“Cherag” is a Persian and Arabic word meaning, “lamp.” It is the title Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan used to indicate an ordained minister.

In Sufism, Cherags are trained and ordained, empowered and blessed to officiate the Universal Worship Service, weddings, funerals, memorial services, and to provide other spiritual support for the community.

As Sufism is a path of “spiritual liberty” and the “unity of religious ideals,” it is inclusive and honors all faith traditions. Cherags celebrate all wisdom paths and religions, cultivating respect, tolerance and appreciation for the message of Truth and the Divine Light as manifested in myriad forms throughout human history.

Sára is the Siraj-un-Munir, senior minister in the Sirat-i Inayat Interfaith Sufi Path. She facilitates training programs for aspiring Cherags, supports and offers resources to her fellow Sirajs and Cherags.

Contact Sára for more information:

To find Cherags who may be available to meet your spiritual needs, please visit the Sirat-i Inayat website. We try to keep an up-to-date list of ordained ministers:

Cherags and Sirajs