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The Sufi Order

By: Dr. John Weldon
By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999
The purpose of the Sufi Order is to help unite East and West and spread the leaders’ interpretation of the teachings of Sufism, the “original religion of God”.

The Sufi Order

Info at a Glance

Name: The Sufi Order of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, and the Sufi Islamia Ruhaniat Society of Samuel L. Lewis.

Purpose: To help unite East and West and spread the leaders’ interpretation of the teachings of Sufism, the original religion of God.

Founder: Hazrat Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Samuel Lewis.

Source of authority: Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Claim: The Sufi Order constitutes the true essence of all religions.

Examples of occult potential: Development of psychic powers, trance states, spiritism.


“The God of the Sufi is the God of every creed, and the God of all. Names make no difference to him. Allah, God, Gott, Dieu, Khuda, Brahma, or Bhagwan” (The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Vol. 1, p. 13).

“The divinity of Christ means the divinity of man, although divinity itself is the ideal” (Ibid., p. 109).

Note: Samuel Lewis’ Sufi Islamia Ruhaniat Society is a split from the Sufi Order of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, and the writings of Hazrat Inayat Khan are foundational to both groups. The individual writings of Samuel Lewis and Pir Vilayat Khan reflect the philosophy of Hazrat Khan, his books being sold and promoted by both groups as their message.

Doctrinal Summary

God: God is everything, in everything, transcendent and ultimately indescribable.

Jesus: A saikh or murshid (enlightened spiritual master).

The Christ: The divine part of Jesus, active in all great masters.

Salvation: God-realization through mysticism toward achieving union with God.

Man: Inwardly divine.

Sin: Ignorance of one’s true nature.

Satan: Figurative for emotional agitation.

The Bible: One of many scriptures mystically re-interpreted to support Sufi precepts.

Death: In general something good, a normal transition or spiritual advance.

Heaven and Hell: Inner states, e.g., heaven is inner peace.

Dr. John Weldon

Dr. John Weldon

Dr. John Weldon (born February 6, 1948) went to be with the Lord on August 30, 2014 following a long-time battle with cancer. John served for more than 20 years as a researcher for The John Ankerberg Show. During his tenure, he authored or coauthored more than 100 books, including the best-selling Facts On Series of books that has sold more than 2.5 million copies in 16 languages. His final book, published in July 2014 with Harvest House Publishers (coauthored with John Ankerberg), is especially fitting. How to Know You’re Going to Heaven offers a biblical and personal look at the way God has provided salvation through Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12) and the confidence the believer can have of eternity with Him in heaven (1 John 5:13). John’s life and work have touched countless others seeking to grow spiritually and better understand the Bible. His friends describe him as genuine, humble, and passionate to share the hope of eternal life with everyone he met. His work will continue through his many books, his online writings at The John Ankerberg Show website (, as well as through the many people John has personally influenced through his ministry.
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