Sarafil Bawa 2017PIR ZIA INAYAT-KHAN, Ph.D., familiarly known as Sarafil Bawa, is the spiritual leader of The Inayati Order, an interfaith mystical fellowship with branches throughout the world. His books include Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity and the Mystical Quest (2012) and Mingled Waters: Sufism & the Mystical Unity of Religions (2017). Now based in Richmond, Virginia, Pir Zia frequently travels. His schedule can be found at

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan Long Biography

Pir Zia, familiarly known as Sarafil Bawa, is the first son of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and Taj Inayat. Raised in the United States, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Persian Literature from the University of London and his doctorate in Religion from Duke University.

Memories of Pir Rasheed (Syed Mohammad Rasheed-ul-Hasan Jeeli Kaleemi)

Pir Zia’s father trained him in Sufism. With his blessing, he underwent seclusion at the Chishti khanqah in Ahmedabad and received spiritual transmission from Pir Rashid al-Hasan Jili Kalimi in Hyderabad. In 2000, Pir Vilayat confirmed him as his spiritual successor.

Since Pir Vilayat’s passing in 2004 (God keep him), Pir Zia has served as Pir-o-Murshid and President of the Inayati Order, guiding Sufi communities around the world.

To provide opportunities for focused spiritual study, Pir Zia founded the Suluk Academy, which currently offers courses in France and the United States.

The two central lodges from which Pir Zia works are Fazal Manzil in Suresnes, France, and the Astana in Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.

Pir Zia’s writings include Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity, and the Mystical Quest and Mingled Waters: Sufism and the Mystical Unity of Religions.

Pir Zia lives with his wife Pirani Sartaj and children Rasulan and Ravanbakhsh in Richmond and travels frequently.


Pir-o-Murshid of the Inayati Order

President of the Inayati Order’s Five Activities:

Esoteric School,  Universal Worship,  Kinship,  Healing Order,  and Ziraat

Sajjada-Nishin of the Dargah of Hazrat Inayat Khan, New Delhi

Chairman of the Board of the Hope Project, New Delhi

Joint Grand Master of the Knighthood of Purity of the Hazrati Order

President of the Suluk Academy

President of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom