Sarlo's Guru Rating Service
Sufis 

Sufis come in all shapes and sizes. Some are affiliated closely with mainstream hierarchical Moslem organizations, some not. Though all are derivative of Islam, some orders have decoupled from Islamic formalisms in their move to the West. Alan Godlas explores this in detail here
In their native (non-Western) milieux, some Sufis adhere strongly to local traditions, some not. Some groups are huge, encompassing large segments of whole countries, some not. Some operate openly, some must keep their activities secret from the populace at large. 
Their overall approach could be said to be on the devotional side of the spectrum, but methods are often used in aid of this. More will be coming. If any of them turns out to be the next Avatar or Messiah, please let me know (Feedback).
Some descriptive information is included. An asterisk (*) indicates they don't really have their own sites, just an interview or short description on someone else's site. And a yellow asterisk (*) = suggested or located by visitor, thank you.

Sheikh Ahmad al-'Alawi M Algerian 1869-1934/5 aka Ahmad ibn Mustafa ibn 'Aliwa, Abu al-'Abbas al-'Alawi, emphasized retreat (khalwa) and invocation (dhikr), purist
Sheikh Abdul Aziz M b1954ish Brit based in AU (Melb) Naqshbandi, Mevlevi teacher, Whirling exposition
Hazrat Babajan** F 1806-1931 Afghan aka Gulrukh escaped well-to-do family's marriage trip to explore mystic tendencies, ended in Pune, guru of Meher Baba 
Puran Bair M + Susanna Bair F, American, Heart Rhythm Meditation, Institute for Applied Meditation, Hazrat Inayat Khan
Fleur Nassery Bonnin F b1955ish Persian based in AU (Melbourne), psych, Australian Centre for Sufism
Hz Haji Suleyman Hayati Dede M d1985 Turkish Mevlevi dervish brought whirling to West, succeeded by son. Interview 
Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi F b1949 American (NY) Nur Ashki Jerrahi Order, Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak, Lex Hixon (Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi)
Reshad Feild* M b1934 Brit based in Switz aka Richard (Tim) Feild singer, author, Bulent Rauf, Suleyman Dede. Site in German and English
Mir Mahmoud Hadian M b1962ish Sayed lineage trained in East and West based in Wales, "Sufi Reiki and Sufi-Chi Yoga," master not named.
Fida Hassnain M b1924 Indian, eclectic career, Inayat Khan, Muzaffar Ozak
Kabir & Camille Helminski M&F b1950ish? American Mevlevi Sufis, authors. Site has lots of material
Shaykh Hisham Muhammad Kabbani M b1950ish Lebanese(?) Naqshbandi Order, based in US, deep broad education
Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan M 1882-1927 Indian, father of Pir Vilayat Khan, original interest was in music, Chishti Order fulfilled that, first to bring Sufism to west, founded Sufi Order
Robert Ibrahim Jaffe* M b1955ish American (CA) medical doctor, University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism --> energetic and spiritual healing, Shadhiliyya order, Sidi Muhammad al-Jamal
Postneshin Jelaluddin Loras M b1955ish Turkish based in US (HI) son and successor of Suleyman Dede, Mevlevi Order of America dervishes
Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti M  aka Gharib Nawaz
Shaikh Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen M ?-1986 Sri Lankan moved to US (PA) recitation, dhikr, eclectic

Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak* M d1985? Turkish head of the Halveti-Jerrahi Order big in west and TR. Page is about bio book, from publisher
Shaykh Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani M b1922 Cypriot, multiple lineages, Naqshbandi, Qadiri and Mevlevi orders, 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani
Dr Javad Nurbakhsh M 1926-2008 Iranian medical doctor, head of Nimatullahi Order, left Iran in '79 for West, Munis 'Ali Shah
Sheikh Ragip al-Jerrahi* M b1940 American (CA) aka Dr Robert Frager transpersonal psych, author, Muzaffer Ozak. Page is a two-part WIE
Murshid SAM M 1896-1971 American (CA) aka Samuel L. Lewis, Sufi Ahmed Murad, Sufi Sam, "Eat, dance, and pray with the peoples of the world," Hazrat Inayat et al
Idries Abutahir Shah* M 1924/6-1996, Afghan author, popularizer & poet aka Sayyid Idris al-Hashimi. Anti (from Gurdjieffians) Interview (on gurus selling selves in West)
Sherif Baba M Turk b1944 was based in US (NC) aka Shaykh el-Haj el-Fakir er-Rifa'i Mehmet Sherif Catalkaya, Rifa'i Maruf'i Order, Burhan Effendi. Jan '08*, moved back to Istanbul with translator and families and resigned from the Order at request of RMO board, "pending the outcome of an investigation." Translator has also resigned and board has disappeared on net.
Sidi Shaykh Muhammad Said al-Jamal ar-Rifa'i* M b1935 Palestinian, runs Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, travels to States
Es-Seyyid Es-Shaykh Taner Ansari Tarsusi er Rifai el Qadiri M b1952ish Turkish based in US (CA), author, many lineages, Shaykh Muhyiddin
Irina Tweedie F b1907 Russian based in England, Sufi classic author (Daughter of Fire), Bhai Sahib
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee M b1953 English popularizer based in US (CA) of Irina Tweedie, Naqshbandi Sufis into silent meditation
Murat Yagan* M b1917ish Abkhasian based in Canada (BC) author into longevity, Ahmsta Kebzeh, Bektashi dervishes
Pir Zia Inayat Khan* M b1971 son and successor of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, studied with Chistis and Dalai Lama, author of A Pearl in Wine
Muhammad Zuhri M b1939 Indonesian aka Pak Muh, "Sufi Healing" method, works with AIDS patients through Barzakh Foundation, cures cancer, prostitution, etc.

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