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Bakker, Dahan

National Representative of the Sufi Movement from 1980 – 1983. He was the centerleader of Katwijk in 1978. He followed Mushid Fazal to his Sufi Way. Within this organisation he is active until the present day. He currently lives in Tourly, France.

Beek, van, Azim (Azeem) Wil, Shaikh

Amsterdam August 3,  1903  – Capetown April 1, 1992

Dutch journalist, writer, fotographer and a healer within the Sufi Movement. Editor of ‘Announcements of the Sufi Movement in The Netherlands’ the forerunner of the ‘Soefi Gedachte’.

Azim was originally and atheïst, but found new inspiration in Sufism. He attended the Summerschools in the Twenties. In the thirties Azim decided to move to the Dutch Indies. During Worldwar II he was detained in a Japanese concentration camp for three and a half years.  In 1950 he emigrated to South Africa.

He wrote a biography of Hazrat Inayat Khan ‘Hazrat Inayat Khan, Master of Life, Modern Mystic’.  He also issued: ‘prayer as a source of strength – 3 Sufi-prayers’ en ‘Eastern stories and their secret meaning’ (Oosterse verhalen en hun geheime betekenis) and ‘The Dynamic Power of Sufism’.

Belder Mevr. K.P. (Karema, Pine)

Born: 1868. Died: 12 april 1961

Pine Belder was a Dutch actress. She was personally initiated by Murshid in the mid twenties and directed to Murshida Salima van Braam for further guidance. In the Sufi Movement she is mainly known for directing the performences of Murshids plays during the Summerschools in Suresnes from 1926 onward.

Bentinck, Jabbar C.A. (Constant) Baron

1906 – 1995

An early mureed who attended the Summerschools in Suresnes in th etwenties. He was the centre leader of Leiden (Leiden is a city in Holland near The Hague) and head of the ‘Leidse Sufi Foundation’  the aim of which was the distribution of the books of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Bentinck was chairman of the Summer School committee in the 1950’s. He was married to Ciska Bentinck.

Jabbar Bentinck translated many books of Murshid in Dutch and organised many Universal Worships in his hometown. In the 1970’s he couldn’t agree with the nature of Fazals leadership and distanced himself from the Movement. Despite this there always remained an exchance of speakers in the Universal Worship  with the Movement.

Blaauw Robertson, Kafia Wilhelmina Diderika Shaikha en later Murshida

Rotterdam,  January 30, 1893 – Doorn, June 4, 1982

Leader in Rotterdam from the start of its centre. Her mother, Rabia Robertson, was also a prominent sufi who visited the Summer Schools in the early twenties in Suresnes. Kafia was replaced in 1958 by H.J Witteveen after a falling out with Pir-o-Murshid Ali Khan.

She published the book: ‘De symbolische betekenis van de oude klassieke sprookjes’ (The symbolical meaning of old classical fairytales)

In 1980 she founded the Tariqa Inayat. An independed circle of mureeds that resisted the policy of Ali Khan and also of Fazal. She was succeeded in this role by  Ramana Klaassen and later Ameen Carp, who  renamed the Tariqa to ‘studygroup’ in the early nineties.

Blaauw, Quin or Quinten, Joris

Third and youngest son of Kafia Blaauw. Quin was a jurist. In the late fifties he created the statutes of the Nekbakht Foundation. For this purpose he corresponded on a regular basis with Nekbakht Furnée in Suresnes. He lived in Rotterdam in those days.

Bouman, Hayat

Writer of several articles in the SG, for example about her visits to India. Lived for the last 20 years of her life permanently in India. The last years she lived in New Delhi in the vicinity of the Dargah where she committed herself to the poor, and to the education and position of women. Furthermore she worked intensively for the maintenance of the Dargah of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Braam, van, Salima Adeh Murshida

March 5, 1883 – July 28 1965

Adeh van Braam visited a lecture by Hazrat Inayat Khan in Arnhem, Holland in 1921. Murshid initiated her in 1922. She attended the Summerschool in Katwijk aan Zee in the same year.  She was the first centre leader in Amsterdam. During the summerschool of 1926 she was made a murshida. On September 13 of that year she was made a member of the Confraternity of the Message together with 25 other mureeds. She founded her own second centre from 1958 after a conflict with Pir-o-Murshid Ali Khan.

Buwalda, Jemaluddin, Max

Groningen, June 30, 1928 – Wassenaar February 4, 1999.


