Wali Ali Meyer was the principal editor of “Physicians of the Heart” and the author chosen to put the conversation of the four authors into one voice. In 1963 he was named the college newspaper editor of the year for his editorial stance against racial segregation while the Editor of the University of Alabama newspaper. He received his M.A. in Philosophy and Theology from Vanderbilt University. He went in search of the reality behind the words and became a student of the Sufi Master Samuel L. Lewis of San Francisco, lived with him as his assistant and esoteric secretary, and was initiated as a Sheikh by him in 1970.
Since that time he has edited for publication a number of Murshid Samuel Lewis works including “The Jerusalem Trilogy”, and written articles for books and publications including a chapter on the history of the Sufi lineage of Hazrat Inayat Khan in California in “A Pearl in Wine,” an anthology on this Sufi teacher who was the first to bring Sufism to the Western World more than 100 years ago. Wali Ali is the head of the Esoteric School of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, the Spiritual Director of Khankah SAM in San Francisco, and teaches Sufism in workshops and seminars around the world.
Imam Bilal Hyde has pursued traditional Sufism for 30 years. He studied in Om Durman, Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia. Medina and Mecca. He was trained as an imam in Mecca and Medinah. He teaches Quranic recitation and serves as Imam for Naqshbandi, Chisti, Mevlevi and Jerrahi Sufi Orders. Imam Bilal has served as the imam at San Quentin State Prison. He teaches classes on the inner meanings of the Qur'an throughout the United States, and lives in Albany, California with his wife and daughters.