Shaykha Fariha Al Jerrahi

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Sufism, Jerrahi lineage, Nur Ashki Jerrahi sufi order
Main Countries of Activity: 
USA, Mexico, Europe
Date of Birth: 
Place of Birth: 
Houston, Texas, USA
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Other Related Gurus: 
Muzaffer Effendi (Muzaffer Ozak) of Turkey and Nur Al- Jerrahi (Lex Hixon)


Shaykha Fariha Al Jerrahi is an inheritor of the Jerrahi lineage via Muzaffer Effendi (Muzaffer Ozak) of Turkey and Nur Al- Jerrahi (Lex Hixon).

She is a worldwide spiritual leader of the Sufi Order of Nur Ashki Jerrahi, headquarters in New York City.

She was born into a socially committed, eclectic Catholic family in Houston, Texas and has lived at various times in Los Angeles, Mexico and New York, where she currently resides.

At the age of 19 she began a conscious search for God. Ten years later she met her teacher, Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak of Istanbul. Through Shaykh Muzaffer she also met Lex Hixon, who became his disciple in the same year. At the passing of the Master, she became the disciple of Lex Hixon, by this time called Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi.


The Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order is a modern dervish order (tariqah) of Sufism. It is a branch of the Halveti-Jerrahi Tariqah of Istanbul, Turkey, and was founded in the early 1980s by American Sufis Nur al-Anwar al-Jerrahi (born Lex Hixon) and Fariha al-Jerrahi (born Philippa De Menil) after they received direct transmission from their teacher, Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak (Ashki) al-Jerrahi, the Grand Sheikh of the Halveti-Jerrahi Order at that time. Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi was the 19th successor to Hazreti Pir Muhammad Nureddin al-Jerrahi, the founding pir of the Halveti-Jerrahi Order.


The Nur Ashki Jerrahi Order has Dervish communities in the many locations in the US, as well as in Mexico, UK and other places in the world.

Every Thursday, Fariha with her husband Ali and the dervishes invite all seekers into the circle of zikr at the Masjid al-Farah in New York City.

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Books & Media

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Invitation to Union (Nur Ashki al-Jerrahi Order)

by Shayka Fatima Fariha al-Jerrahi