This is an intense time.  Once again we face the reality of a world fragmented, polarized and terrorized by issues of blatant self-interest, lack of respect, lack of recognition or caring about differing perspectives, of disempowerment, and of the trampled dreams of those deemed lesser or other.  Because everything is interconnected, local as well as… Read more »

[The words below are the product of a working group formed to create a statement on climate change for the Order. The statement was approved by the World Wide Message Council and by Pir Zia Inayat Khan, President of the Universal Worship.] For the mystic, nature is bread and wine, the soul’s nourishment.… Every leaf… Read more »

Violence, hatred, senseless killings in our world affect all of us and it seems as though these events are happening more and more. We’re especially feeling the shock and sorrow of the attacks on people where they worship. Universal Worship of North America has sent our condolences and support to several groups of worshippers who… Read more »

  I’d like to share with you a public Memorial Day Remembrance service that we have held in Rochester for the last 14 years. The purpose of the service is to help lay to rest the impressions of war and violence. You may wish to consider a similar service in your area, or to hold… Read more »

For Muslims, Ramadan is the month in which the first verses of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad more than 1,400 years ago. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset. This fasting is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and to… Read more »

Buddha Purnima – the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvāṇa of the Buddha Shakyamuni The birthday of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, is celebrated as Buddha Purnima across the world. It falls on a full moon day in the month of Vaisakh (April/May) according to the Hindu calendar. In Theravada Buddhism, it is also observed as… Read more »

Board of Trustees for Universal Worship The Board of Trustees for the Universal Worship met on February 4, 2017 in person & by video conference. The Members of the Board currently are Amina Hall (NY), Tara Muir (FL), Jessica Bromby (FL), Subhan Burton (GA), Daania Kester (CO), Jabbar Briggs (NY) and Lorell Frysh (GA). Amina… Read more »

                      Dearest Cherags; I am writing from the northern hemisphere where the emergence of spring and the increasing light provides the prompt and the inspiration to reconnect and engage at a time when our role as divine lights is much needed. Fueled by the recognition… Read more »

  Announcement of Transition from Pir Zia Dear Companions on the Path, Having recently met with the Worldwide Message Council at Fazal Manzil, I am writing to let you know of some transitions in the leadership of the Activities that comprise our international Order. Two Activity leaders are stepping down after serving with great dedication… Read more »

We feel capable of making decisions, of exercising our free will, and we hold everyone who is sane responsible for the choices they make.  This is the basis for our society, our legal system, business and a lot more besides.  At the same time, we know that God is a reality and that the reality… Read more »