-‘The religion of the heart’

Hazrat Inayat Khan once said: ‘If anybody asks you, “What is Sufism? What religion is it?” you may answer: “Sufism is the religion of the heart, the religion in which the most important thing is to seek God in the heart of mankind.”’ Inayat Khan founded the Sufi Order in the West in 1914, but the followers of this mystical current within Islam trace their precepts back to the founder of Islam Muhammad (d. 632 CE), or his son-in-law Ali.  The BPH collection includes works by and on classical authors like the great Sufi philosopher and poet Rumi (1207-1273 CE), but also modern ones like Hazrat Inayat Khan quoted above.