Midday Prayers

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These Midday prayers can be said silently or aloud, but are considered more effective when said aloud, as the sound-vibration of the prayers penetrates the energy centers of the body and reaches the inner planes of our being. Although all the prayers are honored and recited by Inayati Sufis, Saum (a morning prayer) and Salat (a midday prayer) are given special emphasis. It is said that it is more important to recite these two prayers daily than any of the others. Likewise, these two prayers can be recited with accompanying movements suggested by Hazrat Inayat Khan.

There are also prayers for the Morning, Evening and various Occasions.

Salat

Most gracious Sovereign,
Messenger, 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 Zarathushtra, as Moses, as Jesus, as Muhammad,*
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.
O 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.**
Amen.

Affirmation

Pour upon us Thy Love and Thy Light.
(Said 11 times, hands raised.)

Nabi

A torch in the darkness, a staff during my weakness,
A rock in the weariness of life,
Thou, my Guide, makest earth a paradise.
Thy thought giveth me unearthly joy,
Thy light illuminateth my life’s path,
Thy words inspire me with divine wisdom.
I follow in thy footsteps, which lead me to the eternal goal.
Comforter of the brokenhearted,
Support of those in need,
Friend of the lovers of Truth,
Blessed Guide, thou art the Prophet of God.
Amen.

Universel

O Thou, who art the Maker, Molder,
and Builder of the Universe,
Build with Thine own hands
the Universel,
our Temple for Thy Divine Message
of Love, Harmony, and Beauty.
Amen.

 

 

Footnotes

*In the expanded version of the prayer, known as Salawat, the names are given as follows: “as Sita and Rama, as Radha and Krishna, as Parvati and Shiva, as Tara and Buddha. Let us know thee as Sarah, Hagar and Abraham, as Deborah and Solomon, as Anahita and Zarathustra, as Asiya, Aaron, Maryam and Moses, as Mary and Jesus, Khadija and Muhammad.”
**The original text of the prayer has “one single Brotherhood in the Fatherhood of God.” 

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