Hazrat Inayat Khan wrote several prayers from deep inspiration. He wrote them in English, producing a beautiful collection that speaks directly to the concerns of life in the world and yet doing so without losing a great sense of deep, mystical experience. The three main prayers are presented here and could be recited daily at morning (Saum), mid-day (Salat) and evening (Khatum).
Each prayer is presented with an audio recording of Murshid Hidayat Inayat-Khan reciting it.
The Names of the Prayers
We are grateful for this explanation of the meaning of the names of the prayers from Murshid Nawab Pasnak.
"The names of the prayers have several layers of meaning. They are typically Muslim terms, but please bear in mind that after the Sufi Movement was officially registered in 1921, Hazrat Inayat Khan no longer followed the Muslim duties (ramadan, daily prayers, etc). In other words, the use of these words shouldn’t be interpreted as meaning that these are in some way Islamic prayers".
The Prayer Movements
Recitations of Saum and Salat are often synchronized with movements. (There are no movements for Khatum).
"Praise be to Thee, …"
Prayer Movements, An Interview with Murshid Hidayat Inayat-Khan
Murshid Hidayat responds to questions about the movements.