Financial Support

"We, as a group of spiritual friends, abide in unity because we are organized into what we call the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Whenever I hear this name my heart warms and the very sound reminds me of our connection. The word ‘organization’ has an impersonal feel, but when I realize that I am supporting my Sangha, then extending a hand is no different than feeding myself". Read this new letter from Murshida Darvesha on the subject of financial generosity to the Ruhaniat.

We welcome your contributions at any time, for any amount, and deeply appreciate your support!

Some of the ways your financial contributions support this work are:

  • Archiving the written work of Murshid Samuel Lewis
  • Archiving the work of our current teachers
  • Publications of books, and Heartbeat and Toward the One magazines
  • Translation of precious texts
  • Sending out new mureed packets
  • Mureeds Emergency Fund
  • Support of The Hope Project
  • Support of Murshid Sam's Dargah
  • Support of SRI activities & concentrations such as the Esoteric School, Ziraat, Wisdom of the Feminine, and more
  • Administrative support to membership.

We invite you to become one of our monthly contributors!  Monthly contributions provide for us a dependable income stream through which we can better fulfill our mission.

Consider this: Our community is formed of approximately 2,000 mureeds plus a large circle of friends who participate in Ruhaniat activities.  We are looking for mureeds and friends who are willing to contribute $12 per month to the Ruhaniat.  Perhaps you are in a position to offer more - for example, $33 per month amounts to about a dollar a day.  We have set a goal of having an annual income stream of $200,000.   How can we accomplish this?

1001 people give $12 month totaling $144,144 year
101 people give $33 month totaling $39,996 year
11 people giving $101 month totaling $13,332 year
And this totals $197,472

If you choose to express your generosity in this way, please contact the SRI Treasurer to enroll as a monthly contributor of $12 or for whatever amount you can comfortably afford.  Other ways to donate include:


♥ Credit or Debit Card Monthly Donation
For details, please email or call Basira Beardsworth, Secretariat & Treasurer
808-280-2710 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

♥ Donate by Check
Make your check payable to Sufi Ruhaniat International and mail to:
Sufi Ruhaniat International
PO Box 22
Makawao, HI  96768

♥ Donate with PayPal using your Credit Card or PayPal account

Other Gift Giving to the Ruhaniat

Include the Ruhaniat in Your Will or Trust

Consult with your legal counsel about including the Ruhaniat in your will or trust.  Sufi Ruhaniat International is a tax-exempt religious non-profit organization, incorporated under the laws of California, EIN #94-1742095.  The address is:  Sufi Ruhaniat International, PO Box 22, Makawao, HI  96768 USA.


Outright gifts of appreciated securities (stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares) are tax deductible at full fair-market value if the donor has owned the asset for at least twelve months. To avoid capital gains taxes, you must provide the securities themselves, not the proceeds from their sale.

Gifts of closely held stock (usually stock in a family-owned business) also carry benefits for the donor. The stock must have been held for at least twelve months for you to claim a charitable deduction at full fair market value. If the deduction exceeds $5,000 a qualified appraisal is required for tax purposes.

For detailed guidelines on gifts of securities, please contact Basira Beardsworth, Ruhaniat Secretariat & Treasurer, at 808-280-2710 Hawaii Time or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Real Estate

Gifts of residences, including vacation homes and farms, allow the donor to take a tax deduction, avoid capital gains taxes, retain lifetime occupancy for herself or himself and/or another person, and provide support for the Ruhaniat. To qualify for tax benefits, you must have owned the property for at least twelve months before giving it to the Ruhaniat. The gift may be an entire piece of property or an undivided fractional interest in it. Each proposed gift of real estate is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If the Ruhaniat cannot use the property, it will be sold and the proceeds added to the general fund. The owner must obtain a qualified appraisal for tax purposes.

Personal Property

Gifts of tangible personal property, such as art, jewelry, antiques, rare books, gold or silver, may offer the donor a tax deduction at the fair market value of the property. The amount of the deduction depends on whether or not the gift is related to the Ruhaniat's legal non-profit purpose.

Gifts related to our mission (link to mission page) generate a tax deduction for the full market value of the object as determined by a qualified independent appraiser. The donor must provide the Ruhaniat with an appraised value for all gifts of property.

Gifts of property unrelated to the Ruhaniat's non-profit purpose might not offer the donor the same tax advantage, but do benefit the Ruhaniat through the proceeds from sale.

Matching Gifts

The Ruhaniat accepts contributions from your employer. More than one thousand corporations, foundations and other organizations will match their employees’ charitable contributions either dollar-for-dollar, or at a ratio of 2-to-1, 3-to-1, or even 4-to-1. Check with your employer for more information.

Other Assets

To discuss other means of supporting the Ruhaniat, please contact Basira Beardsworth, Ruhaniat Secretariat & Treasurer, at 808-280-2710 Hawaii Time or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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