The Light of Guidance Center is the New York City Center of the Sufi Order International. 

     The Sufi Order International was founded by Hazrat Inayat Khan, who brought the universal teachings of Sufism to the West in 1910.  It is founded on the basis of spiritual liberty, affirming that behind all names and forms and all spiritual and religious traditions,  one Living Reality exists and manifests through our lives. 

 Our classes emphasize the cultivation of the heart and the bringing of spirituality into everyday life. All classes and retreats are open to all.



Special Events

Upcoming Summer 2015 Events

with Sharifa Felicia Norton and Muinuddin Charles Smith

July 4-5, 2015

A Sufi Alchemical Retreat

with Sharifa Felicia Norton and Muinuddin Smith

Masia Faidella, Catalunya, Spain  (about 2 1/2 hours north of Barcelona)

Contact: Salim Gabriel Hernández Viera:

July 29-August 2, 2015

The Wild Woman Fest

with Sharifa Felicia Norton & others

Abode of the Message in the Berkshires on the mountaintop

New Lebanon, New York

Early registration until June 9th

August 10-14, 2015

The Mystic Heart Program

Sufi Practice, Prayer and Poetry

with Sharifa Felicia Norton and Muinuddin Charles Smith

at Chautauqua Institution

Chautauqua, New York

*August 13, 2015 ‘NOOR’ at Chautauqua Institution : Solo Dance Performance of the dance/theatre work ‘NOOR” based on the life of Noorunissa Inayat Khan, performed by Felicia Norton followed by discussion and Q&A

*Sufi Teachings Classes

with Felicia Sharifa Norton and Charles Muinuddin Smith

Sundays @3:00-4:30PM

* Sufi classes in NYC will resume in Sept 2015 after the summer break.

Practices and teachings in the Sufi Tradition of Hazrat Inayat Khan

LOCATION: 223 2nd Avenue (Between 14th and 13th  St in Manhattan, NYC.
Ring buzzer on the right, 48 # (48 and pound sign- #)




The principal thing that the Sufi message has brought to the world is tolerance for all faiths existing in the different parts of the world, followed by different people... The true religion to a Sufi is the sea of truth and all the different faiths are as its waves. The message of God from time to time comes as tides in the sea, but what remains always is the sea, the truth. Those who consider another on the wrong track they themselves are also not on the right track, for the one who is on the right track finds every road leading to the same goal sooner or later. The Sufi mission does not make converts to a certain faith to the exclusion of all faiths... Faith to a Sufi is a free ideal, not a captivity. Hazrat Inayat Khan



Pir Vilayat Khan, whose teachings and guidance are the inspiration behind the Light of Guidance Center, passed from this life on June 17, 2004. Listen to some of his words by following the link on the menu above to a talk in New York in 2002.

Dance your sorrows away, dance yourself away. Dance your body to the floor, dance your soul to the sky, dance your thought into a whirlwind, dance your emotions into a spiral, dance your soul into the spirit..Each one is separated from the Beloved by the strength of the ego, and each is united to the Beloved by the strength of her/his love.   Pir Vilayat Khan

Cultivating a Natural Spirituality
and Serving Creative Beauty in Our World

by Felicia Sharifa Norton and Muinuddin Charles Smith

“…a mystical orientation that is accessible, relevant and eminently natural”

—Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Spiritual Leader of the Sufi Order International

ISBN 978-0-6152-3546-2
Price: $19.00
trade paper, 6 x 9, 192 pages