More Prayers and Blessings

Here are some other prayers and blessings that you may hear at Sufi Order events.


Sufi Blessing

May the blessings of God rest upon you,
May God's peace abide with you,
May God's presence illuminate your hearts,
Now and forevermore.

This benediction is given by the Cherag at the conclusion of a Universal Worship service, and was given to us by Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.


Remembrance Prayer

Oh Lord, you have asked us to remember you, and we have remembered you within the limitations of our bodies, hearts, and souls. Will you remember us in the infinitude of thy divine compassion and wisdom?

This prayer has become a popular way to end Sufi Order workshops and retreats, following Pir Zia who introduced it into his teachings. It is a poetic elaboration based on Surah al-Baqarah 2:152 in the Qur'an, which was translated by M.H. Shakir as, "Therefore remember Me, I will remember you, and be thankful to Me, and do not be ungrateful to Me."


Irish Blessing

May the road rise with you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rain fall softly on your fields,
Until we meet again, may God hold you,
In the hollow of Her (His) hands.

This is a traditional Irish blessing whose first line is alternatively translated from the Gaelic as "May the road rise to meet you." The version above is commonly sung.


All I Ask

All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you.

This is sung as one moves from person to person in the group, and also appears in the Dances of Universal Peace repertoire. It is originally from the chorus of a song written by Gregory Norbert when he was a was a Benedictine monk.


Buddhist Loving-Kindness (Metta) Prayer

May all beings be well,
May all beings be happy,

This is a favorite closing prayer sung by the Sufi Order and also at the Dances of Universal Peace. It was popularized by the unorthodox Buddhist teacher Joe Miller.


Prayer for Peace in the World

O Thou, the almighty Sun,
whose light cleareth away all clouds,

We take refuge in Thee,
king of all men, God of all deities, Lord of all angels.

We pray Thee,
dispel the mist of illusion
from the hearts of the nations
and lift their lives
by Thy all-sufficient power.

Pour upon them
Thy limitless love,
Thy ever-shining light,
Thy everlasting life,
Thy heavenly joy
and Thy perfect peace.

This prayer might have come from Murshid Samuel Lewis or Murshida Rabia Martin.


Hazrat Inayat Khan

Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

From the Gayan

Thou hast won my heart a thousand times over; Thou comest veiled under many and varied guises, and in every guise Thou art unique. Who is not attracted by the splendor Thou hast so skillfully produced on the face of the earth? In this beauty fair Thou shinest, adorned in myriad garbs. Thine own is all the beauty, and Thou shinest and yet are not Thyself attracted by it. Thou in this stage of life actest as friend and foe, and Thou alone seest the play performed so wonderfully. I sought Thee so long, my Beloved, and now I have found Thee at last, O Winner of my heart, and in finding Thee I have lost myself.
— Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Gayan - Ragas