PRAYERS OF SUFI PIR-O-MURSHID HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN
(Set down as they are commonly spoken collectively today at our gatherings)
Toward the One,
the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty,
the only Being,
united with all the illuminated souls
who form the embodiment of the Master,
the Spirit of guidance.
(This prayer is often followed by recitation of the opening phrase of the Quran:)
"Bismillah er-Rahman er-Rahim.
We begin in the Name of Allah, Who is Mercy and Compassion"
NAZAR (Grace, Blessing for the Meal)
Oh Thou, the Sustainer of our Bodies, Hearts and Souls
Bless all that we receive in Thankfulness.
NAYAZ ( Healing Prayer )
Beloved Lord, Almighty God,
through the rays of the sun,
through the waves of the air,
through the all-pervading life in space,
purify and revivify us
and we pray, heal our bodies, hearts and souls.
Praise be to Thee, Most Supreme God,
Omnipotent, Omnipresent, All-pervading, the only Being.
Take us in Thy Parental Arms,
Raise us from the denseness of the earth.
Thy Beauty do we worship,
To Thee do we give willing surrender.
Most Merciful and Compassionate God, The Idealized Lord of the whole humanity.
Thee only do we worship; and towards Thee alone we aspire.
Open our hearts towards Thy Beauty,
Illuminate our souls with Divine Light.
O Thou, the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty!
All-powerful Creator, Sustainer, Judge and Forgiver of our shortcomings,
Lord God of the East and of the West,
Of the worlds above and below,
And of the seen and unseen beings,
Pour upon us Thy Love and Thy Light,
Give sustenance to our bodies, hearts and souls.
Use us for the purpose that Thy wisdom chooseth,
And guide us on the path of Thine Own Goodness.
Draw us closer to Thee every moment of our life,
Until in us be reflected Thy Grace, Thy Glory, Thy Wisdom, Thy Joy and Thy Peace.
Most gracious Lord, Master, Messiah, and Savior of humanity,
We greet Thee with all Humility.
Thou art the First Cause and the Last Effect,
The Divine Light and the Spirit of Guidance,
Alpha and Omega.
Thy light is in all forms, Thy Love in all beings:
In a loving mother, in a kind father, in an innocent child, in a helpful friend, in an inspiring teacher.
Allow us to recognize Thee in all thy holy names and forms:
As Rama, as Krishna, as Shiva, as Buddha.
Let us know Thee as Abraham, as Solomon, as Zarathustra,
As Moses, as Jesus, as Mohammad,
And in many other names and forms, known and unknown to the world.
We adore Thy past;
Thy presence deeply enlightens our being,
And we look for Thy blessing in the future.
Oh Messenger, Christ, Nabi, the Rasul of God!
Thou whose heart constantly reaches upward,
Thou comest on earth with a message, as a dove from above when Dharma decays,
And speakest the Word that is put into Thy mouth as the light filleth the crescent moon.
Let the star of the Divine Light shining in Thy heart be reflected in the hearts of Thy devotees.
May the Message of God reach far and wide,
Illuminating and making the whole humanity
As one single family in the Parenthood of God.
KHATUM (Closing prayer)
Oh Thou, who art the perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty,
The Lord of Heaven and Earth,
Open our hearts, that we may hear Thy voice, which constantly cometh from within.
Disclose to us Thy divine Light, which is hidden in our souls,
That we may know and understand life better.
Most merciful and compassionate God, give us Thy great goodness;
Teach us Thy loving forgiveness;
Raise us above the distinctions and differences which divide;
Send us the peace of Thy divine spirit;
And unite us all in Thy perfect being.
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