Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan passed from this world, at the age of 99, on September 12, 2016. We, who have known him, are deeply grateful for his devotion to the Message and his unfailing dedication through all the years of his life.
Hidayat Inayat-Khan is the youngest son of Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882 – 1927), founder of the International Sufi Movement. Born in England and raised in France, he is a distinguished composer of symphonic music. In his music he has blended the ancient Indian raga style, which he learned from his father’s and his uncles’ who were renowned musicians, and Western polyphonic harmonies, which he studied in Paris under the famous composition instructor, Nadia Boulanger. His work includes the Message Symphony, La Monotonia, the Zikar Symphony, and the Gandhi Symphony. Pir-o-Murshid Hidayat has taken on the leadership of the International Sufi Movement for the last twenty years, devoting tremendous energy to continuing the spiritual work of his father. He has traveled throughout the world to bring together Sufis of the Inayat Khan lineage, and has been instrumental in the formulation of the Federation of the Sufi Message.