Resources and Documentation

Sirat-i Inayat: Interfaith Sufi Path Board of Directors

President and Permanent Member: Sára Rain

Secretary and Treasurer: Rahima Joahn Rain

Board Member: Khabir Christian Mayer-Glauninger


We use a lot of Arabic or Urdu words and phrases to describe our focus, intentions and activities. Almost all of these language choices are based on Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan’s instructions and word usage. Most of these have roots in traditional use of the words, and some of them were chosen by Sirat-i Inayat founding members as the most accurate language to express our purpose.

spiritual blessing, a charged and powerful, abiding energy

initiation, a ceremony of welcome, connection between teacher and student, and conveyance of blessing, an oath

Cherag (“Cheraga” is distinctly feminine) – (Arabic)
“lamp” – title indicating an ordained minister, someone with the spiritual authority to perform Universal Worship Services, weddings, funerals, etc.

mindfulness, concentration – silent practice of keeping a specific word, Name of God, zikr phrase or other concentration, on the natural rhythm of the breath

kindness, blessing of God, dedication, friendliness

Jamiat Khas(Arabic)
“special gathering” – the leadership collective, includes all shaikhs, mu’alims, board of directors, cherags

“sufficiency” – title of the Pir, the spiritual leader of Sirat-i Inayat, who functions as the head of the Healing Collective – the highest initiation level that can empower Healing Collective leaders to be able to train and initiate others to lead healing services

Mu’alim (“Mu’alimah” is distinctly feminine) – (Arabic)
“teacher” – roots of the word indicate integrated knowledge – as a title in the Sirat-i Inayat, it is the leader of a Ray, someone who teaches a particular skill

“one who seeks” – dedicated student, initiate

Murshid (“Murshida” is distinctly feminine) – (Arabic)
teacher, the roots of the word indicate an integrated embodiment of guidance

“ego” or “self” – ego identification, ties and attachments to worldly associations, the sense of self

“worship” or “formal prayer” – in Sirat-i Inayat, it refers to the “Confraternity Prayers” of Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan: three times daily prayers including: Saum, Salat, Khatum, Pir, Nabi, Rasul, Prayer for the Universel and a repeated affirmation

“elder” – a Sufi spiritual guide – a title used to indicate the spiritual leader of a Sufi order

Pir-o-Murshid  (Pir-o-Murshida is distinctly feminine)
“eldest teacher” – a title used to indicate the spiritual leader and also the founder of a Sufi order

“advocacy” – The title for the leader of the Healing Collective in the Sirat-i Inayat, initiated by the Kefayat/Pir, empowered to train people in healing practices and healing service and to initiate people to lead healing services in the community

breath practices that control and shape the rhythm and quality of the breath according to one’s will

Shaghal  – (Arabic)
an advanced breath practice focused on turning the attention away from sensory experience with the aim of perceiving the reality of the inner life

Shaikh (“Shaikha” is distinctly feminine) – (Arabic)
“respected elder” – initiator, guide, someone who is empowered to initiate mureeds

“tree” – spiritual lineage, family tree, documented history of generations

“chain” – the spiritual chain of transmission, the list of the spiritual heads of a Sufi order, link, lineage

Siraj (“Siraja” is distinctly feminine) – (Arabic)
“lamp” – Title indicating a senior minister, someone who is entrusted to train and ordain cherags

“shining, illuminated lamp” – title of the Pir, the spiritual leader of Sirat-i Inayat, who functions as the head of the Universal Worship Ray. It means, the embodied light of the lamp. The highest ordination level, the most senior of the senior ministers

path, way, bridge

wisdom, purity, wool. A person who practices “sufism” a mystical philosophy and spirituality focused on purification of the heart and cultivation of wisdom

Sufi school of spiritual training

Beautiful Names of God or other words that are repeated as spiritual tool

Zikr –  (Arabic)
“rembembrance” or “reminder” – a phrase or practice that focuses on remembering the all-pervading ”God-reality”

“agriculture” a descriptive word that refers to the aspects of relationship with the earth as metaphor for the spiritual life