Prayers of Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Prayers of Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan
-   (Written out as they are commonly spoken in present times at our gatherings)

The Sufi Invocation (Darood)

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 Qur'an:

Bismillah, Er-Rahman, Er-Rahim
We begin in the Name of Allah, Who is Mercy and Compassion


Nazar (Grace before a meal)

O 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 me, and I pray,
Heal my body, heart and soul.



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 toward Thee alone do we aspire.
Open our hearts toward 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 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 of 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.