Category: Chivalry

The Iron Rules, Number One

Continuing our examination of various moral codes, Seven Pillars is pleased to present Pir Zia Inayat-Khan’s talks on the Iron and Copper rules of Hazrat Inayat Khan as an ongoing series. While this material originates from a Sufi context, it can be helpful to anyone who is looking for practical guidance on applying chivalric principles…

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“The Knight of Faith”: Imam Husayn’s Chivalry at Karbala

Among the most extraordinary examples of heroic chivalry not only in Islamic history, but possibly any history, is the martyrdom of the third Shi’a Imam Husayn. On the day of ‘Ashura, October 10, 680, on the plains of Karbala near the Euphrates river, Imam Husayn, the Prophet Muhammad’s second grandson, was mercilessly slaughtered. As warriors…

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Pir Zia Introduces Chivalry Theme at Seven Pillars’ Inauguration

Pir Zia Inayat-KhanPir Zia Inayat-Khan introduces the theme of Chivalry during the opening ceremony of Seven Pillars’ inaugural weekend. Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Seven Pillars’ President, is the spiritual leader of the Sufi Order International, a mystical and ecumenical fellowship rooted in the visionary legacy of his grandfather, Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan. Pir Zia is also…

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Chivalry of the Night and Day

A Christian eyewitness to the rise of Islam characterized the Muslims in a significant way: “They are cavaliers in the day and monks in the night.” Knights belong to the day because it reveals the field of action, and the apparent distinctions between opponents as well as between the lover and beloved; it is the…

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Bishop Michael Banks on Chivalry at Seven Pillars’ Inauguration

Bishop Michael Banks speaks on the topic of Chivalry. Michael Banks is a bishop in the Mennonite Church, with responsibility for six churches in the Bronx, New York. He is also a dynamic preacher and inspirational speaker who has appeared to great acclaim at countless religious convocations and conferences. He is much-in-demand as a retreat…

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The Spiritual Undercurrents of the Crusades

Pir Zia Inayat-KhanPir Zia Inayat-Khan explores the history and social and spiritual ethos of chivalry: cultivation of a deepened conscience and an enlightened activism. There is a tradition of Sufi chivalry, called Futuwwah, the code of honorable behavior that follows the example of the prophets, saints, and sages. Recovery of a meaningful code of chivalry…

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The Mystery of Love

One evening in Bombay, during a gathering of disciples, someone asked, “All the religions of the world agree that unless man recognizes his own self, he is incapable of any kind of ascent. What is meant by recognition here? Is it the recognition of man’s own being or the being of the cosmos?” Others asked…

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