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Practice & Transformation: The Way to Divine Qualities and Characteristics

Practice & Transformation: The Way to Divine Qualities and CharacteristicsFor several years, Sufi Master Seyyed Shah Nazar Dr. Ali Kianfar has publicly offered his wisdom on the Bible (old and new Testament) and the Qur’an. In these classes, he has stressed that the Holy Books are a collection of divine messages regarding unity, purity and holiness. Dr. Kianfar taught that at the beginning of every creation, physicality wraps around an innate seed of divine and absolute knowledge. The goal of spirituality, according to the Holy Books, is for the human being, now embodied within the physical system, to remember and actualize this potential despite the influence of the body and physical world. The great mystics of all religions say, from having direct experience, that they have found that in the depths of one’s consciousness there is a living presence not touched by time, place or circumstance. So, if what the Prophets and mystics say is true, that the human being has the ability to directly embody his divinity, to remember he is an agent of God, then how far below this value have we accepted ourselves? Do we believe this station is possible for our own being?

The International Association of Sufism (IAS) is a California nonprofit association established in 1983 by co-founders Seyyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha and Seyyed Shah Nazar Dr. Ali Kianfar. IAS was founded to introduce Sufism to the public, to teach the connection between the principles of Sufism and science, to establish the first forum between international Sufi schools and to preserve and advance the study of Sufism. Members of IAS include prominent figures from a multitude of cultures, nations, and backgrounds. IAS is a Non Governmental Organization within the Department of Public Information of the United Nations.

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Seasons of Transformation

Seasons book overSeasons of Transformation addresses the need that many have for a new direction through a collection of first-person accounts from American Sufi students who share their personal journeys from being lost in ego/culture to finding another pathway to peace and wellness.

The beauty of Seasons is that notwithstanding one’s orientation you cannot help but be touched by these spiritual accounts/insights.

The search for the Divine is universal and perennial. It transcends borders and time. The variety of perspectives, their honesty, as well as the inherent universality of themes rings true for all humanity.

There were 14 who responded to Dr. Angha’s call to narrate their experiences for future seekers. These 14 are diverse in gender, age, occupation, and nationality.  They came together somewhat apprehensively but left transformed as they found a deeper understanding of Self, of community, and of the Qur’an.

The greatest realization was that what we are all looking for is already within us, and that the quickest way to it was though the doorway of the heart.

This book may be purchased on Amazon at this link.

Inspiration: Lights of Stillness

Inspiration: Lights of Stillness is a unique offering in spiritual literature in the genre of Khalil Gibran`s Prophet. Its Forty Reflections provide insight into many of the existential challenges confronting modernity. Forty points to renewal, to self-rebirth, which is the quintessential theme of Inspiration. The Master, throughout its pages, urges humanity to return to the stillness of heart by dropping the images of thought and the distractions of culture.

Inspiration is structured in a series of 40 questions and answers between student and Master. Compiled and edited by Dominican University Professor, Saleh Arthur Scott, it runs the gamut from knowledge to wisdom, from intention to balance, from yearning to heart, from resurrection to oneness, as well as other meaningful life questions.

The Master, Shah Nazar Seyyed Ali Kianfar of the Uwaiysi Tariqa, is an author, global speaker and co-founder of the International Association of Sufism and editor of Sufism: An Inquiry. Being heart-bound is the cornerstone of his teaching, it is all that you really need to know. As he likes to say, In true meditation the mind dissolves in the center of the heart.

Readers, upon absorbing the wisdom and knowledge of Inspiration, may expect to experience a deep renewal and transformation of Self in which joy, gratefulness and peace can permeate their awareness and energy. Life becomes more effortless, easy, and still.

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Show Us the Straight Way: The Intimate Act of Talking to God in Prayer

A beautifully researched book about the power and wisdom of prayer. Beginning with an overview of praying from the perspective of several wisdom traditions, the book shows what prayer has meant over millennia, as well as presenting modern research about the efficacy of different types of prayers. Sheikha Halima then delves into Sufi prayer by presenting the wisdom of modern Sufi Masters Seyyedeh Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyyed Ali Kianfar. Halima explores how Sufis pray and worship the divine, including chapters about daily prayer, Sufi chant (zekr), and Sufi meditation. This book provides a unique and invaluable perspective on prayer in general and Sufi prayer in particular and will prove an indispensable addition for anyone interested in exploring more deeply the value and intention of praying.

