The Sufi Record: A Quarterly Magazine 1925–1936
Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan (1882-1927) was an Indian mystic, philosopher, poet-musician. He was a disciple of Shaykh al-Mashaikh Sayyid Muhammad Abu Hashim Madani. In 1910 a long held desire to travel to the West was fulfilled and with his brother and cousin he travelled to America, then to England, Russia and France. Following earlier quarterly magazines, Sufi 1915–1920 and Sufism 1921–1924, came The Monthly Record and the Sufi Record from 1925–1936. This collection contains the six editions of The Monthly Record produced April to August 1925. In October 1928 The Sufi Record was launched, its aim to benefit the members of the Sufi Movement, by keeping them informed of the proceedings at International Headquarters and of occurrences in the Movement everywhere, that thus our greater unity may be realized beyond the narrow national boundaries, and a closer link be established between the membership as a whole and the International Headquarters. There are regular reports of activities in the different countries; the annual Summer School held in Suresnes, France; copies of the minutes of the annual meeting of the Sufi Movement held at International Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.
From the editorial of the first issue “With the present issue the little Quarterly SUFISM makes its first appearance in the world of letters as successor to the SUFI. At the first glance it may seem that in its yellow robe SUFISM does not make the same appeal to the sense of beauty as did its predecessor; but this impression will, we hope, be obliterated from the minds of its readers as they find within those robes of orange the same spirit of mysticism and illumination as that with which they were familiar in the pages of the earlier publication. The ever increasing scope of the work undertaken by Pir-o-Murshid in the various countries of Europe where branches of the Sufi Order have been established, makes it impossible for him to become the Editor of SUFISM; but the first place in its contents will at all times be given to his teaching as well as to everything relating to every department of his activity.”