Jemaluddin (Max) Buwalda, husband of Roshan Buwalda. He studied law at the university of  Groningen. He got to know Sufism when he was consul-general  in Cape Town. Within the Sufi Movement he held the office of General Secretary, legal advisor, translator and centerleader of the Banstaat center in The Hague. He was a former ambassador and was ordained Officer in the Order van Oranje Nassau (House of Orange).

Buwalda, Roshan

Wife of the late Jemaluddin Buwalda. She played a role in the introduction of the  Element Ritual in Holland in 1989. From 1988 to 1995 she was head of housekeeping of the annual Summerschool in Katwijk aan Zee.

Bylandt, van, Karannavaz, Willem Frederik Lodewijk, Earl.

(The Hague December 31, 1896 – Châteauneuf-de-Grasse (France) April 20, 1990).

Dutch ambassador for Italy and Tunisia. Prior to his ambassadorship he worked in London, Peking (Beijin), Paris, Egypt and the Dutch Indies. He lectured frequently at the Summer Schools. Co-editor of The Sufi Messenger, a Dutch magazine. In the sixties he was national representative of Italy.

After his retirement he and his wife moved to  Impruneta bij Florence. After she passed away in December 1975 he setteld in Châteauneuf-de-Grasse in the south of France.



Carp, Ameen, Wite, Murshid

9 april 1927

Former center leader in The Hague. Successor of Saida Van Tuyll, editor of East West Publications (England) and Sufi Publications (The Netherlands), national representative The Netherlands. Editor of the ‘Soefi Gedachte’ from 1983 to 2014. Leader of the Tariqa Inayat, later called studycirkel as the successor of Kafia Blaauw and Ramana Klaassen.

Egeling – Grol, Fazal Mai Petronella, Nelly, Murshida

Amsterdam 27 March 1861 – The Hague 27 December 1939

Early Mureed from Arnhem. She moved to Lausanne after the death of her husband in 1917. There she met Hazrat Inayat Khan. She bought a house for the family of Hazrat Inayat Khan in 1922 in Suresnes (France, near Paris). The house was named: Fazal Manzil. Was initiated Murshida around Chrismas time 1923. Later on she founded the Fazal Mai Egeling-Foundation to secure a fund for the maintenance of the children of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Eggink – van Stolk, Bhakti G.


Sister of Sirkar van Stolk. Leader of the Sufi Centre of The Hague from 1950 – 1959. Accompanied Hazrat Inayat Khan on his journey to America in 1923 as his secretary and personal assistent. Married to Wim (W.A.N.) Eggink.

Erkelens, Felix,

Publisher. Member of the Sufi Movement and later of the Sufi Way.

Essen, van, Wazir, Gerrit

Maassluis 21 September 1905 – Cape Town 16 May 1981

Gerrit van Essen met Hazrat Inayat Khan in 1924 at the age of 19. When walking in Rotterdam he notices a billboard announcing a lecture by an unknown man from India. He didn’t attend this first lecture as he was too occupied with the preparations of his exams. His teacher Mme Taselaar – Ponsen insisted he would go to the second lecture that was held in a student society.

In 1925 he visited the Summerschool in Surensnes at the request of the same Mme Taselaar – Ponsen to assist Sitkar van Stolk with the organisation. The lecture Hall had just been built in the garden opposite to Fazal Manzil. Here he had his first personal meeting with Murshid. He became the assistant to Sikar van Stolk in Suresnes. Founder of a number of Sufi centres in South Africa from 1951 on. He was National Representative of that country for years and was also centerleader of Cape Town


Faber, Azmat Rijka Christina Catharina Amsterdam, Khalifa

Amsterdam, 33 July 1897 – Laren, 11 August 1966

Azmat met Murshid for the first time in Genèva in 1923. Until that time she was a theosofist. She became secretary and member of the National Committee in The Netherlands, Editorial board member of the SG in the 1950’s and 60’s. From 1948 on she was a member of the Tempel Fund that was founded by Maheboob Khan together with Kadir van Lohuizen and her brother Fatayab Faber. She was the sister of Shaukat and Fatayab Faber

Faber, Nicolaas, Fathayab

Brother of  Shaukat en Azmat Faber. He lived in Baarn, Holland and was a member of Head Quarters in the fifties in the office Executive Supervisor. Father of Hakim Faber. He was married to a Swedish woman.

