Letter from Pir Zia
As you have probably heard, the Headquarters of the Inayati Order, North America, will be moving next year to a more urban setting. This move represents both a contraction and an expansion. It is a contraction in the size of our physical Headquarters with the intention of expanding our capacity to attend to our nationwide and worldwide mission.
My family and I have lived at the Abode for nearly two decades. These have been unforgettable years, a time of innumerable blessings. Now is the time for us to move on. We do so with great reverence for the land of the Abode—the trees, the birds, the streams, and the stones—with great affection for the community of seekers who make the Abode their home, and with deep acknowledgement of the spiritual magnetism that has built up here through the prayers, meditations, and acts of service of so many travelers on the path. I experience this barkat most tangibly in the Meditation Hall, at the Sanctuary, and at the site of the Pod, where I used to meditate with my father, and where he hoped a cave would be built one day.
Even as the Headquarters of the Inayati Order, and my family and I, move to a new location, it is my sincere hope that the Abode will continue to flourish as a place of spiritual study and retreat, a beacon of the Sufi Message, and a community of sincere souls following the path of love and light in deep and reverential rapport with the living Earth. With its large historic buildings and the costs associated with them, the Abode has particular challenges, but I see much goodwill here, and significant signs of ongoing resilience. The Abode will always have a special place in my heart. When my family and I move to the new Headquarters, I will look forward to returning to the Abode for visits and gatherings. For people all around the world, the Abode is a sacred meeting place.