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What is the International Sufi Movement?

We are a non-profit global organization with the aim of spreading the Message of Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan. You will find our affiliated organizations in countries all over the world. They offer activities, teachings and personal guidance. Several centres hold classes to deepen the understanding of Hazrat Inayat Khan’s texts and the fundamental principles of Sufism.

Our Structure

The Sufi Movement is composed of the ‘International Sufi Movement’ and a number of affiliated national organizations. The International Sufi Movement, presently with its office in the Netherlands, is under the guidance of the General Representative, Pir Nawab Pasnak. 

He works with the Board of the Foundation which includes the Secretaries of the five Activities: the Inner School, the Universal Worship, Spiritual Healing, Brother-Sisterhood, and Symbology.

The affiliated national organizations are each led by a National Representative, who coordinate the work in their country and sit on the advisory body called the International Council.

To connect with the International Sufi Movement, please write to or contact us.

Our Activities
Universal Worship

This is a ceremony created by Hazrat Inayat Khan where the unity of all faiths and religions is represented and honoured.  It includes readings from the scriptures of different sacred traditions on a shared topic.

Brotherhood and Sisterhood

Sufis seek to harmonize with others across the divisions of nation, race, religion, class, caste or gender. Interactions with other groups striving for peace and unity are also forms of brotherhood/sisterhood activity.

Spiritual Healing

Spiritual Healing circles meet regularly to offer prayers for the healing of those who wish it. Through breath, prayer and concentration participants seek to become instruments of divine spiritual energy.


Symbology or Zirat means agriculture, which here symbolically refers to the work on oneself as that of the farmer who digs up the old roots to prepare the soil for the new harvest and who watches over the various stages of the development of the precious seed.

Our Team

Meet some of the members of our international team, with specific functions in the Movement’s operation and development.

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Pir-o-Murshid Nawab Pasnak

General Representative

I was born in Canada. My first contact with Sufism was through a very interesting Norwegian man who was a student of Hazrat Inayat Khan. He was called Brin Bjors.…

Amir Smits

Secretary-Inner School for the Netherlands

From a young age onwards, my mother stimulated my interest in religion, however she did not want to take me to any place of worship. She always insisted that as…


Zubin Shore

Secretary-Universal Worship

I have been a student on the Sufi path for many years, I began my contact as a young student with Murshid Sharif Jansen here in Sydney, Australia. I also…


Darafshan Daniela Anda

Secretary-Brotherhood & Sisterhood

I learned early in life that friendship and family transcend blood, borders, and culture. Life gave me some opportunities to witness the efforts and receive the support from organizations seeking…


Shakti Celia Genn

Secretary-Spiritual Healing

What first attracted me to the Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan was the Unity of Religious Ideals and the aspiration to rise above the distinctions and differences that divide us.…

Johara Eveliene Steingröver


After visiting the tomb of Rumi in Konya in Turkey I became interested in Sufism. Back home in The Netherlands I learned about the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan when…

Farhan Harradine

Executive Supervisor

The Sufi message of Hazrat Inayat Khan became known to my wife, Haniyya, and myself through a friend who encouraged us to attend the annual Summer School in the Netherlands…


Azad Daly

Executive Supervisor Emeritus

I live in Australia and have done so for the past 24 years, but I was born in Ireland. I have been supporting our Pir and the Executive Committee in…

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Noor van Duijn


My first experience of Sufism was reading the text of Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan “Do not mourn”. For me, this beautiful comforting poem was a glimpse of Truth. Only a…

Mujira Puyol

General Secretary

Many of us had the privilege to meet Pir Nawab in Quito, during his first Sufi conferences in Latin America, but a deeper search began many years later, and I…

Inam Rodrigo Anda

General Member

I am Inam Rodrigo Anda, I am 64 years old. I come from Ecuador. Sufism has been the greatest blessing for me. Although I still have have a long way…

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