Furnée, Sakina (later Nekbakht) Johanna Ernestina Dorothea, Kina, Khalifa

The Hague 1896 – The Hague 16 June 1973

The parents of Sakina had hired an English nanny so she was fluent in both Dutch and English. Later on she was sent to a Swiss boarding school in Vevey where she learned French. Back in Holland she visited a horticultural school. She loved to do wellfarework had had een occupation in a glasfactory in Leerdam where she supported the workers. Secretary of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Wrote down the major part of his lectures in shorthand during 1922 – 1926. These notes were the basis of the major part of the issues of Hazrat Inayat Khan´s work. She was a cousin of Kismet Stam. She studied to play the piano and had lessons from the famous Dutch composer Willem Andriessen. For a time she joined a movement called ‘Practiacal Idialism (Praktisch-Idealisten-Associate, PIA). She tried to follow a vergetarian diet but had to give up this lifestyle due to undernurishment.

In Vierhouten she designed – probably in 1920 – a garden for Mme Fontijn Tuinhout. Through her she came in contact with Hazrat Inayat Khan and came his secretary in 1920. In the following years she took down most of his lectures in shorthand. With this work the greater part of Murshids Hazrat Inayat Khan was created. In 1922 she became Peshkar, that is head of the Brotherhood activity of the Sufi Movement. She also accompanied Murshid on a number of journeys including Vienna and Belgium. In Belgium she was the National Representative for a number of years.  From 1922 to 1925  Inayat Khan dictated large sections of his ‘Biography’ to her. This was the reason for Murshid to place the ‘Biographical Department’ in her house at Rue de Tuilerie 34. Currently this house in Surenes is the abode of the  archives of the Nekbaht-Stichting gehuisvest. Sakina was a cousin of Kismet Stam.

Goens, van –van Beyma Ekbal Dawla Maria Johanna Florentina Jonkvrouw , Sahaba-es-Safa (hereditary)

28 April 1880 – 28 July 1972

Mother of Shadbi van Goens – van Beyma, the wife of Maheboob Khan. She dedicated her life to Sufism and became a member of the ‘Family’ after the marriage of her daughter Shadbi to Maheboob Khan, murshids brother.

Hartsuiker, De heer D. (Dildar)

Dildar Hartsuiker met Hazrat Inayat Khan for the first time at a service at an Odd Fellow house where Murshid lectured. In his contribution to the Smit-Kerbert Collection Dildar mentiones that this must have been in 1925 or 1926. In these years however Murshid didn’t travel to Holland so it most likely would have been in 1924. Hartsuiker was ordained healing conductor by Kefayat Lloyd during a meeting at the house of Theo van Hoorn in Amsterdam.

Hogendorp, Otto van

The Hague March 17, 1858 – La Tour de Peilz (Vaud) June 17, 1936

Van Hogendorp was a diplomat who had studied at the university in Leiden. In 1913 became chamberlain in special service of Queen Wilhelmina.  He was the husband of Mahtab van Hogendorp van Notten and the father of  van Lakmé van Hogendorp.

Hogendorp – van Notten, van, Mahtab Agatha Johanna Elisabeth, Barones

Amsterdam, 28 January 1873 – Amersfoort 21 August 1952

Dutch lady who lived in the vicinity of Geneva (Tour de Peilz) in the twenties. Met Hazrat Inayat Khan and became his mureed. Mother of Lakmé van Hogendorp who became the wife of Mumtaz Armstrong. In 1921 she became a member of the first Executive Coucil of the Sufi Movement.

Hoorn, van Theo(door)

1887 – 1957

Mureed from the 1920’s, mainly known for his personal memoires entitled: ‘Remembrances of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Western Sufism’.

He was married to (and later divorced) Dien van Hoorn (Amsterdam 1888 – Amsterdam, 12 augustus 1961). Theo en Dien were eachothers second cousins.

Hoyack Salamat Louis Johan August

5 maart 1893 –  16 februari 1967

Hoyack was a theosophist before he joined the Sufi Movement. He met Hazrat Inayat Khan for the first time in January 1924 when the latter was in Holland for a series of lectures.

Louis Hoyack was a close friend of  Eduard (Yusuf) van Ingen. He visited the Summerschools of ’24, ’25 en ’26. He was a rational man who had problems with the devotional side of mysticism. He was mostly focused on and interested in understanding the philosophical side of sufism.  He was – in his own words – looking for ‘ a theoretical conclusive worldvision’. He was married to Daniëla (Ella) Hoyack – Camerus, who was an artist. He wrote many articles in the ‘Soefi Gedachte’ the Dutch magazine of the Movement.  besides that he was an intellectual with a great knowledge of Islam.

