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We initiate pilgrimages to sacred places, we take compassionate actions, we advocate, and circulate the Peace Pledge.


The supreme value of loving-kindness and compassion can have an enormous positive impact on the world today. These values in action help us realize our humanity and are the foundation for necessary just policies to bring peace and stability. It is an essential birthright for all humankind to live in peace, have clean water, healthy food, shelter, education, and economic equality. It is our moral right to protect the planet that has been entrusted to us. We honor these rights and commit to sow the seeds of loving-kindness and compassion in all manifestations.

In 2014 one of the world’s spiritual elders, Dr. Johannes Witteveen, convened Sufi leaders from all over the planet to establish the Universal Sufi Council. It’s mission includes the explicit study and promotion of the universal values at the core of every major religious and faith tradition. In 2016 the Council adopted an Affirmation of Shared Values challenging all to commit to living loving kindness and compassion toward all lives as an essential value and commencing a series of pilgrimages to sacred places to inspire and emphasize the need to overcome the bigotry of religious and nationalistic prejudice with universal values.

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Murshid Karimbakhsh Witteveen

Chair Universal Sufi Council

Jonathan Granoff

President, Global Security Institute

Pir Shabda Kahn

Director, Sufi Ruhaniat International, U.S.A.

Brigitte van Baren

Universal Sufi Council, director Inner Sense

Global Partners

Leaders and Partners of the Peace Pledge Project

  1. Murshid Karimbakhsh Witteveen, Chair Universal Sufi Council
  2. Jonathan Granoff, President Global Security Institute
  3. Pir Shabda Kahn, Director Sufi Ruhaniat International, U.S.A.
  4. Brigitte van Baren, Universal Sufi Council, Director Inner Sense
  5. 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche,Tibetan Master
  6. Sri M, Spiritual guide, Social reformer and Educationist
  7. Venu Rajamony, Ambassador for India, The Netherlands
  8. Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, Chairman GNNSJ
  9. Dharma Master Hsin Tao, Taiwan
  10. Mohanji, Spiritual leader, India
  11. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, President ParmathNiketan, CoFounder GIWA, India
  12. Imam Dr. Umer Ilyasi, Chief Imam of all India Imam Organizations, India
  13. Syed Salman Chishty, Chishty Foundation Ajmer, India
  14. H. Nur Artıran, President of Şefik Can International Mevlana Education and Culture Foundation, Turkey.
  15. Rabbi Gabriel Hagai, France
  16. Angaangaq AngakkorsuaqShaman, Healer, Eskimo-Kalaallit Elder, Greenland
  17. Sheikh Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar, Ghana

  1. Sheikh Syed Saifuddin Ahmed, Maizbhandari Sufi Sheikh, Bangladesh
  2. Sadhviji Bhagawati Saraswati, GIWA, India
  3. Swamini Adityananda Saraswati,India
  4. Audrey Kitagawa, President, Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family
  5. Maureen Goodman, Brahma Kumaris
  6. Losan Gendun, BuddhistMonk, France/ The Netherlands
  7. Fred Matser, Fred Foundation
  8. Merijn Everaarts, CEO Dopper
  9. Nuria Sabato, Co-Representative General, International Sufi Movementhi
  10. Pir Chishti Asim Mahravi, Pakistan
  11. Samiur Rahman, Director of the Hope Project, New Delhi, India
  12. Shaista Rahman, The Hope Project India
  13. Rabbi Tamarah Benima, Jewish and Sufi leader
  14. Yousser Chaabane, Walk of Hope Netherlands
  15. Dr.Josef Boehle, United Kingdom
  16. Erdal Toprakyaran, Turkey
  17. Julie Schelling, U.S.A.
  18. Eva Kuit, Former political correspondent for the National Broadcast Netherlands
  19. Maarten van Huijstee, Delight Yoga Netherlands
  20. Volkert Engelsman, CEO EOSTA Netherlands

  1. Martien den Blanken,Chair Water For Life
  2. Mark Dullaert, Founder Kidsrights
  3. Jelle Troelstra,The Netherlands
  4. Zebunissa Voestermans, TheNetherlands
  5. Jef Boeckmans, Zenmaster and trappist monk Netherlands
  6. Corry de Lange, Board Member, Water Company PWN Netherlands
  7. Ananda Antonius, International Sufi Movement, Surinam
  8. Rama Lieftink, Sufi Centre in Friesland
  9. Ted van den Bergh, Director Triodos Foundation
  10. Drs. Jos Stor-Reuling
  11. Ignaz Anderson, DirectorIona Stichting
  12. Marco Schouten, Director VEI
  13. Henk KetelaarsVEI / Evides
  14. Ananda de Heer, Centre leader in The Hague, Sufi Movement
  15. Raoul Witteveen, Entrepreneur and Sufi
  16. Robert-Jan van Ogtrop, Founder Circle Economy and Sufi
  17. Simon Jongepier, Financial consultant
  18. Harald Friedl, CEO Circle Economy Netherlands
  19. Karin Lindeman,Four Worlds Europe
  20. Sommer Albertsen, Compassion Games International
  21. Jon Ramer,Compassion Games International



The common goal within all of our projects is to spread the message of Loving-Kindness and Compassion throughout all of humanity.

Highlights from the event at the Peace Palace in The Hague


Water experts from the Netherlands began creative projects to support the need for water purification in India. The first projects are in Rajasthan and Uttarakhand in cooperation with Global Interfaith WASH (Clean water, Sanitation, Hygiene) Alliance.   Many inspired educators from around the world shared their initiatives on Peace through education. Especially notable was Fakhira Najib, CEO of radio station Power99, and developer of “Broadclass” an interactive learning program that reaches 100,000 students a day in Pakistan through placing radios in schools and providing content based on loving-kindness and compassion.  

Samiur Rahman, Director of the Hope Project in the Hazrat Nizamuddin neighbourhood of New Delhi, shared how the Hope Project supports some 500 students coming from the poorest of the poor and whose families at first did not support education, especially for women. This along with free medical clinics, and vocational skills training for livelihood opportunities, and micro lending project has become the number one reason for reduction of violence in the poor community.


February 2017 New Delhi Ajmer

September 2017 Netherlands


GREENLAND – Kangerlussuaq June 21 –  24 Public registration :Melting the Ice in the Heart of Humanity visit  www.icewisdom.com 

ITALY – Assisi

June 28

(On personal invitation only) To the Heart of the Matter – Harmonious Leadership Forgiveness and Reconciliation  

June 29, 2018   Public Registration :

To the Heart of the Matter – Celebration of Forgiveness & Reconciliation with Spiritual Leaders

Peace Walk

Starting in Porziuncola ending at the Grave of St Francis in Assisi offering the sacred water and the torch for loving kindness and compassion.

Planting 8 Peace Pledge Trees by the different religious leaders. Lunch in Domus Pacis for all participants

Public Event 

Interreligious Musical Peace Pledge Festival 

Keynote Speeches by Spiritual Leaders,

With music from different traditions such as Sufi Music and Whirling Dervishes from Turkey,  Japanese Drums and Sufi Musicians.

Read all about The Peace Pledge Project in Greenland and Assisi, Italy in June 2018!

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A Special Thanks to Artist Helen Zughaib

Helen has generously provided the Peace Pledge Project use of her inspiring Spring Landscape. She is renown internationally for her art work that promotes peace and honors women and children affected by the ravages of war in the Middle East.

“Spring Landscape” was inspired by the events of the “Arab Spring,” depicting the  beauty and hopefulness of the Arab world, in spite of the chaos and war many regions face until today.


Visit Helen’s website to find out more about her incredible work on www.hzughaib.com


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