I hope Pakistan soon follows to honor one of our own; I know many BritPaks are doing much to honor Noor’s legacy from a cultural perspective. Malala of course (there is a runaway petition out for Ms. M to be given a Nobel Peace Prize) is a sterling example of the bravery and nobility of this marital female tradition, which probably started with Nur Jehan or Razia Sultana or even further back St. Rabia (the first convert to Islam was a woman and so was the first martyr). Muzzerines should take heart from such a strong tradition of powerful females in the Islamic world.
“I wish some Indians would win high military distinction in this war. If one or two could do something in the Allied service which was very brave and which everybody admired it would help to make a bridge between the English people and the Indians.”
Noor Inayat Khan
Excerpted from my Father’s Facebook: British ‘spy princess’ Noor Inayat Khan bronze bust was unveiled by Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter in central London’s Gordon Square Gardens, in honour of Khan. What a strange twist of fate that Noor’s father Inayat Khan* was the great grandson of Mysore’s 18th century ruler Tipu Sultan, who refused to submit to British rule and was killed in a battle with East India Company troops i
Her superiors urged her to return across the Channel but she carried on and single-handedly ran a network of spies across Paris for three more months as her team was gradually captured by the Gestapo. She was eventually betrayed and arrested, but refused to divulge any information despite 10 months of torture, beatings and starvation. She was posthumously awarded the George Cross for her work in France.
Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan was the eldest of four children. Her siblings included Vilayat (born 1916), Hidayat (born 1917), and Khair-un-Nisa (born 1919).
He taught that blind adherence to any book rendered religion void of spirit. Branches of Inayat Khan’s movement can be found in the Netherlands, France, England, Germany, the United States, Canada, Russia and Australia.
Her mother, Ora Meena Ray Baker (Ameena Begum), was an American from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who met Inayat Khan during his travels in the United States. Ora Baker was the half-sister of American yogi and scholar Pierre Bernard, her guardian at the time she met Hazrat Inayat Khan. Noor’s brother, Vilayat Inayat Khan, later became head of the Sufi Order International.