Before Worldwar II he moved in fascist circels of the Black and National Front and was a friend of the extreme right Wouter Lutki in who’s magazine he published some artcles, even after the war.


His father was Friedrich Carl Hoyack, his mother Brigitte Pauline Baroness Sweerts De Landas Wyborgh. They married on April 24, 1891

Hübner, Khusnasib, Elouis

Doesburg May 1884 – The Hague April 11, 1959

Hübner worked for Shell in the Dutch Indies. He married his first wife Eva Johanna de Decker on  June 12, 1913. The couple divorced on October 27, 1927. He subsequently was married to Shakti van Stolk from 1933 to 1936, Shakti was a sister of Sirkar van Stolk. Hübner succeeded Sirkar van Stolk in 1934 as organisor of the Summerschools in Suresnes. He attended almost all Summerschools in th ethirties, fourties and fifties. After World War II he omitted the umlaut from his surname.

Ingen, van Yusuf (Yusouf, Yussouf) Carel Frederik Eduard, Jonkheer

’s Hertogen bosch 12 January 1899 – Woerden 5 September 1933

Mureed during the period 1922 – 1927 during the Summer Schools in Suresnes led by Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Son of Lodewijk Johan van Ingen (1848 – 1917) and Anna Maria de Perponcher (1862 – 1920).

According to Theo van Hoorn he was ha musician, composer, poet and sculptor. After that he worked at the office of a brother in law of Theo van Hoorn. He moved to Woerden in 1928, where he became the manager of a tile and brick factory. He led the center of Utrecht together with his wife Zuleikha van Ingen – Jelgersma. He was murdered by an employee of his company in 1933 at Woerden .

Ingen – Jelgersma, van, Zulaikha Johanna Classina (Joop)

1892 – September 13, 1969

Dutch sufi from the early days. In the first decade of the 20’st century she was married to Sirdar Van Tuyll. She remarried Yusuf van Ingen until his untimely death in 1933. Zuleikha was the founder of the Utrecht center. Her father was a wellknown  professor at the Leiden University. After her husbands passsing she lived together with Azmat Faber for a number of years.

Jansen, Sharif B. Karel Frederik Rechlien Dr. Murshid

Indonesia,  December 17, 1908 – Sydney, December 9, 1990

Dutch mureed. Lived in the Dutch Indies for the major part of his life. During World War II he was detained in a Japanese camp. His father was the minister of education in the Dutch Indies. In 1923 he moved to the Netherlands to study law and work on his promotion. In 1938 he returned to the Dutch Indies to work for the ministery of economical affairs.  His wife Hermoine also grew up in the Dutch Indies. Jansen emigrated  to Australia in 1951. He was the National representative of this country from 1958 on.

In the east Jansen already learned about the philosophy of Sufism. Later on during a stay in Turkey he met the  Mevlevi sufi’s and got a spiritual training in this community. The former wife of  Murshid Musharaff Khan, Savitri van Rossum du Chattel, was an aunt of Jansen. Through her he was introduced to Musharaff who initiated him in 1946. In 1961  Musharaff gave him his Sufi name: ‘Sharif’

On the picture we see the cover of the book: Mursid Sharif Jansen, a Sufi in Australia van Leonie Zubun Shore (2008)

Jodjana, Raden Ayou (female Javans title) Khourshed. Born: Elisabeth (Betty) Anna Carolina Pop, Stage-name: Khourshed de Ravalieu

1888 – 1981

A Dutch mureed from the London period. She was a singer. Married to Anthonie Artz in the first decade of the last century. Lived with the family of Hazrat Inayat Khan in the houses at Addison Road and later on at Ladbroke Road. Received classical Sufi training from Hazrat Inayat Khan. 1981, published: A Book of Self Re-education. This book contains meditation and yoga-practices and a number of biographical sketches of her time in London.


Kluwer, Salar, Nico

Deventer, December 4, 1897 – Deventer, February 15, 1975

A mureed from Deventer, Holland. He heard  Hazrat Inayat Khan lecture for the first time in Deventer in 1924. Salar was  27 then. He was the owner of the ‘Kluwer Publishing Company’ in Deventer. From 1972 on the company was renamed ‘Ankh-Hermes’. From the thirties to the fifties he published all books of Hazrat Inayat Khan in an English version as well as a Dutch translation. He left the sufi Movement in the fifties after a dispute with Murshid Ali Khan but remained involveed in the Deventer center.

After his passing Salar Kluwer was buried in Gorssel, a small village in the vicinity of Deventer.


