About Us

The Inayati Order of Austin Heart of the Message Center is affiliated with The Inayati Order: A Sufi Path of Spiritual Liberty, formerly The Sufi Order International, founded as the Sufi Movement by Hazrat Inayat Khan in 1910.

Our goal is personal transformation: we seek a balanced, harmonious and creative life free from the illusion of separation from the One. We look for new ways to apply the spiritual ideals of love, harmony and beauty to the challenges and opportunities of everyday life. At the same time we continue an age-old mystical tradition. We seek to serve God and humanity by helping to relieve suffering, promoting understanding and acceptance among followers of different faiths, and encouraging the unfoldment of universal loving kindness.

Sufism is not easily defined, for it is neither an established religion nor a doctrine. It is not made up of a body of dogma which one must follow, and it does not require its constituents to rely upon specific, prescribed rituals or techniques as a part of spiritual practice. It is not distinctive of any particular race, nation, or church; it has existed across cultures, over centuries. Sufism is a way of looking at the world and a way of living in the world.

Rather than requiring withdrawal from the world, Sufism practices immersion in life, bringing one’s highest ideals into everyday practice. It is a way for humanity to awaken to the abundance of life, both individually and collectively, in every area of human enterprise. Sufism is a contemporary response to the needs of the time and culture within which it exists.


We are a legally incorporated nonprofit entity in the state of Texas, USA. Our Employer ID Number is 94-3202233. We are a 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the Inayati Order, so donations to us are deductible on your U.S. federal income tax return as charitable contributions. If you would like to donate to us, please make your check out to Sufi Order of Austin and mail it to

Inayati Order Treasurer
603 Kingfisher Creek Drive
Austin TX 78748-2424