Federation Meeting April 2005 in NYC update

Beloved One,

I like to report that we are making much progress in the preparation for the meeting of the Federation of the Sufi Message from April 22 to April 25 in New York City, with the tremendous help of our local committee.

The local committee includes Khadija Goforth, Jean-Pierre & Monick, Michael Harrison, Uwais, Subhan, Aishah, Maritza, Deirdre & Lisa-Renee.

We are preparing a first night event at Saint Peter’s Church on Lexington &  54th Street. This event will be called “Mysticism of Sound.” The church has great acoustic and Nicholas will record the event. Subhan will take pictures.

We will be blessed and honored to feature Pir Shabda Khan & Michael Harrison for Classical Indian Music Ragas, Pir-O-Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan for “La Monotonia: by String Quartet (Hidayat will introduce his music), Murshida Khadija Goforth: Mystical Poetry of Sufi Murshid Samuel Lewis “God Calls” & Dervish Dancers and finally Michael Harrison playing “Revelation” (a short version of 45 minutes on piano). This will be a commemorable event.

The Federation meeting will be held at Sufi Books on West Broadway (between White and Franklin) on Saturday and Sunday, April 23 & 24, 2005.

Sheikha Fariha al-Jerrahi, who leads the Jerrahi community, has given her blessing to our gathering of the “Federation of the Sufi Message”. The Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order is a community of dervishes within the Halveti-Jerrahi Tariqat, in the specific lineage and spirit of Sheikh Muzaffer Ashki al-Jerrahi & Sheikh Nur al-Jerrahi.They are based at the Masjid al-Farah in NYC on West Broadway. I was always warmly welcomed at Sheikha Fariha Zikar on Thursday night when I attended by myself or with our Sufi Ruhaniat mureeds.

Sheikha Fariha has offered the use of her Masjid for Zikar one evening and asked if she could join us in prayer with her mureeds. I like to share with you that this beautiful woman touched my heart the day she welcomed one of my mureed to her inner study circle. She told this mureed that since she took hand in the Sufi Ruhaniat and also came to her Zikar, that she welcomed her with her own mureeds in her advance class. She also came once when Murshid Sauluddin lectured at the Sufi Books and sat at his feet with many of her mureeds, in turn, Saul stopped what he was doing and told a story of Sheikh Muzaffer.

The Federation board will meet on Monday morning.

I will be in touch regularly with Amrita to find out who is coming for the meeting and we will do our best to help anybody find suitable accommodation in New York. Please let Amrita know as soon as possible if you plan to join us.

Hidayat Inayat Khan, Aziza and Nawab will be staying at my home in Montclair, NJ.

I am grateful for all those who are helping to make this meeting happen and further the vision set in the ideal of the Federation of the Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

All praise be to Allah.

In service to the message.


DHO 2005 at Shasta

Beloved of God,

Wishing you a healthy and blessed 2005 from Virginia.


There is a proposed formal change to our relationship within and to the Ruhaniate on the table.  We are being invited to alter our format of the past 28 years, and work within and under another model.

We have been given four possibilities to operate from, and are being asked to choose one of them.  Since this is a major shift in and to our relationship, I do not wish to make the decision without your active participation.

This will be the sub-theme of our meeting, and I truly wish all members of the D.H.O. to participate in this discussion.  Please attend if you are able.  Thank you.

I will also be bringing this up at our European gathering ( our 21st year) in Germany this May, so I am hopeful that our decision will represent the heart’s desire of all our family.

Our Summer Gathering will be on Mount Shasta in Northern California.

  • Dates: June 27 (Monday) to July 1 (Friday) 2005. This will allow us the opportunity to not only visit Shasta Abbey, but also the Mentorgarten in San Francisco.
  • Place:  Stewart Mineral Springs, Mt. Shasta – Northern California
  • Theme:  Interacting with the Unseen World:  Mother Mary, Shasta Abbey, The Great White Brotherhood, crystalline consciousness within the mountain, healing springs, etc.
  • Costs:  $400. (Note: all staff receives neither reimbursement nor honoraria) 
  • Contact:  Jennifer Avian

Plus: Healing Rituals, zikrs, Ram Nam, walks and dance, Shasta Abbey (Murshid Sam's "guru sister," Jiu Kennett Roshi's Abbey), Mountain stories, great food, hot mineral baths, Fabulous Mountain Views & our traditional frolicking amongst the trees. Ya Hu!

And:  We hope to have some special guests from Mother Mary's sangha, and news (at least) of her new biography I wish to close with a few thoughts for the coming year:

Most importantly, let us again remember the words of the Master Jesus – "There will be wars and rumors of wars, but keep ye well in mind that which I have taught you."

As both our physical and political world undergo great calamity, we must be aware of Who we are, and what energy in flowing through us when we act.

I recommend the daily offering of the prayer Pir, with our concentration on Murshid SAM — asking him to guide us on the path which most furthers our spiritual growth.

Let us become the peace demonstrator who demonstrates Peace, the warrior who fights the internal war to become more not less Divine, the one who listens to God rather than only speaking to God. The one who is honest, not only to others, but to ourselves.

And, allow us the grace to re-dedicate ourselves so as to manifest our ideals of Selfless Service and a generous and open heart.

And, finally, please note that although Jennifer Avian is still our Camp Co-ordinator, Jude Sargent is now our secretary for all address changes, and Jean Pierre David remains our webmaster. Many thanks to you all for making this so smooth.

I send you all my love and blessings with my prayers for your growth and spiritual fulfillment in this newest year.

See you on the Mountain,

Yours in Service to the Real

Hakim Sauluddin

401 East Main Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902