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H&WAll beliefs are simply degrees of clearness of vision. All are part of one ocean of truth. The more this is realized, the easier is it to see the true relationship between all beliefs, and the wider does the vision of the one great ocean become.

­ Hazrat Inayat Khan


The Light of Guidance Center is the New York City Center of The Inayati Order (, formerly known as the Sufi Order International, an international organization dedicated to spreading the Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, who first introduced Sufism to the Western world in 1910. The Sufi Message proclaims the knowledge of divine unity—of all peoples, all religions, and all existence—and the religion of the heart awakened to the beauty in all creation.

The Inayat Order affirms spiritual liberty, and the One Truth behind all names and forms, and all authentic spiritual and religious traditions,  a Living Reality that 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.


The Sufi teachers at the Light of Guidance Center are Kainat Felicia Norton and Muinuddin Charles Smith.  They are authors of An Emerald Earth (please see below), and senior teachers and retreat guides within the Sufi Order International and the Ziraat tradition. Kainat serves as International head of Ziraat ( for the Sufi Order and is on the faculty of Suluk Academy.  They travel internationally, offering retreats and workshops on the Sufi path.

An Emerald Earth- A Guidebook to the Natural Self



by Felicia Norton and Charles Smith
ISBN 978-0-6152-3546-2
Price: $19.00
trade paper, 6 x 9, 192 pages

An Emerald Earth expresses universal teachings of the Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan on the “natural self,” likening  the unfolding of our being to the process of cultivating a field or garden to bring forth fruitfulness. Our natural state is one of resonance with Nature, receptive to the beauty and creative of the harmony that ever seek expression in our lives. Incorporating meditation practices, rich teaching stories and poetry from Sufi, Buddhist and other mystic traditions, An Emerald Earth affirms the infinite power of the heart, pointing the way to an uplifted world and a spirituality that is grounded in service to all of life.

“The word ‘mysticism’ often brings to mind suspicions of an obscure hobby having little or nothing to do with real life. What the reader of An Emerald Earth will discover, however, is exactly the reverse: a mystical orientation that is accessible, relevant, and eminently natural. —Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Spiritual Leader of the Sufi Order International

“With the environmental crisis finally recognized throughout the world, is it too late? No! An Emerald Earth celebrates Sufi wisdom that, since its very beginning, has held the sacred green earth at its center. Today this wisdom guides us toward restoring ourselves and our relationship with the natural environment.”  —The Very Reverend James Parks Morton, pioneer in sacred ecology, Founder of the Interfaith Center of New York, Dean Emeritus of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City

“This book is filled with much gentle wisdom and its message is one of peace and service. I hope that the authors’ call for a life devoted to doing what is beautiful will find its way into many hearts.”   —Tom Cheetham, author of “The World Turned Inside Out,” and “Green Man, Earth Angel”

“An Emerald Earth is an open invitation to those who are longing to re-discover the primordial harmony of the human soul and the natural world, both mirrors of each other and helpers to each other, both woven from the same cloth by the same Weaver. This wonderful book is constructed as an actual spiritual travel, using the stepping stones of meditation practices which guide the reader to experience how contemplation of the creation reveals human reality, and conversely how awakened humanity protects and elevates the creation to its own divine potential.” —Shaykha Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi, Spiritual Guide of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order

For more information:      Full review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat at:

To purchase An Emerald Earth:  Cultivating a Natural Spirituality, please click here.



With Kainat Felicia Norton
and Muinuddin Charles Smith


Practices and teachings in the Sufi Tradition of Hazrat Inayat Khan


Sundays 3:00-4:30PM

September 11

October 9

November 6

December 11



New Year’s Day Retreat

Sunday, January 1  3:00-5:00PM
Light and Illumination Practices
for the New Year


All above classes/events are held at:

223 2nd Avenue – between 14th & 13th St, Manhattan, NYC
Apt 5J  buzzer on the right, 48#

*Special Event:

‘NOOR’-a solo dance theatre work

Sunday, November 13th @ 3:30PM

St Mark’s Church in the Bowery

2nd & 10th St, Manhattan

Performance of ‘NOOR’, a 40 minute solo dance/theatre piece tells the story  of Noorunissa Inayat Khan,(1914-1944), daughter of Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan, writer of children’s stories, musician, poet, who served as a wireless operator, secret agent in WW2, who lived her ideal of spiritual liberty, was betrayed, captured and executed at Dauchau.

Performed by solo dancer Felicia Norton (Kainat Sharifa), co-created with Sasha Spielvogel, Artistic Director of Labyrinth Dance Theatre, musical sound score by David Mazjlin. Also included will be a 12 minute slideshow on Noor’s life and a talkback with the audience.

‘NOOR’ has been performed at Noor’s family home in Suresnes, France, at the Nehru Centre and Rudolf Steiner Hall in London, UK, at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival and The Storytelling Centre, Scotland,  at Chautauqua Institution, NY, and at other venues in the US.

 For tickets:
Tickets also available at the door on the day of show

To learn more about ‘NOOR’:

Link to BBC Scotland interview on ‘NOOR’ :


with Kainat Felicia Norton and Muinuddin Charles Smith

Honoring the Sacred Earth
and Cultivating the Awakened Heart Retreat

Saturday October 15, 2016 
Charlottesville, VA
For more info and to register:
Contact : Deborah Rabia Povich

please click below for flyer

   Sacred Earth Awakened Heart Retreat  October 15, 2016 Charlottesville, VA



Recent Past Events
with Kainat Felicia Norton and
Muinuddin Charles Smith


The Light of Guidance Center participated in
The 7th Annual Spiritual Sounds Concert
With the East Village’s traditional faith communities
Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Sufi, Buddhist
Sunday, January 31, 2016
St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery

The Mystic Heart of Sufism:
Sufi Prayers, Poetry and Practice

August 8-12, 2016
Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua, New York

Cultivating Life:
The Alchemy of the Heart Retreat

June 4, 2016
Rochester, NY

Sacred Earth and
the Cultivated Heart Retreat

May 21, 2016
Boston area, MA

Introduction to Sufism
February 21, 2016
Norwalk, Connecticut

Illuminated Heart Retreat
January 3, 2016

Sufi Alchemical Retreat
July 4-5, 2015
Masia Faidella, Catalunya, Spain


The Wild Woman Fest
July 29-August 2, 2015
with Sharifa Felicia Norton & others
Abode of the Message
New Lebanon, New York

August 10-14, 2015
The Mystic Heart Program
Sufi Practice, Prayer and Poetry

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