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SALAT

Most gracious Lord, Master, Messiah and Saviour of humanity,
we greet Thee in 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 Mohammed,
and in many other names and forms,
known and unknown to the world.
We adore Thy past.

Thy Presence deeply enlightenth our beings,
and we look for Thy blessings in the future.
O Messenger, Christ, Nabi, the Rasul of God!
Thou whose heart constantly reacheth upwards,
Thou comest on earth with the Message,
as a dove from above when dharma decayeth,
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 Brotherhood,
in the Fatherhood of God.

Amen

Most gracious Lord, Master, Messiah and Saviour of humanity,
we greet Thee in 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 Mohammed,
and in many other names and forms,
known and unknown to the world.
We adore Thy past.

Thy Presence deeply enlightenth our beings,
and we look for Thy blessings in the future.
O Messenger, Christ, Nabi, the Rasul of God!
Thou whose heart constantly reacheth upwards,
Thou comest on earth with the Message,
as a dove from above when dharma decayeth,
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 Brotherhood,
in the Fatherhood of God.

Amen

Listen to Murshid Hidayat Inayat-Khan recite "Salat":
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Murshid Hidayat Inayat-Khan

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"Salat – means prayer, blessing, benediction or service.  That is the ‘second’ duty of a Muslim, and it is surely no mere coincidence that this is the second prayer of the Universal Worship.  One could also understand that this invocation of the Spirit of Guidance is also an invocation of service incarnate."

Murshid Nawab Pasnak

commentary
The Prayer Salat
Murshid Hidayat Inayat-Khan

To the question asked, as to why the names of the founders of the great world religions are invoked in the Sufi prayer Salat, one could recall the historical facts which reveal that in the ancient days, the religious patriarchs and their followers believed in God, using different names when expressing their devotion to the all-pervading. They felt in their hearts the need to worship and to pray, which explains why various religions blossomed in different parts of the world, using different terminology to explain abstract concepts, and performing different forms of worship, although some similar symbols can be traced in most of the ancient religions.
The Cross existed in the Hindu religion thousands of years before Christianity, and the symbols of light as well as the picture of a golden disk seen around the heads of the Saints has always existed, in the same way as seen later, in paintings illustrating Jesus Christ. Did Solomon not say " There is nothing new under the sun"?

The Sufis study the various religious scriptures of different religions, which were the only guidelines available in the past. It is obvious that the same great ideals are found in all scriptures, although the mode of expression is different according to the various types of cultures existing prior to our time.
The Sufis realize that circumstances in the world are so completely different to what they were in the far past, which explains why there is now a need to awaken to the idea of Unity of religious Ideals; and one could perhaps say that there is only one truth which all understand in their own way, and at the same time, there are many truths, which all lead to the one home of the Lord.

Hidayat Inayat-Khan
Movements
1.

Most gracious Lord, Master, Messiah and Saviour of Humanity,

The eyes are open, steadily looking forwards during the whole prayer

Raising the hands upwards symbolizes the raising of the Divine ideal in one's own estimation.

Remembrance

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2.

We greet Thee with all humility.

The hands are folded, the glance is downward.

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3.

O Messenger, Christ, Nabi, the Rasul of God!

The joining of the palms together expresses the unity of the soul and body which are placed before the Divine.

Thou whose heart constantly reacheth upward,
Thou comest on earth with a message as a dove from above when Dharma decayeth,
and speaketh the word that is put into Thy mouth, as the light filleth the crescent moon.

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Let the star of the Divine Light shining in Thy heart be reflected in the hearts of Thy devotees,

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4.

May the Message of God reach far and wide,
illuminating and making the whole humanity...

The hands are with palms up and the arms are somewhat widely spread at level with the heart.

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5.

…as one single Brotherhood in the Fatherhood of God*

The palms are brought together in front of the face...

*A gender neutral version might be substituted:

…as one single Family in the Parenthood of God

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...then the hands touch the forehead

This symbolizes raising the ideal of the Divine to one's highest understanding.

6.

Amen.

The hands are lifted to above the forehead, briefing touching the head.

That which has been offered in the prayer is brought to the temple of God, the body.

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7.

The hands are brought downward along the sides of the body, not actually touching it, then finally turned outward with palms facing down.

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…then hands clasped.

Clasping the right hand over the left in the silence.

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