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On January 1, 2016, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan announced that the organisation known as The Sufi Order International has been renamed The Inayati Order in part to reflect the custom of naming a Sufi order after its founder.
In the history of Sufism, Orders have traditionally adopted the name of their founder in the decades following the founder’s death. Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan understandably did not name his Order after himself, but long-established Sufi custom renders it natural and proper for us, who follow in his footsteps, to honor his memory and confirm our allegiance to his spiritual message by taking his name as the rubric of our work.
In consideration of these facts, and moved by a deep sense that the time has come, on this first day of the year 2016, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan has announced that The Sufi Order International will henceforth be known as The Inayati Order.
As a fuller designation the Order will be introduced as The Inayati Order: A Sufi Path of Spiritual Liberty. The name Inayatiyya will be considered a welcome synonym. You can read more about this on the international Inayati Order Site.