Soefi Museum

Stichting Soefi Museum Pir-o-Murshid Musharaff Khan

Rahmat KhanRahmat Khan, 1843-1910

Vader van Inayat Khan

Rahmat Khan was een strenge, maar geduldige man, leraar aan de Gayan Shala en vol consideratie: toen Dinah nog klein was




Rahmat Khan was een strenge, maar geduldige man, leraar aan de Gayan Shala en vol consideratie: toen Dinah nog klein was werd deze door zijn Hindoe Grootmoeder aan Rahmat Khan afgestaan, omdat zij te arm was om voor hem te kunnen zorgen. Rahmat Khan gaf hem een Hindoe opvoeding en behandelde hem zoveel mogelijk gelijk als Musharaff, die iets ouder was, om ervoor te zorgen dat hij niet jaloers zou worden; hij was bedachtzaam en zorgvuldig de kinderen van de dienaren of van armen niet te kwetsen. De regel die hij zijn zonen meegaf was: zorg voor een stevige goede relatie met je broers, want van daar uit kun je in de wereld staan.


Rahmat Khan and sons

Rhamat Khan came from a family of musicians and poets, and developed a deep regard for every soul, in whatever situation that soul was. Greatest singer of the classical music style of 'dhrupad', highly esteemed though never popular, for he was by temperament austere, strict and expecting others to be as he was; he was unassuming, honest and sincere, never telling a lie. Kind actions and courtesy he held to be the chief thing in life and he took pains and every care to spare the feelings of others. What Inayat learned from his father in philosophy, became the foundation of his whole life.


Quoting the 'Biography of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan', p.41: Inayat's father taught him many wise things: he produced in him, even in childhood, a spirit of self-respect. He taught him not to show too great enthusiasm or excitement on seeing things beautiful or rich, to retire when he saw friends or even relations enjoying or amusing themselves, that he might not, uninvited, intrude on enjoyment of others, or even desire to share it. He taught him not to go where he was not wanted, never to request a place where he was not welcome, nor to visit anyone too often, but only to see friends when it was proper, not to intrude upon anybody's time, nor to interfere with anybody's privacy, not to be very friendly to those who don't care to reciprocate. He said: ' do not pursue friends who like to avoid you. Do not seek association with those who prefer being left alone. Do not make yourself a burden upon anyone. Rather starve and die a death in pride than live a life of humiliation.'