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The Divine Names
w/ Omid Safi, Naima Brown & Zumurrud Butta
Thursdays, Feb 9, Mar 16, Apr 13, May 11, 2023
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST (New York); 8:00 – 9:30 pm CET (Paris)

The mystics fly to the Named with wings of noble angels, to the Essence of essences, without description, and It sends them back with the spirit of the names. – Ibn ´Arabi

We invite you to explore a mine of unfathomably vast spiritual treasures in the community of like-hearted seekers: the Divine Names. We will approach these sacred names through their sound, explore the layers of meaning they encompass through their etymological roots and their reference in the Holy Qur’an, in the teachings of the Sufis and especially of our Inayatiyya lineage, and immerse ourselves in their mysteries through invocation in sacred remembrance. 

This monthly series is led by Zumurrud Butta and Naima Brown, together with our dear friend and special guest teacher Omid Safi.

Classes are on Thursdays, February 9th, March 16th, April 13th and May 11th from 2-3:30 pm New York Time, 8-9:30 pm Central Europe Time.  

Our course is open to Inayatiyya inquirers, ashiqs, murids and leaders, and recommends consulting an Inayatiyya Spiritual Guide when doing the given practices on one’s own. 

The Divine Names series requires advanced registration and provides video recordings if you are unable to attend every class. A suggested tuition of $48 ($12 per class) is recommended for the whole course, and a reduced tuition price of $32 ($8 per class). Donations of any amount are also welcome, in lieu of tuition. Please see the sidebar to register and more details.

If you have questions about the content of the course, please email Questions about registration, payments, and logistical details may be sent to


May 11 2023


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 11 2023
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


$32 - $48




Language: English, German, French, Turkish

Other Organizers



  • Omid Safi
    Omid Safi

    Omid Safi is a teacher in the Sufi tradition of Radical Love & Founder of Illuminated Courses & Tours. His online, video-based courses range from Sufi approaches to the Qur’an to Rumi. The Illuminated Tours offer spiritually oriented tours to Turkey and Morocco. He is a professor at Duke University specializing in Islamic spirituality and contemporary thought. His Memories of Muhammad is an award-winning biography of the Prophet Muhammad. His most recent book is Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition. Omid is also deeply committed to liberationist prophetic traditions in the legacy of Martin Luther King, Rabbi Heschel, and Malcolm X. He has been invited by the family of Dr. King to speak at Ebenezer Church on the relevance of Dr. King for today’s America, and has delivered the Martin Luther King keynote in the annual national MLK service.

  • Naima Khabira Brown
    Naima Khabira Brown

    Naima Khabira Brown teaches online Internationally offering Leaders Training Modules for the Inner School, Esoteric Classes and Retreats. She was initiated by Pir Vilayat and studies with Pir Zia. She served as Vice President of the Inner School for 6 years where among other responsibilities she directed and developed the new leaders training program. She is a founding mentor for Suluk Academy and has participated in many supportive roles since its inception in 2003. She is a member of the Esoteric Training Committee and a Center leader in the Boston area.

  • Zumurrud Butta
    Zumurrud Butta

    Zumurrud Butta serves as Vice President of the Inner School of the Inayatiyya in Europe and leads the Inner School in Germany. She offers individual and group retreats and retreat guide training, has taught at Suluk Academy in North America and Europe and is serving on the Suluk Global Committee. Zumurrud teaches courses on Sufi mysticism in Europe and online, with a focus on the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Ibn ´Arabi and the female transmission of mysticism.