Hazrat Inayat Khan, from the Alankaras in Vadan, or The Divine Symphony:

Riding on the horse of hope,

Holding in my hand the rein of courage,

Clad in the armor of patience,

And the helmet of endurance on my head,

I started on my journey to the land of love.

A lance of stern faith in my hand,

And the sword of firm conviction buckled on,

With the knapsack of sincerity

And the shield of earnestness,

I advanced on the path of love.

My ears closed to the disturbing noise of the world,

My eyes turned from all that was calling me on the Way,

My heart beating the rhythm of my ever-rising aspiration,

And my blazing soul guiding me on the path,

I made my way through the space.

I went through the thick forests of perpetual desire,

I crossed the running rivers of longing.

I passed through the deserts of silent suffering,

I climbed the steep hills of continual strife.

Feeling ever some presence in the air, I asked, "Are you there, my love?"

And a voice came to my ears, saying, "No, still further am I."

Since the time of the prophets, mysticism and chivalry have gone hand-in-hand. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the Sufi sage Hazrat Inayat Khan was also a master of spiritual chivalry, or futuwwa. His teachings on the chivalric virtues are thoroughly expounded in the volumes Character Building and the Art of Personality and Moral Culture. In 1926, before returning to India, Hazrat created four Knights of Purity and eight Heralds of the Message. Thus he planted the seed of the Knighthood of Purity.

Today, the Knighthood of Purity is composed of six degrees:

GRAND MASTER (Amir[at] al-Ikhwan)

KNIGHT OF PURITY (Sahab[at] as-Safa)

GOLDEN HERALD (Naqib[a] Zarin)

SILVER HERALD (Naqib[a] Simin)

COPPER HERALD (Naqib[a] Misin)

IRON HERALD (Naqib[a] Ahanin)

All sincere devotees of the Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan seeking to study and practice his philosophy and art of life, irrespective of initiatic affiliation or lack thereof, are eligible to receive the squirely designation of Iron Herald. Designation is by application to the Chancery.

Upon designation, the task of the Iron Herald is to recite the Iron Rules and to apply their morals in daily life. Each Rule is recited once a day, in the morning, over a forty-day period. The completion of the set of ten thus takes 400 days.

The Iron Herald is to notify the Chancellor upon completing the Iron Rules. He or she may then receive the squirely designation of Copper Herald and commence the recitation and practice of the Copper Rules. This procedure is repeated at the completion of each of the remaining sets of Rules. If no days are missed, the completion of all four sets takes 1600 days (four years and 140 days).

When all forty Rules have been recited and practiced for forty days each, the Golden Herald is qualified to receive, upon invitation, the accolade of Knight of Purity.

Inquiries and applications may be addressed to the Chancellor, Mr. Hassan Suhrawardi Gebel: sg?Subject=Knighthood of Purity

Our Mirror of Chivalry

Pirzadi Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan

Pirzadi Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan

January 1st, 1914 — September 13th, 1944

George Cross, Croix de Guerre

The Rules


Iron Rules

My conscientious self:
Make no false claims.
Speak not against others in their absence.
Do not take advantage of a person's ignorance.
Do not boast of your good deeds.
Do not claim that which belongs to another.
Do not reproach others, making them firm in their faults.
Do not spare yourself in the work which you must accomplish.
Render your services faithfully to all who require them.
Seek not profit by putting someone in straits.
Harm no one for your own benefit.


Copper Rules

My conscientious self:
Consider your responsibility sacred.
Be polite to all.
Do nothing which will make your conscience feel guilty.
Extend your help willingly to those in need.
Do not look down upon the one who looks up to you.
Judge not another by your own law.
Bear no malice against your worst enemy.
Influence no one to do wrong.
Be prejudiced against no one.
Prove trustworthy in all your dealings.


Silver Rules

My conscientious self:
Consider duty as sacred as religion.
Use tact on all occasions.
Place people rightly in your estimation.
Be no more to anyone than you are expected to be.
Have regard for the feelings of every soul.
Do not challenge anyone who is not your equal.
Do not make a show of your generosity.
Do not ask a favor of those who will not grant it you.
Meet your shortcomings with a sword of self-respect.
Let not your spirit be humbled in adversity.


Golden Rules

My conscientious self:
Keep to your principles in prosperity as well as in adversity.
Be firm in faith through life's tests and trials.
Guard the secrets of friends as your most sacred trust.
Observe constancy in love.
Break not your word of honor whatever may befall.
Meet the world with smiles in all conditions of life.
When you possess something, think of the one who does not possess it.
Uphold your honor at any cost.
Hold your ideal high in all circumstances.
Do not neglect those who depend upon you.

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Shaikh al-Mashaik Mahmood Khan
Grand Master

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
Grand Master