Vilayat Inayat Khan

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Vilayat Inayat Khan (19 June 1916  – 17 June 2004) was a teacher of meditation and of the traditions of the East Indian Chishti Order of Sufism. His teaching derived from the tradition of his father, Inayat Khan, founder of The Sufi Order in the West, combined with western culture. One of his sisters was Noor Inayat Khan GC MBE. He taught in the tradition of universal Sufism, which views all religions as rays of light from the same sun. His parents met at the New York City ashram of American yogi, Pierre Bernard, half-brother of his mother Pirani Ameena Begum.[1]

In 1975 he founded the Abode of the Message, which serves as the central residential community of the Sufi Order International, a conference and retreat center, and a center of esoteric study.[2]


Vilayat Inayat Khan died on 17 June 2004, two days before his 88th birthday. His son is Zia Inayat Khan.[3]


  • Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat (1974). Toward the One. New York: Harper and Row. ISBN 978-0-06-090352-7.
  • Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat (1978). The Message in Our Time: The Life and Teaching of the Sufi Master, Pir-O-Murshid Inayat Khan. San Francisco: Harper and Row. ISBN 978-0-06-064237-2.
  • Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat (1978). "Front matter: Forward". In Khan, Hazrat Inayat (ed.). The Complete Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. New Lebanon, NY: Sufi Order Publications. ISBN 978-0-930872-02-1.
  • Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat (1981). The Call of the Dervish. Santa Fe, NM: Sufi Order Publications. ISBN 978-0-930872-26-7.
  • Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat (1982). Introducing Spirituality Into Counseling and Therapy. Santa Fe, NM: Omega Press. ISBN 978-0-930872-30-4.
  • Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat (1994). That Which Transpires Behind That Which Appears. NY: Omega Publications. ISBN 978-0-930872-49-6.
  • Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat (1999). Awakening: A Sufi Experience. New York, NY: J.P. Tarcher/Putnam. ISBN 978-1-58542-038-4.
  • Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat (2003). In Search of the Hidden Treasure: A Conference of Sufis. New York: J.P. Tarcher/Putnam. ISBN 978-1-58542-180-0.


  1. ^ "BERNARD, VIOLA WERTHEIM, 1907-1998" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  2. ^ Sutton, Robert P. (2005). Modern American Communes: A Dictionary. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. pp. 3-4; ISBN 978-0-313-32181-8.
  3. ^ "Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan | Teachers | Spirituality & Practice". Retrieved 2018-11-27.