Kluwer – Rahusen, Hayat, Catharina (Ine) Elisabeth

Amsterdam Augustus 18, 1896 – Gorssel  June 30, 1984

Wife of Salar Kluwer. Together they had three children: Shanti (Baudewina), Sunita (Machteld) en Salim (Paul). Paul is the only  one still living.

In 1923, together with C.A. Wegelin, she tried  spreading Murshids work in Japan and China .

Hayat at a young age during a Summerschool in Suresnes

Kramer, Musawwir Piet, Pieter Lodewijk
Amsterdam, July 1, 1881 – Santpoort, February 4,  1961

Piet Kramer was an architect and a member of the famous Amsterdam School of Architects. He designed numerous houses an bridges in Amsterdam from the twenties to the fifties.

He designed the Universel that was to be built on the Sufiland (Garden of Allah) in Suresnes, opposite of Fazal Manzil, the house of Murshid. He also designed and built the Church of All, commissioned by van Tuyll at Anna Paulownastraat 78 in The Hague. He was married to Moeni Kramer who was also a mureed from the early days. Their son Friso Kramer is an industrial designer.


Kramer – van de Weide, Moenie Johanna Pajakombo

Pajakombo, Dutch Indies March 2,  1885 – Leiden  January 27, 1965

Wife of the architect Piet Musawwir Kramer. Together they had 6 children, 2 boys and 4 girls.

Friso Kramer (1922), one of the sons of Piet and Moenie.
He is a well known Dutch industrial designer.

Lange, Akbar G.C. Ir.

Engineer, son of Halima Lange. Father of Salim (Arjuna) Lange. Supervisor of the construction of the Universel Murad Hassil in 1969. Professionally he was the manager of the planological service in the Dutch province of Zuid Holland. He was decorated to ‘Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw’ (Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion)  en bearer of the  Officers Cross in the Order of Orange  – Nassau.

Akbar at a young age during the summerschool in Suresnes in the mid twenties

Lange – Visser, Halima

1875 – 1966

Mother of Akbar Lange and grandmother of Salim (Arjuna) Lange. Centerleader of Wassenaar from the thirties until 1966, the year that her son Akbar took over.  For a number of years she was a secretary and compagnion of Ali Khan during his travels.

Lohuizen, van, Hakim, Jelaluddin Theodoor Paul, Murshid

November 28, 1935 – 2016

Musician, son of Kadir van Lohuizen. He often accompanied Murshid Ali Khan en Murshid Musharaff Khan on the piano in the fifties and sixties. For 21 years he was the centerleader of Arnhem.

Lohuizen, van Kadir Theodoor Karel Professor Doctor, Murshid

Den Burg, Texel,  August 5, 1890 – December 9, 1956

Early mureed from the Suresnes period in the twenties.  He was initiated  by Hazrat Inayat Khan in 1924. He played an important role in the development of the Sufi Movement in Holland. Besides that he was an eminent worker at IHQ. He was the father of Subhan, Wali and Hakim (Jelaluddin).

Lohuizen, van Subhan Hans Peter (H.P.S) Professor Doctor, Ir. Shaikh

Rotterdam  February 28, 1928 – Deventer March 12, 2006

Eldest son of Kadir van Lohuizen. He was the center leader of Amsterdam and later Hilversum. Chairman of the Sufi Youth Brotherhood in the fifties.  Wali en Hakim (Jelaluddin) are his brothers.

Lohuizen, van Wali Christian Wilhelm Professor Doctorandus, Murshid

5 februari 1932

In his professional life Wali was a town planner and  professor in urbanism at the Technical  University in Eindhoven, Holland. Nowadays he is retired and lives in the artists vollage of Laren, near Hilversum. His father was Theo, Kadir van Lohuizen. Wali has been center leader of Utrecht and later (in the nineties) of Amsterdam, together with his wife Walia. The couple also managed the development of the  Dargah of Hazrat Inayat Khan in New Delhi. Walia passed away in 2013.

Lohuizen, van – Mulder. Walia, Mab Doctor, Murshida

April 9, 1934 – Februari 16, 2013

Walia was an art historian. She was the centerleader of Utrecht (eighties) and Amsterdam (nineties) with her husband Wali. She performed a lot of work on the extension of the Dargah-complex in New Delhi.

Monna, Mej dr. Rubab M.C.

Sanskriet expert, member of the Sufi Contact, author of ‘A Short Dictionairy of the Foreign Words in Hazrat Inayat Khan’s Teachings’ (first edition 1975)

Notten, van Aftab, J.C.