This book may be purchased on Amazon at this link.


Sufism: Self, Path and Guide

Human beings long to understand themselves and their place in the world. For fourteen centuries Sufism has provided a path to self-knowledge and to wisdom of our deep harmony with the heart of the universe.

In this book Dr. Pryor explores the self, the path, and the guide, including references and teachings from Sufis throughout the ages. Integrating psychology, science, and timeless wisdom with her experience in traveling the path of Sufism, she takes an esoteric and mystical topic and explains how the current practice of Sufism leads to a transformation toward inner balance, harmony, peace, and tranquility.

Dr. Pryor is a student of Sufism under the guidance of Sufi Masters Seyyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar. As an active member of International Association of Sufism and a practicing psychotherapist, Dr. Pryor is the author of Psychology in Sufism, co-author of Sufi Grace, and has written numerous articles in the journal Sufism: An Inquiry. She speaks at conferences locally and internationally, facilitates meditation and consultation groups, and is a facilitator in the 40 Days: Alchemy of Tranquility program.

This book may be purchased on Amazon at this link.


Sufi Wisdom: The Collected Words of Sufi Master Nahid Angha

A collection of rich and  inspiring words compiled from numerous sources  and verbal teachings as a Sufi Master. Dr. Nahid Angha’s teaching and guidance inspire a deep understanding of the wisdom of Sufism. She is a world-renowned, twenty-first century Sufi Master who graciously educates and supports students throughout the world. She shares her wisdom teachings throughout this rich book based on themes, such as: Nature, Life, Heart, Longing, Love, Peace, Meditation and Transformation, the Journey, and Spiritual Discipline.

Each saying is unique and powerful. They will inspire your heart to connect to a deep wisdom and understanding. A beautiful and transformative  compilation of wisdom teachings. Two excerpts from the book:

On The Journey
“Attune to the right wavelength, so you can receive your share of this magnificent Being. The Qur’an reads: ‘Remember Me, I remember You. Call Me, I will answer.'” (p. 65)

On Heart
“The book of heart has many chapters and many titles. It is permeated with never-ending secrets to be discovered and new mysteries to be revealed with the will of the Divine and the guidance of a Teacher. Yet, purity of heart in searching for knowledge is what one should accomplish before time has passed with no returning.” (p. 31)

This book may be purchased on Amazon at this link.


Caravan: Biographies from the Sufism Symposia, 1994-2014
By Dr. Nahid Angha

Caravan CoverOne of the IAS’ contributions to the historical movement are the Sufism Symposia, where for one weekend almost every year since 1994 Sufis and spiritual leaders from around the world gathered to create a global spiritual family dedicated to peace. The IAS has compiled the biographies of those, who for more than twenty years, have been fellow travelers on this magnificent journey.

In 2011, the IAS invited Symposia participants and presenters to submit their biographies for this book. Submissions arrived in biographical, autobiographical, and resume formats, and editors made minor formatting revisions to prepare this volume. Every effort was made to contact all the presenters of the Sufism Symposia since 1994 for their biographical contributions.

The wonderful life stories that arrived in time for publication are presented.

This book is the first volume in a series of compilations and includes a brief history of IAS and its many departments and programs.

Available for purchase from Amazon or directly from IAS (download order form here).


Stations of the Sufi Path
By Dr. Nahid Angha

Stations of the Sufi Path’ is a new translation of a key Sufi text and the first Persian work to address the stages, or stations, of the Sufi way. Its author, Abdullah Ansari, was born in 1006 in Herat in present-day Afghanistan, and is considered one of the greatest as well as one of the earliest of the Persian Sufi scholars whose works constitute an important contribution to the intellectual history of Islam. Detailed descriptions of each ‘station’ make this work an esoteric masterpiece, now almost one thousand years old, that invites the reader on a spiritual journey of self-discovery.



Illumination of the Names
By Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar

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Seasons of the Soul
By Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar


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All of these titles are available directly through IAS: 415-382-7834

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