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About the Sufi Order International


The good tidings that the Sufi Message brings to the world is the recognition of the Divine in the soul of the human being. Humanity is one body, the whole of life being one in its source and in its goal, its beginning and its end.

– Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Sufi Order International (SOI) is is a nondenominational spiritual organization rooted in the Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, a musician and spiritual teacher from India who first brought Sufism to the West. There are several local centres of the SOI in the Toronto area, operating under the authority and umbrella of the international organization.

Hazrat Inayat Khan playing the vinaThis section of our website is continuing to expand and evolve, but we intend it to introduce the Sufi Order International, and briefly describe some of the activities and materials that are common to all the SOI Concentrations. It will also provide links to various pages that present more specific and detailed material.

These are the sections that have been added so far:

Some sections that we hope to add in the future are:

  • Pir Vilayat Inayat KhanA short history of the Sufi Order International and the origin of some of its traditions.
  • Short biographies of Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan (founder of our order), and his successors Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, and Pir Zia Inayat-Khan.
  • An introduction to the role of initiation and the teacher-student relationship in this spiritual path.
  • A history of the Sufi Order in Toronto.
  • A glossary of terms commonly or uncommonly used in Sufi Order work.

Pir Zia Inayat-KhanA great deal of additional information is available at the Sufi Order International website. For questions and discussion of general subjects and issues regarding the Sufi Order International and its Toronto centres, members of this website can post to the General Sufi Order Topics discussion forum. Otherwise, you can write to us using our Contact Form.

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

From the Gayan


The rock can be cut and polished; hard metal can be melted and molded; but the mind of the foolish person is most difficult to work with.
— Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Gayan - Talas