Van Notten was a (Honorary) Consul General in Genève from 1919 to 1948. He was the brother of Mahtab van Hogendorp – van Notten. He attended the summerschools in Suresnes in the twenties.

Pallandt, van Huzurnavaz Floris Carcilius Anne, Baron, Murshid

San Remo  March, 8 1903 – Meppel May 7, 1977

Van Pallandt has been the secretary-general of IHQ of the Sufi Movement. He was the compilor and editor of The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan (‘The Orange Volumes’). The collection of Murshids lectures in twelve volumes. The series was published from 1960 onward.

In his professional life he was an ambassador in countries as Denmark (thirties), Lissabon (during World War II), Moscou (1950 – 1952) and India (Delhi). Huzurnavaz was the father of Frederik van Pallandt who – with his wife Nina – formed the famous singing duo ‘Nina en Frederik’ . Huzurnavazwas married to the Swedish Else Dagmar Hanina comtesse Blücher af Altona. His parants and uncle Jaques were also devoted mureeds, just like both his sisters Charlotte en Hazina.

Van Pallandt at a later age

Pallandt, van Musawwira Charlotte Dorothee Baronesse

Arnhem  September 24, 1898 – Noordwijk  July 30, 1997

Like her parents and brother and sister Charlotte was a mureed of Hazrat Inayat Khan. She was a famous Dutch sculptress. She made busts of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Ali Khan en Musharaff Khan. She was the sister of Floris (Huzurnavaz) van Pallandt and Hazina de Smeth van Pallandt.

Charlotte van Pallandt was a scion from the Van Pallandt family and a daughter of chamberlain Jan Anne baron van Pallandt, heer (sir) van Walfort (1866-1932) and Sarah Agnes Sophie barones van Pallandt (1868-1955). In 1919 she married the Dutch diplomat Joachim Adolph Zeyger graaf (earl) van Rechteren Limpurg (1893-1943), who she divorced in 1924; there where no children born in this marriage. Her sister, lady in waiting and dame du palais Louisa Adolphine Jacqueline barones van Pallandt (1899-1992), was married to Ferdinand François baron de Smeth (1887-1939) and her brother, the ambassador mr. Floris Carcilius Anne baron van Pallandt (1903-1977), was the father of the singer Frederik van Pallandt (1934-1994), known as the male half of the singing duo Nina en Frederik.

 selfportrait of Charlotte van Pallandt

From the site: kunsthandelhanvos.nl



Charlotte van Pallandt at her studio

Robertson, van der Pot, Henriëtte Johanna, Rabia

1866 – ?

Early mureed. Visitor of the Summerschools in Suresnes in the twenties. First center leader of Rotterdam. Mother of Kafia Blaauw Robertson. She was married to Adriaan Robertson (1857 – ?). Adriaan and Henriëtte had 6 children. Kafia was the fourth child.

Rossum du Chattel, van Savitri Subhan-bi

1886 –  June 4, 1946

First wife of Musharaff Moulamia Khan. In the twenties and thirties the couple lived in Suresnes. The house was named Villa Inayat and was located at the de Rue de l’ Avenir.  Savitri died in 1946 of malaria during a trip to India.

Schamhart, Elise, Guillaume

One of the first chair (wo)men of the Sufi Youth Brotherhood at the end of the forties. She moved to Suresnes after her marriage to Michel Guillaume a French physician. She was a mureed of Murshida Sharifa Goodenough. She worked with Nerkbakht Furnée compiling ‘The Biography’ (published in 1979) and prepairing the publication of ‘The Complete Works’ (Brown Volumes).

Seters, van Fatá Arnoud

Arnoud  was the editor of the magazine‘Mededelingen van de Soefi Beweging Nederland’ (Announcements of the Sufi Movement Holland, the forerunner of ‘De Soefi Gedachte’) from 1948 – 1949. He succeeded Wil van Beek in this role. He visited the Summerschools in Suresnes in the twenties. He was also a co-editor of the issue ‘Forty Years of Sufism’ (1950)

Smit – Kerbert, Shireen Johanna

Born Pati, Java mei  12, 1907 – died: 2002

Dutch mureed. Teacher by profession. She came from a sufi family. Her parents were Azim en Narbadi Kerbert.  She visited in 1926 the last Summerschool in Inayat Khan’s presence and was during this period initiated by Sirdar van Tuyll van Serooskerken.

In 1943 she started put together the Smit-Kerbert collection, the personal reminiscences of Hazrat Inayat Khan, written by many of the mureeds with personal knowledge of him.

