This page provides access to a database of names compiled from lists by:
- Names given by Hazrat Inayat Khan to his mureeds
- Names given by the Sufi Movement International
- Names in the Sufi Ruhaniat International database
- Christian—Hebrew names
- Arabic names
- Zaruth names
- Sanskrit names
General Introduction to the Book of Sufi Names
The project which has led to this publication was initiated by Pir Moineddin Jablonski of the Sufi Ruhaniat International in the fall of 1997. This followed discussions with Pir Hidayat Inayat Khan of the Sufi Movement International and subsequently with Pir Zia Inayat Khan of the Sufi Order International. It was Pir Moineddin’s vision to find a project that our three streams of lineage of Hazrat Inayat Khan might work on together, perhaps under the banner of the new Federation of the Message.
Pir Hidayat contributed a historical document from Sufi Movement archives, listing original names given by Hazrat Inayat Khan and the persons to whom they were given. This document has been included as a separate chapter, to preserve its historical significance and authenticity. Pir Hidayat pointed out to Pir Moineddin in a letter of January 1998, that it has always been the tradition in the Sufi Movement that Sufi names are given only by the head of the Esoteric School. This contrasts with the Ruhaniat tradition, where all initiators are encouraged to bestow names upon their students when the inner guidance brings one forth.
Pir Zia directed us to our most important reference book: The Complete Book of Muslim and Parsi Names, by Maheka Gandhi and Ozair Husain (New Delhi: Indus Harper Collins, 1994).
Names were found and culled from a number of sources, including lists of names handed down from Hazrat Inayat Khan through the orders, websites, and a number of books on the subject of names and naming. There are hundreds of thousands of possible names from many sources and traditions. This work is meant to offer a survey of possibilities for those spiritual guides seeking a right name for each student.
Over a period of several years, contributors from the Ruhaniat included Najat Roberts, Yahya Barney, Malik Rogendorff and Pir Moineddin himself. Yahya wrote about his being drawn to the work in 1997: “I started seeing the power and beauty of Names. There is so much we can learn from attuning to a name, and also so much we can learn from uncovering which specific names draw us to them – names we are already attuned to but didn’t know it.” Indeed, spiritual names can transform the person, as they are given to promote growth, spiritual unfoldment, illumination and recognition of the innate character of the student.
Yahya contributed the Zarathustrian sections and Pir Moineddin developed the Sanskrit segment. Najat contributed the Arabic and Christian and Hebrew chapters. Najat and Pir Moineddin spent a couple of busy afternoons in his Maui office working together to refine the Christian and Hebrew Names in the winter of 2000. It was Moineddin’s specific request in November 1997, that the name Gethsemane be included in the list of Christian names, because “I read once that it means ‘where jasmine flowers are pressed to make perfume.’”
After an auto accident in the fall of 2001, Najat had to withdraw from the project, and Pir Moineddin invited Malik to join the team in her place. Malik pulled the various files together into a more cohesive document.
— Contributed by Najat Patricia Roberts