Dr. Alireza Nurbakhsh

"Time and again [My father Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh] defined Sufism as a journey from one’s ego towards the Truth with the aid of love and loving-kindness. Sufism for him [was] a way for human beings to transform their gross material nature into a higher, spiritual form of being, thereby manifesting loving-kindness towards all. He never considered Sufism as an intellectual activity confined to elaborating esoteric concepts such as ‘annihilation’ or ‘detachment from the world.’ For him such concepts could be ‘understood’ only when one embarks on the spiritual journey towards God."

Dr Alireza Nurbakhsh

When Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, the late Master of the Nimatullahi order,died in 2008, in accordance with his wishes he was succeeded by his son Alireza Nurbakhsh.
Alireza Nurbakhsh holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and is a practicing lawyer in London, England. He is also editor of the journal Sufi, a magazine of spiritual inquiry published by Khaniqah Nimatullahi Publications. His Sufi sobriquet is Reza 'Ali Shah.