She was married to Ir. (engineer) Jan L. Smit uit Kinderdijk.

Stam, Kismet Dorothea

Batavia (Djakarta) 9 oktober 1893 – 198?

One of the personal secretaries of Hazrat Inayat Khan. She met Murshid for the first time in The Hague in the spring of 1923. Later on she assisted him compiling the Vadan and the Nirtan, two booklets containing sayings. On his final journey to India she was his traveling companion.  Her work ‘Rays’ contains her memories of Murshid up until his passing in India in 1927.  Besides tha she published three little booklets with aphorisms and poems: ‘Sufi Lore and Lyrics’, ‘Musings from a Sufi’ en ‘Fragrance from a Sufi’s Garden’.

Later on in her life she moved to Palma de Mallorca where she became a violinist in the local symphony orchestra.

Stolk, van Sirkar Apjar (Ap), Shaikh

Rotterdam March 27, 1894 – Cape Town, Rondbosch, South Africa,  June 18, 1963

Sirkars father and grandfather were wealthy grain merchants. His first encounter with Murshid was in December 1922. He became his mureed in the spring of 1923. For a number of years he was Hazrat Inayat Khan’s personal secretary on a number of tours. For a number of years he organised the Summerschools in Suresnes (until 1934). He was a member of the Societé Anonyme Sufi (SAS). From 1930 to 1947 he was the centerleader of The Hague. In 1940 he moved to the town Rozendaal in the province Gelderland. Eleven years later in 1951 he emigrated with his family to South Africa, where he and Wazir van Essen founded many sufi centers. He was the author of: Memories of a Sufi Sage.

Parents:  Cornelis Adriaan Pieter van Stolk (born May 30, 1857) and Emma (Emma Johanna Antionette Romelia) van Stolk – Martens (born about 1866)
Wife: Anna Johanna von Hemert
Siblings:  Griettie (Maria Christina) van Stolk and Cornelis van Stolk

Source: genealogie.voorouder.nl

Tricht , van (formerly: De Jong – Keesing ) Kamila Elisabeth

Amsterdam,  July 15, 1911 – The Hague,  April 17, 2003

Historian, author and mureed of the Sufi Movement. In 1941 she was a teacher at the university of pre war Batavia (now Jakarta). After World War II, during she had been detained in a Japanese camp and where her husband had died,  she became the head of the Indian department of  RIOD (National Institute of War documentation) in Amsterdam in the years 1946  and 1947. From 1947 to 1968 she was a teacher at the Vossius gymnasium in Amsterdam.

She wrote two important books about Murshids sufism (by the alias: Elisabeth de Jong – Keesing):

A Biography of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Golven waarom komt de wind ?(Waves, why is the Wind coming? English title: Inayat Khan, a Biography) and an introduction to his philosphy: ‘Antwoorden van Inayat’ (‘Inayat Answers’), that she considered to be her best work. Her daughter Marianne Sophia in ’t Anker- de Jong (March 15 1938 – February 1,  2014) was also a mureed.

Tuyll van Serooskerken, van Sirdar Hubertus Paulus, Baron, Shaikh

The Hague, 26 September 1883 – The Hague 16 August 1958

Sirdar van Tuyll introduced Hazrat Inayat Khanin The Netherlands in January 1921 (in the city of Arnhem). He became a mureed on April 13, 1921. Before he met Murshid he was a theosophist. He was Hazrat Inayat Khan’s secretary  on a number of his tours. Founder of the ‘Church of All’ in the 78 Anna Paulownastraat in The Hague where Sufi Services are being held to the present day. He also was the National Representative of Holland during the twenties. In 1930 he decided to seperate himself and his community from the Movement because he could not agree with the nomination of Maheboob Khan as the successor of Hazrat Inayat Khan.


Anna Paulownastraat 78 in The Hague.

Tuyll van Serooskerken – Willebeek Lemair, van, Saida Hendrika, Henriëtte

Rotterdam,  April 23 1889 – The Hague,  March 15 1966

Painter, she illustrated childrens books She was the wife of Sirdar van Tuyll van Serooskerken. After his death in 1958 she succeeded him as leader of the center of the Anna Paulownatraat in The Hague. She received veena lessons by Murshid during the twenties.

Verlinden, Liduina, Maria Charlotte,Wilhelmina. Soefinaam: Hamida (voorheen Rahmat), Murshida

Schiedam June 11, 1943.

