The Sufi Kinship Work

The message of the Sufi movement is a call to humanity in general to unite in a world kinship beyond the boundaries of caste, creed, race, nation, or religion. The Sufi movement has no particular creed, dogma, or doctrine. Its philosophy teaches tolerance to all, understanding above all things, thereby awakening sympathy with one another, and the realization that the well-being of each depends upon the well-being of all.

– Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Kinship Work is one of the five concentration activities of the Inayati Order. The Sufi Order of Rochester engages in several activities to express our kinship with the community, including providing a holiday gift basket to a family, volunteering in community activities, corresponding with prisoners, participating in interfaith activities and other commitments to support and serve our community. Rahima Karen Keenan, Basira Maryanne Karpinski and Shafi Stergios Skatharoudis coordinate Kinship activities for the Sufi Order of Rochester.  Click here for more information.



Rahima with donations of school supplies for Syrian refugee children, in collaboration with the Mennonites.

Dear Hearts,
There are many opportunities for Kinship within our own Sufi Order of Rochester Community. At times some of our family may need help because of illness, family situations or other kinds of crises. We would like to organize this assistance to make it easier for people to let us know what is needed, by whom, when and where. We cannot guarantee that there will be someone available, but we will try our best to help.
So we are asking you for two things:
1. Would you be willing to volunteer to provide assistance to others? Let us know what you could provide:
a. Prepared food
b. Rides to doctors or other important appointments
c. Shopping or errands
d. Provide respite for the person who is doing the primary caretaking so they can run errands or deal with their own needs.
e. Visit with someone who is needs company and/or spiritual support.
f. Investigate or recommend community resources which might help the person meet their needs.
g. Other? Tell us what
h. Is there a specific geographic area that might be easier for you to provide any of the above assistance?
Please let Basira ( ) know and she will keep a list to facilitate getting people the help they need. We understand that volunteering may still mean that you cannot respond to an individual request because of things happening in your own life, but it helps to have an idea of who might be willing to provide what kind of help.

2. Please let us know when you have a need for assistance.
a. Let us know what you need, when you need it and where.
b. If you need food and have some kinds of food limitations, please let us know what they are.
c. Give us as much lead time as possible.

We will do our best to find available volunteers to help out. Contact Basira ( and Rahima ( if you need help. If you know of someone in our Sufi family who might need some of the above assistance, check with them to be sure it is okay with them and let either of us know and we will contact the community members with a request for help. If no one on the list has volunteered or is able to provide the help needed, we will also send word out to the entire Sufi community.

Thank you!
Basira, Rahima & Shafi
Kinship Coordinators
Sufi Order of Rochester

The Sufi Order of Rochester Center for Sufi Studies, 494 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607, the Carriage House behind the AAUW mansion (Carriage House is 492).