakhsh Witteveen, Murshida Maharani de CaluwŽ-Rombout, Hon. Murshid Jelaluddin van Lohuizen, Sheikha Hamida Verlinden, Aziza Inayat-Khan, Murshid Hidayat Inayat-Khan and Murshid Nawab Pasnak.
Not available in the photograph: Sheikh-ul-Masheikh Mahmood Khan and Murshid Sikander van der Vliet.

Universal Worship Activity

This has two main activities: the Universal Worship and the Confraternity of the Message.

Participants in the Universal Worship are:






officiating and taking care of the preservation of the Service and may ordain Cherags or Cheragas

Moin-ul-Maham in Europe and US 

Secretaries to the Siraj-un-Munir


Head of the Universal Worship Activity

Participants in the Confraternity of the Message are:


who have an affinity for the Confraternity

Conductor of Confraternity 

may lead the Confraternity in a group

Leader of Confraternity 

in a Center


The Brotherhood and Sisterhood Activity

This activity has as object to bring into practice the basic theme of the Sufi Message which is to be a true brother and sister to all and to all religions:



Local Representative


Regional Representative


National Representative


Continental Representative


Peshkar in Europe and US

Secretaries to the president of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Activity


Head of the Brotherhood and Sisterhood Activity

The Healing Activity

This activity is the activity of Spiritual Healing






Conductor of the Ceremony


Leader of several Conductors in one town


Regional Representative of the Healing Activity


National Representative of the Healing Activity


Secretary to the Sahaba-es-Safa


Head of the Spiritual Healing Activity

The Symbology Activity

This involves a deeper understanding of the meaning of symbols in our daily life, with two activities: Ziraat, a symbolism of farming, and the Element Ritual, a ritual of element, movement and color.















Experienced Farmer



Secretary to the Most Experienced Farmer

Most Experienced Farmer

Head of the Symbology Activity

The Esoteric Activity

This is the Esoteric School on Inner Culture of the Sufi Movement


1. Elementary

Study Circle


2. Junior

Study Circle


3. Senior

Study Circle


4. Associate

Advanced Circle


5. Licentiate

Advanced Circle


6. Initiate

Advanced Circle


7. Naqib

Inner Circle


8. Naqib

Inner Circle


9. Naqib

Inner Circle

has right of Bayat for 1st initiation

10. Shaikh/Khalif

Higher Circle

right of Bayat up to and including 6th initiation

11. Murshid

Higher Circle

right of Bayat up to and including 10th initiation

12. Pir-o-Murshid

Higher Circle

right of Bayat all grades


Secretary to the Pir-o-Murshid Council

Pir-o-Murshid Council

Head of the Esoteric Activity

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