Mureed of Murshida Shazadi and later Hidayat Inayat-Khan. Secretary of Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan until 2016. During the eighties and nineties she was assistent Moin-ul-Maham (= assistent secretary of the Universal Worship). She has been caretaker of the house at Banstraat 24, the former house of Murshid Musharaff Khan and Murshida Shazadi Khan – de Koningh. From 1993 on the building houses the archives of Headquarters and the Sufi Museum.

Voorst van Beest, van Munira Louise (Loek) Cristine, Jonkvrouwe

Santpoort February 19, 1916 – september 1990

Employee of Sakina Furnée. Worked until her death for the biographical department of the Nekbakht Foundation. Involved in the publication of the Complete Works. During her working life she was a staff member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She served in many foreign places such as South America, Central Africa, Jamaica and Damascus (sixties). Her last location was Accra in Ghana. She published the ‘Biography of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan’ in 1979 together with Elise Guillaume – Schamhart. Before that, in the sixties she was already working on translating Murshid’s work. Among others in Dutch (The Purpose of Life) and Italian. She mastered a large number of languages including Arabic and Farsi.

Voûte, Gawery Clara Cornelia (Cor)

Amsterdam 3 August 1901 – Hilversum 23 May 1999

Mureed from the first hour. Center leader of the center of Haarlem from 1946 – 1958.

She came to the Sufi Movement through her friend Sakina Furnée, whom she had met at the horticultural school in Rijswijk (she later became a garden architect). When Sakina stayed in Suresnes and became the secretary of Inayat Khan, she wrote that he would soon speak in Amsterdam. She insisted that Gawery go to this lecture. That would be Gawary’s first contact with Inayat Khan and the Sufi Movement. Later in 1974 she became the founder of the Sufi Contact.

Gawery in younger years

Voûte, Manohary Cécile (Cile) Dorothéa

Amsterdam 9 June 1899 – Hilversum 13 April 1985

Mureed from the first hour. Translated a number of books by Hazrat Inayat Khan in Dutch. Sister of Gawery Voûte, the founder of the Sufi Contact. She was violin teacher by profession. Manohary and her sister Gawery were children of master Jan Reiner Voûte (1872 – 1949) and Jacoba Portielje (1870 – 1925).

Wegelin, C.A.

Mureed from the first hour. Resident of Nijmegen. He visited the summer school in Katwijk aan Zee in 1922 in the house of Baron van Tuyll on the boulevard and also the Summer School in Suresnes. He was initiated on 7 September 1921 (1st and 2nd initiation). His Cherag’s ordination was on October 15, 1923. Mrs. Wegelin was initiated in January 1923.

In 1923, Wegelin made attempts at i.s.m. Hayat Kluwer also published Murshid’s work in China and Japan.


Family Wegelin. Photo from ‘The Biography’

Wildschut, Johannes (Jan)

Wormerveer April 19, 1903 – Utrecht April 23, 1998

Made the famous film in Suresnes on September 13, 1926 of the ceremony of the foundation stone of the future Universel.

From www.genealogieonline.nl:

Johannes Wildschut, son of Adrianus Wildschut and Adriana Magdalena Bronswijk, was born op 19 april 1903 te Wormerveer. He got married op 7 januari 1931 te Zaandam with Elske Veen. Johannes died on 23 April 1998 in Utrecht and was buried on 29 April 1998 in Bilthoven

Willebeek Lemair, J. Bahadur

Brother of Saidi van Tuyll. He, like his sister, was an early mureed of the Sufi Movement.

Witteveen, Karimbakhsh, Johannes, H.J., Professor, Murshid


Economist, professor, minister of finance in the 60’s, chairman of the IMF in the 70’s.

Husband of the late Murshida Ratan Witteveen – de Vries Feyens. Filled various leading positions within the Sufi Movement from the 1950s, including those of national representative. For years he was ‘executive supervisor’ of the International Sufi Movement. In the 80s he was a member of the Leadership Council of this organization. Until 2016 he was co-General Representative General of the Movement together with Murshid Hidayat Inayat – Khan.

Karimbakhsh Witteveen in the sixties

Witteveen – de Vries Feyens, Ratan, Lysbet, Murshida

The Hague 1 April 1920 – Wassenaar 25 December 2006

Wife of Karimbakhsh Witteveen, center leader Wassenaar. In the 80’s she was secretary of the Leadership Council. For a long time she was Moin-ul-Maham (secretary) of the Universal Religious Service Activity. She composed Sufi music. She was a daughter of Fazil and Jamila, sister of Zahir.