Since the beginning of human history, while others wandered in forgetfulness, certain souls have remembered their origin and destination and pursued the royal road that leads to God. As prophets revealed the Divine message in successive eras, these seekers found confirmation of their longing for the Divine presence and illumination on their path.
Sometimes more than one disciple was blessed to succeed a master, and so the lineage grew like a tree. Not only did branches split off; at times they rejoined, as when a master received the transmission of more than one preceding master.
Below are links to pages tracing Hazrat Inayat Khan’s predecessors in the Chishti, Suhrawardi, Qadiri, and Naqshbandi lines, and reviewing the lives of some of those who came before and after him.