“Coming to the religions which have been given to the world, for instace, when we read in the bible the words of Jesus Christ, what do we read? ‘Love your fellow man, love your neighbour,’ from the beginning to the end. If there is any moral that the master taught and repeated constantly, it was this moral, the moral of kinship. The different religions which exist in the world, the followrs of which are perhaps millions and millions, if one studies what is the central theme of it all? It is one and the same: love one another, serve one another, be sincere one to the other.”
– Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan
The Kinship activity of the Sufi Order is in some ways the hardest to describe, while at the same time it is the most all-pervading. The ways in which we interact with one another, with our communities and with the world at large, is the living proof of our spiritual development.
The purpose of life is not fulfilled by realization alone. The sense of sympathy and responsibility toward all life is expressed by the initiate in her/his contribution toward improving the conditions of life. Individuals, the Sufi centres, and communities have all found ways to serve humanity and make concrete the ideals to which they aspire.
One of the main projects of the Sufi Order internationally is the Hope Project in Delhi. It was founded in 1975 by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. Moved by the extreme poverty of the people living near the mausoleum of his father he envisioned a programme which would enable the poor to help themselves.
Guided by the spiritual ideals of Hazrat Inayat Khan, the Hope Project is driven by the spirit of service to humanity and respect for all religions. It strives to provide people, especially the poor and vulnerable, with opportunities and resources so that they can realize their hidden potential and are able to help themselves.
Currently the project runs a community health centre, a crèche, a school, vocational courses and income generation projects for the poor. The project has 50 Indian staff members and is financed largely by private donations.
You can make a donation to the Hope Project by going to their web site.